Reformation work group

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Kaisa Häkkinen

Kaisa Häkkinen works as the Professor of Finnish language in the University of Turku. She has had a wide variety of research interests throughout her career, ranging from the etymology of Finnish words to the earliest documents of Finnish literary language and to the history of language. 

Prof. Häkkinen has studied Mikael Agricola’s, the Finland’s reformer’s, works and headed many important research projects concerning Agricola’s time. One of the most important undertakings concerning Agricola’s works was the project: “The scientific edition of Mikael Agricola’s works and its morphosyntactic database, during which the literary oeuvre of Agricola was digitized. Prof. Häkkinen made critical editions of the works of Agricola, and published multiple articles and monographs concerning Agricola’s vocabulary and the masses in use in the time of the Finnish reformation.

Equally important is her project on the Westh-codex, which is one of the earliest known texts in Finnish, from the 1540’s. It contains a church manual and a mass, used in the early times of the reformation in Finland. The project consisted in analyzing and editing the texts and music of the codex. 

Prof. Häkkinen has received several prizes, e.g. the Prize for non-fictional writers of the Finnish Association of Non-fiction Writers (2005), and in the year 2007 the Finnish Union of University Professors awarded her the title of the Professor of the Year.

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Janne Harjula

Docent Janne Harjula works in the Department of Archaeology of the University of Turku. He has focused especially on the material culture of the historical period, for example, in the material literary culture in Finland during the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, and the early medieval episcopal site of Koroinen in Turku. 

Dr. Harjula’s work on the writing culture in Finland has been important to the understanding of the material aspects of writing and reading. His work has also discussed the extent of literacy in medieval society on the basis of archaeological artefacts found in Finland. 

Currently Dr. Harjula works in the project “At the Dawn of the Middle Ages: An archaeological analysis of the 13th-century episcopal site of Koroinen, Finland” which scope is to produce a complete artefactual and chronological analysis of the archaeological and historical data discovered in one of the key sites in early Finnish history.

Dr. Harjula has been the chairperson of the board of The Society for Medieval Archaeology in Finland since 2011.

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Marjo Kaartinen

Marjo Kaartinen is Professor of Cultural History in the University of Turku. She is the director of TUCEMEMS, and one of its founding members. She is an internationally recognized cultural historian.

Prof. Kaartinen has studied a wide range of themes on the cultural history of the early modern period. One of her main research foci has been women’s history in England. The history of the body has also been one of her research interests, as she has published a monograph and several articles on the subject of breast cancer in early modern England. Before that she has published a book on the reformation of Henry VIII: Religious Life and English Culture in the Reformation. 

Her work has been widely recognized, and in 2006 she was nominated Academic of the Year by the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers. 

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Marika Räsänen

Marika Räsänen, PhD, has studied the cult of Thomas Aquinas’ relics in her dissertation The Restless corpse. Thomas Aquinas’ Remains as the Centre of Conflict and Cult in Late Medieval Southern Italy. She was awarded the title Humanist Doctor of the Year 2013 by the Faculty of Humanities for her dissertation.

She now works as a project researcher for the TUCEMEMS Reformation project coordinating especially a subproject the aim of which is produce the non-fiction book Pohjoinen reformaatio (The Northern Reformation) destined to the general audience. Her own research interests include the cultural history of the long reform from the late medieval reform movements to the Counter-Reformation. Dr. Räsänen focuses on the saints and material aspects of the reforms. 

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Kirsi Salonen

Kirsi Salonen works as Professor in the Department of European and World History in the University of Turku with the focus on medieval and early modern history. Her focus on medieval history has been in the papal administration and jurisdiction, especially in the Apostolic Penitentiary and the Sacra Romana Rota as well as in the world of sin and crime. 

She coordinates the study module of Ancient, Prehistorical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies within TUCEMEMS. She leads also the project “Manuskriptistä messuksi” (From Manuscript to Mass), which is one of the major initiatives associated with TUCEMEMS’ Reformation-project. It is a multidisciplinary undertaking, with musicologists, historians, linguists, singers and virtual reality -technology involved. The project aims to reconstruct seven Masses or other services from the medieval and reformation periods, and to perform them in cooperation with the Turku Cathedral and the Sibelius Academy of Finland. All the performances will be recorded and incorporated in a contemporary virtual model of Turku Cathedral.