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Sari Katajala-Peltomaa

Senior Research Fellow
Tampere University
phone number+358503186112
City Centre Campus

Fields of expertise

Late Middle Ages, history of experience, lived religion, hagiography, canonization processes, gender, family

Main positions of trust

President of the Finnish Historical Society 2018-2020

Chair of the board of Historiallinen Aikakauskirja 2018-2021

Editor-in-chief of Studia Fennica Historica -series (of The Finnish Literature Society)

Selected publications

Monographs:

together with Jenni Kuuliala and Marika Räsänen Verta vuotava kuva ja muita outoja ihmeitä. Eletty usko myöhäiskeskiajalla (Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 2022)

together with Raisa Toivo, Lived Religion and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (London: Routledge, 2021)

(Together with Raisa Toivo, jointly written throughout with equal share of input), Lived Religion and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (London: Routledge, 2021)

Demonic Possession and Lived Religion in Later Medieval Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2020

Lapsuus ja arki antiikissa ja keskiajalla (Together with Ville Vuolanto) Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 2013, 2015.

Gender, Miracles and Daily Life. The Evidence of Fourteenth-Century Canonization Processes. Turnhout: Brepols 2009.

Noitavaimo ja neitsytäiti. Naisten arki keskiajalta uudelle ajalle. (Together with Raisa Maria Toivo) Jyväskylä: Atena Kustannus 2009.

Gender and Spheres of Interaction. Devotional Practices in Fourteenth-Century Canonisation Processes. Unprinted Ph.D. dissertation ( 25.11.2006,Tampereen yliopisto)

Edited Books:

together with Raisa Toivo, Histories of Experience in the World of Lived Religion (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2022)

together with Jenni Kuuliala & Iona McCleery, A Companion to Medieval Miracle Collections (Leiden: Brill 2021)

(Ed. with Christian Krötzl) Miracles in Medieval Canonization Processes. Structures, Functions, and Methodologies (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018)

(Ed. with Raisa Toivo) Lived Religion and the Long Reformation in Northern Europe c. 1300–1700 (Leiden: Brill, 2017)

(Ed. with Kirsi Salonen ) Church and Belief in the Middle Ages: Popes, Saints, and Crusaders (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016)

(Ed. with Irma Sulkunen & Marjaana Niemi) Usko, tiede ja historiankirjoitus. Suomalaisia maailmankuvia keskiajalta 1900-luvulle (Helsinki: SKS, 2016)

(Ed. with Christian Krötzl & Marjo Meriluoto-Jaakkola) Suomalaisten pyhiinvaellukset keskiajalla. Kun maailma aukeni. (Helsinki: SKS, 2014, 2015)

(Ed. with Susanna Niiranen) Mental (Dis)Order in Later Medieval Europe. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

(Ed. with Ville Vuolanto) Religious Participation in Ancient and Medieval Societies. Rituals, Interaction, and Identity. Acta IRF 41. Rooma: Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, 2013.

(Ed. with Raisa Maria Toivo) Paholainen, noituus ja magia – kristinuskon kääntöpuoli. Pahuuden kuvasto vanhassa maailmassa. [English Summary: The Devil, Witchcraft and Magic – The Reverse Side of Christianity. Imagery of Evil in Premodern Europe] Helsinki: SKS, 2004.

(Ed. with Sari Aution & Ville Vuolanto) Historioitsijan arki & tutkimuksen prosessi. Tampere: Vastapaino, 2001.

Articles in Refereed Academic Journals:

‘Punition par le diable comme « expérience » en Suède au XIVe siècle,’ Memini. Travaux et documents. Revue interdisciplinaire sur le Moyen Âge et le début de la période moderne (2023, forthcoming)

(together with Maria Mäkelä), ‘Conversion as an exemplary experience in the 14th century and today: Narrative-comparative approaches to the Exemplum,’ Scandinavian Journal of History 47:1 (2022).

(together with Marika Räsänen, Sofia Lahti and Anna-Stina Hägglund), ‘Levd religion i det medeltida Finland,’ Historisk Tidskrift i Finland 2 (2021).

'Diabolical Rage? Children, Violence, and Demonic Possession in the Late Middle Ages,' Journal of Family History 2016.

'Fatherhood, Masculinity and Lived Religion in Late Medieval Sweden,' Scandinavian Journal of History 38:2 (2013), 223-244.

(Together with Ville Vuolanto) 'Children and Agency: Religion as Socialisation in Late Antiquity and Late Medieval West,' Childhood in the Past 4 (2011), pp. 79-99.

'Recent Trends in the Study of Medieval Canonizations.' History Compass 8/9 (2010): 1083-1092.

(Together with Raisa Maria Toivo) ‘Tila ja hoivan käytänteet keskiajalla ja uuden ajan alussa.’ Haik 1/2010, pp. 15-28.

