Henrika Tandefelt

Erik Allardt Fellow, SCAS.
Adjunct Professor (Docent) of History, University of Helsinki

Henrika Tandefelt received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Helsinki in 2007. She has taught at
the University of Helsinki and worked on various research and publishing projects at the Society of Swedish
Literature in Finland, most recently (2014) as a metadata expert in the database project ‘Albert Edelfelts brev’
[Albert Edelfelt’s Letters Online]. Her fields of research include eighteenth-century political culture, imagery
and ceremonies, the cultural history of manors and country houses and the political and cultural history of
elites and nobility.

Tandefelt’s publications include the monographs (in Swedish) Konsten att härska: Gustaf III inför sina
(The Art of Ruling: Gustav III and His Subjects, 2008) and Borgå 1809: Ceremoni och fest
(Borgå 1809: Ceremony and Festivity, 2009), also translated into Finnish. Tandefelt has edited many
anthologies, including Riksdag, kaffehus och predikstol: Frihetstidens politiska kultur 1766–1772 (Political
Culture in Sweden’s Age of Liberty, 1766–1772, with Marie-Christine Skuncke, 2003) and Sarvlax:
Herrgårdshistoria under 600 år
(Sarvlax: The History of a Country House, 2010). She has, together with
Maria Vainio-Kurtakko, edited a special issue of Historisk Tidskrift för Finland (Historical Journal of Finland,
2/2013), bringing together scholars from Sweden and Finland researching the history of country houses.
Tandefelt is the Finnish review editor of Sjuttonhundratal: Nordic Yearbook for Eighteenth- Century Studies,
and a member of the board of Historisk Tidskrift för Finland.

Tandefelt’s current research deals with different aspects of the ideals and material culture of the nobility in
a changing nineteenth-century world, and elite marriage strategies and emotions in nineteenth-century Finland.
During her stay at SCAS, Tandefelt will work on marriage norms, ideals and strategy in the Finnish
family von Born, and Hanna Palme, née von Born.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2014-15.