Programme

Symposium Programme (EET, UTC +2)

26.11. THURSDAY 

9:15–9:30    Opening of the symposium, Ulla Savolainen

9:30–10:45    KEYNOTE LECTURE
Urvashi Butalia: The words to say It: Feminist encounters with oral history
Chair: Ulla Savolainen

10:45–11:00    BREAK

11:00-13:00    WORKSHOPS

I Challenging national narratives
Chair: Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto

Greta Paskočiumaitė: The memory of the partisan war in three generations: Continuation and change
Pirja Hyyryläinen: Additional, contradictory, challenging, or unwanted? Voice/s of descendants of Carelian WWII evacuees  
Aaro Sahari: Revisiting a nationalised narrative: Finnish war eeparations of 1944–1952 as an authoritative foundation myth
Bradley Reynolds: The grandeur of Finnish neutrality policy – How collective narratives of power are internalized and orated as individual memory

II Voices and authorities of memory
Chair: Tiina-Riitta Lappi

Johanna Leinonen: Ethics of studying refugee journey memories
Malin Thor Tureby & Jesper Johansson: Critical reflections on how oral history can be used both as method and a source to investigate different authorities in knowledge production - the case of MIG Talks
Nika Potinkara: Which pasts and whose voices? Exploring the museum exhibition ‘Ingrians – The Forgotten Finns’
Nkrumah Bankong-Obi: Historical memory and post-war struggle for inclusion: The example of Ogoja as captured in The First Shot. Ogoja province and the untold story of The Nigeria/Biafra War

III Oral Histories of industrial heritage
Chair: Pete Pesonen

Marjo A. Juola: Childhood place memories from an old Pateniemi sawmill area
Anne Häkkinen & Pasi Saarimäki: Whose voice is heard? Producing and constructing intangible industrial heritage via oral history interviews
Tiina Äikäs & Annemari Tranberg: Approaching industrial heritage within the framework of oral history and archaeology

13:00-14:00    BREAK

14:00–15:15    KEYNOTE LECTURE
Jonna Katto: Chiefs, grandmothers, and other great female ancestors: Voice, authority, and the politics of gendered temporality in northern Mozambique
Chair: Anne Heimo

15:15–15:30    BREAK

15:30–17:30    WORKSHOPS

IV Processes and agents of migration
Chair: Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto

Ginta Elksne: What the migrants’ stories tell us: Latvians in Sweden and Norway after 1991
Lisa Camichos: The Orlando Plan: An oral history of an NGO
Kirsti Salmi-Niklander: “Our experiences are worth remembering”. Comparative analysis of the interviews and reminiscence writings of Finnish volunteers involved with refugees and asylum seekers 2015–2019

V Methodological perspectives on interview and dialogue
Chair: Heidi Kurvinen

Outi Kähäri: Postmemories of Ingrian pasts – Doing fieldwork in a pandemic
Hannah Yoken: Oral history, intersubjectivity & distance: Nordic transnational feminist activism, 1960s–1990s
Rebeka Põldsam: Unsolicited stories - what to do with oversharing informants?
Martin Englund: Towards a hermeneutic oral history

VI Power and collaboration in oral history
Chair: Katri Kivilaakso

Marjaana Jauhola & Shyam Gadhavi: Non-text-based research outputs reversing power relations of academic knowledge production in oral and life historical research
Keith Brown: Calibrating candor:  Oral history, genre-suspicion and power plays after Socialism
Ainur Elmgren: Speaking on behalf of others – Life stories and frozen narratives in collaborative interviews

VII Malmö Life Stories: Outcomes of sharing authority between the civil society, cultural institutions, and research in a developing urban oral history process
Chair: Robert Nilsson Mohammadi

Rena Baledi: Malmö: A city smaller than its reputation
Robert Nilsson Mohammadi & Kamal Masri: Malmö Life Stories: Methodology and ethics for co-creation across difference
Cecilia Nkolina: Malmö Life Stories: Projects and applications
Sima Wolgast: Malmö Life Stories: How to do ongoing research from within a co-created process
Showan Shattak: Malmö Life Stories: Collaborative life story practices as a means to practice the right to the city

27.11. FRIDAY

9:30–10:45    KEYNOTE LECTURE
Riikka Taavetti: Beyond silences, voids, and feathers: Oral history voices in queer history
Chair: Riina Haanpää

10:45–11:00    BREAK

11:00-13:00    WORKSHOPS

VIII Modes and mediums of memory
Chair: Ulla Savolainen

Josephine Hoegaerts: Condemned to the adjective? An attempt to craft an interface between sound studies and oral history
Samira Saramo: The sounds of sisu, the silences of colonialism: Deep mapping Finnish settlement in Ontario
Tiiu Jaago & Tiina Sepp: "Embodied space" and oral history research
Marija Dalbello: Self-referential conceptions of books and literacy in the narratives of migration

IX Testimonies of resistance
Chair: Riikka Taavetti

Elena-Andreea Cârstea: Womanhood and political imprisonment. An oral history of the first two decades of Romanian communism
Anna Warsell: Voices for rebels: The letters to release imprisoned Red Guard members in post-Civil War Finland
Irēna Saleniece & Maija Grizāne: Transmitting religious traditions under atheistic power in Soviet Latvia: the experience of women in Catholic and Old Believers’ families
Jessica Stroja: Refugee resettlement and the disjuncture between government records and oral histories: ‘Problem cases’ or friendships that ‘held everybody together’?

X Studying childhood and youth memories: methodological approaches
Chair: Kirsi-Maria Hytönen

Essi Jouhki & Kaisa Vehkalahti: Forever young? Critical reflections on studying youth memories in historical research
Kirsi-Maria Hytönen & Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto: Sensory and material memories of childhood in the post-WWII Finland
Tuomas Laine-Frigren: Comments

13:00-14:00    BREAK

14:00–15.15    KEYNOTE LECTURE
Erin Jessee: On the ‘democratising’ potential of oral history research in Rwanda: Power, voice, and authority after genocide
Chair: Heidi Kurvinen

15:15–15:30    Closing of the symposium

Contact: fohn-symposium@helsinki.fi