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  • Institutions in Finland

    Miika NORRO, 26 July 2015

    Medieval studies are carried out in eight universities and six cities in Finland. Here’s an overview of professors and researchers studying medieval topics, listed according to their home-institution and alphabetically. Research centres on medieval and early modern subjects are listed below, after the universities.

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  • Finnish Universities

    Miika NORRO, 30 July 2015 | 26 July 2015

    Medieval studies are a multidisciplinary subject in Finland, and medievalists include historians, linguists, researchers of comparative literature and religion, archaeologists and theologians. Here they are listed according their name and their department of affiliation.

    University of Helsinki (Helsingin yliopisto)
    Languages: Finnish, Swedish, English

    • Department of General History: Agneta Ahlqvist, Derek Fewster, Björn Forsén, Tuomas Heikkilä, Sini Kangas, Anu Lahtinen, Tuomas M.S. Lehtonen, Samu Niskanen, Antti Ruotsala, Juho Wilskman
    • Department of Art History: Markus Hiekkanen, Anna Ripatti, Elina Räsänen (Late medieval art in the Baltic Sea region, iconography and provenience studies), Johanna Vakkari
    • Department of Esthetics: Oiva Kuisma
    • Department of Classical Philology: Seppo Heikkinen, Outi Kaltio, Tea Lipponen, Anneli Luhtala, Anna Reinikka, Lena Talvio
    • Department of Archaeology: Georg Haggrén, Elisabeth Holmqvist (Research on materials, especially the medieval tradition of glass-making and ceramics and their trade in Finland and in the surrounding areas), Ulrika Rosendahl, Santeri Vanhanen
    • Departement of folkloristics: Joonas Ahola
    • Department of Germanic Philology: Cora Dietl, Jarmo Korhonen, Aino Kärnä
    • Department of the Study of Religions: Alexandra Bergholm, Karolina Kouvola (Magic and witchcraft in the 17th century in Western Finland, especially at the Academy of Turku. Other fields of interest are vernacular magic, healing incantations and Old Norse mythology), Riitta Latvio, Katja Ritari (Religious thinking in Ireland in the Early Middle Ages, especially the process of Christianisation, Saints, Monastic Spirituality and Eschatology)
    • Department of Church History: Kaarlo Arffman, Leena Enqvist, Anna-Riina Hakala, Tuomas Heikkilä, Sini Mikkola, Päivi Räisänen-Schröder, Päivi Salmesvuori, Stefan Schröder
    • Department of Systematic Theology: Pauli Annala, Olli Hallamaa, Vesa Hirvonen, Toivo Holopainen, Taina Holopainen, Heikki Kirjavainen, Simo Knuuttila, Pekka Kärkkäinen, Virpi Mäkinen, Ilse Paakkinen, Ritva Palmén, Mikko Posti, Risto Saarinen, Reijo Työrinoja
    • Department of Practical Theology: Jyrki Knuutila, Ermo Äikää
    • Department of Legal History: Heikki Pihlajamäki (History of the canon law and of the criminal law in the Middle Ages)

