22.09.2017

Sari Pöyhönen, Professor, Ph.D.

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Research areas


- language education policies, language policy
- migration policy
- language, identity, and belonging
- refugee & asylum seeker narratives
- linguistic ethnography

 

My research expertise is in the fields of language education policies and language policy, migration policy; language, identity & belonging, refugee & asylum seeker narratives, minorities and language rights, and adult migrant language education.

Research in applied language studies in general has an impact on people’s lives. Research themes arise from the society and research results are applied, confirmed and contested by various stakeholders and audiences. My research is not an exception: the interplay between development and practice as well as an orientation towards multidisciplinary research allows a multilayered approach to studying and discussing real-life phenomena involving language. I'm interested in individuals behind statistics; their stories of being a refugee seeking asylum or a professional with migrant origin trying to find a place in the labour market. Through linguistic ethnography and narrative approaches I'm focusing on individuals interacting with others and telling their stories that are embedded with wider cultural and political contexts and social structures.  

I'm 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).

Publications

Selected Conference Papers (2016):

Pöyhönen, S. & Tarnanen, M. Ethnographic monitoring as part of social engagement – The case of a reception centre for refugees. In 'ETMU days 2016, Liikkuvuus ja sukupuoli – Gendered Mobilities', Joensuu, Finland November 25-26, 2016.

Pöyhönen, S., Tarnanen, M. & Bogdanoff, M. ‘Finnish in a vacuum or supporting multilingual repertoires?  Refugee and asylum seeker adolescents in a Swedish-dominant region of Finland’ In 'Education and migration: Language foregrounded', Durham, UK, October 21-23, 2016.

Andrews, J., Fay, R. & Pöyhönen, S. ‘Researching multilingually – exploring emerging linguistic practices in migrant contexts’. In 'Sociolinguistics of Immigration', Rapallo, Italy, September, 23-24, 2016.

Simpson, J., Tarnanen, M., & Pöyhönen, S. Adult migrant language education in an “age of austerity”: Restricting newcomers’ trajectories through integration policy. In '21Sociolinguistics Symposium', Murcia, Spain, June 15-18, 2016.

Forthcoming/in preparation:

Pöyhönen, S. & Tarnanen, M. & Simpson, J. (in preparation) ‘Adult Migrant Language Education in a Diversifying World’ for the Routledge Handbook of Language and Superdiversity. 

Tarnanen, M. & Pöyhönen, S. (in preparation) Ryhmäkoti ja koulu yksin tulleen alaikäisen nuoren turvapaikanhakijan kotoutumista ja oppimista tukevana yhteisönä [Group home and school as communities in promoting integration and learning among unaccompanied young minor asylum seekers].

Simpson, J., Pöyhönen, S., & Tarnanen, M. (in preparation) ‘Adult migrant language education in an “age of austerity”: Restricting newcomers’ trajectories through integration policy’.

Kokkonen, L. & Pöyhönen, S. (in preparation) ‘Managing highly skilled diverse workforce: An interdisciplinary view’

 

2015

Hoffman, D. M., Pöyhönen, S., Cools, C., Stikhin, A., Habti, D., Siekkinen, T. & Sama, T. (2015). Aspiration, Achievement and Abandonment in ’The World’s Best Country’: Merit and Equity or Smoke and Mirrors? Coolabah 17, Observatori: Centre d’Estudis Australians/Australian Studies Centre, Universitat de Barcelona.  http://www.ub.edu/dpfilsa/Coolabah17/Coolabahindexvol17.html

Tarnanen, M., Rynkänen, T. & Pöyhönen, S. (2015). Kielten käyttö ja oppiminen aikuisten maahanmuuttajien integroitumisen ja identiteettien rakennusaineina. [Language use and learning in integration and construction of identities among adult migrants.] In T. Jakonen, J. Jalkanen, T. Paakkinen & M. Suni (eds.) Kielenoppimisen virtauksia – Flows of language learning Jyväskylä: Suomen soveltavan kielitieteen yhdistys AFinLA. AFinLA vuosikirja 73, pp. 56–72.http://ojs.tsv.fi/index.php/afinlavk/article/view/49654/16543

Pöyhönen, S. & Saarinen, T. (2015). Constructions of bilingualism in Finnish Government programmes and a newspaper discussion site debate. Current Issues in Language Planning. 16 (4), 392–408. doi:10.1080/14664208.2014.979650

Pöyhönen, S. & Tarnanen, M. (2015). Integration policies and adult second language learning in Finland. In J. Simpson & A. Whiteside (eds.) Adult Language Education and Migration. Challenging Agendas in Policy and Practice. London: Routledge, pp. 107-118.

2014

Lähteenmäki, M. & Pöyhönen, S. (2014). Language Rights of the Russian-Speaking Minority in Finland: Multi-Sited Historical Arguments and Language Ideologies. In M. Halonen, P. Ihalainen & T. Saarinen (eds.) Language Policies in  Finland and Sweden. Interdisciplinary and Multi-Sited Comparisons. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, pp. 90-115.

2013

Tarnanen, M., Pöyhönen, S., Lappalainen, M. & Haavisto, S. (ed.) (2013). Osallisena Suomessa - Kokeiluhankkeiden satoa. Delaktig i Finland - Skörden från försöksprojekten. Jyvaskyla & Helsinki/Helsingfors. Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Svenska kulturfonden, Jyväskylän yliopisto, Soveltavan kielentutkimuksen keskus.

Pöyhönen, S., Rynkänen, T., Tarnanen, M. & Hoffman, D. (2013). Venäjänkieliset IT-alan asiantuntijat työyhteisöissä - monikieliset käytänteet, identiteetit ja osallisuuden kokemukset integroitumisessa. In T. Keisanen, E. Kärkkäinen, M. Raunionmaa, P. Siitonen & M. Siromaa (eds.) Osallisuuden multimodaaliset diskurssit - Multimodal discourses of participation. AFinLAn vuosikirja 2013. Jyväskylä: Suomen soveltavan kielitieteen yhdistyksen julkaisuja n:o 71, 77-102.

Mononen, K. & Pöyhönen, S. (2013). Inkeriläisten sukupolvet ja kielenkäytön muutokset – kielenkäyttäjien näkökulma attritioon. [Ingrian Finnish generations and changes in the language use – perspectives to attrition] In P. Rainò & K. Granqvist (eds.). Rapautuva kieli: kirjoituksia vähemmistökielten kulumisesta ja kadosta. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, pp. 75–102.

Pöyhönen, S. (2013). Language and ethnicity lost and found. Multiple identities of Ingrian Finnish teachers in Russia. In S. Smyth & C. Opitz (eds.) Negotiating Linguistic, Cultural and Social Identities in the Post-Soviet World. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 203–226.

Latomaa, S., Pöyhönen, S., Suni, M. & Tarnanen, M. (2013). Kielikysymykset muuttoliikkeessä. [Language issues] In T. Martikainen, P. Saukkonen & M. Säävälä (eds.) Muuttajat: Kansainvälinen muuttoliike ja suomalainen yhteiskunta. [International Migration and Finnish Society] Helsinki: Gaudeamus, pp. 163–183.

See the whole list of publications here.

Projects

Jag bor i Oravais - Integrationsvägar i svenska Österbotten [I live in Oravais - everyday life and integration trajectories of refugees seeking asylum in Swedish dominant region of Finland] (2015-2017)

Another home - documentary theatre project about integration (2016-2017)

Transforming Professional Integration (2011-2014)

Osallisena Suomessa - Participative Integration in Finland (2010-2013)

The Finnish Network for Language Education Policies (2009-2016)

CV Curriculum Vitae 2016