Dr Ilona Pikkanen

Ilona Pikkanen. Kuva: Gary Wornell


Research Manager, Researcher

E-Mail: ilona.pikkanen[at]finlit.fi
Phone: +358 (0)40 7618614

Research interests:

  • 19th-century historical culture
  • diachronic and synchronic comparisons
  • historical fiction
  • history of historiography
  • Digital Humanities

Ilona Pikkanen is research manager of SKS's research department. Her doctoral thesis (2013) dealt with historiographical narratology, and presented a close textual reading of the narratives and strategies of Eliel Aspelin-Haapkylä’s paradigmatic book on the history of the Finnish theatre (I-IV, 1906-1910). Lately Pikkanen has published on transtemporal history culture (Geschichtskultur) of medieval and early modern popular uprisings in Finland and Sweden from c. 1600 to c. 1970. She holds a Title of Docent (Adjunct Professor) at the University of Oulu, Finland.

Selected publications:

  • 1590-luvun aateli suomalaisten ja ruotsalaisten historioitsijoiden silmin 1900-luvun alkupuolella. Historiallinen Aikakauskirja 2/2020, 166–177.
  • The Metrics and Poetics of Historical Drama: the Dramatis Personae of a Premodern Revolt in the Early Nineteenth-Century Finland. Orbis Litterarum. Volume 74, Issue 5. October 2019, 311–339.
  • Poster: Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon 2019: Pills and Persuasion. The Language of Advertisments in 19th-century British Newspapers (Jean-Caurant et al. 2019).
  • Hiding in Plain Sight: Poetry in Newspapers and How to Approach It (with A. Dominowska et al.) Human-IT: Journal for Information Technology Studies as a Human Science. Vol 14, No 2: Nordic Digital Resources and Practices, 2019, 145–171.
  • The Emergence of a Story Space: The Image of the Club War (1596–97) in Swedish and Finnish Historiography, 1620–1860. Scandinavian Journal of History, 2018, Vol. 43, No. 4, 515-538.
  • Theatrical Societies: Finland. Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe, ed. Joep Leerssen, 2017 (electronic version; Amsterdam: Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms, www.romanticnationalism.net
  • Linda Kaljundi, Eneken Laanes, Ilona Pikkanen (eds.): Novels, Histories, Novel Nations: Historical Fiction and Cultural Memory in Finland and Estonia. Studia Fennica Historica 19. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society, 2015. (340 pp.)
  • Historiographical Narratology: A Narrativist Close Reading of a Cultural History of the Early Twentieth Century. In New Approaches to Narrative. Ed. Vera Nünning. Trier: WVT, 2013, p. 223-236.
  • Casting the Ideal Past: a Narratological Close Reading of Eliel Aspelin-Haapkylä`s History of the Finnish Theatre Company (1906-1910) (doctoral thesis)
  • Theatre Histories and the Construction of National Identity. Cases Norway and Finland. In Nationalizing the Past. Historians as Nation-Builders in Modern Europe. Eds. Stefan Berger and Chris Lorenz. Palgrave Macmillan 2010, p. 209–232.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9435-7163

Curriculum vitae and publications