Dr. Ere Nokkala

Ere Nokkala obtained his Ph.D. at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, in 2010 where he worked on the political thought of the leading cameralist Johann Heinrich Gottlob von Justi (1717-1771). Nokkala's main research interest is in eighteenth-century German and Swedish intellectual history. After the completion of his thesis Nokkala was Holder of a Research Fellowship in Honour of Erik Allardt at Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (2010-2011) from where he moved to Herzog August Bibliothek, granted with a Fritz Wiedemann fellowship for the study of Enlightenment. In 2006-2011 Nokkala was a member of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change, University of Jyväskylä. Currently, he works on cameral sciences in a European perspective as visiting fellow at the Lichtenberg Kolleg – The Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study. Prior to his stay in Göttingen Nokkala worked as Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki 2012-2014 conducting research on eighteenth-century Swedish republicanism.




Selected publications


  • Nokkala, E.: “World's First Freedom of Writing and of the Press Ordinance as History of Political Thought”, in: Ulla Carlsson & David Goldberg (eds.) Forsskål’s Mandate: 250 Year of Freedom of Information History of European Ideas (University of Gothenburg: Nordicom, 2017), pp. 39-52.
  • Nokkala, E.: “Peter Forsskål: Skrivfrihet och offentlighetsprincipen” [Peter Forsskål, Freedom to Write and the Principle of Public Access to Official Documents], in: Bertill Wennberg & Kristina Örtenhed (eds.) Fritt ord 250 år. Tryckfrihet och offentlighet i Sverige och Finland – ett levande arv från 1766 (Sveriges Riksdag, 2016), pp. 59-74.
  • Nokkala, E.: “Kameralismi ja kameraalitieteet: Paternalistisen valtion poliittista teoriaa?” [Cameralism and Cameral Sciences. Political Theory of a Paternalistic Tutelary State?], Historiallinen Aikakauskirja, 2016, Volume 114, Issue 4, pp. 390-401.
  • Nokkala, E.: “Rewriting Eighteenth-Century Swedish Republican Political Thought: Heinrich Ludwig von Hess’s Der Republickaner (1754)”, History of European Ideas 2016, Volume 42, Issue 4, 502-515.
  • Nokkala, E.: "Kari Palonen: The Sophist Alternative", in Wiesner, Roshchin, Boilard (eds.), In Debate with Kari Palonen: Concepts, Politics, Histories (Nomos: Baden-Baden, 2015), pp. 139–144.
  • Nokkala, E.: Literature review: Israel, Jonathan, Democratic Enlightenment, Arbitrium, Zeitschrift für Rezensionen zur germanistischen Literaturwissenschaft, 2014 (32), 1, pp. 88–92. (invited book review)
  • Nokkala, E.: "Peter Forsskål - kansalaisvapauden puolustaja ja hattuvallan kriitikko" (Peter Forsskål – Defender of Civil Liberties and Critic of the Hat Party), Auraica Scripta a Societate Porthan edita. 5, (2012), pp. 27–42.
  • Adriana Luna-Fabritius, Nokkala, E. and Ville Sarkamo, 'Finlandia y su historia: una presentación,' in the special issue "Finlandia" (eds. Adriana Luna-Fabritius & Ere Nokkala), Istor, Revista de Historia Internacional, No. 48, March 2012 pp. 3–9.
  • Nokkala, E.: "Just and Unjust Neutrality: J.H.G. Justi's Defence of Prussian Maritime Neutrality, 1740–1763", COLLeGIUM: Studies Across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2011), pp. 42–60.
  • Nokkala, E.: "Passion as the foundation of natural law in the German enlightenment: Johann Jacob Schmauss and J.H.G. von Justi", European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire, Volume 17, Issue 1, 2010, pp. 113–123.
  • Nokkala, E.: "The Machine of State in Germany – The Case of Johann Heinrich Gottlob von Justi (1717–1771)", Contributions to the History of Concepts, Volume 5, Number 1, 2009, pp. 71–93.
  • Nokkala, E.: "Triebfeder und Maschine in der politischen Theorie Johann Heinrich Gottlob von Justis (1717–1771)", in Michael Eggers & Matthias Rothe (eds.) Wissenschaftsgeschichte als Begriffsgeschichte. Terminologische Umbrüche im Entstehungsprozess der modernen Wissenschaften, (transcript: Bielefeld, 2009), pp. 157–173.
  • Nokkala, E.: "Debatten mellan J.H.G. von Justi och H.L. von Heß om frihetstidens författning" [The Debate between J.H.G. von Justi and H.L.. von Heß on the Constitution of the Age of Liberty ], Historisk Tidskrift för Finland, Volume 94, Issue 1, 2009, pp. 20–55.