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Dr Cecilia af Forselles, Chief Librarian

  • cultural heritage
  • literary culture
  • dissemination of information, the information society and libraries

Dr Risto Blomster, Researcher

  • the music of Finnish Romani
  • sound archives and Finnish wax cylinder recordings from the early 20th century
  • archive material on Finnish folk music

Lauri Harvilahti, Archives Director, Adjunct Professor

  • Epic poetry
  • Folkloristic archival research
  • Ethnocultural approach and cultural identity
  • Folklore scholarship and its research history

Kai Häggman, Researcher, Adjunct Professor

  • history of publishing; book history
  • family history
  • research on networks
  • business and cultural history
  • the Finnish cultural elite in the 19th and 20th centuries

Irma-Riitta Järvinen, Researcher, Adjunct Professor

  • folklore studies
  • folk narrative
  • Karelian folk beliefs and folk religiousness
  • Kalevala-metric poetry

Linda Kaljundi, M.A., Project Researcher

  • medieval and early modern history writing
  • medieval frontiers: crusades, colonisation, and christianisation
  • cultural memory studies

Kati Kallio, M.A., Project Researcher

  • Kalevala-metric poetry
  • the West-Ingrian singing culture
  • performance, genre and intertextuality
  • audio recordings

Sakari Katajamäki, Lic. Phil., Managing Editor

  • textual criticism, scholarly editions
  • Lauri Viita, Aleksis Kivi
  • poetry and poetics
  • avant-garde and experimental literature

Kaisa Kauranen, Lic. Pol. Sc., Project Researcher

  • 19th century social history
  • the attainment of literacy of Finnish people in the 19th century
  • manuscripts of ordinary people

Dr Pasi Klemettinen, Researcher (Folklore Archives)

  • popular belief in the devil, sorcery and witchcraft
  • the Finnish bear and snake tradition
  • folk beliefs and belief legends

Dr Ossi Kokko, Researcher

  • linguistics
  • dialects, especially the eastern dialects of Finland
  • 19th century literary Finnish, especially the language of Aleksis Kivi

Tellervo Krogerus, Senior Researcher, Adjunct Professor

  • literary research
  • research on criticism
  • biographical research

Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen, Secretary General, Adjunct Professor

  • Medieval history and literature in Latin
  • rhetoric and poetics
  • relationships between oral and literary culture
  • historiography of the Middle Ages and in the early modern age

Ulla-Maija Peltonen, Archives Director, Adjunct Professor

  • historical folk narrative
  • oral history research methodology
  • the relationship between the private and public narrative on wars
  • theory and methods in archive research

Ilona Pikkanen, Ph.D., Project Manager

  • 19th and early 20th century historiography; historiographical narratology
  • the history of the theatre in the 19th century, the study of nation-nes

Jukka Saarinen, M.A., Researcher

  • Kalevalaic epic poetry
  • digitised archive materials and databases
  • folkloristic field work

Dr Senni Timonen, Senior Researcher

  • folklore studies
  • Kalevala-metric lyric poetry
  • Kalevala-metric legend poetry
  • the historiography of folklore collections
  • rune singers

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