Empire in Disarray: The making of the Danish Atlantic world of the late seventeenth century



The project Empire in Disarray aims to decenter the history of the making of the Danish transatlantic empire in the late seventeenth century. By closely studying the experiences and actions of “marginal” or “subaltern” actors such as convicts, pirates and common sailors, the project will al- low for a new understanding of the social disarray that continually frustrated company efforts at constituting itself as a centre. It will be argued that these groups radically shaped the early years of the Danish Atlantic. From the conflicts and disarray surrounding them, it becomes obvious how em- pire-building was never a unified or continuous practice. Instead, it was the workings of many in- terlocking, but often mutually antagonistic networks. The actions of these hitherto little studied groups brought the company to the brink of destruction, but also integrated the Danish colony of St. Thomas into regional maritime circuits.

Effektiv start/slut dato01/04/201431/03/2016


  • 2 Konferenceoplæg
  • 1 Organisering af eller deltagelse i konference
  • 1 Organisering af eller deltagelse i workshop, kursus, seminar eller lignende

Negotiating Status and Scope of Action

Johan Heinsen (Deltager)
15 jun. 201717 jun. 2017

Aktivitet: Deltagelse i faglig begivenhedOrganisering af eller deltagelse i konference

Kriminalitetens kulturhistorie, 3. seminar

Johan Heinsen (Oplægsholder)
6 maj 2016

Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidragKonferenceoplæg


Johan Heinsen (Oplægsholder)
4 maj 20165 maj 2016

Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidragKonferenceoplæg


Atlantic Studies Early Career Essay Prize

Johan Heinsen (Modtager), 2017

Pris: Øvrige priser


  • 3 Tidsskriftartikel
  • 1 Bidrag til bog/antologi
  • 1 Udgivelser på nettet - Net-publikation
  • 1 Working paper

Scandinavian Empires in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Heinsen, J. L., 17 maj 2018, A Global History of Convicts and Penal Colonies. Anderson, C. (red.). Bloomsbury Academic, s. 97–122 25 s.

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapport/konference proceedingBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review

Dissonance in the Danish Atlantic: Speech, violence and mutiny, 1672-1683

Heinsen, J. L., 10 mar. 2016, I : Atlantic Studies. 13, 2, s. 187-205

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

3 Citationer (Scopus)

Expert essay: Danish-Norwegian Empire

Heinsen, J. L., 6 jun. 2016

Publikation: AndetUdgivelser på nettet - Net-publikationForskning