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  1. 1.      Full name and date
  • Snellman, Hanna Kyllikki
  • Female
  • April 22, 2014


  1. 2.      Date and place of birth, nationality, current residence
  • April 16, 1961 Sodankylä, Finland
  • Finnish citizen
  • Helsinki, Finland


  1. 3.      Education and degrees awarded
  • PhD, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts, European Ethnology, January 28, 1997, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 33, 000140 University of Helsinki
  • Docent of Finno-Ugric Ethnology, University of Helsinki, February 12, 2001 & Docent of European Ethnology, University of Oulu, January 1, 2010


  1. 4.      Other education and training, qualifications and skills
  • Completion of Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics’ Introductory Tutorial for the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS), Canada, October 2007


  1. 5.      Language skills
  • mother tongue Finnish
  • other languages English, Swedish, German


  1. 6.      Current position
  • Vice Dean of Arts, University of Helsinki January 1, 2014-


  1. Previous work experience
  • Professor of European Ethnology, University of Helsinki, August 1, 2012-
  • Professor of Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä, January 1, 2009 – July 31, 2012
  • Research Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, January 1-December 31, 2008
  • Finnish Chair, Lakehead University, Canada, August 27 – December 26, 2007
  • Academy Research Fellow, Academy of Finland, August 1, 2004 - July 31, 2007 including a Research Visit at the Centre for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations, University of Stockholm, Sweden, October 1 – December 31, 2006
  • Research Associate, University of Helsinki, Department of Ethnology, January 1, 1987 - July 31, 2004 (includes leaves of absence)
  • On leave of absence from the University of Helsinki and working as a Research Fellow in the project “Gothenburg - the Largest Village of the Salla Parish, funded by the Academy of Finland, September 1 - December 31, 2000 & January 1 - May 31, 2001 & January 1 - May 31, October 1 - December 31, 2003
  •  On leave of absence from the University of Helsinki and working on a grant from the  Nordiska Samarbetsnämden för Humanistisk Forsknig, in the project “Cultural Processes in Northern Forest Communities, June 1 - November 30, 1996
  • On leave of absence from the University of Helsinki and working on a PhD grant from the Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation in December 27, 1993 – May 3, 1996


  1. 8.      Research funding as well as leadership and supervision


  • Academy of Finland,“Happy Days? Everyday Life and Nostalgia of the Extended 1950s”, 2011-2014, responsible for applying the funding, leading the project and doing research, budget 550 000 €
  • NOS-HS, “Sikh Identity Formation: Generational Transfer of Tradition in the Nordic Countries”, directed by Kristina Myrvold, University of Lund, 2009-2013, co-applicant (responsible for applying the funding and leading the Finnish sub-project)
  • Academy of Finland, ”Symbolic Boundaries of the Moldavian Csángó-community”, 2012-2013, a mobility grant for a Post Doctoral  Researcher from Hungary  to come to work at the University of Helsinki, responsible for applying the funding and supervising the research work, budget 7 100 €
  • SSHRC, Canada, “Northern Communites in a Changing World: Towards a Better Understanding of Global Competition”, directed by Ronald Harpelle, Lakehead University, Canada, 2009-2011, collaborator (responsible for applying the funding and leading the Finnish sub-project)
  • Academy of Finland & the  Swedish partner HSFR of the program Interaction Across the Gulf of Bothnia, “Gothenburg – the Largest Village of the Salla Parish”, 1999-2003, responsible for applying the funding, leading the project and doing research, budget € 235 000
  • Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation, “Changing Occupations in Forestry”, 1999-2002, responsible for applying the funding and leading the project, budget € 400 000
  • NOS-H, “Cultural Processes in Northern Forest Communities” directed by Ingar Kaldal, Trondheim University, 1994-1997, researcher and coordinator of Finnish participants
  • Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation, PhD Project on Lumberjacks in Finnish Lapland, 1993-1996, responsible for applying funding and doing research
  • Officially appointed supervisor to the following completed PhD projects:  Steel, Tytti 2013, University of Helsinki, responsible supervisor;  Relas, Jukka 2013, University of Helsinki, responsible supervisor;  Vera Survo 2014, University of Helsinki, secondary supervisor; Hirvi, Laura 2013, University of Jyväskylä, secondary supervisor;  Hänninen, Riitta 2012, University of Jyväskylä, secondary supervisor; Suopajärvi, Tiina 2009, University of Oulu, secondary supervisor; Paaskoski, Leena 2008, University of Helsinki, secondary supervisor


  1. 8.      Merits in teaching and pedagogical competence
  • University Pedagogy (10 credits), University of Helsinki, April 28, 2005           


