Maria Julku


Doctoral Student


In my ongoing doctoral research I examine the authority of the Swedish Crown and the Stewards of Ostrobothnia in the early 17th century, and the interactive relationship between them. At the centre of my research are the first two Stewards of Ostrobothnia, who also acted as commanders of the castles of Oulu and Kajaani. The research uses a point of view of personal agency in enhancing the understanding of stewards as office-holders, but also of how administration worked on the northern periphery.

I act as the secretary for Transcultural Encounters Research Center.
I also belong to the editorial board of Ennen ja nyt, an open access journal for research in history and related disciplines.

Research interests

  • 16th and 17th centuries
  • peripheries and borderlands
  • communication and personal agency
  • authority and administration


  • Julku, Maria (2018): "The Interaction Between the King and His Office-Holders During an Arctic Military Campaign in Early 17th Century Sweden." Transcultural Encounters II : Understanding Humans in Change. Studia Historica Septentrionalia 80. Pohjois-Suomen Historiallinen Yhdistys, Rovaniemi. 405-421
  • Julku, Maria (2014): Otto Vallenius : oopperalaulaja ja taidemaalari. Pohjanranta, Keminmaa. 105 p.

Other activity

  • Presentation ""Teille hyödyksi ja puolustukseksi." Talonpoikien suostuttelu linnojen rakennustöihin Pohjanmaalla 1600-luvun alussa." Tieto vai mielikuvat? - kohtaamiset, representaatiot ja yhteisöt muuttuvassa maailmassa -konferenssi Oulun yliopistossa 1.-2.11.2018.
  • Presentation "Resistance and Persuasion in the Context of Castle-Building. New Economic Burdens for Peasantry in Early 17th Century Northern Finland." 43rd Annual Economic and Business History Society Conference, University of Jyväskylä 30.5.-2.6.2018.
  • Presentation "The Interaction between the King and His Office-Holders during an Arctic Military Campaign in Early 17th-Century Sweden." Transcultural Encounters 2 - Understanding Humans in Change, conference at the University of Oulu 8.–9.7.2017.

Research groups

  • Collaboration and Dependency: The Modes of Interaction and the Role of Sociocultural Change in the Past (CODE)