European Ethnology PhD student from the University of Helsinki among the finalists in the My Northern Project Competition

Lauri Turpeinen, a PhD student in European Ethnology at the University of Helsinki, is among the six finalists selected for the My Northern Project Competition at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland.

The chosen finalists will present their work at the Arctic Circle Assembly, held on October 19-21 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

In his presentation, Lauri Turpeinen will take a closer look at the effects of the everyday dynamics underlying rural depopulation and the out-migration of the young from rural peripheries, and hereby offer a cultural perspective on this familiar topic.

Turpeinen explores in his PhD research project how young adults from Kainuu experience rural depopulation. He is not only interested in the experiences of those who leave for the city, but also in how those who remain experience and deal with the out-migration of their peers. In the presentation at the Arctic Circle Assembly, entitled Understanding the effects of cultures of migration in Northern peripheries, he will show how the core concept of his research project – cultures of migration – can offer new insights into the topic of out-migration from rural spaces.

In selecting the finalists of the competition, the Senior Management Team of UArctic – a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North – has put emphasis on the academic quality and the societal relevance of the topics. In addition, an overall balance within the group regarding the different areas of northern research, geographical distribution, and gender balance was considered.

Lauri Turpeinen is the first humanities student from the University of Helsinki participating the final of the competition.

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