On this plage we list research projects of the members of Trivium affiliated with Tampere University and funded by the Academy of Finland or major foundations. If you wish your project to be included in the list, please contact Mr Saku Pihko (

Current Projects

Lived Religion in Medieval Finland (Society of Swedish Literature in Finland, 2021–2023)

The project analyses religion as lived and experienced, as a dynamic process and performative space. It focuses on interaction with saints in Finland and in wider Nordic context. In our analysis we combine various types of sources: sermons, liturgical manuscripts, wills and artefacts to provide new information on a less studied topic.

PI Sari Katajala-Peltomaa
Project members PhD, docent Marika Räsänen, PhD Sofia Lahti ja Anna-Stina Hägglund


Biography as a method for early modern history (Jalmari Finne foundation, 2021-2022)

The projects asks what historical biography as a methodology can offer for the study of early modern history and how does it influence historical biography if the objects of study were early modern people. We study this on three levels: 1) history of historiography: what kind of biographies have been done that deal with the early modern period  2) reconceptualization to develop biography as a method for early modern history and to update the questions it studies and 3 ) short case studies as examples for modern biographies on early modern history.

PI Raisa Maria Toivo
Researchers PhD Tiina Miettinen, PhD Jenni Lares and Mari Välimäki.

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The Insane in Early Modern Sweden and Finland (Academy of Finland, 2018-2021)

The Academy of Finland postdoctoral research project of Riikka Miettinen, which analyses the social history of mental illness and disability in early modern Sweden and Finland.

Vammaisuuden vaiettu historia – A Public disability history project (Kone Foundation, 2017–2021)

A project funded by the Kone Foundation. Leader of the project: Dr Jenni Kuuliala. Members of the team: Dr Daniel Blackie (University of Oulu), Dr Riikka Miettinen, Dr Tiina Miettinen, Dr Reima Välimäki (University of Turku), Amu Urhonen


Recently Finished Projects

Catholic Reformation in Lutheran Finland 1550-1700 (Academy of Finland, 2015-2020)

An Academy of Finland Research Fellow project of Doc. Raisa Toivo.

Segregated or Integrated? – Living and Dying in the harbour city of Ostia, 300 BCE-700 CE (Academy of Finland, 2015-2019)

A research project funded by the Academy of Finland, studying the formation of the population of the town of Ostia (300BCE-700CE).
PI Professor Arja Karivieri. Members of the research group: Katariina Mustakallio, Ria Berg, Marja-Leena Hänninen, Anna Kjellström, Ghislaine Van Der Ploeg


Disability, Illness and the Communal Dimensions of Healing in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, (Academy of Finland 2015-2018)

An Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher project of Dr Jenni Kuuliala

The Hansa in the North – Cultural and Social Transformations. A Reassessment

Funded by the NOS-HS
Project manager: Christian Krötzl

“Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother”: Violence Against Parents in the North of Europe

Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
Nordic exploratory workshops

Migration and Multiethnic Cities 1500-2000 (Finnish Cultural Foundation, 2016-2017)

A research project funded by the Finnish Cultural foundation, investigating migration, movement of workers and multicultural cities from the late Middle Ages till the present day.
PI: Dr Maija Ojala. Members of the research group: Anitta Kynsilehto, Ilaria Tucci, Mari Välimäki, Ulla Ijäs, Pirita Frigren

Reunamailla – Tilattomat Länsi-Suomen maaseudulla 1600–1800 (2016–2017)

Members of the research group: Riikka Miettinen, Ella Viitaniemi, Sofia Gustafsson, Ulla Koskinen, Tiina Miettinen, Panu Pulma, Petri Talvitie, Merja Uotila, Heikki Vuorimies, Jorma Wilmi

Yhteisön reunamailla, tilallisten varjossa? Länsi-Suomen maaseutuväestön rakenteen muutokset ja talonpoikaiston ulkopuoliset väestönosat 1600-1800, (Jalmari Finne foundation, 2015-2017)

A research project funded by Jalmari Finne foundation, which investigates the Finnish agrarian society (c. 1600-1800) and those demographic groups ignored in earlier research
PI Doc. Raisa Toivo. Members of the research group: Riikka Miettinen, Ella Viitaniemi

Multilingual Practices in the History of Written English (Academy of Finland, 2012-2016)

A research project funded by the Academy of Finland, studying the multilingual practices of writteh language.
Project leader: Professor Päivi Pahta. Members of the research group: Laura Wright, Arja Nurmi, Janne Skaffari, Jukka Tuominen, Jukka Tyrkkö

Gender and Demonic Possession in Later Medieval Europe (Academy of Finland, 2011-2014)

An Academy of Finland postdoctoral research project of Dr Sari Katajala-Peltomaa

Religion and Childhood. Socialisation in Pre-Modern Europe from the Roman Empire to the Christian World (Academy of Finland, 2009-2012)

PI Docent Dr. Katariina Mustakallio
Members of the research group: Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, Christian Laes, Ville Vuolanto, Jenni Kuuliala