Curriculum vitae

Ilona Pikkanen, born 1974

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Tampere, History, 2013
  • M.A., University of Helsinki, with major degree in Finnish and Scandinavian history and minors in Political Science and Archaelogy, 2001

Present employment relationship

  • Research Manager, Research Department, the Finnish Literature Society (permanent position from 2004 onwards).

Most important posts

  • Research Fellow, The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Historical Research History of a Society: Re-thinking Finland 1400-2000, University of Tampere. Half-time position 1.1.2014–31.12.2016.
  • Researcher, Academy of Finland Research Project “The Finnish Opera Company (1873––1879) from a Microhistorical Perspective: Performance Practices, Multiple Narrations, and Polyphony of Voices”. Sibelius Academy, University of Arts, Helsinki, 1.7.2011–31.12.2012.
  • Researcher, Finnish Literature Society, research department (The Research Fund of the Finnish Literature Society Fellow), 1.1.–30.6.2010
  • Researcher, the Kone Foundation Project “Kirjoitettu kansakunta: Sukupuoli, historiakirjoittaminen ja kansallinen identiteetti 1800- ja 1900-lukujen Suomessa [Narrated Nation: Gender, Historywriting and National Identity in Finland during the 19th and 20th Centuries], 1.7.–31.12.2009
  • Researcher, University of Tampere (The Jalmari Finne Foundation Fellow), 1.3.–31.12.2007
  • Research assistant, History of the Finnish Literature Society, 2001–2003.

Membership of research projects and networks

  • Consortium PI: Constellations of Correspondence: Relational Study of Large and Small Networks of Epistolary Exchange in the Grand Duchy of Finland (Academy of Finland, grant number 339828), 1.9.2021-31.8.2025
  • Editor Romantik. Journal for the Study of Romanticisms (University of Aarhus) (2016–2018)
  • Member of The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Historical Research History of Society: Re-thinking Finland 1400-2000, University of Tampere (2014-)
  • Member of the Finnish Academy project The Finnish Opera Company (1873–1879) from a Microhistorical Perspective: Performance Practices, Multiple Narrations, and Polyphony of Voices, 2010–2013
  • Member of the Kone Foundation project Kirjoitettu kansakunta – Sukupuoli, historiakirjoittaminen ja kansallinen identiteetti 1800- ja 1900-lukujen Suomessa, 2009
  • Member of the ESF Research Networking Programme Representations of the Past: The Writing of National Histories in the Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Europe (NHIST, 2003–2008), 2008.

Organisational tasks for colloquia and conferences

  • Annual conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Network in Finland, Knowledge on the Move: The Circulation of Knowledge and Skills during the Long 19th Century, Oulu 24–25 January 2019. Member of the organizing committee.
  • Decennial conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Network in Finland Nineteenth Century and Visions of the Future, Helsinki 25–27 January 2018. Member of the organizing committee.
  • Annual conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Network in Finland On the Move: Real and Imaginary Spaces, Borders and Transitions in the Nineteenth Century, Tampere, Finland 29.–30.1.2015. Member of the organizing committee.
  • Finnish-Estonian workshop Novels, Histories and Novel Nations: Finnish and Estonian Historical Fiction II, Tallinn, Estonia 11th–12th October 2012.
  • Finnish-Estonian seminar on historical novels, history writing and history culture, Helsinki December 2011.
  • Workshop "Borderlines in history-writing and literature" in the conference “Estate, Group, Class, Movement – Borders and Borderlines in the 19th Century”, Helsinki 27.–28.1.2011
  • Annual conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Network in Finland Estate, Group, Class, Movement – Borders and Borderlines in the 19th Century”, Helsinki 27.–28.1.2011. Member of the organising committee.
  • Workshop on biography and its methods in the conference “Identities in the 19th century”, Helsinki 22.–23.1.2009
  • International seminar Nation, Myth, Science, Helsinki 8.11.2008 (key notes prof. Patrick Geary, UCLA ja prof. Pertti Anttonen, University of Helsinki).

