Heli Rantala
PhD

Cultural History and European and World History (School of History, Culture and Arts Studies)

hemara@utu.fi
+358 29 450 3479
+358 50 329 0919

Kaivokatu 12
Turku





Areas of expertise
history; cultural history; nineteenth-century studies; history of concepts; concepts of culture and civilization; intellectual history; press history; text reuse

Biography

I conducted my MA and PhD studies at the University of Turku, where I studied History, Philosophy and some Political Science as well.

I gained my doctoral degree in 2013 in Cultural History at the University of
Turku. In my doctoral dissertation, I studied the conceptual dimension of the
Finnish nineteenth-century cultural discourse by investigating the entangled
meanings of culture, Bildung and
civilisation in the writings of Johan Vilhelm Snellman (1806–1881), a
Swedish-speaking philosopher, journalist and academic.



During my academic career, I have had an
opportunity to work in the field of doctoral training as a co-ordinator of
several doctoral programmes. I have also had the pleasure to promote the unique
scientific and artistic symposium, Aboagora, as a co-ordinator and a member of the
organising team of the symposium. In addition to my academic work, I am active in some scholarly societies. I am especially interested in the fields of scientific editing and science communication.



Research

In my doctoral thesis, I was interested in the concept of culture but also in the nineteenth-century theories of history. After earning my PhD, I have had an opportunity to work in several research projects led by Professor Hannu Salmi, first in Travelling Notions of Culture: Itineraries of Bildung and Civilisation in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe and later in Computational History and the Transformation of Public Discourse in Finland, 1640–1910, and in Viral Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe. In these projects, I have studied the spatial dimension of civilisation (for example in Nordic travelogues), text re-use in Finnish newspapers and the viral nature of revolution in early nineteenth-century Europe.

I am also interested in university history, especially student activities within the Academy of Turku during the first decades of the nineteenth century.



Teaching

I have worked as a teacher and a supervisor in the interdisciplinary study programme Baltic Sea Region Studies (UTU) for several years. In this programme, I have taught courses on the themes of identity, nationalism, transnationalism and cultural transfer. I have also been involved in various teaching activities at my home department. During spring 2018, for example, I was co-ordinating the course "Romantic Era in Europe". Currently, I am teaching an MA level seminar together with my colleague PhD Heidi Hakkarainen.  



Publications
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Global ‘revolution’ in the early nineteenth-century Finnish press (2019)
History of European Ideas
Rantala Heli
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Återanvändningen av text i den finska tidningspressen 1771–1853 (2018)
Historisk Tidskrift För Finland
Salmi Hannu, Nivala Asko, Rantala Heli, Sippola Reetta, Vesanto Aleksi, Ginter Filip
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

"Porthanin lehti" ja otteita sen myöhemmästä elämästä (2018)
Auraica: Scripta A Societate Porthan Edita
Rantala Heli
(
B1 Journal article)

Applying BLAST to Text Reuse Detection in Finnish Newspapers and Journals, 1771–1910 (2017)Aleksi Vesanto, Asko Nivala, Heli Rantala, Tapio Salakoski, Hannu Salmi, Filip Ginter
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

Kohtauksia turkulaisesta opiskelijaelämästä (2017)
Turun Historiallinen Arkisto
Rantala Heli
(
B1 Journal article)

Towards the Inner History of the Nation: Defining 'Cultural History' in Nineteenth-Century Finland (2017)
Cultural History
Rantala H
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Turun monet romantiikat (2017)
Auraica: Scripta A Societate Porthan Edita
Rantala Heli, Sarjala Jukka
(
B1 Journal article)

Vapauden ajattelijoita (2017)
Kritiikki
Rantala Heli
(
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article)

Turun Historiallinen Arkisto 67 - jäsenlehti (2016)Heli Rantala, Virpi Kivioja, Olli Kleemola
(
O2 Other)

Suomalaista historianfilosofiaa 1800-luvulla: Snellman ja Topelius (2015)Heli Rantala
(
D2 Article in a professional research book)

Turun Historiallinen Arkisto 65 – jäsenlehti (2015)Heli Rantala, Harri Kiiskinen
(
O2 Other)

Turun Historiallinen Arkisto 63 – Jäsenlehti (2014)Heli Rantala, Marjo Kaartinen, Harri Kiiskinen, Mika Suonpää
(
O2 Other)

Book review: Minna Ahokas, Valistus suomalaisessa kirjakulttuurissa 1700-luvulla (2013)
Sjuttonhundratal
Heli Rantala
(
B1 Journal article)

Häät (2012)Heli Rantala
(
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article)


Last updated on 2019-25-03 at 01:20