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Postdoctoral Researcher, Cultural History and European and World History
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Humanities


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Areas of expertise

Cultural History
Human-Animal Studies
Sea Animals
Baltic Sea
18th Century
19th Century
16th Century
20th Century
Environmental History
History of Science
History of Zoology
History of Knowledge
Maritime History
Climate Change
Digital Humanities
Big Data
Human-Plant Studies
History of Animal Farming
More-than-human history
Monster Studies
Oral History
Maritime Literature
History of Whaling;


I have taught several lectures from the perspective of more-than-human history, mainly on Human-Animal Studies. I have also organized several popular courses mainly with the above-mentioned theme. For instance, I organized and coordinated a lecture course with multiple lecturers on Animal and Plant Studies within Humanities with my colleague Heta Lähdesmäki in 2015. In 2020, I organized and taught an international lecture course "Sea, Nature and Finnish Culture", which was especially popular among exchange students. In addition to sole lectures and courses, I have led thematic seminar courses for the MA students of Cultural History from 2013 to 2018. During the first years, I led the seminar on Oral History. Since 2015, I have led the "Memory and Narrative" seminar with my colleague Maarit Leskelä-Kärki and later with Karoliina Sjö. In 2021, I taught a seminar on Environmental and Maritime history. 


I am a historian focusing on human-animal and human-plant studies as well as environmental history. I have the title of docent in the field of more-than-human history. I have studied widely the early modern as well as the nineteenth-century and twentieth-century societies and cultures. In my previous studies, I have investigated the shared history of humans and animals, the long-term understanding of the marine environment, and the history of seafaring culture. I am also interested in many other matters concerning the relationship between humans and non-human nature.  In addition to this, I am interested in the methods of digital humanities.


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Editorial (2021)

Trace: Finnish Journal for Human-Animal Studies
Otto Latva, Jaana Kouri
(B1 Kirjoitus tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Editorial (2020)

Trace: Finnish Journal for Human-Animal Studies
Otto Latva
(B1 Kirjoitus tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)