Dissertations in progress

Kaisa Harju: Exporting Expertise: Somalia-Finland Tuberculosis Control Support and Training Project, 1980–1990

In her thesis, Kaisa Harju examines how Somalia-Finland Tuberculosis Control Project was constructed as a cross-cultural development aid project, focusing on its content, characteristic forms of interactions and impact. Harju’s research sheds light on how medical practices were transferred from one culture to another and how successful these attempts were. The dissertation will be completed in 2020.

Eve Hyrkäs: The History of Finnish Psychosomatic Thinking , 1945-1990

In her doctoral dissertation, Hyrkäs examines the development of the Finnish psychosomatic thinking as a medical concept in the post-war era (1945-2000). Hyrkäs is a member of PROFI3 Fibrosis Diseasome -project, where the relations between health, social change and medical understanding of health problems are analyzed from the historical and sociocultural perspective. Eve Hyrkäs is a member of the research project Northern Finland Health Historical Study, and her dissertation is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

Jouni Huhtanen: The astronomical revolution. Theories, interpretations and frames, 1900-1991

This dissertation examines some 20th century theories and interpretations of the astronomical revolution. The research deals with scientific and philosophical explanations of the revolution, concepts of the "great tradition" and the mathematical and theoretical content of the 17th century astronomy. The study will be completed in 2020.

Hanna Honkamäkilä: Scientific co-operation between the University of Oulu and the United States, 1959 - 2000

The aim of this doctoral thesis is to examine scientific co-operation between the University of Oulu and the United States and to discuss what kind of influences to the development of the University of Oulu came from the United States. A related aim is to reflect the possible impacts of scientific co-operation on the Oulu region and on Finland. As Honkamäkilä is a part-time doctoral student, her dissertation will be completed in the early years of 2020s- 

Misha Hyttinen: Misanthropy and Antisociality in Ancient Greece and Rome

The Ph.D. thesis will be the first interdisciplinary and comprehensive inquiry into the historical, sociocultural and psychological aspects of misanthropic and antisocial thought and behaviour in the ancient Greek and Roman societies. The purpose of the research is to study the causes and consequences of misanthropy and antisociality and the social conditions that regulated the expression of hatred in antiquity. Misanthropy represents an intellectual tradition that can be traced back to antiquity and it has had a long-standing influence on Western culture, but its controversial nature has impeded its recognition as a proper subject of study. Research work on the thesis begun in early 2020 and the project is tentatively expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

Annukka Sailo: Hierarchies, population control, war: Debating territorial aggression in behavioral sciences (1960–80)

This research examines the debate over the cultural vs. evolutionary determinants of human aggression in ethology and the human sciences in the US. The doctoral thesis will be submitted for review in 2020.


Last updated: 17.2.2020