  1. 9.      Awards, prizes and honours


  • Olaus Magnus prize awarded by the Historical Society of Oulu, 2006
  • Plaque awarded for work done for the Finnish Forest History Society, 2004
  • Bronze medal awarded for work done for the Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation, 1998



  1. 10.  Other Academic merits


  • Journal of Finnish Studies (REF), USA, Co-Editor, 2009-
  • An invited talk, “Early Finnish-American Cookbooks – Ethnicity, Class and Gender in Perspective”, Columbia University, New York, April 10, 2014
  • Studia Fennica Ethnologica–series (REF), Finnish Literature Society, Editor-in-Chief, 2009-2014
  • Kansatieteellinen Arkisto –series (REF), Finnish Antiquarian Society, Editor-in-Chief, 2009-2013
  • Opponent of the PhD thesis by Jaana Laamanen, University of Helsinki, Ethnology, 2001
  • Ethnologia Fennica- journal, Editorial Board, 1996-2001
  • Historical Society of Oulu, Vice Chair, 1995-2000
  • Association of Finnish Ethnologists Ethnos,     Board Member, 1987-1998 
  • Referee for several scientific and scholarly journals
  • Evaluator for several research applications for foundations in Finland and the University of Helsinki
  • Evaluation of applicants for the Professorship in Folklore Studies, University of Eastern Finland, 2013-2014
  • Evaluation of scientific competence for a Docentship of Fataneh Farahanis, University of Stockholm, Sweden 2013
  • Pre-examiner of the PhD thesis by Riitta Leinonen, University of Oulu, Cultural Anthropology, 2013
  • COLLeGIUM: Studies across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Board of Consulting Editors, 2012-
  • The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, Member 2012-
  • Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, Member, 2010-
  • Kalevala Society, Board Member 2006-, Vice Chair 2014-
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the PhD project of Anu Kajamaa (University of Helsinki, Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research), 2008-2011
  • Finnish Antiquarian Society, Board Member, 2004-2013
  • Evaluation of applicants for the Professorship in European Ethnology, University of Turku, 2011-2012
  • Evaluation of applicants for the Professorship in European Ethnology, University of Uppsala, Sweden, 2010-2011
  • Evaluation of applicants for the Professorship in Cultural Anthropology, University of Oulu, 2010-2011
  • Evaluation of scientific competence for a Docentship of Kirsi Laurén, University of Eastern Finland, 2011
  • Pre-examiner of the PhD thesis by Martti Puhakka, University of Turku, European Ethnology, 2010
  • Pre-examiner of the PhD thesis by Sami Suodenjoki, University of Tampere, History, 2010
  • Foreign Expert in evaluation for grants for basic and applied research projects, financed by the Slovenian Research Agency (including panels), 2009-2014
  • An invited keynote talk, “Toxic Waste or Accidental Happy Endings? Reflections on Ethnology’s Impact on Cultural Diversity” in the 32nd Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference “Dynamics of Cultural Differences, University of Bergen, June 18, 2012
  • Evaluation of scientific competence for a Docentship of Jukka Jouhki, University of Jyväskylä, 2009
  • Pre-examiner of the PhD thesis by Katja Tervo, University of Joensuu, Social Policy, 2008
  • Pre-examiner  of the PhD thesis by Anneli Meriläinen-Hyvärinen, University of Oulu, Cultural Anthropology, 2007
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the PhD project of Jaana Laine (University of Helsinki, Economic History), completed in 2007
  • Member in a dissertation committee (betysgsnämd), of the PdD thesis by Mirjaliisa Lukkarinen-Kvist PhD, University of Linköping, Sweden , 2006
  • Foreign Expert in evaluation of posts of mentors of PhD students within the Young Researchers Programme and for grants for basic and applied research projects financed by The Slovenian Research Agency, 2009 (including panel), 2007-2008 (including panel), 2006
  • External Referee for Academy Research Project proposals and applications for a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in the fields of anthropology, ethnology, folkloristics, and comparative religion (panel), 2006
  • Finnish Association for Labor Historians, Chair, 2003-2005


  1. 11.  Scientific and societal impact of research


  • Member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Globalization and Culture, Lakehead University, Canada, 2009-
  • Hiidenkivi journal, Editorial Board, 2009-2011


  1. 12.  Positions of trust in society and other societal merits
  • Chair of the Workshop for Cultural Studies, “The state and quality of scientific research in Finland 2012”, Academy of Finland, 2011

Information om forskning och undervisning

The Academy of Finland funded "Happy Days" 2011-2015 (PI Hanna Snellman) had two objectives: to discuss the concept of nostalgia and deconstruct the nostalgia related to1950s by providing a more complex picture of the era. The project idea is also to problematize the established way of viewing the 20th century as certain epochs. In our research the 1950s did not start in 1950 and end in 1959, but it started right after the Second World War and lasted until the 1960s, even 1970s. We have thus created a concept extended 1950s to discuss that phenomenon. Members of the International Scientific Advisory Board have also read and commented work in progress in our annual seminars. Research results will be published in 2016 in a special issue of the Journal of Finnish Studies (REF), published in the United States.