’Hoiva, sukupuoli ja todistaminen 1300-luvun kanonisaatioprosesseissa.’ Naistutkimus 3/2009, pp. 35–46

(Together with Ville Vuolanto) ’Lapsuus ja sosialisaatio myöhäisantiikissa ja sydänkeskiajalla’ /Kasvatus & aika 3/2009. [English abstract: Children and Religion: Approaching Socialization Processes in Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages

‘Bilan de l’historiographie dans l’Angleterre et dans la Scandinavie – de l’histoire des femmes á l’histoire du genre’, in Genre&Histoire, Revue de l'association Mnémosyne, no 3/2008.

"Revertere ad ecclesiam meam!" Näyt, unet ja pyhiinvaelluskehoitukset Nicholas Tolentinolaisen kanonisaatioprosessissa [English Summary: Dreams, visions and exhortations to undertake a pilgrimage in the canonisation process of Nicola of Tolentino] Mirator 1/2007, pp. 37–51.

Naiset rooliodotusten marginaalissa? Askeettiset pyhiinvaellukset votiivilahjoina. [English Summary: Liminal Gender Roles? Women’s Ascetic Pilgrimages as Votive Offerings] Teologinen aikakauskirja 1/2006, pp. 95–104.

Articles in refereed scientific edited volumes and conference proceedings:

‘Demoniac’s gratitude: Corporeality and materiality of votive offerings to St Nicholas of Tolentino (1325-1550),’ in Gift-Giving and Materiality in Europe, 1300–1600: Gifts as Objects, ed. by Lars Kjaer and Gustavs Strenga (London: Bloomsbury, 2022).

’From lived reality to a Cultural Script: Punishment Miracle as an Experience,’ in Histories of Experience in the World of Lived Religion, ed. Sari Katajala-Peltomaa & Raisa Maria Toivo (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2022).

together with Raisa Toivo, ‘Introduction: Religion as Historical Experience,’ in Histories of Experience in the World of Lived Religion, ed. Sari Katajala-Peltomaa & Raisa Maria Toivo (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2022) 

‘Just a Humble Petitioner of a Saint? Devotion as a Strategy for Prestige in Depositions of Fourteenth-Century Italian Canonization Processes,’ in Gender and Status Competition in Pre-Modern Societies, ed. Martha Bayless, Jonas Liliequist, and Lewis Webb (Turnhout: Brepols, 2021)

‘Madness, demonic possession, and methods of categorization,’ in A Companion to Medieval Miracle Collections, ed. Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, Jenni Kuuliala & Iona McCleery (Leiden: Brill, 2021)

together with Jenni Kuuliala, ‘Practical Matters: canonization records in making,’ in A Companion to Medieval Miracle Collections, ed. Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, Jenni Kuuliala & Iona McCleery (Leiden: Brill, 2021)

together with Jenni Kuulialan & Iona McCleery, ‘Reading medieval sources: miracle collections. Introduction,’ in A Companion to Medieval Miracle Collections, ed. Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, Jenni Kuuliala & Iona McCleery (Leiden: Brill, 2021)

Together with Jussi Hanska, ‘Giving Birth as Metaphor: Eudes de Châteauroux’s Preaching to the Nuns of Orvieto,’ in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Preaching in the Mediterranean and Europe. Identities and Interfaith Encounters, ed. Linda G. Jones & Adrienne Dupont-Hamy (Turnhout: Brepols, 2019), 25–49.

(Together with Christian Krötzli) 'Approaching Twelfth- to fifteenth-Century Miracles: Miracle Registers, Collections, and Canonization Processes as Source Material,' in Christian Krötzl & Sari Katajala-Peltomaa (ed.), Miracles in Medieval Canonization Processes. Structures, Functions, and Methodologies (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), 1-39.

'Narrative Strategies in the Depositions: Gender, Family, and Devotion' in Christian Krötzl & Sari Katajala-Peltomaa (ed.), Miracles in Medieval Canonization Processes. Structures, Functions, and Methodologies (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), 227-256.

'Hiljalleen yhtenäistyvä alue,' in Nils Erik Villstrand & Petri Karonen (ed.) Kulkemattomat polut. Mahdollinen Suomen historia (Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 2017), 22-55.

'Finland år 1417: långsamt på väg mot enhet,' in Nils Erik Villstrand & Petri Karonen (ed.) Öppet fall. Finlands historia som möjligheter och alternativ 1417-2017 (Helsinki: SLS, 2017), 29-65.

'Devotional Strategies in Everyday Life: Laity’s Interaction with Saints in the North in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries,' in Sari Katajala-Peltomaa & Raisa Maria Toivo (ed.), Lived Religion and the Long Reformation in Northern Europe c. 1300–1700 (Leiden: Brill, 2017), 21-45.

Together with Raisa Toivon kanssa), 'Religion as Experience,' in Sari Katajala-Peltomaa & Raisa Maria Toivo (ed.), Lived Religion and the Long Reformation in Northern Europe c. 1300–1700 (Leiden: Brill, 2017), 1-19.

