Satu Lidman

News and History

Below you’ll find some selected examples and highlights of my career. Click the gem in the boxes to see more details. 


As a non-fiction author I want to invite different reading audiences to explore ways of better understanding people of past and present societies.

Author interview at the Helsinki book fair

The year 2008 was when it all began… My doctoral disputation took place and the theses on historical shaming punishments in Bavaria (Zum Spektakel und Abscheu) was published. I still have some copies, if you’re interested 😉

In 2011, when I was working at the University of Turku, the non-fiction book on cultural and societal meanings of shame (Häpeä!) was published by Atena kustannus. Research on shame and shaming have since then brought me various opportunities to discuss both topical issues and historical perspectives.

In 2015 Väkivaltakulttuurin perintö, investigating the historical roots of gender-based violence, was published by Gaudeamus. It was presented at the Helsinki book fair (interviewer Anna-Liisa Haavikko, journalist) and nominated as a candidate for the Academic book of the year. In 2019 it was chosen for the Book of the week by the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. 

My first English monograph (Gender, Violence and Attitudes. Lessons from Early Modern Europe) was published by Routledge in 2018.

In 2020 Taivas ja syli (Gaudeamus) was published and presented at the Helsinki book fair (interviewer Pertti Hakkarainen, psychotherapist). In this book I widened the perspectives of collectiveness and violence which had belonged to my research topics for years. This book was also nominated as a candidate for the Academic book of the year.

In 2022 a new book project gave me a chance to focus on issues I haven’t yet been writing about; gender equality and non-discrimination in the culture of physical education and sport hobbies. The related book Kaikkien oikeus liikkua (Gaudeamus) was published in February 2024.


I enjoy giving lectures, organising seminars and participating panels. I think this is a great opportunity to discuss and reflect my research topics. 

Speaker at the Helena Ranta Forum

There has been a lot happening over the years: academic conference presentations and workshops, public lectures and panel discussions, trainings for professional audiences, such as employees of NGOs or cities, etc. Some examples are listed below.









  • Seksuaalirikollisuuden historiasta. Turun kaupunginkirjasto.
  • The IXth Nordic Group Psychotherapy Congress. Helsinki.


  • Accessible Justice in the Nordic Countries? Continuous victimisation and intersectional discrimination after Istanbul. University of Turku.
  • Historicising Rape. University of Cardiff.




  • ‘Taming the Many-Headed Monster: Regulating Society in Early Modern England’ – a colloquium in honour of Dr Martin Ingram. Oxford.
  • Arvot, jatkuvuus ja muutos. Asiantuntijapuheenvuoro Ihmisoikeusliiton dialogityöpajassa. Tampere.



It’s rewarding to meet students from various disciplines and encourage them to investigate different topics and approaches. For me, these interactions are a valuable learning process.

University course in gender studies

Here are some courses I have been designing and teaching:


Väkivaltakulttuurin perintö: sukupuolen kulttuuriset merkitykset. University of Helsinki, Gender studies.


Domestic Violence Contextualised. University of Turku, Faculty of Law.

2013 and 2015

Finnish history/Suomen historiaa. University of Latvia.


Seksuaali- ja siveysrikollisuus 1500–1700-lukujen Euroopassa. University of Turku, Faculty of Law.


Diebstahl und Raub früher und heute (with Almut Meyer). University of Turku, Faculty of Law.

2013 and 2014

Oikeushistoria. University of Turku, Faculty of Law.


Sukupuoli ja väkivalta (with Kevät Nousiainen). University of Turku, Faculty of Law.


Keskiajan historian peruskurssi. University of Eastern Finland, History department .

Paleografian peruskurssi. University of Eastern Finland, History department.


Interviews and own writings for general publics are an important dimension of reporting research findings and participating in societal discussions. 

Expert interview on honour-related violence

Below a few examples in different media:


Vapaata riistaa? Kotiliesi 16.11.


Väkivalta kahlitsee parisuhteeseen. Radio Moreeni.


Lupa tuntea vihaa. Satakunnan kansa.

Sukupuoleen ja seksuaalisuuteen liittyvä väkivalta haavoittaa nuorta syvältä. Aamulehti.

Parisuhdeväkivalta ei ole yksityisasia. Kirkko ja kaupunki.

Väkivaltatutkija pureutuu parisuhdeväkivaltaan vanhoillislestadiolaisen naisen kokemuksen kautta. Yle Uutiset.


Mahadura & Özberkan. YlePuhe.


#metoo-kampanjan vaikutukset.Yle Aamu-tv.

Docventures: #metoo ja vallan uudelleenmäärittely.

Docventures. Yle Puhe.


Väkivaltakulttuurin painava perintö. Radio Dei Rauhanrakentajat. 

Sukupuolittunutta väkivaltaa on kitkettävä. HS-vieraskynä.


Kourimista, seuraamista ja pimeitä katuja. Jylkkäri3/2016.

Sukupuoli, mitä väliä? Rikos ja rangaistus, osa 3. Yle 1 radio.

Vargen inom oss. Hufvudstadsbladet.

Trendi #Lääppimisen loppu.



Kultakuume-ohjelmassa puhumassa aiheesta häpeä.

25.11. uutiset.

Valomerkki: Väitellään.


Turun Sanomat & Keskisuomalainen 23.3.

Strada TV1.

Karjalainen 29.3.

Kalle Haatanen Yle Radio 1.

Ylen aamu TV1 & Radio Nova 7.4.

Huomenta Suomi TV3 8.4.

Radio Helsinki 12.4.

Vihreä lanka 27.5.


Research-related networking, activism and hard work pays in various ways. 

Anti-violence campaigning in Trendi

I consider myself lucky for having had the chance to work in a wide range of interdisciplinary academic projects and also learn from multi-professional co-operation among others as a board member of different associations. See details in CV.

A recent example is the training programme Encountering gender-based violence in schools, produced as my major input in the EraseGBV project. Published in 2021 the open access online training package was chosen for one of the year’s Equality Acts. The training is available in Finnish, Swedish and English through the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

In 2016 and 2020 I had the opportunity to conduct research and write reports (kuntatutkimus) for Amnesty International in Finland regarding the human rights obligations on violence against women. See details in the list of publications

The picture above was published in the youth magazine Trendi’s story against harassment in social media. 

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