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Information om forskning och undervisning


Dr Tuomas Tepora (Title of Docent) is a lecturer in history during the terms 2018–2020.  Before his current position he worked as Core Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2015–2018).

He received his PhD and earlier degrees from the University of Helsinki. During his doctoral studies he spent one semester at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2007. In 2011, he defended his thesis on the notions of sacrifice in early twentieth-century Finland. In the same year he received a postdoctoral position in the research project focused on the history of emotions and modern war funded by the Academy of Finland. From September 2012 until June 2013 he worked as a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen Mary College, University of London. Dr Tepora’s book Sinun puolestas elää ja kuolla: Suomen liput, nationalismi ja veriuhri 1917–1945 (Living and Dying for the Nation: The Finnish Flag, Nationalism, and Blood Sacrifice 1917–1945) received the annual Best Academic Book Prize of 2011.

He has co-edited a volume on the history and memory of the Finnish Civil War 1918 (2014). His latest book sheds new light to the experiences of war enthusiasm and disillusionment during and after the Winter War (1939–40). The study titled Sodan henki. Kaunis ja ruma talvisota (The Spirit of War: The Beautiful, Ugly Winter War) was published in 2015. The book received an honorary mention from Lauri Jäntti Foundation in 2016.

Research interests

Tuomas’s research deals with a wide variety of topics related to the cultural history of war and the history of emotions. His particular interest is the concept of sacrifice in modern context. This includes the various notions, symbols and memories of modern war-related sacrifice and also the psychology behind the feelings and experiences of sacrifice, self-sacrifice and victimisation. His interests also include the history of youth in early 20th-century nationalist movements – a subject which intertwines closely with sacrificial thought. Tuomas also finds the new research within the field of critical neuroscience fascinating.

His current research project deals with the myth of Marshal Mannerheim and his personality cult in Finland. C.G.E. Mannerheim was a military leader and politician in early twentieth-century Finland whose public image has retained a revered and hated position in Finnish society since 1918. The research traces the various images and counter-images of Mannerheim in their transnational context.

In another ongoing project, Tepora collaborates with Aapo Roselius in researching the settlement of Finnish-speaking WWII evacuees in Finland's Swedish-speaking areas.


During the terms 2018–2020 I work as an acting lecturer in history. My teaching area is modern Finnish history.

I have designed and taught courses in the cultural history of war, the history of nationalism and the history of emotions at the University of Helsinki since 2008. I have also lectured in a number of other universities.


14 Jan 2019



Tepora, Tuomas


b. 1978; nationality: Finnish

LinkedIn: https://fi.linkedin.com/in/tuomas-tepora-6b5b723



-4/2011: Ph. D., University of Helsinki,Finland.

-1/2005: MA, University of Helsinki, Finland

-10/2015: Title of Docent, Finnish and Nordic history, University of Helsinki.



-8/2018–(7/2020): University lecturer in history, University of Helsinki, Dept. of Philosophy, History and Art Studies.



-9/2015–7/2018: Core fellow/university researcher, University of Helsinki, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

-8/2014­–8/2015: Postdoctoral grant researcher, University of Helsinki, funded by Kaatuneiden muistosäätiö & Kordelin Foundation.

-7/2011–7/2014: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Helsinki, Dept. of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, researcher in the Academy of Finland project “Emotions and the Cultural History of War in Finland, 1939–1951”.

-9/2012–6/2013: Visiting postdoctoral fellow, Queen Mary College, University of London, Centre for the History of Emotions.

-7/2010–6/2011: Postdoctoral grant researcher, University of Helsinki, funded by Ehrnrooth Foundation.

-9/2005–6/2010: Doctoral fellow, University of Helsinki,

Funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the University of Helsinki Funds.

-9/2004–11/2004: Editorial Assistant, Finnish Literature Society.

-Since 2005: Public lecturer and non-fiction writer.



-6/2018: research grant, Ehrnrooth Foundation, 16,500 €.

-5/2018: research grant, Helander Foundation, 12,000 €.

-9/2015–7/2018: university basic funding, based on an international call for research applications, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

-1/2015–12/2015: research grant, Kordelin Foundation, 28,000 €.

- 5/2015: research grant, Committee for Public Information in Finland, 3,500 €.

-8/2014–12/2014: research grant, Kaatuneiden muistosäätiö, 10,000 €.

-9/2012–6/2013: visiting fellowship in the UK, Ehrnrooth Foundation, 11,000 €.

-7/2011–7/2014: employed postdoctoral project researcher, Academy of Finland, University of Helsinki.

-7/2010–6/2011: research grant, Ehrnrooth Foundation, 16,000 €.

- 12/2009–5/2010, research grant, University of Helsinki Funds, 8,330 €.

-9/2006–8/2009, research grant, Finnish Cultural Foundation, 50,000 €.

-9/2005–8/2006, research grant, University of Helsinki Funds, 14,500 €.

- Joint application responsibilities, 9/2010 call: Academy of Finland project funding, “Emotions and the Cultural History of War in Finland, 1939–1951”, head Prof Henrik Meinander, my responsibility was 45 % of the application.



-Supervision of doctoral dissertations (Olli Siitonen, ongoing); MA theses (2).



-2018–(2019): full-time teaching position, university lecturer, BA & MA studies in history, including praktikum/BA seminar, University of Helsinki.

Previous courses designed and taught:

-2017 “Political personality cults in modern history”, University of Helsinki.

-2012 & 2008: “Cultural history of war”, University of Helsinki.