    - University of Turku (Turun yliopisto)
    Languages: Finnish, English

    • Department of European Ethnology: Marja Hartola (Finnish medieval food economy)
    • Department of Art History: Hanna Kuuskoski (Mural paintings in churches in Finland in the 16th century)
    • Department of European and World History: Miika Norro (Knightly culture and religiosity in French literature of the central Middle Ages), Janne Tunturi (Medievalism), Tiago Silva (Christian-Muslim relations in Portugal)
    • Department of Finnish history: Maria Kallio (Medieval cartularies from the chapter and cathedral of Turku), Mika Kallioinen (History of trade from the Middle Ages to 20th century, history of contagious diseases), Taina Saarenpää (Finnish bourgeois women in medieval documents), Kirsi Salonen (Apostolic Penitentiary, law history, church history), Suvianna Seppälä (Taxation of peasants in 16th-century Finland)
    • Department of Cultural History: Heta Aali (French historiography, Merovingian queens), Meri Heinonen (Medieval mysticism, especially the meanings of gender and body, spiritual friendship), Kirsi Kanerva (History of emotions, Icelandic culture in the 13th and 14th centuries, sagas), Tom Linkinen (Cultural history and understanding of same-sex sexuality, late medieval England), Teemu Immonen (Hermit monks and eremitical spirituality at the monastery of Monte Cassino ), Anna Oja (Mysticism, Mechthild of Magdeburg), Elviira Pulli (Spirituality of lay people in England in the late Middle Ages, Imagination of spiritual suffering), Marika Räsänen (The relic cult of Thomas Aquinas in Late Medieval Italy), Reima Välimäki (Religious control, heresy, Petrus Zwicker)
    • Department of Archaeology: Rivo Bernotas (Archaeology and social history of urban defence, medieval walled towns in Old Livonia and Finland), Heli Etu-Sihvola (Stable isotope research on archaeological bone material, Eura Luistari cemetery (600-1150 AD)), Janne Harjula (Material culture in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Era), Sonja Hukantaival (Building deposits and beliefs concerning them in Finland), Visa Immonen (Material culture in Finland, the Dominican convent of Turku), Joonas Kinnunen, Heini Kirjavainen (Medieval and early modern textiles, textile archaeology), Ville Laakso (Orthodox culture in Finland), Terttu Lempiäinen (History of plants and archaeobotany), Mikko Moilanen (Swords with ferrous inlays from the Late Iron Age and early medieval period in Finland), Timo Muhonen (Finnish cairns from the Iron Age and historical time, in the wider framework of Finnish folk belief), Sari Mäntylä-Asplund (The interpretation of grave-goods of inhumation cemetery at Halikko, Rikala as a starting-point), Jani Oravisjärvi (Numismatics, early monetary systems, the study of provenance), Tanja Ratilainen (Brick building in medieval Häme), Juha Ruohonen (Christianisation and ecclesiastical organisation in central Finland from the Middle Ages to the 18th century), Liisa Seppänen (Urban archaeology, dendroarchaeology and archaeological methods, the archaeology of medieval Turku), Jussi-Pekka Taavitsainen (Cultural history of objects, the relics of Turku Cathedral), Kari Uotila (Building archaeology), Juha-Matti Vuorinen (Buildings in late Iron age and early Middle Ages in Southwest Finland)
    • Department of German: Tuomo Fonsén (The influence of Luther on the tradition of the vernacular Bible translations), Kari Keinästö (the German language during the Middle Ages, German literature)
    • Department of English: Ruth Carroll (Linguistics of historical English, especially pragmatics, discourse analysis, and phraseology), Risto Hiltunen (History of English, historical discourse studies, Old and Middle English, legal discourse, Salem witchcraft documents), Aino Liira (Paratextual communication in manuscripts and early printed editions of the Middle English Polychronicon), Sara Norja (Manuscript studies, Middle English, alchemical prose texts, history of science, multilingualism), Matti Peikola (Wycliff’s translation of the Bible, liturgical paratexts), Hanna Salmi (Text-organising devices and interaction in Middle English debate poetry), Janne Skaffari (language contact and linguistic (particularly lexical) change in medieval English​), Mari-Liisa Varila (Patterns of production and dissemination of vernacular scientific writing in 16th-century England)
    • Department of Finnish and Finno-Ugric Languages: Kaisa Häkkinen (History of Finnish, early written Finnish, the writings of Mikael Agricola and other early Finnish texts), Nobufumi Inaba (The dative-genitive of the Finnish language), Kirsi-Maria Nummila (The Old Finnish literary language, medieval and early modern cultural vocabulary and urban nomenclature), Heidi Salmi, Tanja Toropainen (Word formation, old written Finnish)
    • Department of Italian: Luigi de Anna (History of nobility)
    • Department of Scandinavian Languages: Kirsten Berg, Mikko Kauko (History of the Swedish language, the Swedish language in the Middle Ages, Jöns Budde, Latin), Minna Sandelin (13th- and 14th-century province laws in Sweden), Kendra Wilson (Finno-Ugric elements in runic inscriptions)
    • Department of Classics: Jaana Vaahtera (History of scholarship and linguistics, from 5th century to 10th century), Minna Seppänen (Greek and Latin literature and language from Hellenistic period to the early Middle Ages)
    • Department of Comparative Religion: Pekka Tolonen (Spiritual movements of laity in Languedoc in the 13th century)
    • Department of Legal History: Mia Korpiola (Adoption of the canon law to the matrimonial legislation in Sweden, family law), Satu Lidman (Late medieval and early modern periods, including legal culture, discipline and punishment, values and attitudes, violence against women, chastity and sexuality)
    • Department of Philosophy: Mikael Melan

