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Prof Hanna Korsberg

MA (University of Helsinki), Ph. D. (University of Helsinki)

I studied theatre research and history at the University of Helsinki (1990–1996) and completed my Ph. D. at the University of Helsinki in 2004. From 2004 to 2007 I worked as University Lecturer at the Department of Theatre Research at the Institution of Art Research at the University of Helsinki. Since 2008, I have been appointed as Professor of Theatre Research at the University of Helsinki.

My research interests include the relationship between theatre and politics in Finland, a topic which I have studied in her doctoral dissertation (2004) and in a monograph (2004). I am also the author of several articles discussing theatre history, historiography and performance analysis.

I have been an active member of the IFTR Historiography Working Group since 2001 the convener of the group in 2006–2009) and an executive committee member in 2007–2011 and 2011–2015. I have participated actively in the Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars as a board member in 1999–2009 and as chairperson in 2008–2009. I had the position of board member in the Finnish Theatre Research Society in 2005–2008 and of chairperson in 2007–2008.

Currently, I am the book review editor for the Nordic Theatre Studies journal, as well as a member of the editorial board of the Contemporary Theatre Review. Also, I have has several positions of trust at the University of Helsinki.

I have been teaching at the MAIPR program since 2008.

Publications and Expertise:

Selected publications:


Politiikan ja valtataistelun pyörteissä – Suomen Kansallisteatteri ja epävarmuuden aika 1934–1950. Like 2004 (a doctoral thesis)

Vallankumousta lavastamassa Valtion teatterikomitea1945–1946. Like 2004


Articles in international scientific journals and publications:

Die Bedeutung der deutsch-finnischen Theaterbeziehungen im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. 1809 und die Folgen: Finnland zwischen Schweden, Russland und Deutschland. Hecker-Stampehl, J., Henningsen, B., Mertens, A. & Schröder, S. M. (eds.). Berlin: BWV Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag 2011, p. 301-308.

Open the windows on Europe! Arvi Kivimaa’s work and literary production in the 1920s and 30s. teoksessa Comparative Approaches to Nordic and European Modernisms, toim. Mats Jansson, Janna Kantola, Jakob Lothe ja H. K. Riikonen. Palmenia 2008, 59–78.

History without a past – A non-event and the position of the historian Theatre Research International 32:1 (2007), pp.32–48.

Shadows of the Past – The Ghosts in the Intimiteatteri in 1951 The living Ibsen. Centre for Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo 2006, 533–537.

'A Theatre Visit is an Artistic not a Political Matter' Theatre and Politics in early 1940s – two case studies. Nordic Theatre Studies 16/2004, pp. 78–91.

Decade of political uncertainty – The Finnish National Theatre in the 1940’s. In “Theatre, History and National Identities”. Ed. Helka Mäkinen, S. E. Wilmer and W. B. Worthen. Yliopistopaino. Helsinki 2001, pp. 157–182.


Edited books:

Teatterin lumoissa. Ida Aalberg -säätiön viisi vuosikymmentä. SKS 2007.

Ibsen Suomessa. Like 2006


Korsberg, Hanna 

Professor Hanna Korsberg