Markku Hokkanen

PhD, Adjunct Professor
University lecturer
Modern global and imperial history

History, Culture and Communication Studies
Faculty of Humanities

Markku Hokkanen

Markku Hokkanen joined the Department of History in Oulu in 2016 from University of Jyväskylä, where he obtained his PhD in General History in 2006. Markku's research areas include histories of colonialism and empire, medicine and health, African history and British history in nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular focus on Malawi, Southern Africa and the British Empire. He has conducted research in the United Kingdom, Malawi and South Africa, and published monographs, several articles and edited book collections. He is currently leading two research projects: a Kone-foundation funded project on the history and memories of Finnish development work (2017-20), and Academy of Finland-funded project on the histories of mobile healers, politics and development in sub-Saharan Africa (2019-23). His recent publications include the monograph Medicine, mobility and the empire: Nyasaland networks, 1859-1960 (Manchester University Press, 2017), and the co-edited collections Encountering Crises of the Mind: Madness, Culture and Society, 1200s-1900s (Brill, 2018), and Healers and Empires in Global History: Healing as Hybrid and Contested Knowledge (Palgrave, 2019).

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02944 83239

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Pentti Kaiteran katu 1


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PL 8000
FI-90014 Oulun yliopisto