Marja Jalava
Professor, PhD

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Areas of expertise
Finnish and Nordic history, 19th and 20th centuries; history of historiography; intellectual history; history of emotions; gender history (esp. masculinities)


I began working as
a professor in the Department of Cultural History at the University of Turku in
1 August 2017, and I will work at this position until 31 December 2021. I
obtained my PhD in Finnish and Nordic History at the University of Helsinki in
2005. During 2006–2010, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department
of History (HU) and in 2010–2015, as Academy Research Fellow at the Department
of Political and Economic Studies (HU). In 2014, I was appointed as Senior
Lecturer in Political History (HU). I have also held temporary professorships
at the University of Tampere (Professor of Finnish History, 2012–2013) and at the
University of Turku (Professor of Contemporary History, 2016–2017).


My research
interests lie in the modern history of Finland and other Nordic countries.
Among my long-term interests is the study of nationalism and cultural
radicalism during the "long nineteenth century." I have also focused
on the history of welfare state, particularly from the viewpoint of education
and the university system. More recently, I have specialised in the history of
historiography and the history of emotions.


Due to being a professor
in Cultural History, I have a large responsibility for the MA studies and the
supervision of graduate students in Cultural History. In recent years, I have
lectured in basic and special courses, particularly on the history and theory
of historiography, the power of visual culture in politics, and the formation
of modern state and civil society.


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