Reima Välimäki profile picture
Postdoctoral Researcher, Cultural History and European and World History
PhD / FT, University Teacher


+358 29 450 2296
+358 50 590 4538
Kaivokatu 12

Areas of expertise

Medieval History
History of Heresy and Inquisition
History of Hate Speech
Digital Humanities
Authorship Attribution


I am a university teacher in the Department of Cultural History. I obtained my PhD in Cultural History at the University of Turku in 2016. My doctoral dissertation was on late medieval heresy and the German inquisitor Petrus Zwicker, and I did my research in the Finnish Doctoral Programme of History and in the Academy of Finland project Modus vivendi: Religious Reform and the Laity in Late Medieval Europe. During my doctoral studies, I spent one academic year as a visiting scholar at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal in Germany and several research periods at the Finnish Institute in Rome. 2016–2018 I was a part-time secretary of the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae Foundation. In addition, I actively engage in public history: since 2015, I have worked as the historical expert of the Medieval Market event in Turku, and I have recently been taking part in two public history projects: Vihan pitkät jäljet on the long history of hate speech (2017–2018), and Vammaisuuden vaiettu historia on disability history (2017–2019).


As a university teacher, I am responsible for the course Introduction to Cultural History in the Autumn semester 2019. In addition, I teach a source analysis course on premodern sources and work as a seminar instructor in a postgraduate research seminar on premodern cultural history. I have previously taught introductory courses to digital humanities; both individual lectures and whole courses (Online course at the University of Turku in 2017, lectures and online course at the Åbo Akademi University in 2018). In 2018, I co-ordinated a course on suffering in premodern cultural history. I also regularly teach Zotero workshops to both students and research staff.


My main research interests are history of heresy, inquisition, and polemical literature. A book based on my dissertation, Heresy in Late Medieval Germany: The Inquisitor Petrus Zwicker and the Waldensians has been published by York Medieval Press in 2019. Recently, I have started to combine computational stylistic analysis with the methods of history and manuscript studies. I am involved in a digital humanities consortium Profiling Premodern Authors, applying computational authorship attribution on ancient and medieval Latin literature. My future project is about textual influences, compilation, imitation and originality in late medieval polemical treatises. This will be my three-year postdoctoral project at the Turku Institute for Advance Studies, starting in January 2020. In 2019–21 I lead a project PSEUDOHISTORIA, studying medievalism, history culture and history politics in Finland and Russia. The project is funded by Emil Aaltonen Foundation. In addition, I am currently also finishing a smaller project on Thomas Laurentii, a parson of Turku who visited the University of Tübingen in 1585.


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Sata vuotta Keskiajan syksyä (2019)

Historiallinen Aikakauskirja
Sakari Ollitervo, Teemu Immonen, Marjo Kaartinen, Heli Rantala, Marika Räsänen, Reima Välimäki
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)