Prof. Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen

Secretary General, Professor

E-mail: tuomas.lehtonen[at]
Phone: +358 (0)40 560 9879

Research interests:

  • interfaces of  oral and literary culture in the Early Modern Baltic Sea region
  • Medieval history and and literature in Latin
  • historiography of the Middle Ages and in the early modern age
  • rhetoric and poetics

As Secretary General, Tuomas Lehtonen is responsible for the management and operating environment of the Finnish Literature Society. He is in charge of the research activities of the society as well.

Lehtonen is currently researching the relationships between the oral and literary and the vernacular and Latin-language cultures in the early modern Finland and elsewhere in Baltic Sea Region. He is the principal investigator of the project “Letters and Songs: Registers of Belief and Expression in the Early Modern North hosted by the Finnish Literature Society” (Academy of Finland funding 288119, 1.9.2015-24.8.2020).

Lehtonen’s academic background is medieval research, and he is a docent (adjunct professor) in European history at the University of Helsinki. Previously he studied Latin secular poetry and satires from the 12th and 13th centuries. He has subsequently carried out research on chance, Fortune and concepts of providence in historiography from the 11th to 13th century and the relationships of oral and literary cultures. Lehtonen has written about medieval cultural history in Finland and studied theoretical debate on rhetoric, poetics, the theory of language and semiotics.

Among his most recent publications are collected volumes The Performance of Christian and Pagan Storyworlds. Non-Canonical Chapters of the History of Nordic Medieval Literature. Medieval Identities in Socio-Cultural Spaces (Turnhout: Brepols 2013, 448 p.) edited together with Lars Boje Mortensen and Alexandra Bergholm, Re-forming Texts, Music and Church Art in the Early Modern North (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press 2016, 482 p.) edited together with Linda Kaljundi, and a co-authored monograph Laulut ja kirjoitukset: suullinen ja kirjallinen kulttuuri uuden ajan alun Suomessa (Helsinki: SKS 2017, 624 p.): English summary.

Lehtonen has been awarded with the Finnish state award for Public Information (Valtion tiedonkjulkistamispalkinto) twice (1998, 2006) and with the Luminous Middle Ages (Valoisa keskiaika) award for promoting medieval studies in Finland 2006. University of Jyväskylä awarded him with honorary doctorate in 2016.

The President of the Republic of Finland awarded him with honorary title of professor in 19 December 2019.

Curriculum Vitae


Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen in the University of Helsinki 375 humanists -presentation.

Presentation av Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen i Helsingfors universitets 375 humanister serie.