The Department has a varied, multidisciplinary research profile. In addition to their international significance, the research fields of the Department provide a crucial perspective on understanding Finnish culture. The research profile of the Department includes research into human thought and material, written and oral traditions as well as the national, European and global interaction of cultural signifiers in their temporal and environmental contexts.

The focus areas of the Department are

  • The history of Finnish society and Europe
  • Philosophy of science and epistemology
  • Oral history
  • Environmental research in the humanities
  • Gender studies
  • Research into the narrative of visual and auditory culture and the performing arts