Editor-in-chief, Dr. Anu Lahtinen has a PhD in Cultural History (University of Turku) and an European Doctorate in the Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean (Universities of Groningen & Ca’ Foscari University of Venice). She is professor of Finnish and Nordic History at the University of Helsinki and an adjunct professor (docent) of Finnish history at the University of Turku. In her doctoral thesis (2007), Lahtinen studied female agency in medieval and early modern Sweden. Her fields of expertise include premodern social and cultural history, gender history, and history of elite networks. Lahtinen has held researcher and teacher positions at the Universities of Turku and Helsinki for most of her academic career. Currently she is writing the history of the City of Hyvinkää. She has also written popular history, such as histories of scandals and princesses.
E-mail: anu.lahtinen(at)utu.fi and anu.z.lahtinen(at)helsinki.fi
Managing editor, Dr. Heidi Kurvinen is a media historian who has specialized in studying journalists and their history from the perspectives of gender and power. Her PhD thesis was on Finnish journalists and concentrated on the decades of the 1960s and 1970s. In her postdoctoral project she studies Finnish and Swedish female journalists and their perception of gender equality from the 1960s to the present. She is affiliated with the University of Oulu and works currently as a visiting scholar at the University of Stockholm. On leave until 4/2020.
Dr. Johanna Ilmakunnas is an associate professor of Nordic history at Åbo Akademi University, a docent of European history at the University of Helsinki and a docent of Finnish and European history at the University of Turku. Her research interests include material culture, lifestyle, consumption, senses, work and leisure, as well as gender, elites and family in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe.
Dr. Ville Kivimäki is a university researcher and an adjunct professor (docent) in Finnish history at Tampere University, where he is leading the “Lived Nation” research team at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences. His research fields include the social and cultural history of the Second World War, its societal and mental impacts in the postwar era, and the history of psychiatry and psychology. His methodological interests are in studying emotions, experience, gender, violence, and trauma in historical scholarship.
Dr. Simo Mikkonen is Senior Research Fellow at the Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä (Finland). He is specialized in 20th Century Russian and Eastern European history, cultural and artistic diplomacy of the Cold War era, and Russian émigrés. He has published extensively on cultural, international and transnational East-West connections, particularly from the Soviet perspective, including a monograph State Composers and the Red Courtiers. Music, Ideology and Politics in the Soviet 1930s (Mellen 2009), and edited volumes Beyond the Curtain: Entangled Histories of the Cold War-Era Europe (Berghahn 2015), Music, Art, and Diplomacy: East-West Cultural Interactions and the Cold War (Routledge 2016), as well as Entangled East and West. Cultural Diplomacy and Artistic Interaction during the Cold War (Degruyter 2018). He has also authored a multi-author monograph Networking the Russian Diaspora: Russian Musicians and Musical Activities in Interwar Shanghai together with Hon-Lun Yang and John Winzenburg (Hawaii UP 2019).
Dr. Johanna Rainio-Niemi is associate professor of Political History (University of Helsinki). She has studied history, sociology, and international relations at the Universities of Helsinki and Vienna and been involved in numerous Nordic, European, and international research projects since 2004. Rainio-Niemi specializes in comparative and transnational approaches to modern European history and in the methods of new international history. Her research interests cover a broad field from Nordic and Central Eastern European state- and nation-building histories, to histories of democracy, social sciences, neutrality, and the welfare state.
Dr. Tuomas Laine-Frigren is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä. His research interests include East Central Europe (esp. Hungary) after the Second World War and during the Cold War, history of psychological sciences and mental health as well as the history of childhood and education. Currently, Laine-Frigren is starting a research project that investigates the discourses of victimhood in Hungary and Romania after the Second World War.