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. CSC:n asiakaspaneeli (External organisation)

    Tolonen, M. (Board member)
    2017 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  3. Harri Lindroos

    Tolonen, M. (Supervisor), Saastamoinen, K. (Supervisor)

    Activity: ExaminationSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

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Latest prizes

  1. Sparc Open Data Champion

    Mikko Tolonen (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Open science price of the Open Science and Research project

    Konsta Happonen (Recipient), Leo Lahti (Recipient), Heidi Laine (Recipient), Joona Lehtomäki (Recipient), Maija Paavolainen (Recipient), Jessica Parland-von Essen (Recipient), Tuuli Toivonen (Recipient) & Mikko Tolonen (Recipient), 16 Nov 2017

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  3. 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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