Ulla Savolainen

Person

    Research areas

  • 6160 Other humanities - Folklore Studies, Oral History, Life Writings, Memory Studies, Vernacular Literature, Narrative research, Narratology, Space, Place and Matter

Curriculum Vitae

Bio:

Ulla Savolainen is an Academy of Finland post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. She holds a PhD in Folklore Studies (University of Helsinki, 2015). Her research interests include oral history and memory studies; folklore; narrative theory; vernacular literature; relationship of memory and narrative with space, place, matter and body; and experiences of migration, diaspora and transnationality. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the life writings of former Karelian child evacuees in Finland and the poetics of life writings and reminiscing as a genre of vernacular expression. She has also researched oral histories of internments of German and Hungarian citizens in Finland in 1944–1946. Her ongoing research project entitled ”Memory Unchained” (2017–2020) focuses on autobiographical literature of Ingrians (a historical ethnic minority of Russia) from the viewpoints of creativity and cultural memory. Savolainen is a secretary and a board member of Finnish Oral History Network FOHN.

 

Project description:

Ulla Savolainen’s current ongoing research entitled “Memory Unchained: Mapping Individual Creativity and Transnational Cultural Memory in Autobiographical Writings of Ingrians investigates the role of creative individuals in the processes of cultural memory. It examines a corpus of published and unpublished life writings, memoirs, and autobiographical fiction written by persons with Ingrian background. These writings address the turbulent history of Ingrians (or Ingrian Finns), a Finnish-/Finnic-speaking historical ethnic minority of Russia. Not only does the corpus reflect the major twentieth-century turmoil in Europe such as the World Wars and genocides, it also addresses the diverse mobilities and migrant identities, trends and twists of international politics and ideologies. These works represent diverse genres and are treated as differentiated mediators and reconfigurations of transnational cultural memory. The research articulates the interplay of the cultural and the individual, the collective and the personal, the conventional and the creative. Further still, by engaging not only with the travelling of people, but with the travelling of cultural knowledge and expressive forms across times and places through thepractices of creative agents, the research provides a novel outlook on mobility and transnationality.

Savolainen’s previous research project focused on oral history research on the internment, and its aftermath, of German and Hungarian citizens during 1944–1946 in Finland after the war with the Soviet Union. The research focused on memories and narratives of individuals (usually children of German fathers and Finnish mothers) who were minors during the internment. The study explored the issues related to silence, agency and nationality on personal and societal level. The research materials of this study included oral history interviews conducted by Savolainen. In addition, the role of visual materials and objects as well as the relationship between public memory and personal/private memory were explored. The study also analyzed the reception of the law of compensation (in Finland 2014). The research was a part of the multidisciplinary and international research project entitled Livingmemories: Living together with difficult memories and diverse identities (1 Oct 2015 – 30 Sept 2017, PI: Kirsti Salmi-Niklander). Funded by ‘ERA.NET Plus with Russia’, the multidisciplinary project of Livingmemories focused on different memories and diverse identities related to conflicts in Russia, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, and Turkey. It addressed the questions: How can people live together after violent conflicts and with traumatic memories? How is it possible to allow difficult memories instead of silencing them? The project was coordinated by the University of Helsinki.

 

 

Highlighted publications

  1. Miksi historian hyvitykset epäonnistuvat?: Törmäävät muistikäsitykset ja hyvityksen moraali

    Savolainen, U. Apr 2018 In : Historiallinen Aikakauskirja. 116, 1, p. 56-68 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Tellability, frame and silence: the emergence of internment memory

    Savolainen, U. 2017 In : Narrative Inquiry. 27, 1, p. 24-46 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. The Return: Intertextuality of the Reminiscing of Karelian Evacuees in Finland

    Savolainen, U. 2017 In : Journal of American Folklore. 130, 516, p. 166-192 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  4. The Genre of Reminiscence Writing: Applying the Bakhtin Circle’s Genre Theories

    Savolainen, U. 28 Dec 2016 Genre - Text - Interpretation: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Folklore and Beyond. Koski, K., F. & Savolainen, U. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, p. 203-231 29 p. (Studia Fennica Folkloristica; vol. 22)

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  5. The interplay of memory and matter: narratives of former Finnish Karelian child evacuees

    Savolainen, U. & Kuusisto-Arponen, A-K. Sep 2016 In : Oral History. 44, 2, p. 59-68 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  6. At the Intersection of Text and Interpretation: An Introduction to Genre

    Frog, M., Koski, K. & Savolainen, U. 2016 Genre - Text - Interpretation: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Folklore and Beyond. Koski, K., Frog & Savolainen, U. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, p. 17-43 27 p. (Studia Fennica Folkloristica; vol. 22)

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  7. Genre - Text - Interpretation: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Folklore and Beyond

    Koski, K. (ed.), Frog, M. (ed.) & Savolainen, U. (ed.) 2016 Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. 482 p. (Studia Fennica Folkloristica; vol. 22)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

  8. Muisteltu ja kirjoitettu evakkomatka: Tutkimus evakkolapsuuden muistelukerronnan poetiikasta

    Savolainen, U. 2015 Joensuu: Suomen kansantietouden tutkijain seura. 414 p.

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisMonograph

  9. Lapsuuden evakkomatkan monet merkitykset. Kerrontastrategiat muistelukirjoituksissa

    Savolainen, U. E. 2012 In : Elore. 19, 1, p. 15-36

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  10. Kasvun tiellä ja muutoksen kynnyksellä: Evakkopojan muistelukertomuksen kronotoopit

    Savolainen, U. E. 2009 In : Kasvatus & Aika. 2009, 3, p. 95-114 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. University of Tartu

    Savolainen, U. (Visiting researcher)
    1 Jan 201731 Mar 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionAcademic visit to other institution

  2. Elore (Journal)

    Savolainen, U. (Editor in chief)
    2016 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of research journal

  3. Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform

    Savolainen, U. (Visiting researcher)
    6 Apr 20166 Jul 2016

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionAcademic visit to other institution

  4. Elore (Journal)

    Savolainen, U. (Editor in chief)
    2017 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of research journal

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