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Description of research and teaching

Research interests:
oral poetry, oral tradition, lament tradition, expression and communication, affects and emotion, archived audio recordings, (ethno)musicology, sound analysis

In my PhD project, I examine Karelian lament tradition from textual, musical, and emotional perspectives. Ethnopoetics, Oral-Formulaic Theory and Performance Theory constitute my main theoretical framework, and I also apply multidisciplinary affect and emotion theories as well as sensory ethnographic methods.

Education/Academic qualification

MA, Turun yliopisto

Award Date: 27 Nov 2014

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Folklore Studies
  • Laments
  • Affect Theory
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Critical Archival Studies


Language, Music and Emotion in Lament Poetry: The Embodiment and Performativity of Emotions in Karelian Laments

Silvonen, V. & Stepanova, E., 6 Dec 2019, The Routledge Handbook of Language and Emotion. Pritzker, S. E., Fenigsen, J. & Wilce, J. M. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 203 -222 20 p. (Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Arvot, ihanteet ja arkistojen itkuvirret

Silvonen, V., 27 Mar 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Conference materialsAbstract

Open Access

Itkuvirret itkettiin tuonpuoleisen rajalla

Silvonen, V., 23 Apr 2019, In : AntroBlogi.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access



Etnomusikologian Vuosikirja (Journal)

Viliina Silvonen (Editor)


Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Elore (Journal)

Viliina Silvonen (Editor)

2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Archival sources and archives

Viliina Silvonen (Teacher), & Tuukka Karlsson (Teacher)

Jan 2020Mar 2020

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination

Sommelo: Pohjoiset laulukulttuurit -seminaari

Viliina Silvonen (Speaker: Chair)

27 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Formulaicity and Interrelation of Text and Music in Karelian Laments

Viliina Silvonen (Speaker)

6 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation