Bio

My research and teaching centre on issues of historical representation and the uses of history in academic as well as popular contexts. I hold adjunct professorships in Finland in political history and cultural history as well as philosophy, with specializations in the theory and philosophy of history (University of Turku), philosophy and cultural theory (Åbo Akademi University) and the philosophy of historical culture (University of Oulu). Current projects engage with the nature of historians’ expertise, the ethics and politics of historical representation, the turn to materiality in recent theory debates and the role of embodied understanding in language-use.

I co-edit Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice and work to promote research in the theory and philosophy of history through a number of other organizations, including the International Network for Theory of History. A recent book, The Work of History: Constructivism and a Politics of the Past (Routledge, 2017), explores current theory debates and their implications for writing history today. It has been translated into Spanish as La obra de historia: Constructivismo y política del pasado (Palinodia, 2019).

Professional service

Co-Editor

Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice
2018–present

Co-Founder

Research network: Rethinking Expertise in History
2015–present

Co-Convenor

Philosophy of History Seminar,
Institute of Historical Research,
University of London School of Advanced Study
2014–present

Co-Director

Centre for Philosophical Studies of History,
University of Oulu
2014–present

Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member

International Network for Theory of History
2012–present
Academic positions

UNIVERSITY OF TURKU, FINLAND

Adjunct Professor, Theory of History

Department of Cultural History
2015–present

Adjunct Professor, Philosophy of History

Department of Political Science and Contemporary History
2006–present

Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Cultural History
2002–2004

Assistant

Department of Cultural History
2000–2002

Senior Assistant

Department of Cultural History
1998

Assistant

Department of Cultural History
1997

ÅBO AKADEMI UNIVERSITY, FINLAND

Adjunct Professor, Philosophy and Cultural Theory

Department of Philosophy
2015–present

Academy of Finland Research Fellow

Department of Philosophy
2009–2014

Research Fellow (externally funded)

Department of Philosophy
2005–2009

UNIVERSITY OF OULU, FINLAND

Adjunct Professor, Philosophy of Historical Culture

Philosophy
2016–present

TALLINN UNIVERSITY, ESTONIA

Senior Research Fellow

Cultural Theory, School of Humanities
2016–2019
Education

PhD, History

University of Turku
1999

MA, Cultural History and Finnish Literature

University of Turku
1995

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