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Jussi Kurunmäki

Jussi Kurunmäki

Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

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Jussi Kurunmäki
Senior Lecturer
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Flemingsberg
Phone: +46 8 608 4381
F 836 F-huset

Jussi Kurunmäki, Associate Professor (Dr. Soc. Sc., Docent) is political scientist working in the fields of the history of political thought, conceptual history and political rhetoric. His works have focused on the conceptual history of democracy and liberalism, as well as nineteenth-century political language in Sweden and in Finland. Recently, his main research interests have also included the political rhetoric of ism-concepts as well as the post-Cold War region-building around the Baltic Sea. He is currently the leader of a research project at the Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki and a senior research fellow at the Institute for Contemporary History, Södertörn University Stockholm.


Kurunmäki is the leader of the research project Statsnatten i ny belysning: Politisk kultur i Finland ur ett transnationellt perspektiv 1809 – 1863 (State Night in a New Light: A Transnational Perspective of Finnish Political Culture 1809 – 1863), funded by the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland, 2015 - 2018. He is also a member of the projects Spaces of Expectation: Mental Mapping and Historical Imagination in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Region (Södertörn University Stockholm) and Nationalism and Democracy in the Welfare State (University of Helsinki).


Kurunmäki earned his doctoral degree in political science from the University of Jyväskylä in 2000 with the thesis on the 1866 parliamentary reform in Sweden. He is one of the editors of the Finnish anthology of conceptual history Käsitteet liikkeessä (Concepts in Motion) (2003) and Rhetorics of Nordic Democracy (Finnish Literature Society, 2010). He is currently co-editing the volume Democracy in Europe: A Conceptual History (Beghahn Books) and a special issue on the political rhetoric of isms. His latest publications include:


‘Political Representation, Imperial Dependency and Political Transfer: Finland and Sweden 1809-1819’, Journal of Modern European History Vol. 15 (2017) 2, 243-259 (in press).

‘The Formation of the Finnish Polity within the Russian Empire: Language, Representation, and the Construction of Popular Political Platforms, 1863-1906’, in Michael S. Flier, Andrea Graziosi and Lubomyr Hajda (eds.): The Battle for Ukrainian: A Comparative Perspective, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (in press). (Co-authored with Ilkka Liikanen)

‘Challenges of Transnational Regional Democracy: Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, 1991–2015, Comparativ: Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung 26 (2016) 5, 43-56.

Kurunmäki is the chairperson of the international network Concepta – International Research Seminars in Conceptual History and Political Thought and a member of History of Concepts Group. He has convened several international seminars and workshops, and he is involved both as an author and as an editor in the publishing project European Conceptual History. He is also a member of the international network project Civic Constellation II: Debating Democracy and Rights (CivCons, 2015-2018), University of Málaga. Kurunmäki belongs to the International Board of the journal Global Intellectual History and he is a member of the Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History.