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Postdoctoral Researcher, Cultural History and European and World History
Adjunct Professor, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies
PhD, Docent


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Areas of expertise

nineteenth-century Romanticism
philosophy of history
digital humanities


I graduated from the University of Turku with a Master’s degree in 2007. I had Cultural History as a major subject and Comparative Literature and Philosophy as minor subjects. An important part of my studies was participating in the Erasmus programme at Kiel University, Germany, where I studied Philosophy and German. In 2015, I defended my doctoral dissertation on Friedrich Schlegel’s early Romantic philosophy of history and since that, I have been a working as a postdoctoral researcher. I spent the spring semester of 2017 as a visiting fellow in the Research Unit Historical Cultural Sciences in Mainz, Germany. I am also working with the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) in 2017–2019.


During my TIAS funding period I will concentrate mainly on research, but I also supervise two doctoral students and deliver guest lectures.


My research focuses on early nineteenth-century Romanticism in Germany and England. In 2015, I defended my doctoral dissertation on the themes of the Golden Age and the Kingdom of God in Friedrich Schlegel's early Romantic philosophy of history. A monograph based on that study was published in March 2017 with the title The Romantic Idea of the Golden Age in Friedrich Schlegel's Philosophy of History (New York: Routledge 2017). In addition, I have studied the spatiality of thought and concepts, on which I co-edited the book Travelling Notions of Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe (New York: Routledge 2016) together with Hannu Salmi and Jukka Sarjala.

In 2017–2019, I will be working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies with the project Romantic Cartographies. Lived and Imagined Space in English and German Romantic Texts, 1790–1840. Moreover, I am a part-time researcher in the consortium Computational History and the Transformation of Public Discourse in Finland​, 1640–1910which studies text reuse in Finnish press and is supervised by Hannu Salmi (Academy of Finland, 2016–2019). In my other publications and conference papers, I have studied metaphors, humour, games, cosmopolitanism and the grotesque during the age of Romanticism and in historiography in general. My other research interests include the theoretical discussion on digital humanities, posthumanism and new materialism. Related to this, I have recently co-authored the article History and Virtual Topology: The Nineteenth-Century Press as Material Flow (historein 7, no. 2, 2018).


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