Mikko Tolonen


Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

 1.    Full name and date

  • Tolonen, Mikko Sakari
  • date of writing the cv: 22.9.2015

 2.    Date and place of birth, nationality, current residence

 3.    Education and degrees awarded

  • PhD, Department of History, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2010. Doctoral thesis: Self-love and Self-liking in the Moral and Political Philosophy of Bernard Mandeville and David Hume (Supervisor: Markku Peltonen; External examiner: John Robertson, University of Cambridge, UK), Graded laudatur (highest grade)
  • title of docent: general history, University of Helsinki

 4.    Current position

  • Professor of Research on Digital Resources, Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki, Finland. Start 1.3.2015, end date 31.7.2017.
  • research career phase: 4) Leading Researcher or professor/research.

 5.    Previous work experience

  • Post-doctoral researcher, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland (2012-2015); Leverhulme Visiting Fellow, University of St Andrews, Department of Philosophy (funding from the UK) (2012-13); Postdoctoral researcher –Philosophical Psychology, Morality, and Politics Research Unit, a Centre of Excellence in Research at Universities of Helsinki and Jyväskylä, funded by Academy of Finland and directed by professor Simo Knuuttila (2010-2012); and as a doctoral student: Visiting scholar, “Politeness, society and moral philosophy: Political theory in Eighteenth-century Britain”, University of Cambridge, UK, 2005-2006.
  • career breaks: family leave, 2 months, 1.9.2012-31.10.2012

 6.    Research funding as well as leadership and supervision

  • major research funding (grants and appropriations): University of Helsinki funded project “History, Nature and Empire in Eighteenth-Century Europe” (2 postdocs and 1 PhD-student), 2013-2016, 150000€; Kone Foundation grant €42000 for working on “Big Data Approach to History of Political Thought”, 2014
  • Role in preparation of successful funding applications for a research group: PI Virpi Mäkinen, RIGHTS, Academy of Finland –project (2012-2015)
  • University of Helsinki funded project “History, Nature and Empire in Eighteenth-Century Europe” (2 postdocs and 1 PhD-student), 2013-16
  • supervision of one post-doc researcher (funded project)
  • experience as supervisor to undergraduate and post-graduate students/doctoral students: currently 4 PhD students (primary and secondary supervision).

 7. Merits in teaching and pedagogical competence

  • pedagogical training: UH, YP1, Teaching and learning in higher education, 5 ECT credits (2014); UH, YP2, Constructive alignment in course design, 5 ECT credits  (2015)
  • involvement in curriculum planning and the implementation of courses: Planning and implementing “Digital Humanities”, Minor Subject Study Block (25 sp)
  • development of teaching methods: Planning of teaching of Digital Humanities in UH as part of the overall activities of Helsinki Digital Humanities centre; planning and implementing the annual lecture course series at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, entitled “Kympin Sarja” (2013), that has been running since then based on this format.
  • supervision of theses: MA thesis, supervisor, Political thought of William Temple (1628-1699), Juha Haavisto, 2012-2013, general history, University of Helsinki; MA thesis, supervisor, Lord Monboddo and eighteenth-century evolutionism, Jemina Sohlsten, 2006-2007, general history, University of Helsinki
  • merits in the training of responsible conduct of research and innovation practices: Several invited lectures on open science (2015)

 8. Awards, prizes and honours

  • Award by Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture: Innovative usage of open data (2016)
  • Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship, Department of Philosophy, University of St Andrews, UK (2012)
  • Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2012-2015 (2012)

 9. Other academic merits

  • memberships and positions of trust in scientific and scholarly societies: Associated Member, Academy of Finland Project, RIGHTS, (2012-15), Member, Centre of Excellence of the Finnish Academy (Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Unit) (2008-2013), Member, Research Network “Meaning, Language and Changing Cultures” Multidisciplinary postgraduate studies network in the Humanities at the University of Helsinki (2004-2008), Core Member, Hume Society (2005-), Director, Finnish Historical Association (2004–2006)
  • membership in national or international expert groups, evaluation or steering committees, as well as other expert duties: Mildred project, University of Helsinki research data infrastructure update, head of the steering group (2016-); Helsinki Digital Humanities Centre, steering committee member (2015-); Elsevier Negotiations Strategy, committee member (2015-), National Library of Finland; Digitization Project of Kindred Languages (2015-), National Library of Finland
  • positions as member of editorial boards of scientific and scholarly journals and publication series: Editorial Advisory Board, Cogent Arts & Humanities (Taylor & Francis) (2014-), Editorial Board, COLLeGIUM (2013-2015)
  • referee for scientific and scholarly journals: on average 3-4 articles per annum, journals include: Mind, History of European Ideas, European Journal of Political Theory, Utilitas
  • administrative responsibilities at higher education institutions or at research organisations, responsibilities in the higher education community: National Library, executive board for digitalization (2015-), University of Helsinki, central campus, Infrastructure committee (2015-), Faculty member, University of Helsinki, The department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies (2010-), Supervisor, the History and cultural heritage doctoral programme, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki (2014-), Member of the Research Committee, Faculty of Arts University of Helsinki (2014-), Fellow of Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki (2012-2015)
  • invited lectures abroad: Dariah annual conference, keynote, October, 2016; Prague Passions Event, September 2015; author meets critics session on my Mandeville and Hume: anatomists of civil society, 42nd Hume Conference, Stockholm (July 2015); Author meets critics symposium on Mandeville and Hume: anatomists of civil society, Fribourg, Switzerland (November 2014); Panel on Mandeville and Hume: anatomists of civil society, Mandevillean Readings, Rome (September 2014); “Mandeville and Berkeley”, Bernard Mandeville Workshop, NIAS, Wassenaar, Netherlands (June 2014); “Bernard Mandeville and the psychology of poverty”, Eutopia seated in the brain, Cóimbra, Portugal (November 2013); “Hume, Pride and Moral Worth”, Philosophy Club, University of St Andrews (February 2013)

Highlighted publications

  1. Mandeville and Hume: anatomists of civil society

    Tolonen, M. S. 2013 Oxford: University of Oxford, Voltaire Foundation. 312 p. (SVEC; vol. 2013, no. 7)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewBook

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Latest activities

  1. British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) Annual Conference

    Tolonen, M. (Speaker: Chair)
    2017 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Talks

  2. Funding scheme OPUS - review of a proposal

    Tolonen, M. (Consultant)
    Mar 2017

    Activity: Consultancy

  3. Analysing the Language, Location and Form of Newspapers in Finland, 1771-1910

    Marjanen, J. (Speaker), Vaara, V. (Speaker), Kanner, A. (Speaker), Roivainen, H. (Speaker), Eetu Mäkelä (Speaker), Leo Lahti (Speaker), Tolonen, M. (Speaker)
    14 Mar 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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Latest prizes

  1. Open Science and Research Award

    Mikko Tolonen (Recipient), Leo Lahti (Recipient), Ville Vaara (Recipient), Hege Roivainen (Recipient), Eetu Mäkelä (Recipient) & Antti Kanner (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. DESIR: Humanities at Scale: Evolving the DARIAH-ERIC

    Tolonen, M.


    Project: Research projectDevelopment

  2. COMHIS: Computational History and Transformation of Public Discourse in Finland, 1640-1910

    Tolonen, M., Lahti, L., Salmi, H., Salakoski, T. & Kettunen, K.


    Project: Research project_Research

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