​Cultural History encourages the study of innovative topics and fresh methodological approaches.

A central element in our activities is to discuss, both in empirical research and theoretical debate, the ways in which culture as the object of our research can be analysed. Strong areas of research in the department include medieval and early modern culture and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Our thematic areas of strength are life writing, media and popular culture, spatiality and materiality, the relationship between people, animals/nature and tehchnology, philosophy of the age of Romanticism and religious cultures. Important areas are also the cultural history of knowledge and thinking, and of experience and emotions.

Research projects and publications

The full list of our on-going and past research projects can be found at our Finnish website. Many project descriptions are both in Finnish and English. For further details click here

The list of our selected publications can be found at

Research students and the research community 

The Department has around 40 research students working on their PhDs. Some of them work  part-time and others are full-time. Most full time research students work at the Sirkkala campus and participate in teaching and other academic endeavors including organising conferences.

There are in sum 53 completed PhD theses at the Department of Cultural History. The list of doctoral dissertations can be viewed in here.



Postal Address
Cultural History

Visiting Address
Historicum building
Kaivokatu 12
FI-20500 Turku

tel + 358 2 333 5232

 Research Projects