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles (published / accepted)

  • Kerrontateoreettiset lähestymistavat historiantutkimuksessa. Sanat siltana menneeseen. Kielelliset lähestymistavat historiantutkimuksessa. Toim. Pasi Ihalainen & Heli Valtonen. Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 2022, 142-164.
  • Tuominen, Jouni; Koho, Mikko; Pikkanen, Ilona; Drobac, Senka; Enqvist, Johanna; Hyvönen, Eero; La Mela, Matti; Leskinen, Petri; Paloposki, Hanna-Leena; Rantala, Heikki: Constellations of Correspondence: a Linked Data Service and Portal for Studying Large and Small Networks of Epistolary Exchange in the Grand Duchy of Finland. DHNB Conference Proceedings, short paper (published 2022).
  • 1590-luvun aateli suomalaisten ja ruotsalaisten historioitsijoiden silmin 1900-luvun alkupuolella. Historiallinen Aikakauskirja 2/2020, 166–177.
  • Miten kansasta tulee vernakulaari? Kansanrunoudentutkimuksen, kirjallisuushistorian ja kansankirjoittajien tutkimuksen kansakuva 1820-luvulta 2010-luvulle (yhdessä Niina Hämäläisen, Kati Mikkolan ja Eija Starkin kanssa). Elore, Vol 27 No 1 (2020).
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1111/oli.12238
  • 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 (electronic version; Amsterdam: Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms, www.romanticnationalism.net [2016] and Amsterdam University Press, 2018.
  • ”Rahvaan metelinen mielentila” ja Yrjö Koskisen Nuijasota (1857, 1859) osana kansallista kulttuurista muistia ["The Rowdy Temperament of the Great Unwashed" in Yrjö Koskinen´s scholarly monograph The Club War (1857, 1859): Close Reading Finnish Cultural Memory] . In Sulkunen, Irma; Niemi, Marjaana; Katajala-Peltomaa, Sari (eds.) Usko, tiede ja historiankirjoitus – suomalaisia maailmankuvia keskiajalta 1900-luvulle. Historiallisia tutkimuksia 271. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society, 2016. 28 pp.
  • Imagined Karelias: Regional Historical Fiction in the Grand Duchy of Finland (ca. 1845–1900). In Frandsen, Steen Bo; Rüdiger, Jan (eds.) Im Abseits der Erzählung. Regionale Geschichtskulturen im Vergleich. Berlin: Frankfurter kulturwissenschaftliche Beiträge. (24 pp.) Accepted and forthcoming (2017).
  • Preface (with Linda Kaljundi and Eneken Laanes). In Novels, Histories, Novel Nations: Historical Fiction and Cultural Memory in Finland and Estonia. Eds. Linda Kaljundi, Eneken Laanes & Ilona Pikkanen. Studia Fennica Historica 19. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society, 2015, p. 8–25.
  • Introduction: Historical Fiction, Cultural Memory and Nation Building in Finland and Estonia (with Linda Kaljundi and Eneken Laanes). In Novels, Histories, Novel Nations: Historical Fiction and Cultural Memory in Finland and Estonia. Eds. Linda Kaljundi, Eneken Laanes & Ilona Pikkanen. Studia Fennica Historica 19. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society, 2015, p. 26–77.
  • "The Dangers of Too Easy a Life" – Aarno Karimo´s Historical Vingettes and the Post-Civil War Nation. In Novels, Histories, Novel Nations: Historical Fiction and Cultural Memory in Finland and Estonia. Eds. Linda Kaljundi, Eneken Laanes & Ilona Pikkanen. Studia Fennica Historica 19. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society, 2015, p. 159–181.
  • 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.
  • Kansakunta kerrontana: Eliel Aspelin-Haapkylä ja suomalaisen teatterin suomalainen menneisyys. [Narrating the Nation: Eliel Aspelin-Haapkylä and the Finnish Past of the Finnish Theatre Company]. In Kirjoitettu kansakunta. Sukupuoli, uskonto ja kansallinen historia 1900-luvun alkupuolen suomalaisessa tietokirjallisuudessa. Eds. Marja Jalava, Tiina Kinnunen and Irma Sulkunen. Historiallinen Arkisto 136, Helsinki: SKS, 2013.
  • 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.

