Maria Julku


Doctoral Student


The subject of my ongoing doctoral research (in Finnish) is The Crown and Stewards as Wielders of Power in Early 17th Century Ostrobothnia. By using the point of view of personal agency, my research enhances the understanding of early modern administration on the northern periphery, as well as of the role of stewards as office-holders.

I act as the secretary for Transcultural Encounters Research Center, a multidisciplinary research center of the Faculty of Humanities.
I 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
  • interaction and personal agency
  • authority and administration
  • Northern Fennoscandia


  • Julku, Maria (2019): "”For your own benefit and defence.” Persuading Peasants to Participate in Castle Building in Early 17th Century Ostrobothnia." Tieto vai mielikuvat? Kohtaamiset, representaatiot ja yhteisöt muuttuvassa maailmassa. Pohjois-Suomen Historiallinen Yhdistys, Rovaniemi. 115-130
  • 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.


Research groups

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