Ulla Savolainen
  • PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38)



  • Finland


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Curriculum vitae

Ulla Savolainen (PhD, title of Docent) works as a university lecturer and a researcher at the University of Helsinki, Department of Cultures. She is a folklorist specializing in memory studies, oral history, and narrative research, with an interest in experiences and expressions related to (forced) migration, transnationality, and materiality.

Savolainen's current research project focuses on memories and experiences of Stalinist repression and displacement of Ingrian Finns. She has analyzed the mnemonic capacities of e.g. memoirs, fiction, museum exhibitions, and photographs and explored the political and aesthetic values and ideologies related to memory in culture more broadly. Previously,Savolainen has researched oral histories of internments of German and Hungarian citizens in Finland in 1944–1946 as well as the reception of compensation for past injustice. Savolainen's doctoral dissertation (2015) focused on the life writings of former Karelian child evacuees in Finland and the poetics of life writing and reminiscing. 

Savolainen is the co-chair of MSA Nordic and the former chair of the Finnish Oral History Network (FOHN). She has published her research in e.g.  Memory StudiesNarrative Inquiry, Journal of American Folklore, Oral History, Ethnologia Europaea, and Poetics Today.

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 2018May 2023

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