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Jussi Kurunmäki, Associate Professor (Docent), is a political scientist working in the fields of the history of political thought, conceptual history and political rhetoric. His research has focused on parliamentary democratization and the conceptual history of democracy and liberalism, nineteenth-century political language in Sweden and Finland, the political rhetoric of ism-concepts, as well as the post-Cold War region-building around the Baltic Sea. 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 on Finnish Political Culture 1809–1863), based at the University of Helsinki and funded by the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland. He is also a member of the projects Spaces of Expectation: Mental Mapping and Historical Imagination in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Region (Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, Södertörn University) and Voices of Democracy: The Will of the People by the People and by Their Representatives (Academy of Finland, University of Tampere).
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), Rhetorics of Nordic Democracy (Finnish Literature Society, 2010), Democracy in Modern Europe: A Conceptual History (Berghahn Books, 2018), and the special issue on the political rhetoric of isms in Journal of Political Ideologies 23:3 (2018).
Kurunmäki is the chairperson of the international network Concepta – International Research Seminars in Conceptual History and Political Thought and a board 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 Management Committee of the project Reappraising Intellectual Debates on Civic Rights and Democracy in Europe (COST Action RECAST). Kurunmäki belongs to the International Board of the journal Global Intellectual History and he is a member of the Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History.
Recent publications include:
Jussi Kurunmäki and Jani Marjanen, ‘A Rhetorical View of Isms: An Introduction’, Journal of Political Ideologies, 23:3 (2018), 241–255, DOI: 10.1080/13569317.2018.1502939
Jussi Kurunmäki and Jani Marjanen, ‘Isms, Ideologies and Setting the Agenda for Public Debate’, Journal of Political Ideologies 23:3 (2018), 256–282, DOI: 10.1080/13569317.2018.1502941
Jussi Kurunmäki and Jani Marjanen, Begreppshistoria’, in Kristina Boréus and Göran Bergström (eds.), Textens mening och makt. Metodbok i samhällsvetenskaplig text- och diskursanalys (Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2018), 179–216.
Jussi Kurunmäki and Irène Herrmann: ‘Birthplaces of Democracy: The Rhetoric of Democratic Tradition in Switzerland and Sweden’, in Jussi Kurunmäki, Jeppe Nevers, and Henk te Velde (eds.): Democracy in Modern Europe: A Conceptual History, New York: Berghahn Books (2018), 88–112.
Jussi Kurunmäki, Jeppe Nevers and Henk te Velde: ‘Introduction’, in Jussi Kurunmäki, Jeppe Nevers, and Henk te Velde (eds.): Democracy in Modern Europe: A Conceptual History, New York: Berghahn Books (2018), 1–15.
Jussi Kurunmäki, ‘Political Representation, Imperial Dependency and Political Transfer: Finland and Sweden 1809-1819’, Journal of Modern European History Vol. 15 (2017) 2, 243-259.
Jussi Kurunmäki and Ilkka Liikanen, ‘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 (2017).
Jussi Kurunmäki, ‘Challenges of Transnational Regional Democracy: Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, 1991–2015, Comparativ: Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung 26 (2016) 5, 43-56.