Research in the Department of History and Ethnology (HELA)

HELA is a unique community of historians, ethnologists and anthropologists working together within one Department. Our research focuses on the activities of human beings and their communities. We explore the conditions and results of these activities, as well as their temporal multilayeredness. At the core of our work lies the study of societal crises and changes in a comparative, long-term perspective. Our research and teaching are integrally linked with the University’s overall profile and with its strategic core field Languages, Cultures and Communities in Global Change Processes.

Our staff

Our staff boast internationally recognized research expertise in a wide variety of fields. For further details, see our staff pages.

Research Clusters and Networks

Our staff collaborate extensively with other scholars, within and beyond our department. To facilitate such collaborative endeavours, both within HELA and further afield, our staff are active in a range of research clusters within the Department and research networks across the University of Jyväskylä – and beyond.

Within HELA there are currently seven cross-disciplinary research clusters:

Early Modern Morals,
Economic History and Strategy,
Comparative Political Cultures,
Gender Studies,
Poverty and Development,
Health and Well-Being,
Postwar Studies

For more information about these research clusters, click here.

Within the wider university, there are six inter-departmental research networks in which HELA researchers are particularly active:

The West Network
Ramus Virens – JYU Medieval Network
The HYTTI Health and Welfare Research Network
The Gender Research Network (Kantti)
The Nineteenth Century Studies Network
The Finnish Oral History Network (FOHN)