Keynote Speakers

The eighth international symposium of the Finnish Oral History Network (FOHN)
Confirmed keynote speakers
  • Stacey Zembrzycki (Dawson College)
  • Andrew Irving (University of Manchester)
  • Essi Jouhki (University of Jyväskylä)
Andrew Irving

Andrew Irving is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Manchester. His research areas include sensory perception, time, illness, death, urban anthropology and experimental methods, film and multi-media.

Recent books include “The Art of Life and Death: Radical Aesthetics and Ethnographic Practice: (2017: University of Chicago Press); Anthropology and Futures: Researching Emerging and Uncertain Worlds (2017 with Sarah Pink, Juan Salazar and Johannes Sjöberg, Bloomsbury). Beyond Text? Critical Practices and Sensory Anthropology, (2016 with Rupert Cox and Christopher Wright, Manchester University Press); Whose Cosmopolitanism? Critical Cosmopolitanisms, Rationalities and Discontents, (2014 with Nina Glick-Schiller, Berghahn Press).

Recent film, television and multi-media works include: See, Make, Sign(Exhibition; 2019, Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York). Wandering Scholars: Or How to Get in Touch with Strangers (Live film and sound installation: Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Vienna, 2016). The Man Who Almost Killed Himself (BBC Arts, Odeon Cinemas, Edinburgh Festival 2015). And the New York Stories Project (2013), which is currently hosted on more than thirty websites including Scientific American, National Public Radio and the Wenner Gren.  Current research project: 

Keynote title: “Between Thought and Expression: Lies a Lifetime”
Stacey Zembrzycki

Stacey Zembrzycki teaches in the History and Classics Department at Dawson College in Montreal, Canada. An award-winning oral and public historian of ethnic, immigrant, and refugee experience, she is the author of According to Baba: A Collaborative Oral History of Sudbury’s Ukrainian Community (UBC Press, 2014) and its accompanying website:, and is co-editor of Oral History Off the Record: Toward an Ethnography of Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Beyond Women’s Words: Feminisms and the Practices of Oral History in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2018). She also directed the multi-media project Refugee Boulevard: Making Montreal Home After the Holocaust ( Her current project, Mining Immigrant Bodies, uses oral history to explore the connections between mining, health, and the environment and their impact on postwar immigrant communities in Sudbury, Canada.

Keynote title: "Chasing Cancer in Canada’s Nickel Capital"
Essi Jouhki

Essi Jouhki is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She obtained her PhD from the University of Oulu in 2020. Her PhD thesis on the memories of youth activism in Finland was applauded for advancing oral history methodology within the field of historical studies in Finland. Her research interests include oral history, the history of emotions, and sensory memories, among others. She has been especially intrigued by the nuanced ways of remembering childhood and youth. Her current project focuses on history of public playgrounds, and especially on the ways which playgrounds are remembered as significant children’s places.

Keynote title: "Pinpricks to the past: Reading autobiographical memories of childhood"