(Together with Kirsi Salonen & Kurt Villads Jensen) 'In the Name of Saints Peter and Paul. Popes, Conversion, and Sainthood in Western Christianity,' in Kirsi Salonen & Sari Katajala-Peltomaa (ed.), Church and Belief in the Middle Ages: Popes, Saints, and Crusaders (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016), s. 11-35.

'Riivattu Cristina. Yksilö, yhteisö ja rituaalit keskiajan maailmankuvassa,' in Irma Sulkunen, Marjaana Niemi & Sari Katajala-Peltomaa (ed.), Usko, tiede ja historiankirjoitus. Suomalaisia maailmankuvia keskiajalta 1900-luvulle (Helsinki: SKS, 2016), s. 35-65.

Together with Irma Sulkunen & Marjaana Niemi) 'Johdanto. Maailmankuvat ja identiteetit pitkällä aikavälillä,' in Irma Sulkunen, Marjaana Niemi & Sari Katajala-Peltomaa (ed.), Usko, tiede ja historiankirjoitus. Suomalaisia maailmankuvia keskiajalta 1900-luvulle (Helsinki: SKS, 2016), s. 8-31.

’Learning by Doing: Pilgrimages as a Means of Socialisation in the Late Middle Ages,’ in Katariina Mustakallio & Jussi Hanska (ed.), Agents and Objects. Children in Pre-Modern Europe. Acta IRF 42 (Rome: Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, 2015), s. 133-146.

'Arki, hoiva ja pyhiinvaellukset', in Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, Christian Krötzl ja Marjo Meriluoto-Jaakkola (ed.) Suomalaisten Pyhiinvaellukset keskiajalla. Kun maailma aukeni. (Helsinki: SKS, 2014), s 163-179.

(Together with Christian Krötzl & Marjo Meriluoto-Jaakkola) ' Kun maailma aukeni - näkökulmia suomalaisten pyhiinvaelluksiin', in Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, Christian Krötzl & Marjo Meriluoto-Jaakkola (ed.) Suomalaisten pyhiinvaellukset keskiajalla. Kun maailma aukeni. (Helsinki: SKS, 2014), s 7-25.

'Riivaukset ja perheiden hyvinvointi', in Marko Lamberg & Kirsi Kanerva (ed.) Hyvä elämä keskiajalla (Helsinki: SKS, 2014), 113-136.

'Demonic Possession as Physical and Mental Disturbance in the Later Medieval Canonization Processes', in Sari Katajala-Peltomaa & Susanna Niiranen (ed.), Mental (Dis)Order in Later Medieval Europe. Leiden: Brill, 2014, 108-127.

(Together with Susanna Niiranen ) 'Perspectives to Mental (Dis)Order in Later Medieval Europe', in S: Katajala-Peltomaa & S. Niiranen (ed.), Mental (Dis)Order in Later Medieval Europe. Leiden: Brill, 2014, 1-20.

(Together with Ville Vuolanto) 'Religious Practices and Social Interaction in the Ancient and Medieval World,' in S. Katajala-Peltomaa & V. Vuolanto (ed.), Religious Participation in Ancient and Medieval Societies. Rituals, Interaction, and Identity. Acta IRF 41. Rooma: Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, 2013, 11-24.

'A Good Wife?: Demonic Possession and Discourses of Gender in Late Medieval Culture,'in M. Muravyeva & R. Toivo (ed.) Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. New York: Routledge, 2013, 73-88.

'Bishops Fighting with Demons in Swedish Canonization Processes,'in John S. Ott & Trpimir Vedriš (ed.), Saintly Bishops and Bishops’ Saints. Zagreb: Hagiotheca 2012, 217-233.

'Constructing a Relationship with the Sacred: Measuring Rituals as Forms of Communication ,' in P. Golinelli (ed.) Agiografia e culture popolari. Hagiogprahy and popular cultures. Bologna: CLUEB, 2012, 313-328.

‘Gender, Networks, and Collaboration: Pilgrimages in Fourteenth-Century Canonization Processes,’ in K. Mustakallio & C. Krötzl (eds), De Amicitia. Friendship and Social Networks in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Acta Instituti Romani Finlandiae, vol 36. Rome: Institutum romanum Finlandiae, 2011, pp. 231-243.

‘Socialization Gone Astray? Children and Demonic Possession in Later Middle Ages,’ in K. Mustakallio and C. Laes (eds), Dark Side of Childhood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Oxford: Oxbow 2011, 95-112.

‘Rituals and Reputation: Immature Death in the Fourteenth-Century Canonization Processes,' in C. Krözl & K. Mustakallio (ed.), On Old Age. Approaching Death in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Turnhoult: Brepols, 2011, pp. 315-331.

'Parental Roles in the Canonisation Processes of Saint Nicola of Tolentino and Saint Thomas Cantilupe', in K. Mustakallio, J. Hanska, H.-L. Sainio & V. Vuolanto (ed.), Hoping for Continuity. Childhood, Education and Death in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Acta Instituti Romani Finlandiae XXXIII. Rome: Institutum romanum Finlandiae, 2005, pp. 145-155.