Peter Holley


    Research areas

  • 5143 Social anthropology - Transnationalism, Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism , Subjectivity, Identity, Collective Identification, Ethnography, Ethnomethodology, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Analysis, Ethnicity, 'Race'/Racism
  • 514 Sociology - Cultural Studies, Qualitative Research, Migrancy, Intersectionality

Description of research and teaching


Peter Holley received his Master of Social Science degree in Sociology in July 2008.

He is currently Doctoral Student at the Department of Social Research (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. He also works as a researcher at the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN). Holley is interested in international migration; personhood; citizenship; ethnic, racial and national identifications; ordinary cosmopolitanisms; ethnographic methods; and narrative and discourse analysis.

Holley's research is supervised by Professor Sarah Green, Department of Social Research (Social and Cultural Anthropology) and Dr Östen Wahlbeck, Swedish School of Social Science (Sociology). Until spring 2014, his doctoral research was supervised by the late Professor Karen Armstrong (Social and Cultural Anthropology).

Research areas:

  • Sociology
  • Social and cultural anthropology
  • International migration
  • Finland
  • Personhood, self and identity
  • Ethnicity, 'race' and nationhood
  • Cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism
  • Everyday knowledge
  • Ethnography (multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork, biographic narrative interviewing and focus group discussions)
  • Narrative and discourse analysis (discursive constructionism)

Current Research:

Doctoral research project title: The Situated Self: Migrancy, Personhood and the Finnish Nation


Further information on the affiliationDepartment of Social Research (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Doctoral Candidate. Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN), Project Researcher.

Latest publications


    Helander, M., Holley, P. & Uuttana, H. 2016 In : Arbor. 192, 777, 17 p., 286

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  2. Rethinking Methdological Nationalism in Migration Research - Towards Participant Learning in Ethnography

    Näre, L. & Holley, P. Sep 2015 Dilemmas of Researching Marginalised Groups. Deuchar, R. & Bhopal, K. (eds.). Routledge, (Routledge Advances in Research Methods)

    Publication: Contribution to book/anthologyA3 Contribution to book/other compilations (refereed)

  3. Developing internal and external motivations towards the dominant language: Some data from Finland

    Vincze, L., Henning-Lindblom, A. & Holley, P. 2015 In : Nordic journal of linguistics. 38, 3, p. 339-349 11 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Latest activities

  1. Transnationalism as a Social Resource among Diaspora Communities

    Wahlbeck, Ö. (Speaker), Saksela-Bergholm, S. M. (Speaker), Mari Toivanen (Speaker), Holley, P. H. (Speaker)
    29 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  2. Telling Migration Stories: A Narrative-Discursive Approach

    Holley, P. (Speaker)
    22 May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  3. Helsinki Knots Symposium 2 - Relations and Dependencies: Disciplinary Knots

    Holley, P. (Attendee)
    23 Oct 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Latest prizes

  1. The Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation

    Peter Holley (Recipient), 25 May 2013

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. The Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation

    Peter Holley (Recipient), 25 May 2012

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  3. The Finnish Cultural Foundation: Doctoral Research Grant

    Peter Holley (Recipient), 27 Feb 2009

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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