 

Other articles and scholarly texts

Edited volumes

Thesis

Posters

Teaching

  • Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon 2022: Team leader with Mikko Koho and Petri Leskinen: Epistolary Exchanges, 11.-20.5.2022.
  • Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon 2019: Team leader with Jani Marjanen and Matti La Mela: Newspapers and Capitalism. 15.–24.5.2019.
  • Helsinki Digital Humanties Hackathon 2018: Team leader with Antti Kanner, Jari Marjanen and Risto Turunen: People in the News. 23.5.–1.6.2018.
  • Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon 2017. Team leader with Elsi Hyttinen & Risto Turunen: Cat­egor­ies, norms and genres – crit­ical read­ings in num­bers. 15th–19th May 2017.
  • History as a Narrative (Historia kerrontana ja kertomuksena) – Lecture at the Thursday Forum of the Sibelius Academy. Helsinki, 13.12.2013
  • Beyond Referentiality: Language, Narrative and Historical Consciousness (Referentiaalisuuden tuolla puolen: kieli, kerronta ja historiatietoisuus) – Presentation in the PhD Seminar (Historian tohtoriohjelman yhteinen jatkokoulutusseminaari). University of Tampere, 20.11.2013
  • How Do We Make History? Language, Narrative and Historical Scholarship (Miten historiaa tehdään? Kieli, kerronta ja historiantutkimus). - Guest Lecture on the Graduate Course Perspectives on Historical Theory (Näkökulmia historiantutkimuksen teoriaan). University of Tampere, 16.4.2013
  • Lifes and Stories. Biography in Literary and Historical Research (Elämästä kertomukseksi). - Graduate Course together with Minna Maijala. Literary Studies, University of Helsinki, 16.3.-7.5.2009

Other academic tasks

  • Reviewer for the Scandinavian Journal of History, 19th-Century Theatre and Film, Finnish Literature Society (scholarly series), Historiallinen Aikakauskirja, Ennen ja nyt. Historian tietosanomat, Elore, Faravid - Historian ja arkeologian tutkimuksen aikakauskirja
  • Pre-examiner of a doctoral thesis / University of Helsinki, 2022

Papers and other presentations (a selection)

