The project team consists of Principal Investigator Dr Charlotta Wolff, doctoral student Sophie Holm and doctoral student Elina Maaniitty. Read more about us below!
Charlotta Wolff (Dr. Phil.) is Docent of European history and Academy of Finland Research Fellow (2013–2018) at the University of Helsinki. She earned her doctoral degree in 2005 with a thesis on the Swedish political elite's relations with eighteenth-century France and French intellectuals in the second half of the eighteenth century. Her book Vänskap och makt. Den svenska politiska eliten och upplysningstidens Frankrike (Svenska Litteratursällskapet i Finland, 2005) was awarded by the Swedish Academy in 2006. Her second monograph Noble conceptions of politics in eighteenth-century Sweden, ca. 1740–1790 (Finnish Literature Society, 2008) was a study in conceptual and intellectual history. In addition to numerous articles on transfers of ideas and people between Scandinavia and the French cultural sphere, she has also published on nineteenth-century elite identities from an agent’s perspective and on elite cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism. Wolff currently works as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow with the project Comic Opera and Society in France and Northern Europe 1760–1790 (2013–2018), which examines opera as a means of popularising philosophical and political themes. As the principal investigator of the academy project Agents of Enlightenment: Changing the Minds in Eighteenth-Century Northern Europe she is preparing an extensive study of Swedish ambassador, minister and university chancellor Count Gustav Philip Creutz (1731–1785) as a socialite, freethinker and materialist.
Sophie Holm is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Helsinki and a member of the Academy of Finland research project Agents of Enlightenment. Changing the Minds in Eighteenth-Century Northern Europe (2018–2020). She graduated in 2010 with a master's thesis on the onomastics of defensive constructions in the eighteenth-century sea fortress Sveaborg. In 2012, she edited a volume presenting new research on the said fortress. Her doctoral thesis examines the practices of early-modern diplomacy through a case study on foreign envoys in Stockholm during the Diet of 1746–1747. Within the project Agents of Enlightenment she will broaden her research to the cultural history of diplomacy in the Baltic Sea area. Holm has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Finnish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies since 2012 and its ISECS Delegate since 2017. She is an assisting editor for Historisk Tidskrift för Finland.
Elina Maaniitty is a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki. She graduated in 2015 with a master’s thesis on mortality and causes of death in Helsinki during the latter half of the eighteenth century, a subject on which she has also published two refereed articles. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis on the prevalence of four epidemic diseases and the measures taken to prevent and combat them in Sweden and Finland during the long eighteenth century. As a member of the Academy of Finland research project Agents of Enlightenment: Changing the Minds in Eighteenth-Century Northern Europe, Maaniitty aims to combine demographic data and historical epidemiology with an analysis of paradigmatic changes in medical thought. Specific areas of interest include the history of smallpox inoculation, the dissemination of new scientific information, and key figures of Swedish medical science of the era.