Heini Hakosalo
Senior Research Fellow Heini Hakosalo

Heini Hakosalo

Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow
History of Science and Ideas

Biography

I specialise in modern and contemporary history of and health. I have done research on, for instance, history of brain sciences, history of medical education and gender, and history of tuberculosis. A new field of interest is the role of longitudinal cohort studies (in particular birth cohort studies) in late 20th- and early 21st century medical and social sciences. These research projects all highlight, in different ways, the interaction between social context on the one hand and scientific thought and practice on the other hand.

Research interests

  • History of medicine and health
  • History of science
  • History of modern Europe
  • Contemporary history

Funded research projects

  • Lives over Time: Birth Cohort Studies as a Form of Knowledge-Production, from the Second World War to the Present (Academy of Finland 2019-21)
  • Välitilassa. Halilan tuberkuloosiparantolan elämää 1920-39 [Living and dying at the Halila Tuberculosis Sanatorium, 1920-39] (Karjalan Kulttuurirahasto 2017)
  • "The black spot on the TB map of Europe": Tuberculosis in 20th-century Finland (Academy of Finland Research Fellow project 2012–17)
  • Exclusive treatment: The first generations of female physicians in Finland and Sweden (Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2009–11)

Selection of publications

  • Heini Hakosalo. A twin grip on the national disease: The Finnish anti-tuberculosis associations and their contribution to nation-formation (1907–17). Journal of Finnish Studies 1 / 2018 (in print).
  • Heini Hakosalo. Coming together: Early Finnish medical women and the many levels of historical biography. In Erla Hulda Haldorsdottir, Tiina Kinnunen, Maarit Leskelä-Kärki & Birgitte Possing (eds.), Biography, Gender, and History: Nordic Perspectives. Turku: k&h, 2016: 209–230.
  • Heini Hakosalo. Tubipommi ja rautlasi. Emotionaalisia esineitä 1900-luvun alkupuolen suomalaisissa tuberkuloosiparantoloissa [The TB bomb and the iron rod: Emotional objects in early 20th-century Finnish tuberculosis sanatoria], Historiallinen Aikakauskirja 114 (2016) 2: 165–76.
  • Heini Hakosalo. "Tehokkainta lastensuojelu- ja tuberkuloosityötä, mitä yleensä ajatella saattaa". Joulumerkkikodit osana tuberkuloosin vastaista kampanjaa Suomessa (1936–73) ["The most efficient child protection and anti-tuberculosis work imaginable": Christmas Seal Homes as art of the Finnish anti-tuberculosis campaign (1936-73)]", Historiallinen Aikakauskirja 113 (2015) 4: 393-411.
  • Heini Hakosalo. Elin och Ille. Syskon, kön och medicinsk karriär i det tidiga 1900-talets Finland. Historisk Tidskrift för Finland 2 / 2015: 125–60.
  • Heini Hakosalo. Modest witness to modernization: Finland meets Ovamboland in mission doctor Selma Rainio’s family letters, 1921–32. Scandinavian Journal of History 40 (2015) 3: 298–331.
  • Heini Hakosalo. 'Our Life Work': Professional Women and Christian Values in Early 20th-Century Finland. In Terhi Utriainen & Päivi Salmesvuori (eds.), Between Ancestors and Angels: Finnish Women Making Religion. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014: 83–102.
  • Heini Hakosalo. Freud & Co. The Mind at the Medical Market in Fin-de-Siècle Europe. In Niina Timosaari (ed.), in Aatteiden ja oppien teillä. Juha Mannisen juhlakirja. Studia Historica Septentrionalia 73. Rovaniemi: Pohjois-Suomen Historiallinen Yhdistys, 2014: 25–43.
  • Heini Hakosalo, Seija Jalagin, Marianne Junila & Heidi Kurvinen (eds). Historiallinen elämä. Biografia ja historiantutkimus. [Historical Life: Biography and Historical Research]. Helsinki: SKS, 2014.
  • Heini Hakosalo. The Ryti case: Language, gender and the rules of the game in Finnish academic medicine in the 1920s. Scandinavian Journal of History 37 (2012) 4: 430–60.
  • Heini Hakosalo. The Brain under the Knife: Serial Sectioning and the Development of Late 19th-Century Neuroanatomy. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 37 (2006): 172–202.
  • Heini Hakosalo. On Spea­king Terms: Scienti­fic Boundary Work and the Discovery of Aphasia, 1861-1874. Ph.D. thesis. Oulu, 2006.

Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Member of the Council of Finnish Academies, National Committee of the History of Science and Technology (2018 -)
  • Member of the Board of the Finnish Society for Science and Techology Studies (2016 -)
  • Member of Editorial Board of Kulttuurihistoria – Cultural History publication series (2012 -)

Research groups

  • PI, Health in History
  • PI, Lives over Time (Lives)

Thesis supervisions

Ph.D. theses
  • Kaisa Harju. Importing expertise: Finnish tuberculosis control programme in Somalia, 1980-90. History of Science and Ideas, University of Oulu. Ongoing.

  • Katariina Parhi. Born to be deviant: Histories of the Diagnosis of Psychopathy in Finland. History of Science and Ideas, University of Oulu, 2018.

  • Niina Timosaari. Tieteen keinoin yhteiskunnallisen oikeudenmukaisuuden puolesta. Edvard Westermarck ja sukupuolta, seksuaalisuutta ja avioliittoa koskevat lainuudistusvaatimukset [For social justice, by means of research. Edvard Westermarck and legislative reforms pertaining to gender, sexuality and marriage]. Univ. of Oulu, 2016.

  • Katri Helminen. Eläinlääkärikunnan puolesta taistellen. Rainer Stenius toimijana Suomen eläinlääketieteen kentällä 1918-1951 [Battling for the veterinary profession. Rainer Stenius as an actor in the field of Finnish veterinary science, 1918-1951]. History of Science and Ideas, University of Oulu, 2013.

  • Eve Hyrkäs. History of Psychosomatic Medicine in Finland. History of Sciences and Ideas, University of Oulu. Ongoing.

Licenciate of Philosophy theses
  • Niina Harjunpää. Väistämätön voittokulku vai silkkaa sattumaa? Simone de Beauvoirin Toinen sukupuoli -teoksen vastaanotto Ranskassa vuosina 1949-1968 [An inevitable triumph or a pure coincidence? The reception of Simone de Beauvoir's Second Sex in France, 1949-1968]. History of Science and Ideas, University of Oulu, 2003.

22 MA theses
60 BA theses

Research visits

  • Department of History, University of Stockholm
    1.7.2014 to 30.6.2015