Heidi Hakkarainen


Arcanuminkuja 1


ORCID identifier: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2110-6907

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Areas of expertise
cultural history; nineteenth-century studies; history of the press; history of emotions; Germany; Austria; humour,
popular culture studies; urban history


I earned my PhD in 2017. My monograph Comical Modernity. Popular Humour and the Transformation of Urban Space in Late Nineteenth-Century Vienna came out with Berghahn Books in 2019.

Currently I am working in the research project "Viral Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe" led by Academy Professor Hannu Salmi. In the academic year 2020-2021 I contributed to the research project "Mobility of Words and Places of Knowledge: Learned Communities in Early Nineteenth-Century Finland" led by Heli Rantala and funded by the Kone Foundation. In 2019 I worked as a visiting researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.


My main research interests include nineteenth-century studies and history of emotions in the German-language Europe. I have used various digitized press sources in my research and I am interested in combining digital history with the history of emotions to discover the ways in which newspapers and periodicals shaped discursive practices and mobilised emotions in the nineteenth-century German-speaking Europe. 


In 2021 I am co-leading an MA level seminar on the history of popular culture. I am also contributing to two courses in the module Digital history.


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