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About the Centre for Privacy Studies


The Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies (PRIVACY) was established in September 2017 through a generous grant of 50 million DKK (approx. 6.7 million Euro) from the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF).

The PRIVACY research team examines how no­tions of privacy and the private shape relations between individuals and society across diverse historical contexts. We are particularly interested in indications of privacy as a quality and threat: in the emergence and development of the idea that too little privacy threatens the individual while too much may ruin society.

PRIVACY focuses on the period 1500–1800 that sees critical changes in individuals’ relationship to society. It brings together the fields of Church History, History of Architecture, History of Ideas, Legal History and Social History.

About Privacy Studies Journal

Privacy Studies Journal is an interdisciplinary, open access, peer-reviewed journal. It is published by the Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen (PRIVACY), and has its home on the online journal platform tidsskrift.dk hosted by the Danish Royal Library.

Privacy Studies Journal spans the present and the past, and envisions the future. Featuring original, high-quality research on privacy in its broadest sense and with the human component in focus, we will welcome contributions that take privacy and the private as catalysts for analysis of, for example:

  • Architecture and the built environment
  • Art
  • Behaviour
  • Bodily practices
  • Business and operational aspects
  • Crises and crisis management
  • Economics
  • Health
  • Ideas
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Material culture
  • Philosophy
  • Policy
  • Power
  • Religion
  • Societal structures
  • Space (domestic, urban, professional …)
  • Technological innovation

We aim for Privacy Studies Journal to provide scholars with a thoughtful and academically vigorous forum for research into privacy and the private. By bringing together contemporary, historical, and future perspectives and by keeping an open mind to potential cross-pollination between research fields Privacy Studies Journal wishes to set new scholarly standards, offering an opportunity to generate insights that cross disciplinary boundaries.