    - Åbo Akademi University (Åbo Akademi)
    Languages: Swedish, Finnish, English

    - University of Tampere (Tampereen yliopisto)
    Languages: Finnihs, English

    - University of Oulu (Oulun yliopisto)
    Languages: Finnish, English

    • Department of History: Sirpa Aalto (The Middle Ages in Norway and in Iceland, saga-research, interaction between the samis and the Scandinavian peoples in the Middle Ages), Harri Hihnala (The Middle Ages in Norway and in Iceland, saga-research, the medieval fortified castles of Finland), Matti Leiviskä (Onomastics and the history of settlement of Finland in the Middle Ages)
    • Department of History of Science and Ideas: Maija Kallinen, Matti Ylipiessa
    • Department of Archaeology Ville Hakamäki, Risto Nurmi, Rosa Vilkama

    - University of Jyväskylä (Jyväskylän yliopisto)
    Languages: Finnish, English

    • Department of History and Ethnology Mikko Hiljanen, Hanna Kietäväinen-Sirén, Susanna Niiranen
    • Department of Art History: Katja Fält, Lauri Ockenström (Learned magic and image magic in the Middle Ages, Hermetic tradition, Neoplatonism, natural magic, Marsilio Ficino, Cornelius Agrippa), Hanna Pirinen (Finnish Church interiors)
    • Department of Languages: Lorenzo Amato (Mirabilia urbis Romae, development of medieval guides of Rome to guides of archaeology in Renaissance), Heli Blankenstein (Conjunction in Middle French), Ruut Kataisto (The Vita Capranicae of Battista di Poggio Bracciolini, edition and commentary), Miika Kuha (Venetian chronicles of the 13th and 14th centuries), Jakub Kujawinski (BNF, fr. 688 and the historiography of Naples in the time of Anjou reign), Outi Merisalo (De spermate, edition and the history of transmission, Niccolò Falcucci (Sermones, history of transmission, book-history, paleography, codicology, translations from Latin to Middle French, humanist-Latin, neo-Latin), Samu Niskanen (Historiography of the crusades)
    • Department of Music: Pekka Toivanen
    • Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy: Mikko Yrjönsuuri, Jari Kaukua, Juhana Toivanen

    - University of Eastern Finland (Itä-Suomen yliopisto)
    Languages: Finnish, English

    - University of Arts (Taideyliopisto)
    Languages: Finnish, English, Swedish

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  • Research Institutes and Centres in Finland

    Miika NORRO, 26 July 2015

    - Finnish Institute in Rome (Institutum Romanum Finlandiae)
    Languages: Finnish, Italian, Swedish, English
    Research in the institute is on the Middle Ages and the Antiquity

    - Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (TUCEMEMS)
    Languages : Finnish, English
    TUCEMEMS is a research centre funded by the University of Turku. It promotes medieval and early modern studies within the University. The Centre is multidisciplinary and it aims at facilitating cooperation between different fields of studies and with international partners. The Centre organises seminars, international colloquia and workshops, and invites guests from other universities. It also proposes a study-module in prehistoric, classic, medieval and early modern studies for students of the University. TUCEMEMS has also a scholarly series, "Crossing Boundaries: Turku Medieval and early Modern Studies", published by the Amsterdam University Press.

    - TRIVIUM (Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies)
    Languages: Finnish, English
    The Trivium Centre is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and teachers at the University of Tampere. The Centre promotes research on Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period and aims at being a forum of dialogue between different fields of study. Trivium strengthens international relations for medieval and classical studies. The Centre organises seminars and other meetings for researchers.

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