Thesis defence in the University of Oulu

Doctoral Candidate

Master of Social Sciences Ilkka Lähteenmäki

Faculty and research unit

University of Oulu Graduate School, Faculty of Humanities, History, Culture and Communications research unit

Field of study

History of Science and Ideas

Date and time of the thesis defence

7.12.2019 12:00

Place of the thesis defence

Linnamaa campus, L10

Topic of the dissertation

Engaging history in the media - Building a framework for interpreting historical presentations as worlds


Associate professor Berber Bevernage, Ghent University


Professor Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen, University of Oulu

Encountering history in the media.

This dissertation suggests that historical presentations should be understood as literary worlds. It studies how they are engaged with in the current media environment. The concept of a world offers a novel way of analysing how presentations are identified as being specifically historical presentations. It is argued that within the digital media environment, historical presentations are intuitively interpreted as incomplete presentations or as fragments of a larger whole. The functioning of historical presentations is examined as part of a large media network. History’s availability through a variety of media is then analysed through the concepts of transmedia and remediation. It is concluded that history is necessarily mediated and that the current media environment is changing how history is being engaged with.


Last updated: 2.12.2019