  • Sosiaalinen verkostoanalyysi lähelä- ja kaukaalukemisen risteyskohtana? Uudet ja vanhat lähestymistavat digitaalisen ajan historiantutkimuksessa ja muissa ihmistieteissä. 17. Kustaa Vaasa -seminaari, Jyväskylä 12.-13.6.2019 (13.6.)
  • Computational Close-Readings of a Premodern Popular Rebellion: An Intermedial Approach to the Study of Historical Fiction and Scholarly History Writing in the Early Nineteenth Century. ISCH 2019 Global Cultural History, 26–29 June 2019, Tallinn University, Estonia (26.6.)
  • The Club War and its 19th-century Fictions: an Intermedial approach to Revolt Communication. Revolts, Revolt Communication and Political Cultures. Åbo Akademi University, Turku, 23.11.2018.
  • Afterlives of an Early Modern Revolt. Workshop Conflict and Confession: Understanding Politics in Sweden-Finland during the 1590s. University of Lund, 22nd–23rd May 2018 (23.5.2018).
  • Komedialliset ulottuvuudet ja historiallinen mielikuvitus Anders Roosin historiallisessa näytelmässä Johan Fleming (1837) ja Gabriel Laguksen näytelmässä Klubbhöfdingen (1869). Nineteenth-Century Studies and Visions of the Future: Decennial Conference of the Finnish Ninteenth-Century Studies Network, Helsinki, 25.-27.1.2018 (27.1.2018).
  • The Fear of People or Transcultural Historiography and its Social Imagery ca. 1620–1860. The 29th Congress of Nordic Historians, Aalborg 15.-18.8.2017 (16.8.2017).
  • Entangled Narratives of a Premodern Peasant Uprising ca 1750–1850. Rethinking Cultural Memory 1700–1850. The Nordic Association for Romantic Studies and the University of Copenhagen, 4.12.2015.
  • Cultural Memory and its Residues: Nineteenth-Century History Writing and Historical Fiction as Social Discourses. Invited speaker. Dipartamento di Studia letteraria, filologici e linguistici. Università degli studi di Milano, 6.5.2015.
  • Reading Across Borders: Fictional and Non-Fictional Premodern Peasant Uprisings in 19th-century Cultural Memory. ENN4 Annual Conference: Reading Across Borders. Ghent University, 16.–18.4.2015 (17.4.2015).
  • Keskiaikaiset kapinat ja kulttuurinen muisti. Paradigmaseminaari. CoE, Tampere 16.3.2015.
  • Popular Uprising as a Theme in Nineteenth-Century Cultural Memory. Finland in Comparison III: Small Societies and Big History. Tampere, Finland 17.10.2014.
  • Kommentaattori. - Suomen Kansantietouden Tutkijain Seuran tekstityöpaja. Tieteiden talo, Helsinki 15.5.2014
  • Ai’anjärjestys ja rahvaan metelinen mielentila –Yrjö Koskisen Nuijasota osana kansallista kulttuurista muistia. – Yksilö, kertomus, historia. 1800-lukuverkoston vuosikonferenssi. SKS, Helsinki 31.1.2014
  • Yrjö Koskinen ja 1800-luvun kansallisen sankarin (visuaaliset) representaatiot 1900-luvun elämäkerroissa. – Yksilö, kertomus, historia. 1800-lukuverkoston vuosikonferenssi. SKS, Helsinki 30.1.2014
  • Narratologisen historiankirjoituksen metodeja ja niiden historianfilosofisia lähtökohtia – Suomen Historiallisen Seuran metodiseminaari Kielen analyysi historiantutkimuksen lähestymistapana. Tieteiden talo, Helsinki, 9.12.2013
  • Canon and Archive tai Kirjallisuus ja kulttuurinen muisti (alustus Aleida Assmannin artikkelista Canon and Archive) – SKS:n tutkijaseminaari, Helsinki, 8.2.2013
  • Lectio Praecursoria –University of Tampere, 14.12.2012
  • Literature as a Movable Media of Memory. Ann Rigney on Cultural Memory – In Novels, Histories and Novel Nations: Finnish and Estonian Historical Fiction II, Tallinn, 12.10.2012
  • Kansankuntaisuus monologina: kansallisen toimijuuden rakentaminen Eliel Aspelin-Haapkylän Suomalaisen Teatterin historian (I-IV, 1906–1910) kerronnassa – Sääty, ryhmä, luokka, liike - 1800-luvun rajat ja rajojen ylitykset, Helsinki, 27.1.2011
  • Eliel Aspelin Haapkylä ja suomalaisen teatterin suomalainen menneisyys – SKS:n tutkijaseminaari, Helsinki, 19.11.2010
  • 'The Middle Ages’ on the Finnish Vernacular Stage in the 19th Century – Textual Communities on and of the Nordic Middle Ages (13.-15.10.2010), Madrid, Spain, 14.10.2010
  • Eliel Aspelin-Haapkylän kerronnalliset strategiat – Kerrottu kansakunta -seminaari, Helsinki, 8.10.2010
  • Kysymys historioitsijan äänestä - SKS:n kesäkoulu, Helsinki, 1.10.2010
  • The History of the Finnish Theatre and the Narrativity of the Nation – Kerrottu kansakunta -seminaari, Tartu, Estonia, 11.-12.6.2010
  • Writing the Life and the National Memory – ISCH 2010: Cultural Histories: Close Readings, Critical Synthesis. 26 -29 May 2010, University of Turku, Finland
  • Teatterin historia ja fennomaaninen historiakulttuuri – 1800-luvun musiikki- ja teatterihistoriaa käsittelevätutkimusverkostoseminaari, Sibelius-Akatemia, Helsinki 7.5.2010
  • Betty Elfvingin ”Sprengtportenin oppilaat” ja menneisyyden kansallistaminen – Kirjoitettu kansakunta – keskusteluja kirjallisuudesta ja historiasta, Tampereen yliopisto 9.4.2010
  • Ernest Gellner, kansakunnat ja kansakuntaisuus – SKS:n tutkijaseminaari 12.3.2010
  • Alustuspuheenvuoro elämäkertakirjoittamisesta - 1800-lukuverkoston vuosikonferenssi Identiteetit 1800-luvulla, Helsinki 22.-23.1.2009
  • Writing the Theatre and the Nation. Eliel Aspelin-Haapkylä and the History of the Finnish Theatre Company. – Nation, Myth, Science, Helsinki 8.11.2008
  • On collective, cultural and communicative memories –Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seuran kesäkoulu, 20.-21.8.2007
  • Telling Stories for the Opera – An Excursion to Memory Studies and to the Finnish Theatre in the 1870’s – Tallinn Postgraduate Summer School, Tallinn, Estonia, 26th July – 2nd August 2007
  • Rewriting the Introduction of the Finnish Identity: Eliel Aspelin-Haapkylä’s Two Interpretations of the Play Lea (1869, 1906) – Language and Identity, University of Cork, Ireland, 15th-16th June 2006