Mette Maria Ahlefeldt-Laurvig

External Collaborator  


Mette M. Ahlefeldt-Laurvig holds a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford (2019) on the Ritual of Churching of Women after Childbirth in Denmark, 1500-1965. With her particular interest in material culture, she combined her studies at Oxford with research at the Department for Danish Churches at the Danish National Museum and at the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen. She regularly participates in seminars and conferences and has held three shorter postdoc scholarships 2019-21: at the University of Göttingen, the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel and at Aarhus University in Denmark. She is currently an associate member of the Faculty of History at Oxford (until April 2022) and an external collaborator at the history department of Luxembourg University.

Research interests:

A social historian, Mette Ahlefeldt-Laurvig’s primary research focusses on church rituals and church feasts, the Lutheran Reformation and marriage. She is particularly interested in early modern women’s everyday life and the dynamics and relations between rural parishioners and their local clergy.


Mette Ahlefeldt-Laurvig is currently working on a monograph on churching to be published in 2022/23 (Brepols). She is also awaiting the 2022 publications of two accepted articles, one for a forthcoming anthology ‘Reformation and Everyday Life’ (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht) and the other for the Scandinavian Journal of History. She has previously published in Danish.