Medievalism in Finland and Russia, book launch seminar


15.12.2022 klo 14.15 - 17.00
Thursday, 15 December 2022, Edu 3, University of Turku, and online via Zoom. The link will be sent to the registered participants.

The seminar marks the publication of the volume Medievalism in Finland and Russia, ed. by Reima Välimäki (Bloomsbury 2022):

Contributors of the volume and other experts discuss topical issues of medievalism, politics and uses of history in the current world situation.
The seminar is organized by the research project PSEUDOHISTORIA ( and Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (


Reima Välimäki: Medievalism in Finland and Russia and why it matters
Heta Aali: Medievalism of the Finnish Ylilauta imageboard
Derek Fewster: Comment: Finnish medievalism and its earlier roots

Break 15 min

Mila Oiva and Teemu Oivo: Medievalist pseudohistories on the Russian Internet
Kati Parppei: How to interpret medievalism in the Russian presidents’ speeches
Pia Koivunen: Comment: Russian history politics