Areas of expertise
I work as a professor of European and World History with a special emphasis in global history and history of cultural interaction. I defended my doctoral thesis in 2006 and was awarded the title of docent in 2007. I have previously worked as an assistant, senior assistant, university lecturer and postdoctoral researcher (Academy of Finland).
Typical teaching year: Master’s seminar, supervision of MA and doctoral students, lecture course on a changing topic and participation in jointly taught courses.
My research interests include the history of European imagination and representation of the non-Western world, the culture of display and the processes of knowledge formation.
My doctoral dissertation (2006) traced the roots of stereotyped European imagery of Africa by focusing on the practices of visual representation and illustration processes in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Recently, I conducted research on history of collecting and displaying “exotic” material cultures in Finnish context. I am also interested in the history of Finnish involvement in colonial activities during the period of Russian rule and the ways in which attitudes closely connected to colonial settings were mediated to Finland.
See the webpage of the University of Turku History of Colonialism Research Group: https://utuhicorg.wordpress.com/