Finnish Historical Society
The central scientific society of historians, Finnish Historical Society (in Finnish: Suomen Historiallinen Seura alias SHS) was founded 1875. The core of the membership comprises the most eminent Finnish scholars who are invited to join the Society. On application the society accepts passive members who pay annual membership fee. Decision-making power is vested with active scholars, who elect the members of the Board. The Board consists of nine members and a chairman, who is elected for a two-year period. Current chairman is Docent Sari Katajala-Peltomaa from the University of Tampere. The Society has also a part-time official; executive director Julia Burman.
The Office of the Finnish Historical Society is located in the centre of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The office is open on Wednesday 4-5 p.m. Address: Tieteiden talo, Kirkkokatu 6, 00170 Helsinki.
Publishing is the most important function of the Society.
Journals: Society is publishing two historical journals in co-operation with other societies.
Scandinavian Journal of History (SJH) is published in co-operation with other Scandinavian Historical Societies by Taylor and Francis (www.tandfonline.com). The representative of Finnish Historical Society on the Editorial Board of SJH is Professor Kirsi Salonen.
Historiallinen Aikakauskirja (HAik) is published with the Society of the Friends of History, and HAik is the oldest journal in Finnish language in the field of history in Finland.
Books are nowadays published in co-operation of the Finnish Literature Society. The five peer-refereed publications by Historical Society are:
Historiallisia Tutkimuksia (“Historical Research”, monographs in Finnish)
Historiallinen Arkisto (“Historical Archives”, collections of research articles, in Finnish or English)
Studia Historica (collections of articles or monographs in English)
Käsikirjoja (“Handbooks”, including Finnish Historical bibliographies)
Suomen Historian lähteitä (”Historical Sources from Finland”)
Studia Fennica Historica ( originally a serie by the Finnish Literature Society, but now refereed by Historical Society, monographs in English)
It is easy to buy these books from these Internet Webstores:
Bookstore Tiedekirja, Kirkkokatu 14, 00170 Helsinki, tel. +358-09-635 177,
telefax +358-9-635 017, e-mail: email@example.com
Seminars and congresses are another major sector of activity. During the term-time the Society gives free monthly lectures. The Society also organizes different kind of projects.
The Society is also responsible for many aspects of international relations in its field and is a member of CISH (Comité International des Sciences Historiques).
Please, for more information, contact the executive director Julia Burman by mail, telephone (Tel +358-9-2286 9351) or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finnish Historical society is also involved in the newly founded Historians without borders network.