06.10.2017

Miika Tervonen: Nationalism, diversity and media. How nation-building created a myth of a homogeneous Finland

Mass media and nationalism have been – and remain – dynamically interlinked. The presentation explores ways in which commercial mass media has contributed to a rise of a reductionist ‘national gaze’ in Finland. From late 19th century onwards, cultural diversity and mobility have been marginalized in mediatized national narratives, reinforcing a myth of homogeneous Finland. From this historical starting point, the presentation points to deeply embedded biases and memory gaps in today’s Finnish media landscapes, and explores the relationship between new forms of media and resurgent ethnonationalism.