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History and Archaelogy


Arcanuminkuja 1

Areas of expertise

cultural history
nineteenth-century studies
children's literature
history of emotions
history of education
history of the press
popular culture studies
urban history


Currently, I am leading the research project "Becoming a reading nation? Children’s books and educational literature in Finland, 1790-1850", funded by the Kone Foundation (2023-2026). 

Previously, I have studied early nineteenth-century children’s literature in Old Finland, with special focus on cultural connections between Russian Empire and German-speaking Europe (The Finnish Cultural Foundation / Varsinais-Suomi regional fund).

Between 2017 and 2021 I worked in the research project "Viral Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe" led by Academy Professor Hannu Salmi. In the academic year 2020-2021 I contributed to the research project "Mobility of Words and Places of Knowledge: Learned Communities in Early Nineteenth-Century Finland" led by Adjunct professor Heli Rantala and funded by the Kone Foundation. In 2019 I worked as a visiting researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, supported by a grant by Emil Aaltonen Foundation (Finnish Foundations' Post Doc Pool).

I earned my PhD in 2017. My monograph Comical Modernity. Popular Humour and the Transformation of Urban Space in Late Nineteenth-Century Vienna came out with Berghahn Books in 2019.


Recently, between 2020 and 2022, I have been co-leading an MA level seminar on the study of popular culture. I have also contributed to courses in the field of digital history and the study of digitized newspaper archives.


My research interests include nineteenth-century studies, history of emotions, children's literature and history of education. I am interested in the ways in which print culture shaped discursive practices and mobilised emotions in the nineteenth-century Europe. 


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