Finland might have been on the periphery during the European Middle Ages but the country has an extremely rich tradition of medievalism starting properly from the nineteenth century. Finnish medievalism(s) not only have unique features characteristic to a small country but the medievalism(s) also draw significantly from international trends. Particularly in the twentieth century, Finnish medievalism(s) have a number of features drawn from international trends of medievalism
This session is based on a forthcoming article on Finnish medievalism and gender, which discusses the contemporary Finnish medievalism especially in relation to Nordic medievalism in the 2010s. The focus will be in the gendered use of Middle Ages in online discussions.
Heta Aali is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Turku working on a three-year project called The Ancient Finnish Kings: a computational study of pseudohistory, medievalism and history politics in contemporary Finland and Russia funded by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation. She is also preparing a volume on French royal women, queenship, and uses of history in early nineteenth-century France for Palgrave Macmillan's series Queenship and Power
this seminar is free to attend, but booking in advance is required.