Asko Nivala, PhD

Room: 313
Email: asko.nivala(at)
Phone: (+358) 50 3289 562



My research focuses on early nineteenth-century Romanticism in Germany and England. I defended my doctoral dissertation in 2015 about the themes of the Golden Age and the Kingdom of God in Friedrich Schlegel's early Romantic philosophy of history. A monograph based on that study was published in March 2017 with the title The Romantic Idea of the Golden Age in Friedrich Schlegel's Philosophy of History (New York: Routledge 2017). In addition to that, I have studied the spatiality of thought and concepts, about which I co-edited the book Travelling Notions of Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe (New York: Routledge 2016) together with Hannu Salmi and Jukka Sarjala.

In 2017–2019, I will be working as a postdoc at Turku Institute for Advanced Studies with the project Romantic Cartographies. Lived and Imagined Space in English and German Romantic Texts, 1790–1840Moreover, I am a part-time researcher in the consortium Computational History and the Transformation of Public Discourse in Finland​, 1640–1910 supervised by Hannu Salmi (Academy of Finland, 2016–2019). In my other publications and conference papers, I have studied metaphors, humour, games, cosmopolitanism, and the grotesque during the age of Romanticism and in historiography in general. My other research interests include the theoretical discussion on digital humanities, posthumanism and new materialism.



Edited books

Peer-reviewed articles

Other articles


  • “Ekphrasis and Negative Itinerary in Early German Romanticism.” Philologie und Philosophie in der Frühromantik IV. Studienkurs am IUC Dubrovnik, Kroatien, 15.–20. 6. 2015.

  • The Metaphor of Cultural Contagion in German Romanticism.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference 2015. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, US, 16.–19. 4. 2015.

  • “Katastrofaalinen vallankumous ja romanttinen kulttuuri”. Liikkeellä: Todelliset ja kuvitteelliset tilat, rajat ja siirtymät 1800-luvulla. 1800-luvun tutkimuksen seuran vuosikonferenssi. Tampere 29.–30. 1. 2015.

  • ”German Romanticism and the Vain Search for Historical Atlantis.” Mapping North and South in Europe. Images, Identities and Space. University of Helsinki, 25.–27. 9. 2014.

  • War Machine and Non-Human Agency in Heinrich von Kleist’s Prince of Homburg.” Artefacts, Culture and Identity. Istanbul, Turkey 11.–14. 9. 2013 ISCH Conference.

  • ”Französische Revolution als Naturkatastrophe. Friedrich Schlegels kritisches Urteil über die Geschichte.” Philologie und Philosophie in der Frühromantik II. Studienkurs am IUC Dubrovnik, Kroatien, 3.–8. 6. 2013.

  • War Machine and Non-Human Agency in Heinrich von Kleist’s Aesthetics.” Movement, aesthetics, ontology. IV Annual Conference on the New Materialisms. School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Turku, Finland, 16.–17. 5. 2013.

  • ”Mediality and New Mythology in Friedrich Schlegel’s Early Romantic Thought.” Romantic Intermediality. University of Helsinki, 24.–25.11.2011.

  • ”Friedrich Schlegel and the Agency of Nature.” German Idealism Today. Nordic Network for German Idealism. University of Aarhus, Denmark, 31.10.–2.11.2011.

  • ”Friedrich Schlegel and the Principles of the Enlightenment.” Aboagora – Between Arts and Sciences. University of Turku, the Donner Institute, and Turku Music Festival, 16.–18.8.2011.

  • ”Filosofien ja historioitsijoiden Paavali.” Tulkinta. Kulttuurihistorian joulukoulu 2011. Turun yliopisto, 14.1.2011.

  • ”Historian ja filosofian välillä.” Historia-aineiden syyspäivä. Turun yliopisto ja Åbo Akademi, 26.8.2010.

  • ”Difference between eschatological and messianic time in Friedrich Schlegel’s philosophy of history.” Cultural Histories: Close Readings, Critical Syntheses, ISCH 2010 annual conference. University of Turku, 26.–30.5.2010.

  • ”Systemaattisuus ja teleologia Friedrich Schlegelin varhaisromanttisessa historianfilosofiassa.” Historian teoria ja filosofia -symposium, Oulun yliopisto, 29.–30.1.2010.

  • ”The Utopia of Past Golden Age - Friedrich Schlegel’s Early Romantic Conception of Greece.” 10th International Conference of Utopian Studies Society. University of Porto, Portugal, 1.–4.7.2009.

  • ”Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Friedrich Schlegel on Spirit and Letter.” The Spirit of German Idealism, Inaugural seminar of Nordic Network for German Idealism. University of Aarhus, Denmark, 10.–11.3.2009.

  • ”The Grotesque in Friedrich Schlegel’s Early Romantic Theory of Novel.” Grotesque and the Unnatural. University of Tampere, 6.3.2009.

  • ”Friedrich Schlegel and the Principles of the Enlightenment.” The Enlightenment: Critique, Myth and Utopia University of Helsinki, 17.–18.10.2008.

  • ”Uusi mytologia ja kertomus Friedrich Schlegelin varhaisromanttisessa historianfilosofiassa.” Tutkija kertojana. Kulttuurihistoria ja tarinat. Joulukoulu 11.1.2008, Turun yliopisto, Turku 11.1.2008.