Dr Risto Turunen

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Dr Risto Turunen


Assistant Professor /Adiunkt

Doctor of Philosophy in History

Researcher, member of the Center for Social Change and Mobility Research



digital history, digital humanities, labour history, intellectual history, conceptual history





I am working currently in the project “The Revolution That Did Not Happen Rebellion and Reaction in the Post-Imperial Borderlands 1905-1921” led by Dr Wiktor Marzec. My task is (a) to invent computational methods to analyse political discourses in Finnish and Polish sources, and (b) to be the domain expert of Finnish history when we compare the different political trajectories in the Western borderlands of the Russian Empire in the early twentieth century.



My long-term research interests can be divided roughly into three categories. First, methodologically I want to find novel ways of extracting useful information from machine-readable historical sources. Second, in terms of historical sources, I want to promote ‘balanced’ approaches to digitisation of the past: if we concentrate solely on printed materials (books, newspapers, reports etc.), we may undervalue the agency of the common people who never published their ideas in the print. Third, in the theoretical domain, I try to conceptualize how the relation between the breadth and depth of historical arguments will be affected by the current ‘digital turn’.




May 2021, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctoral Programme in History, Tampere University, Finland. Doctoral thesis approved with the grade of ’Pass with Distinction’.




Turunen, Risto (2021). Shades of Red: Evolution of the Political Language of Finnish Socialism from the 19th Century until the Civil War of 1918. Helsinki: The Finnish Society for Labour History. http://hdl.handle.net/10138/336197


Peer-reviewed journal articles & book chapters:

Turunen, Risto (2021). Making of Modernity in the Vernacular: On the Grassroots Variations of Finnish Socialism in the Early Twentieth Century. Praktyka Teoretyczna, 39 (1), 73-94. DOI: 10.14746/prt2021.1.4.

Andrushchenko, Mykola et al. (2021). Using parsed and annotated corpora to analyze parliamentarians’s talk in Finland. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 04 June 2021, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24500

Turunen, Risto (2020). Macroscoping the Sun of Socialism: Distant Readings of Temporality in Finnish Labour Newspapers, 1895–1917. In Mats Fridlund, Mila Oiva & Petri Paju (Eds.), Digital Histories: Emergent Approaches within the New Digital History. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press, 303-323. https://doi.org/10.33134/HUP-5

Marzec, Wiktor & Turunen, Risto. (2019). (Im)mobilités des idées. Socialismes itinérants dans les régions de Pologne et de Finlande de l’empire de Russie. Cahiers Jaurès 4/2019, 9-34. https://www.cairn-int.info/journal-cahiers-jaures-2019-4.htm

Turunen, Risto. (2019). From the Object to the Subject of History. Writing Factory Workers in Finland in the Early 20th Century. In Kirsti Salmi-Niklander & Heiko Droste (Eds.), Handwritten Newspapers: An Alternative Medium during the Early Modern and Modern Periods. Helsinki: The Finnish Literature Society, 170-192. https://doi.org/10.21435/sfh.26

Dominowska, Agata et al. (2019). Hiding in Plain Sight: Poetry in Newspapers and How to Approach It. Human IT: Journal for Information Technology Studies as a Human Science 14 (2), 145-171. https://humanit.hb.se/article/view/594

Marzec, Wiktor & Turunen, Risto. (2018). Socialisms in the Tsarist Borderlands: Poland and Finland in a Contrastive Comparison, 1830-1907. Contributions to the History of Concepts 13 (1), 22-50. https://doi.org/10.3167/choc.2018.130103