Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen

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Areas of expertise
Finnish history, early modern history, gender history, history of midwifery, history of sexwork


Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen is Professor
of Finnish history at the University of Turku since 2003. 


Professor Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen has headed or heads four
research projects financed by the Academy of Finland: Competition, cooperation
and social capital: Structure and change in business 1800–2000; Empowerment and
disempowerment in Finland 1550–1980; Midwives – Finnish urban women in service
economy 1650-1800; and Making and interpreting Finnish national pasts: role of
archives in changing cultural processes. In her own research, she has gathered
strong expertise on economic and gender history, female entrepreneurship,
handicrafts relations, and household economy.  Her most recent articles
are “Women and Professional Ambitions in Northern Europe, c. 1650–1850”
(together with Johanna Ilmakunnas and Marjatta Rahikainen) and “Midwives:
Birthing Care Professionals in Eighteenth-Century Sweden and Finland”, both in
Early Professional Women in Northern Europe, c. 1650–1850" (Routledge
2017) and "From Household Economy to Family Business" (together with
Jarna Heinonen) and "Statutory Invisibility: Urban Business Women's Legal
and Political Rights" (together with Jarkko Keskinen), both in Women in
Business Families from Past to Present (Routledge 2018). She has also published
a monograph in Swedish on the eighteenth-century midwifery "De frimodiga:
Barnmorskor, födande och kroppslighet på 1700-talet" (SLS 2016). Professor
Vainio-Korhonen is also an expert on arhives and digital humanities issues,
which are part of her work as a vice president of the Advisory council of the
Finland’s National Archives Service.


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