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Ongoing research project: Waves of Banishments? Regulations and Practices of Expulsion in Northern Europe, 1450–1900 (Academy of Finland/The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland) 2022–23.

Visiting scholar at the Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte (Universität Wien) September-December 2022.  

Chief editor of Historisk Tidskrift för Finland 2022–26.

Most recent publications in English: 

Wassholm, J., "Threatening Livelihoods": Nordic Enemy Images of Peddlers from the Russian Empire. J. Ahlbeck, E. Stark & A-C Östman (eds.), Encounters and Practices of Petty Trade in Northern Europe, 1820–1960: Forgotten LivelihoodsLondon: Palgrave Macmillan 2022.

Wassholm, J. & A. Sundelin, Rag Collectors: Mobility and barter in a circular flow of goods. J. Ahlbeck, E. Stark & A-C Östman (eds.), Encounters and Practices of Petty Trade in Northern Europe, 1820–1960: Forgotten LivelihoodsLondon: Palgrave Macmillan 2022.

Sundelin, A. & J. Wassholm, Networks in Trade. The Arhippainen Family as Peddlers, Shopkeepers, and Bridgebuilders in Russia and Finland, 1850–1940. Ethnologia Scandinavica 52, 2022. 6–24.

Wassholm, J. & A. Sundelin, Gendered Encounters in Mobile Trade: Human Hair as a Commodity in the Nordics, 1870–1914. History of Retailing and Consumption 6:2, 2020. 118–136. 

Wassholm, J., Tatar Pedlars in the Grand Duchy of Finland in the Late Nineteenth Century. Studia Orientalia Electronica 8:2, 2020. 8–24. 

Wassholm, J. & A. Sundelin, Emotions, Trading Practices and Communication in Transnational Itinerant Trade: Encounters between ’Rucksack Russians’ and their Customers in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Finland. Scandinavian Economic History Review 66:2, 2018. 132–152. 

Research interests

Finnish-Russian relations, national identity, language and nation, history culture, ethnicity and mobile trade, banishments, falsifications


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Åbo Akademi University

Award Date: 8 May 2008


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