Ulla Savolainen

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Curriculum vitae

Ulla Savolainen (PhD, title of Docent) is a university researcher at the University of Helsinki, Department of Cultures. She is a folklorist specializing in memory studies, oral history, and narrative research. She has also researched experiences and expressions related to mobility, transnationality, and materiality. Currently, she leads a research project titled “Transnational Memory Cultures of Ingrian Finns” (2020–2022). Savolainen's doctoral dissertation (2015) focused on the life writings of former Karelian child evacuees in Finland and the poetics of life writings and reminiscing. She has also researched oral histories of internments of German and Hungarian citizens in Finland in 1944–1946 and analyzed reception of compensation for past injustice. Savolainen is the chair of the Finnish Oral History Network (FOHN) and a co-chair of MSA Nordic. She has published her research in e.g.  Memory StudiesNarrative Inquiry, the Journal of American Folklore, the Oral History, and Poetics Today (forthcoming).

External positions

Scientific advisory board member, Sodan ja rauhan keskus Muisti / Muisti Centre of War and Peace

2022 → …

Valtuuskunnan jäsen, Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura / The Finnish Literature Society

2022 → …

Title of Docent, Memory Studies and Oral History Research, University of Turku

2022 → …

Co-chair, MSA Nordic (Nordic Group of Memory Studies Association)

2021 → …

Chair, Finnish Oral History Network FOHN

5 Sep 2018 → …

Member, Young Academy Finland YAF


Editor-in-Chief, Elore

1 Jan 201631 Dec 2017

Finnish Oral History Network FOHN, member of the steering group

2011 → …

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Folklore Studies
  • Oral History
  • Life Writings
  • Memory Studies
  • Narrative research
  • Narratology
  • Materiality
  • Transnationality
  • Literature