Upcoming Events

Fall 2019

22 November, 12.00–15.00, E223 (University of Turku, Kaivokatu 12)

New Perspectives in/on Oral History and Memory

Event organized in collaboration with the Academy of Finland postdoctoral project Memory Unchained (SA 308661)

Oral history refers to a research field that focuses on memory as a subjective, communicative, and social faculty with a radical emancipatory potential. Moreover, oral history refers to practices of generating historical information by means of interviewing and to interpretations of history based on this information. As a field, oral history research has already reached the status of an established multidisciplinary enterprise. Considering the radical and critical roots of oral history, however, critical interrogations of its premises – such as its strong emphasis on verbal and textual dimensions of memory and its position vis-à-vis various other related disciplines (e.g. memory studies, queer history) – remain scarce. This seminar organized by Selma and the Academy of Finland post-doctoral project Memory Unchained (SA 308661) will focus on new perspectives in and on oral history and memory from various methodological and disciplinary perspectives.

This event requires prior registration. Register here.


12.00–12.15 Anne Heimo: Introduction

12.15–12.45 Tuula Juvonen: Different Means to Conduct Oral History Interviews

12.45–13.15 Riikka Taavetti: Frictions and Connections between Queer History and Oral History

Coffee break

13.30–14.00 Josephine Hoegaerts: Voices that Matter? On the Emancipatory Potential of Uncovering and Analysing the ‘Materiality’ of Voice

14.00–14.30 Ulla Savolainen: Modes, Mediums, and Ideologies of Memory

14.30–15.00 Discussion


Anne Heimo is Professor of Folkloristics at the University of Turku and a member of the steering group of SELMA. Her research interests include oral history, memory studies and life writing. She is currently studying family memories on social media. https://www.utu.fi/en/people/anne-heimo

Tuula Juvonen works as Collegium Research at the University of Turku, Finland. She has previously studied emerging lesbian communities and the changing position of homosexuality in Finnish society. Her current project The Materialisation of Affective Attachments focuses on sexualities and genders in flux. https://www.uta.fi/yky/yhteystiedot/henkilokunta/tuulajuvonen/index.html

Riikka Taavetti works as postdoctoral researcher in political history at the University of Helsinki and as visiting scholar at Södertörn University, Sweden (autumn term 2019). Her current work on the history of Finnish sex research is part of in research project titled Power, Politics, and Sexuality (funded by the Kone Foundation, PI Hanna Kuusi). Taavetti defended her doctoral dissertation on queer personal and cultural memories in Finland and Estonia in 2018. Her research interests include queer history, history of sexuality, oral history, cultural memory studies, archival science, and history of feminism. Personal webpage: http://riikkataavetti.fi/

Josephine Hoegaerts is Associate Professor of European Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on the history of the human voice, cultural practices and politics of vocalization, and the different discourses and meanings attached to speech and song. She leads the project ‘CALLIOPE: Vocal Articulations of Identity and Empire’ on the sounding practices of oratory and political transfer in the British and French Empires. Recently, she authored ‘Women’s Voices in Educational Manuals. The Gendered Sounds of Speech Therapy, Song and Education in Europe, c.1830–1900’, Women’s History Review (2019). She has also co-edited several journal issues on sound, music and silence. https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/persons/josephine-hoegaerts

Ulla Savolainen is an Academy of Finland post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Folklore Studies and a visiting researcher at the University of Turku for the fall semester 2019. Her ongoing research ”Memory Unchained” (2017–2020) focuses on literature related to experiences of Ingrian Finns from the perspective of cultural memory. Her doctoral dissertation analyzed the life writings of former Karelian child evacuees in Finland. She has also researched oral histories related to internments of German and Hungarian citizens in Finland in 1944–1946 and the issues of retrospective justice and compensation. Savolainen is the chair of the Finnish Oral History Network FOHN. https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/persons/ulla-savolainen