The project has succeeded in developing the concept of nostalgia in a more theoretical level and creating a new concept, the extended 1950s. The researchers engaged in the Happy Days project all found multiple voices from the research materials, including less pleasant memories. They came to the conclusion that nostalgia is often attached to topics and periods of time that are linked to a certain amount of struggle and misery, and above all contradictions. The 1950s feeds nostalgia because of the contradictions in people’s experiences and because of the need to take distance from past events and conditions.

In the previous research, the adoption of trousers into women’s dress has been seen as a sign of progress that took place in the 1970s. Arja Turunen’s study shows that it took longer; the dress codes of the 1950s were  basically the middle class dress codes that, first of all, were adopted in the Finnish society at large from the 1920s to 1950s and  they’ve been followed ever since although the new informal dress code has replaced it in some cases since the 1970s. This challenges the theories and assumptions of how, and to what extent, the Finnish society has changed since the 1950s. Turunen’s research also shows that there are many stories and images of the 1950s, and secondly, the  version that is based on the nostalgic longing is a counter-story to  the story of the modernization. Both stories have political aspects and consequences, and in her articles that are now in the making Turunen discusses, what are these aspects and consequences.

In her sub-project and its publications Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto highlights the constructive and critical dimension of nostalgia. Nostalgic narratives of disappearing industrial community of one female laborer entail metaphors which point towards meaningful values such as togetherness. In her narration, certain sites become nostalgic symbols of abstract changes.

Women are also studied in Lena Marander-Eklund’s sub-study:  Her research on house wives has resulted in several articles and a book manuscript which has been accepted to be published by the Swedish Literature Society in Finland in 2014. Narratives of women are discussed in the context of the changing society of the extended 1950s: home making, marriage and professionalizing of women’s work deconstruct the nostalgic way of seeing the 1950s.

Hanna Snellman’s research discusses Finnish immigrants in Sweden. Inspired by performance theory she discusses how museum curators of the 1970s were trapped in nostalgia when doing fieldwork among Finnish immigrants in urban locations of Sweden. For them Finnish immigrants were supposed to be rural, poor and nostalgic towards the 1950s Finland they had left. In a way they were or at least they were performing 50s:ness in order to please the museum curators.

In her article Laura Hirvi explores the life and work of Finnish and Berlin based artist Juhani Seppovaara. The article highlights the stylistic devices by the help of which a sense of nostalgia emerges out of Seppovaara's books. In the part that follows, she looks at the ways in which Arjun Appadurai's term of "armchair nostalgia" can be put to a new use to refer to a reader's nostalgic feelings that arise when reading a book but have no grounds in the reader's actual lived experience or her collective historical memory. The article argues that nostalgia is in the case of Seppovaara's book, is a feeling that is produced in complicity with the reader. This article brings to the fore new nuances in the production of nostalgia for Finland in the past. It is also a path breaking experiment in collaborative ethnography.

Leena Paaskoski’s article focuses on the questions of vocational choice, education and occupation of forestry employees in post-WWII Finland. An extensive oral history material, biographical interviews with the Finnish forestry officers and foresters, is given in order to illuminate the concepts of family capital and upward social mobility at the individual everyday level. In Finland occupations in forestry are often inherited. The sons of forestry employees profit from family capital as they become forestry employees themselves, and there are many so-called “forestry families” in Finland. Because the situation in Finland after the war strongly favored education, young men were encouraged to educate themselves in the hope of obtaining an economically and socially better future and in order to get more skilled workers for society. Social upward mobility, getting more occupational prestige and higher socio-economic positions compared to their fathers, was typical for these forestry employees, as well as the whole Finnish society in the extended 1950s.

In his sub-project Simo Laakkonen has created a concept environmental nostalgia. He concluded that also this concept was used in a contradictory manner in the discourses of  nature conservation and environmental protection. Laakkonen’s article on urban environmental history of children (2011) seems to be the first empirical study in this topic in the world, so far. It shows that contemporary computer games are to a high extent beased on unconscious nostalgy of past urban childhood environments.

