Ville Kivimäki

Senior Research Fellow
Faculty of Social Sciences
| Sub unit: History, Philosophy and Literature
Ville Kivimäki

About me

I'm a Senior Research Fellow and an Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) in Finnish history at the Tampere University. I'm leading the "Lived Nation" research team at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences, where my own research is focused on the experiences of nation-state violence. I have studied the social and cultural history of the Second World War and the problems of returning back from the war in the 1940s and 1950s. In my PhD thesis Battled Nerves (Åbo Akademi University 2013), I studied Finnish soldiers' traumatic war experiences, mental coping and military psychiatry during the Second World War. In a three-year postdoctoral project "Trauma before Trauma", funded by the Academy of Finland in 2016–19, I have analyzed the history of posttraumatic stress among the Finnish war veterans in the immediate postwar era.

I'm currently leading the research project "Large Databases in Studying the War Experiences", funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, and the Nordic NOS-HS workshop project "Historical Trauma Studies". I'm a member of the editorial board of Historiallinen Aikakauskirja and the series editor of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Experience.