Notes on Contributors

In: Encountering Crises of the Mind
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Notes on Contributors
Jari Eilola

Ph.D., Senior Researcher at the Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His PhD thesis (2003) dealt with witchcraft accusations in Swedish and Finnish towns on the latter half of the 17th century. Eilola held an Academy Research Fellowship on the project Shameful Disharmony of Family Life: Domestic Violence in Finland, 1890–1930 (the Academy of Finland, 2013–2018). He has also been member of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Historical Research History of Society: Re-thinking Finland 1400–2000 (the Academy of Finland 2012–2017). Eilola has published several articles, for instance, on early modern witchcraft and healing, rumours and social stigmatization in small communities, and domestic power relations.

Waltraud Ernst

Ph.D. (School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 1987), is Professor in the History of Medicine, c. 1700–2000 in the School of History, Philosophy and Culture, Oxford Brookes University. She specialises in histories of medicine, psychiatry and health care. Her publications include Health and Medicine in the Indian Princely States (Routledge, 2017; with B. Pati and T. V. Sekher), Colonialism and Transnational Psychiatry (Anthem, 2016), Mad Tales from the Raj, Anthem (Routledge; 2010, 1991) and a number of edited volumes on themes such as ‘work and psychiatry’, ‘transnational psychiatries’, ‘crossed colonial historiographies’, ‘the normal and the abnormal’, ‘the Indian Princely States’, ‘race, science and medicine’ and ‘plural medicine, tradition and modernity’.

Anssi Halmesvirta

Ph.D. (Sussex), Historian of ideas, Reader in General History at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Jean Monnet coordinator. His fields of research are British intellectual history and political thought (c. 1820–1950), Hungarian history and history of medicine and sports. Halmesvirta’s monographs include The British Conception of the Finnish ‘Race’, Nation and Culture, 1760–1918 (SHS: Helsinki, 1990), Turanilaisia ja herrasneekereitä. Aatehistoriallisia tutkimuksia brittiläisestä rotuajattelusta (SHS, 1993), Vaivojensa vangit (Atena, 1998), Co-operation across the Iron Curtain: Hungarian-Finnish Scientific Relations of the Academies from the 1960s to the 1990s (JYU Press, 2005), Ideology and Argument: Studies in British, Finnish and Hungarian Thought (SHS, 2006), The Narrow Path to Freedom: István Bibó’s Public Moralism (UPEF: JYU Press, 2018). As an honorary guest at the Frankfurt Book Fair dedicated to Finland Halmesvirta published the first cultural history of Finland in German: Land unter dem Nordlicht: Eine Kulturgeschichte Finnlands (WBG: Darmstadt, 2013).

Markku Hokkanen

Ph.D. (Jyväskylä), University lecturer in History at the University of Oulu. His main research fields are social, cultural and intellectual history of medicine and health, colonial history (particularly within British Empire) and African history (particularly Malawi and Southern Africa). He has published monographs, edited collections and several articles, including Medicine and Scottish Missionaries in the Northern Malawi Region, 1875–1930: Quests for Health in a Colonial Society (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2007) and Medicine, mobility and the empire: Nyasaland networks, 1859–1960 (Manchester University Press, 2017). Hokkanen is currently leading a research project dealing with history and memories of Finnish development aid.

Kalle Kananoja

Ph.D., University lecturer in African studies at the University of Helsinki. After a PhD in history (Åbo Akademi University, 2012), he held a Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute (2012–2013) and worked as a visiting research associate at King’s College London (2013–2014) and as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki (2013–2017). Kananoja has published several articles on slavery, religion, and culture in Angolan and Brazilian history, and is preparing a book manuscript provisionally titled Healing Knowledge in Atlantic Africa: Cross-cultural Medical Encounters 1500–1850.

Tuomas Laine-Frigren

Ph.D., Postdoctoral researcher in General history at the University of Jyväskylä. His PhD thesis (2016) dealt with psychology, politics and social planning in Post-Stalinist Hungary. Laine-Frigren has published articles on the history of psychology and mental health. Currently, he is working on a research project entitled Vanquished as Victims. Post-War Victimization Discourses and their Uses in the European Loser States of the Second World War. Laine-Frigren’s other research interests include history of childhood and disability history.

Susanna Niiranen

Ph.D., Senior Researcher at the Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Niiranen has a European diploma in Medieval Studies (Rome, Italy, by Fédération des Instituts des Etudes Médiévales) and she has the title of docent in cultural history. Her publications concern various aspects of medieval and early modern literature, medicine, gender, vernacularisation and transmission of knowledge. For instance, she has co-edited a collection on mental disorders in Later Medieval Europe (Brill) and a wide-ranging handbook of medieval studies, the first medievalist’s manual in Finnish. In 2015–2016, she worked for the ERC-project “The Jagiellonians. Dynasty, memory, identity”, affiliated with the University of Oxford, UK. She is currently participating in an international book historical project called “Late Medieval and Early Modern Libraries as Knowledge Repositories, Guardians of Tradition and Catalysts of Change” financed by the “Academy of Finland.”

Anu Rissanen

M.A., doctoral student at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her fields of research are history of medicine, especially history of psychiatry and madness. In her doctoral thesis, Rissanen examines psychiatric treatment methods in Harjamäki mental hospital from 1926 to 1989. Hitherto Rissanen has published two articles: “Silmitön ja väkivaltainen. Erään mielisairaalapotilaan ura 1900-luvulla,” J@rgonia 16, no. 31 (2018) and “Vesi muuttuvassa mielisairaanhoitokulttuurissa,” in Kerrottu, koettu ja kuvitettu hulluus. Mielenterveys, -sairaus ja hoito kulttuurisina kysymyksinä, edited by Kirsi Heimonen, Sari Kuuva, Saara Jäntti & Annastiina Mäkilä (JYU: Nykykulttuuri, 2018). Rissanen worked previously as an amanuensis at Harjamäki mental hospital museum.

Kirsi Tuohela

Ph.D., adjunct professor in cultural history at the University of Turku. She has researched history of melancholy and madness focusing on life writing and patient’s experiences of mental illness in the Nordic countries in nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has lately also published on cultural history of childhood and family life.

Jesper Vaczy Kragh

M.A., Ph.D., Senior researcher at Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the Humanities (CoRe), University of Copenhagen. His PhD thesis dealt with the history of psychosurgery in Denmark. A revised version of the thesis was published by the University Press of Southern Zealand (2010). He has worked on various research projects on the history of psychopharmacology, drug abuse in psychiatry in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, history of vulnerable groups, 1945–1980 and history of forensic psychiatry in the twentieth century. Together with Professor Petteri Pietikäinen he is currently working on an edited volume on social class and mental illness in twentieth century Europe.

Encountering Crises of the Mind

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