The project also had an objective to enhance institutional co-operation with the academia and memory organizations. That has succeeded extremely well. Our research project represents a model of fruitful cross-institutional cooperation between universities and museums. Throughout our project, scholars and museum professionals met at various workshops to facilitate interdisciplinary research. The collaborative partners included the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, the Finnish Museum of Agriculture Sarka, and the Finnish Forest Museum Lusto. This collaboration culminated in the exhibition Fields, Forests, Factories that opened in September 2013 in Werstas, Tampere. The members of the project were all involved in planning the exhibition from the very beginning. In addition, international scholars working in museums and university departments of ethnology were invited to join the advisory board that gathered once a year to comment on how the project was proceeding. This is the first time almost in a century that such co-operation with scientific ambitions has taken place. The collaboration between memory organizations and researchers of the project has also resulted in new research projects and it paves a way to future collaboration in documentation, research and public engagement. 

All research data used in this project, narratives, photos, and museum objects, are already filed by memory organizations. Researchers have followed the ethical guidelines established by the museums and archives.



University of Helsinki, Helsingin yliopisto


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Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.

Publikationer 1985 2018

Heritage Sites of Death

Snellman, H. K., 1 okt 2018, I : Ethnologia Scandinavica. 2018, 48, s. 241 1 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragLitteraturöversiktVetenskaplig

Intohimoinen tutkija

Snellman, H. K., okt 2018, Professori Jussi Pakkasvirta Presente. Comité Clandestino, s. 253 254 s.

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelAllmänheten


Snellman, H. K., Halmari, H., Kaukonen, S. & Virtanen, H-J., 1 nov 2018, (!!Accepted/In press) "Let Us Be Finns", The Era before Finland's Independence. . Texas, Yhdysvallat, Vol. 2018. s. 1-14 14 s. 1. (Journal of Finnish Studies; vol. 2018, nr. Vol. 21, Nr. 1 & 2 ).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

"Let Us Be Finns". The Era before Finland's Independence.

Snellman, H. K. (red.), Halmari, H. (red.), Kaukonen, S. (red.) & Virtanen, H-J. (red.), nov 2018, (!!Accepted/In press) 251 s. Texas, Yhdysvallat : Journal of Finnish Studies.

Forskningsoutput: Övriga bidragForskningPeer review

Satunnaisesti Suomessa: Kalevalaseuran vuosikirja 97

Snellman, H. K. (red.), Lamberg, M. (red.) & Piela, U. (red.), 25 okt 2018, Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. 325 s. (Kalevalaseuran vuosikirja; vol. 2018, nr. 97)

Forskningsoutput: Bok/rapportBokVetenskapligPeer review

Projekter 2010 2016

Ylirajainen kuolema

Snellman, H.

29/04/2016 → …

Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

Ylirajainen kuolema

Snellman, H.

29/04/2016 → …

Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

Recipes for a Better Life

Snellman, H.

13/05/2015 → …

Projekt: Annan projekt


hopeinen ansiomerkki: ansiomerkki toiminnasta

Hanna Snellman (!!Recipient), 16 mar 2016

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser

Kkultainen ansiomerkki

Hanna Snellman (!!Recipient), 15 mar 2019

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser

Suomen Valkoisen Ruusun Ritarikunnan I Luokan Ritarimerkki

Hanna Snellman (!!Recipient), 6 dec 2018

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser

Aktiviteter 2010 2019

Taidesäätiö Pro Arte Foundation Finland (Extern organisation)

Hanna Snellman (Styrelsemedlem)
jun 2019 → …

Aktivitet: MedlemskapstyperMedlemskap eller annan role i inhemsk/internationell kommitté, råd, styrelse

SIEF Executive Board (Evenemang)

Hanna Snellman (Styrelsemedlem)
16 apr 2019 → …

Aktivitet: MedlemskapstyperMedlemskap eller annan role i inhemsk/internationell kommitté, råd, styrelse

1st UNICA-IAU Master Class on Internationalization of Higher Education

Hanna Snellman (Närvarande)
9 apr 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangPublic Talks

Suomen Akatemia (Extern organisation)

Hanna Snellman (Styrelsemedlem)
1 jul 201930 jun 2022

Aktivitet: MedlemskapstyperMedlemskap eller annan role i inhemsk/internationell kommitté, råd, styrelse

1st UNICA-IAU Master Class on Internationalization of Higher Education

Hanna Snellman (Närvarande)
7 apr 201910 apr 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

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Tusina tavaraa Suomesta 8/12 Ruotsinlaiva

Hanna Snellman


1 objekt av mediabevakning

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Ruotsiin muutti huippuvuosina yli 40 000 suomalaista

Hanna Snellman


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haastattelu painetussa mediassa: Antaa pölkyn juosta!

Hanna Snellman


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haastattelu painetussa mediassa: Lähtisinkö lehmäleirille?

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