Ulf Zander

Ulf Zander is Professor of History at the Department of History, Lund University. His academic research focuses on the questions of history culture and history and images in both Scandinavian and international context. Zander has published on debates on and uses of Swedish history from late 19th century to early 21st century as well as on monuments, film, history and identity. Apart from that his research interests contain the Holocaust and representations of the Nazi genocide in Scandinavia and Great Britain after 1945.

Leena Kurvet-Käosaar

Leena Kurvet-Käosaar is Associate Professor of Literary Theory, Institute of Cultural Research and Fine Arts, University of Tartu and Senior Researcher, Archives of Cultural History, Estonian Literary Museum.  Her research interest include the tradition of Estonian life writing, women’s life writing practices, the diary; trauma theory, representation of the experience of Stalinist repressions in life stories; modernism and women's experience of modernity. She has published on Baltic women's women's deportation and Gulag narratives, Estonian life writing tradition and Post-Soviet life writings, women's diaries and family correspondences, focusing on the representation of traumatic experience, relationality, dynamics of address, travelling memory and gender. She is currently one of the research team members of the Centre of Excellence of Estonian Studies (CEES) of the Estonian Literary Museum and leader of the work group "Migration and Diaspora Studies".


Antero Holmila

Antero Holmila is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of History and Ethnology in University of Jyväskylä. He has published several articles in leading academic journals (e.g. the Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Scandinavian Journal of History and European Review of Histoy) on the Holocaust and its memory in Finland, Sweden and Britain. His PhD was published by Palgrave in 2011 under the title “The Holocaust in the British, Swedish and Finnish Press, 1945-1950”. In addition, he has translated (with Jouni Tilli) Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil into Finnish in 2016.

Sari Pöyhönen

Sari Pöyhönen is professor of applied linguistics at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Her research expertise is in the fields of language education policies, language, identity and belonging, minorities and language rights, and adult migrant language education. Through linguistic ethnography and narrative approaches she is focusing on individuals interacting with others and telling their stories that are embedded with wider cultural and political contexts and social structures.  She is currently involved in three research projects: Jag bor i Oravais (everyday life of refugees seeking asylum in Swedish Ostrobothnia), Toinen koti - Other home (Documentary theatre project based in the Finnish National Theatre), and Rajojen yli - Crossing Borders (Artistic practices in performing and narrating belonging). 

The Panel

Tuuli Lähdesmäki

Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Academy of Finland Research Fellow, Adjunct Professor, PhD, DSocSc. Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Lähdesmäki´s current research interests are identity politics, cultural heritage, and diverse contests and negotiations on cultural meanings. Lähdesmäki leads the European Research Council funded project EUROHERIT (www.jyu.fi/euroherit) that focuses on the European Union´s cultural heritage initiatives and European identity-building processes.

Saija Kaskinen

Dr. Saija Kaskinen (Comparative Literature and Languages) works as a University Lecturer at the UEF. As a Senior Lecturer in English, she has continued her research in gender theory, post-colonial theory, hybrid identity formation, and magic realism in nineteenth-century and contemporary English literature. Currently, Saija Kaskinen works as a researcher at the Academy of Finland project “Traumatized Borders: Reviving Subversive Narratives of B/Order, and Other” at the Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland. In her research, Border Utopias, Kaskinen combines trauma studies with border and mobility studies and the questions of discourse analysis. She focuses on trauma narratives in US, Russian, Norwegian, and Finnish contexts. A forthcoming, joint article with Tuulikki Kurki“Mobility Reports: Mobility Experience and Transgression in Finnish Artworks” and an impending article, “Parikkala: The Borderlands of Utopia and Dystopia” focuses on the construction of reality and the connection between historical trauma and present-day experiences.

Jan Löfström

Jan Löfström, PhD, is University Lecturer in Social Studies Education at the University of Helsinki, and Docent at the Universities of Jyväskylä and Turku. He has studied the politics of historical reparations and adolescents’ notions of historical responsibility. His publications include ”How Finnish upper secondary students conceive transgenerational responsibility and historical reparations” (Journal of Curriculum Studies, 4/2014), and “Historical apologies as acts of symbolic inclusion – and exclusion? Reflections on institutional apologies as politics of cultural citizenship” (Citizenship Studies, 1/2011). He is also editor of Voiko historiaa hyvittää? Historiallisten vääryyksien korjaaminen ja anteeksiantaminen (Can history be repaired? On repairing and forgiving historical injustices, Gaudeamus Helsinki University Press, 2012). Together with Niklas Ammert and Silvia Edling he is preparing a research project on intersections of historical and moral consciousness.

Kuisma Korhonen

Kuisma Korhonen is professor of literature at the University of Oulu.  His books include Textual Friendship:  The Essay as Impossible Encounter (2004),  Lukijoiden yhteisö (Community of Readers, 2011), Tropes for the Past: Hayden White and the History/Literature Debate (ed., 2006), The Event of Encounter in Art and Philosophy (co-ed., 2010), and Chiasmatic Encounters (co-ed., forthcoming).  His work has addressed literature as a form of ethical encounter as well as questions on literary representations of trauma and history. Currently he is working on material poetics of cultural memory.