Taina Syrjämaa profile picture
Professor, Cultural History and European and World History
Professori, Yleinen historia / Professor, European and World History


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Areas of expertise

Urban history
animal history
history of pets
history of exhibitions
history of the belief in progress
historical spatiality
history of travel and tourism
European history
19th and 20th century history
Italian history, history of the city of Rome


My research interests are mainly linked to human-animal relations, cross-cultural mobility, cities and material culture. I’m especially interested in diffuse agency and historical spatiality. Currently, I’m examining the shared history of human and non-human animals since the 19th century, focusing on pets. I also continue working on the history of the culture of display. I have studied exhibitions as a transnational medium that, among other things, produced and represented the popular belief in progress. Empirically I have studied and continue to study world exhibitions as well as the first Finnish industrial and art exhibition arranged in Helsinki in 1876.

My earlier research concentrated on Italian history. In my book Constructing Unity, Living in Diversity. A Roman Decade (2006) I examined late nineteenth-century Rome as a polyphonic and kaleidoscopic lived space. My doctoral dissertation (1997) focused on the formation of Italian tourism policy and administration in the interwar period, especially in regard to tourism promotion abroad.


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Reino Kero 1939-2020 (2020)

Historiallinen Aikakauskirja
Koivunen Leila, Syrjämaa Taina
(B1 Kirjoitus tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Eläinten unohdettu historia (2018)

Historia nyt - Turun Historiallisen Yhdistyksen jäsenlehti
Syrjämaa Taina, Räsänen Tuomas
(B1 Kirjoitus tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)