Nenola Pirjo, Doctoral Student


My interests are identity, socialization, changes with cultural and social constructions, power and performance.

My dissertation in Ethnology  ”Kuorolaulu on maailman paras harrastus” is about Finnish choral singing from a Performance Studies perspective. My aim is to study how identity and community is created, preserved, and also transformed in choral performances locally and nationally. I also examine how immaterial heritage is being used to maintain convenient image of current Finnishness both nationally and globally.

In my master thesis in General History I scrutinized how violence entered into Salem community, New England after Merchant traders got power over Pilgrim Fathers at the beginning of seventeenth century.

In my master thesis in Ethnology I focused on lumberjacks at Ylä-Savo region in 1920–1950. By studying their identity, socialization, and memories I elicited that their culture was somewhat different as the one with other lumberjacks in Finland.