Ilkka Lähteenmäki

Ilkka Lähteenmäki


Philosophy of History


I am post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Philosophical Studies of History. I received my PhD in 2019 from University of Oulu, and M.Soc.Sci from the University of Turku in 2013.

My research focuses on different forms of historical representations, which are looked at from the viewpoint of historical world-building. Currently my focus is on the non-traditional forms of history like games, movies, tv-series, wiki-articles, etc. and how all these (with traditional history) seem to be transmedially linked together to form a large body of historical information.



Research interests

  • Philosophy of History
  • Theory of History
  • Historical Representation
  • Constructivism
  • Experimental History
  • Historical world-building
  • History in popular media
  • Historical Games

Research groups

  • Post-Doc Researcher, Centre for Philosophical Studies of History
  • Post-Doc Researcher, Microhistorical Epistemology

Selected publications

  • Lähteenmäki, Ilkka; Virta, Tatu (2016) The Finnish Twitter war: the Winter War experienced through the #sota39 project and its implications for historiography. - Rethinking history 20 (3), 433-453 . [Original]
  • Lähteenmäki, Ilkka (2016) Kontrafaktuaalinen historia - mahdollisuus, ilmiö, harhaoppi?. Historian teoria - lingvistisestä käänteestä mahdolliseen historiaan. Väyrynen, Kari; Pulkkinen, Jarmo. - Ei sarjaa/No series. Jyväskylä. 171-206
  • Lähteenmäki, Ilkka (2018) Possible Worlds of History. - Journal of the philosophy of history 12 (1), 164-182 . Original:
  • Lähteenmäki, Ilkka (2019) Engaging history in the media : building a framework for interpreting historical presentations as worlds. - Acta Universitatis Ouluensis B : Humaniora 174. Oulu. Artikkeliväitöskirja. 82. [Original]