Kari Immonen is professor emeritus at the Department of Cultural History in the University of Turku, Finland. He has done research on cultural history on 19th and 20th centuries, history of ideas, sciences, and universities. One of his research interest is the presence of the past and its uses in cultural and societal contexts.
His study "Historian läsnäolo" (The Presence of History) was published in 1996, together with Sakari Ollitervo he edited "Herder, Suomi, Eurooppa" in 2006. The introduction of this collection of articles on Herder and his relevance in Finland is presented among the "essays".