Samu Niskanen
1995 …2024

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Curriculum vitae

Dr Samu Niskanen is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Helsinki. His research is mainly concerned with intellectual life in the Middle Ages and medieval literature, its publication, transmission, and reception. His books include The Letter Collections of Anselm of Canterbury (Brepols, 2011), the collaborative edition Ralph von Battle: Dialoge zur philosophischen Theologie (Herder, 2015), Letters of Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury: The Bec Correspondence (Oxford UP, 2019), Publication and the Papacy in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Cambridge UP, 2021), and the edited volume The Art of Publication from the Ninth to the Sixteenth Century (Brepols, 2023).

Niskanen has overseen two externally funded projects: Medieval Publishing from c. 1000 to 1500, (the European Research Council, 2017-22) and Authorial Publishing in Early Medieval Europe (c. 400–1000) (the Academy of Finland, 2019-23). He manages the Medieval Studies programme, supervises doctoral students, and mentors postdoctoral researchers in the fields of medieval history and medieval Latin literature.

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology