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Dr. Asko Nivala von März bis Juni 2017 als Fellow am FSP HKW
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Asko Nivala, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Romantic Cartographies: Lived and Imagined Space in English and German Romantic Texts, 1790–1840.

Most texts are spatial implying a network of important places. This was especially typical of the Romantic era (1790–1840) that was characterised by the growing interest in historical and natural sites. This research project provides a new interpretation of English and German Romanticism by changing the focus from temporal to spatial. He analyses the spatiality of Romantic texts by reconstructing the various geographic maps they implied.

 

Asko Nivala's research focuses on the age of German Romanticism. His doctoral dissertation "Beyond Germany Fragmented. The Idea of the Golden Age in Friedrich Schlegel’s Early Romantic Philosophy of History" dates to 2015. A monograph based on that study will be published in March 2017 with the title "The Romantic Idea of the Golden Age in Friedrich Schlegel's Philosophy of History" (Routledge Studies in Cultural History). The book discusses the themes of the Golden Age and the Kingdom of God in Friedrich Schlegel’s (1772–1829) early thought. In addition to that, I have studied the spatiality of thought and concepts, about which I co-edited the book "Travelling Notions of Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe (Routledge 2016) together with Hannu Salmi and Jukka Sarjala."

In his other publications and conference papers, he studied metaphors, humour, games, cosmopolitanism, and the grotesque during the age of Romanticism and in historiography in general. His research interests include the theoretical discussion on digital humanities, posthumanism and new materialism.

In 2016, he started a postdoctoral project "Posthuman Romanticism. Non-human Agency in the Romantic Era 1800–1840" funded by the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

In 2017–2019, he will be working as a TIAS postdoctoral research fellow with the project "Romantic Cartographies. Lived and Imagined Space in English and German Romantic Texts, 1790–1840".

Moreover, he is a member in the consortium "Computational History and the Transformation of Public Discourse in Finland​, 1640–1910" supervised by Hannu Salmi (Academy of Finland, 2016–2019).

 

Current Positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Turku Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Turku, 2017–2019.

Travel grant 2017, The Kone Foundation and The Foundations’ Post Doc Pool, for a research period at the Forschungsschwerpunkt Historische Kulturwissenschaften.

Degrees and Academic Education

PhD 2015, University of Turku, major subject: Cultural History. Dissertation: Beyond Germany Fragmented: The Idea of the Golden Age in Friedrich Schlegel’s Early Romantic Philosophy of History. Dissertation grade: laudatur.

MA 2007, University of Turku, major subject: Cultural History. Thesis grade: laudatur.

Erasmus Programme 2004, Christian-Albrecht-Universität zu Kiel, Germany, Philosophy, 2004–2005.

Previous positions and grants

Research Grant 2016, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2015, University of Turku, the research project Travelling Notions of Culture: Itineraries of Bildung and Civilisation in Early Nineteenth Century Europe (Academy of Finland, supervisor: Prof. Hannu Salmi).

Doctoral Student 2013–2015, University of Turku, the research project Travelling Notions of Culture: Itineraries of Bildung and Civilisation in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe (Academy of Finland, supervisor: Prof. Hannu Salmi).

Research Grant 2012, Oskar Öflund Foundation.

Research Grant 2009–2011, Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Selected Publications

Monographs:

Nivala, Asko: The Romantic Idea of the Golden Age in Friedrich Schlegel’s Philosophy of History. Routledge Studies in Cultural History 51. Routledge: New York 2017.

Edited books:

Salmi, Hannu; Nivala, Asko & Sarjala Jukka (eds.): Travelling Notions of Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe. Routledge Studies in Cultural History 42. Routledge: New York 2016.

Nivala, Asko & Mähkä, Rami (toim.): Tulkinnan polkuja. Kulttuurihistorian tutkimusmenetelmiä. Cultural History – kulttuurihistoria 10. k & h, Turku 2012.

Peer-reviewed articles (selection):

Nivala, Asko: ”Catastrophic Revolution and the Rise of Romantic Bildung” in Travelling Notions of Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe. Eds. Hannu Salmi, Nivala Asko & Jukka Sarjala. Routledge: New York 2016, 19–37.

Nivala, Asko; Salmi, Hannu & Sarjala, Jukka: ”Introduction” in Travelling Notions of Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe. Eds. Hannu Salmi, Nivala Asko & Jukka Sarjala. Routledge: New York 2016, 1–18.

Nivala, Asko: ”Mediality and Intermediality in Friedrich Schlegel’s Early Romantic Thought” in Afterlives of Romantic Intermediality: The Intersection of Visual, Aural, and Verbal Frontiers. Eds. Leena Eilittä & Catherine Riccio-Berry. Lexington Books: Lanham 2016, 75–94.

Nivala, Asko: ”Friedrich Schlegel ja historian koherenssi. Saksalaisen varhaisromantiikan historianfilosofian uudelleenarviointia” in Historianfilosofia: Klassikkoajattelijat antiikista nykypäivään. Eds. Kari Väyrynen & Jarmo Pulkkinen. Vastapaino: Tampere 2015, 178–205.

Nivala, Asko: ”Walter Benjamin ja historian käsite” in Historianfilosofia: Klassikkoajattelijat antiikista nykypäivään. Eds. Kari Väyrynen & Jarmo Pulkkinen. Vastapaino: Tampere 2015, 270–273.

Nivala, Asko: ”From the Naïve to the Unnatural: Friedrich Schlegel’s Early Romantic Notion of the Grotesque” in The Grotesque and the Unnatural. Eds. Markku Salmela & Jarkko Toikkanen. Cambria Press: Amherst, New York 2011, 113–135.

Nivala, Asko: ”Critique and Naturalism. Friedrich Schlegel and the Principles of the Enlightenment” in The Enlightenment: Critique, Myth and Utopia. Eds. Charlotta Wolff, Timo Kaitaro & Minna Ahokas. Peter Lang: Frankfurt a. M. 2011, 203–219.

Nivala, Asko: ”Chemical Age. Presenting History with Metaphors” in They Do Things Differently There: Essays on Cultural History. Eds. Bruce Johnson & Harri Kiiskinen. k & h: Turku 2011, 81–108.