-2012: Coordination and lecturing on ”Finnish Nationalism: The Birth of the Nation”,

-2008: Coordination and lecturing on “War and Children”,

-Since 2007: Individual lectures on various courses at the Universities of Helsinki, Tampere, Jyväskylä, Oulu and Eastern Finland.



-2017: The Historicity of Emotions Symposium, HCAS, chair of the organising committee, 20 participants.

-2014: Emotions and the Cultural History of the World Wars Conference, University of Helsinki, member of the organising committee, 50 participants.

-Since 2006: Domestic workshops and seminars.



-The Academic Book of the Year Prize (2011) (Vuoden tiedekirja), “Sinun puolestas elää ja kuolla”.

-Honorary mention of Lauri Jäntti Foundation in 2016, “Sodan henki”.

-Shortlisted for the Kanava prize for non-fiction in 2015, “Sodan henki”.

-Shortlisted as a part of the group of authors for the “Finlandia Prize for non-fiction” (Tieto-Finlandia) in 2008, “Ruma sota”.



-2014–2018: Peer-reviews for Journal of Historical Sociology, Ab Imperio Quarterly, Journal of Modern European History, Historiallinen Aikakauskirja, Kasvatus & Aika, Musiikki, COLLeGIUM, HLS, Faravid, Museo, Ajankohta and for the publishers Vastapaino, SKS and Terveyskylpyläliitto.

-2016–2018: Staff representative in the Board, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

-2018–(2019): Member of the Board, BA programme in history, University of Helsinki.

-2017: Invited keynotes at Queen’s University, Belfast, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg & University of Turku, Finland.

Since 2015: Production of scientific, peer-reviewed open-access publications and teaching material.



-2009–2011: Vice-chair of the Historical Association (Historiallinen Yhdistys); Member of the board, 2006–2008.

-Since 2016: Finnish Historical Society (Suomen Historiallinen Seura), elected academic member.

-Since 2016: The Finnish Network for the History of Emotions, founding member.

-Other notable memberships: International Society for Cultural History, Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Historians without Borders in Finland, Association of Finnish Non-fiction Writers.


  • 615 Historia och arkeologi

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.


Sodan henki: kaunis ja ruma talvisota

Tepora, T., 2015, Helsinki: WSOY. 372 s.

Forskningsoutput: Bok/rapportBokVetenskapligPeer review

Sinun puolestas elää ja kuolla: Suomen liput, nationalismi ja veriuhri 1917-1945

Tepora, T., 2011, Helsinki: WSOY. 480 s.

Forskningsoutput: Bok/rapportBokVetenskapligPeer review

Lippu, uhri, kansakunta: ryhmäkokemukset ja -rajat Suomessa 1917-1945

Tepora, T., 2011, Helsinki: T. Tepora. 332 s.

Forskningsoutput: AvhandlingDoktorsavhandlingMonografi

Öppen tillgång

The Finnish Civil War 1918: history, memory, legacy

Tepora, T. (red.) & Roselius, A. (red.), 2014, Leiden & Boston: Brill . 454 s. (History of Warfare; vol. 101)

Forskningsoutput: Bok/rapportBokVetenskapligPeer review

Coming to Terms with Violence: Sacrifice, Collective Memory and Reconciliation in Inter-war Finland

Tepora, T., 2014, I : Scandinavian Journal of History. 39, 4, s. 487-509 23 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review


Emotions and the Cultural History of War in Finland, 1939–51

Meinander, H., Kivimäki, V. & Tepora, T.


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

Tunne ja tieto

Lyytikäinen, P., Rossi, R., Salmela, M., Pyrhönen, H., Vanhanen, T. E., Tepora, T., Voutilainen, L., Palmén, R., Sklar, H. & Polvinen, M.


Projekt: Annan projekt

Luvattu maa - Suur-Suomi aate ja suomalaisten pyhä sota

Kirves, J., Tepora, T., Silvennoinen, O., Kivimäki, V. & Näre, S.


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

Emotions and the Cultural History of War in Finland, 1939-1951

Meinander, H., Tepora, T. & Kivimäki, V.


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt


Vuoden tiedekirja 2011

Tuomas Tepora (!!Recipient), 23 mar 2012

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser

Lauri Jäntin säätiön kunniamaininta 2016

Tuomas Tepora (!!Recipient), 21 jan 2016

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser

Kanava-tietokirjapalkintoehdokkuus 2015

Tuomas Tepora (!!Recipient), 22 okt 2015

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser


Tuomas Tepora (!!Recipient), 2008

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser

Vuoden tiedekynä -ehdokkuus

Tuomas Tepora (!!Recipient), 2020

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser


Queen Mary College, University of London, Centre for the History of Emotions

Tuomas Tepora (Besökande forskare)
3 sep 201231 maj 2013

Aktivitet: Typer för besök till extern institutionAkademisk besök på annan institution

Historicity of Emotions

Tuomas Tepora (Ordförande i organisationskommitté), Jani Pekka Marjanen (Medlem i organisationskommitté), Josephine Hoegaerts (Medlem i organisationskommitté), Ville Kivimäki (Medlem i organisationskommitté), Thomas Devaney (Medlem i organisationskommitté)
8 jun 20179 jun 2017

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Emotions and the Cultural History of the World Wars

Tuomas Tepora (Medlem i organisationskommitté)
24 sep 201425 sep 2014

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

HEX Conference 2020. History of Experience: Methodologies and Practices

Tuomas Tepora (!!Invited speaker)
2 mar 20204 mar 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Esitelmä Hyvinkään opistossa

Tuomas Tepora (!!Speaker)
12 mar 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation