Jessica Parland-von Essen
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Jessica Parland-von Essen

Jessica Parland-von Essen is a historian, café owner and social activist. She is interested in literary and book history, the emergence of meaning, and more recently the digital humanities. Parland-von Essen strongly believes in transparency, education and cooperation. She is of the opinion that today’s increasingly digital world allows for a greater potential for all kinds of research.

Jessica Parland-von Essen

Eva Jessica Parland-von Essen
Born February 9, 1970, Espoo

MA 1998 (History), PhD 2005, University of Helsinki
Library and Information Sciences (LIS) studies 2002–5, Open University at the Åbo Academy
Docent of History 2012, University of Helsinki

Coordinator at the CSC-IT Center for Science 2014–
Archive director of the Brages Pressarkiv, 2011–4
Librarian and director of IT development for the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland 2007–10
Assistant in History 2006–7, University of Helsinki
Entrepreneur 1991–, Café Kafka, Barcafé Panorama, Kaffecentralen and Kannisto bakery

Research areas
18th Century cultural history, book history and digital humanities

Publications, Research projects and other scientific activities

Hedvig Lovisa Falcken Fund Prize for the book Affärer, allianser, anseende (‘Business, alliances, reputation’) 2011
Gustav III Fund Prize for the dissertation Behagets betydelser (‘Meanings of modesty’) 2007

Photo: Mika Federley
Written by Jessica Parland-von Essen (Tomas Sjöblom, ed.)
Translated by Joe McVeigh

The common thread running through Jessica Parland-von Essen’s research is the semiotics of culture theory and its concepts, even though it has been important to her to write all of her articles and books in such a way that they open through an individual person’s life and values.

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During her studies Jessica Parland-von Essen was active in the student organisation Historicus and she was one of the founding members of the Finnish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. She has also worked in the board of the Genealogical Society of Finland and the Finnish Wikimedia, which maintains Wikipedia.

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Data flows through everything. Pictures, texts, sound, videos, games, films, Twitter, money, research – everything has changed into a single stream if bits which zips around the world through the air and through cables, and which is stored on servers around the world.

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