Seija Jalagin: Teaching and research

Research and teaching

• Research: Refugee history, history of Christian missions, gender history, history of Japan, cultural encounters and transnationalism

• Teaching: BA thesis seminar in History; Courses in transnationalism, cultural interaction, gender history, contemporary Japanese society, and in journalistic writing.

Publications in SOLECRIS database

Research projects and groups

Recognition and belonging: forced migrations, troubled histories and memory cultures.

The project is funded by the Academy of Finland in 2017-2021.

The REBEL research group is investigating how displaced people can eventually become accepted in their host societies. How the forced migrants of World War II have narrated their experiences of recognition and misrecognition in the communities that received them? We are enhancing a more holistic understanding of the processes of social and political inclusion, and of the different levels, forms, and mechanisms involved. The aim is to increase knowledge of what works and what is problematic in how both representatives of the state, and ordinary citizens relate to immigrants. In this way we will also be able to contribute to discussions about current immigration policies and interaction between migrants and locals in the host society.

Seija Jalagin's part in this project investigates Finnish refugee policies and history in 1920-1950, especially East Karelians who became double refugees, i.e. they first came to Finland from Soviet Russia in the early 1920s or in the end of World War II and eventually fled to Sweden at the end of the 1940s. Jalagin studies the background, the departures, settling in Sweden as well as the refugee and migrant identities of these East Karelians, and the Finnish and Swedish states' immigration management.

Gendering Safety: Transnationalism, border-crossing and agency
- a research group that brings together scholars from various disciplines in human sciences at the University of Oulu. Our research focuses on the relations between gender, identity and place in historical and contemporary contexts. Key concepts such as, for example, transnationalism, diaspora, and agency are employed to study how forced and voluntary movements affect identity, belonging and otherness as well as the well-being and sustainability of communities.

Paradoxical Emancipation: Women Missionaries and Ecclesiastical Power in 20th-Century Finland, Postdoctoral Researcher, Academy of Finland, in 2010-2012.


Curriculum Vitae

CV on September 2016 (pdf)


Publication from CLIOHWORLD, Erasmus network for History:

Seija Jalagin, Susanna Tavera & Andrew Dilley (eds.) World and Global History. Research and Teaching. A CLIOHWORLD Reader. Cliohworld & Edizioni Plus, Pisa University, Pisa 2011, 239 s. Online version & additional bibliography at:



Most important publications
  • Intersections of Gender, Religion and Ethnicity in Christian Missions. Terhi Utriainen & Päivi Salmesvuori (eds.) Finnish Women Making Religion: Between Ancestors and Angels. New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2014, pp. 123-139.
  • Transnationalising Education for the Benefit of the Nation: Finnish Mission to the Jews in post-World War II Jerusalem. Ellen Fleischmann, Sonya Grypma, Michael Marten and Inger Marie Okkenhaug (eds.) Transnational and Historical Perspectives on Global Health, Welfare and Humanitarianism. Kristiansand: Portal Forlag 2013, 182–207.
  • Seija Jalagin, Olli Löytty & Markku Salakka (toim.), Kaikille kansoille. Lähetystyö kulttuurien vuoropuheluna. Historiallinen arkisto 131. SKS, Helsinki 2010.
  • Japanin kutsu. Suomalaiset naislähetit Japanissa 1900-1941. English summary: Answering the Call: Finnish Missionary Women in Japan, 1900-1941. Bibliotheca Historica 107. SKS, Helsinki 2007.
  • Seija Jalagin & Marianne Junila, Lukittu näky - sota lapsen kokemuksena. Historiallinen Aikakauskirja 2, 2006, pp. 117-131
  • "Kuinka voisi yhden naisen ääni kuulua?": Suomalaiset naislähetit norminrikkojina. Teologinen Aikakauskirja 1, 2006, pp. 105-116.
  • Disciples, Sisters or Companions? Japanese and Finnish Women's Mutual Encounter in Mission. Deborah Gaitskell (Quest editor), Women and Missions. Le Fait Missionaire. Social Sciences & Missions . No 16/July 2005, pp. 43-70.
  • Japanilais-suomalainen rakkaustarina. Etnisen toiseuden rajankäyntiä lähetystyössä. Olli Löytty (toim.), Rajanylityksiä. Tutkimusreittejä toiseuden tuolle puolen. Gaudeamus, Helsinki 2005, pp. 64-85.
  • Education or Christian Education? Missionary Girls' Schools in Japan in the Transition Years of the 1930s. Katharina Hallencreutz (ed.), Gender, Poverty and Church Involvement. A report from a research conference in Uppsala, May 6-8, 2002 . Missio No 20. Swedish Institute of Mission Research, Uppsala 2005, pp. 185-202.
  • Negotiating for Space and Autonomy: Strategies of Finnish Missionary Women in Japan , 1900-1941. Theme issue: Gender and Mission. Scandinavian Journal of History. Vol. 28, No. 2, 2003, pp. 83-102.
  • "I didn't come here to play, that's for sure" - Finnish Missionary Women and Authority in Early 20 th Century Japan. Inger Marie Okkenhaug (ed.), Gender, Race and Religion: Nordic Missions 1860-1940. Studia Missionalia Svecana XCI, Uppsala 2003, pp. 81-101.
  • Gendered Images - Western Women on Japanese Women. Looking at the Other: Historical Study of Images in Theory and Practise. Edited by Kari Alenius, Olavi K. Fält, Seija Jalagin. Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. Humaniora B42. University of Oulu, Oulu 2002, pp. 13-34.


Last updated: 28.10.2019