Heli Rantala
PhD

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

Tekstien uudelleenkäyttö suomalaisessa sanoma- ja aikakauslehdistössä 1771–1920. Digitaalisten ihmistieteiden näkökulma (2019)
Historiallinen Aikakauskirja
Rantala Heli, Salmi Hannu, Nivala Asko, Paju Petri, Sippola Reetta, Vesanto Aleksi, Ginter Filip
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The Long-Term Reuse of Text in the Finnish Press, 1771–1920 (2019)
CEUR Workshop Proceedings
Proceedings of the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 4th Conference (DHN 2019), Copenhagen, Denmark, March 5-8, 2019 Salmi Hannu, Rantala Heli, Vesanto Aleksi, Ginter Filip
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

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) Proceedings of the NoDaLiDa 2017 Workshop on Processing Historical Language 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)

Nordic travellers between the centres and peripheries of civilisation (2016) Travelling notions of culture in early nineteenth-century Europe Heli Rantala
(
A3 Book chapter)

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

Kirjat ja oppineiston kirjallinen toiminta 1800-luvun alun Turun akatemiassa (2015) Kirjoista kokoelmaksi. Kansansivistystä ja kansainvälisyyttä Turun kaupunginkirjastossa 1800-1900-luvuilla Heli Rantala
(
B2 Book chapter)

Suomalaista historianfilosofiaa 1800-luvulla: Snellman ja Topelius (2015) Historianfilosofia : Klassikkoajattelijat antiikista nykypäivään 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)


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