Research Projects

SKS serves as a site for many research projects and collaborates with Finnish and foreign universities. In addition SKS is the home of the Biographical Centre and Edith – Critical Editions of Finnish Literature.

 

SKS Research and Publication Projects

Codices Fennici. A project to research and digitize Finnish medieval and sixteenth century manuscripts

  • Steering committee: Dr Tuomas Heikkilä, Dr Meri Heinonen, Professor Kaisa Häkkinen, Dr Anu Lahtinen, Professor Marko Lamberg, Dr, Secretary General Tuomas M.S. Lehtonen, and Professor Emeritus Erkki Tuppurainen
  • Research coordinator: Dr Ville Walta
  • Funding: Jane ja Aatos Erkko Foundation, Kone Foundation, Wihuri Foundation, SKS
  • Location: SKS
  • Further information: Codices Fennici (in Finnish)

Aleksis Kivi’s Four Tragedies (Night and day, Lea, Margareta, Alma): Critical Edition (2015-2017)

  • Editor-in-chief: Dr Pentti Paavolainen
  • Kivi editions editorial board: Professor Jyrki Nummi (Chair), Professor emeritus Juhani Niemi, Managing Editor Sakari Katajamäki, Researcher Ossi Kokko, Special Researcher Petri Lauerma, Dr Pentti Paavolainen, Dr Riitta Pohjola-Skarp
  • Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture, Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, SKS
  • Location: SKS, Edith - Critical Editions of Finnish Literature

Aleksis Kivi's The Runaways: Critical Edition (2013-2016)

  • Editor-in-chief: Dr Riitta Pohjola-Skarp
  • Kivi editions editorial board: Professor Jyrki Nummi (Chair), Professor Emeritus Juhani Niemi, Managing Editor Sakari Katajamäki, Researcher Ossi Kokko, Special Researcher Petri Lauerma, Dr Pentti Paavolainen, Dr Riitta Pohjola-Skarp
  • Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture, Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, SKS
  • Location: SKS, Edith – Critical Editions of Finnish Literature

Aleksis Kivi’s A Beer Outing to Schleusingen: Critical Edition (2011–)

  • Editor-in-chief: Professor Jyrki Nummi
  • Kivi editions editorial board: Professor Jyrki Nummi (Chair), Professor Emeritus Juhani Niemi, Managing Editor Sakari Katajamäki, Researcher Ossi Kokko, Special Researcher Petri Lauerma, Dr Pentti Paavolainen, Dr Riitta Pohjola-Skarp
  • Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture, Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, SKS
  • Location: SKS, Edith – Critical Editions of Finnish Literature

Letters and Songs: Registers of Beliefs and Expressions in the Early Modern North (2015–2019)

  • Project leader: Dr, Secretary general Tuomas M.S. Lehtonen
  • Researchers: Eeva-Liisa Bastman (Finnish literature), Linda Kaljundi (history), Kati Kallio (folklore studies), Ulla Koskinen (history), Anu Lahtinen (history), Ilkka Leskelä (social history)
  • Funding: Academy of Finland (project number 288119)
  • Location: SKS

The National Biography of Finland II (Kansallisbiografia II)

  • Editor-in-chief: Dr. Maarit Leskelä-Kärki
  • Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture, SKS
  • Location: SKS, Biographical Centre
  • Further information: Kansallisbiografia II (in Finnish)

The Roma Archives of Finland − Finitiko kaalengo arkiivos

  • Collaboration partners and contact persons: Advisory Board on Romani Affairs (Hanna Huttu), The National Archives of Finland (Kenth Sjöblom), Finnish Literature Society (Risto Blomster)

Collaborative Projects

Traumatized Borders: Subversive Narratives of B/Order, and Other (2016–2020)

  • Director: Dr. Tuulikki Kurki
  • Research group: Dr. Tiiu Jaago, Dr. Saija Kaskinen, Dr. Kirsi Laurén (SKS), Dr. Matti Ristolainen, MA, PhDc Tarja Tanttu
  • Funding: Academy of Finland 2016–2010
  • Location: University of Eastern Finland

Making and Interpreting Finnish National Past (2012–2017)

  • Director: Professor Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen
  • Collaboration partners: Finnish Literature Society and Society of Swedish Literature in Finland
  • Research group: Ulla-Maija Peltonen, Outi Hupaniittu, Jari Lybeck, Petra Hakala, Taina Saarenpää, Liisa Vuononkari, Andreas McKeough
  • Funding: Academy of Finland 2012-2017
  • Location: University of Turku
  • Further information: Kansallista menneisyyttä rakentamassa (in Finnish)

History of Society: Re-thinking Finland 1400-2000

  • Director: Professor Pertti Haapala
  • Collaboration partners: The History of Science National Doctoral Programme, the Nordic Centre of Excellence NordWel, Nordic Historiography Beyond Methodological Nationalism (NOS-HS 2011-2015), Finnish Literature Society, City of Tampere
  • SKS representative: Ilona Pikkanen
  • Funding: Academy of Finland
  • Location: University of Tampere, social and cultural studies unit (history), partners of the Department of History and Ethnology of the University of Jyväskylä, and Åbo Akademi (history)
  • Further information: History of Society: Re-thinking Finland 1400-2000

A History of the Union of Finnish Writers

  • Researcher: Dr. Kai Häggman
  • Funding: the Union of Finnish Writers
  • Location: SKS, research department

Completed projects

Aleksis Kivi’s Heath Cobblers: Critical Edition (2007–2010)

  • Editor-in-chief: Professor Jyrki Nummi
  • Editorial board: Professor Jyrki Nummi (Chair), Dr Petri Lauerma, Managing editor Sakari Katajamäki, Researcher: Ossi Kokko
  • Funding: Ministry of Education, Kordelin Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, WSOY Literature Foundation, SKS
  • Location: SKS, Edith – Critical Editions of Finnish Literature

Aleksis Kivi: Letters: Critical Edition (2010–2012)

  • Editor-in-chief: Professor Emeritus Juhani Niemi
  • Kivi editions editorial board: Professor Jyrki Nummi (Chair.), Professor Emeritus Juhani Niemi, Managing Editor Sakari Katajamäki, Researcher Ossi Kokko, Special Researcher Petri Lauerma, Dr Pentti Paavolainen, Dr Riitta Pohjola-Skarp
  • Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture, Kone Foundation, WSOY Literature Foundation, SKS
  • Location: SKS, Edith – critical editions of Finnish literature

Aleksis Kivi's Kullervo: Critical Edition (2010–2012)

  • Editor-in-chief: Professor Jyrki Nummi
  • Kivi editions editorial board: Professor Jyrki Nummi (Chair.), Professor Emeritus Juhani Niemi, Managing Editor Sakari Katajamäki, Researcher Ossi Kokko, Special Researcher Petri Lauerma, Dr Pentti Paavolainen, Dr Riitta Pohjola-Skarp
  • Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture, Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, WSOY Literature Foundation, SKS
  • Location: SKS, Edith – Critical Editions of Finnish Literature

Aleksis Kivi’s Three Comedies (Betrothal, Leo and Liina, Selma’s Ruses): Critical Edition (2012-2014)

  • Editor-in-chief: Dr Pentti Paavolainen
  • Kivi editions editorial board: Professor Jyrki Nummi (Chair), Professor Emeritus Juhani Niemi, Managing Editor Sakari Katajamäki, Researcher Ossi Kokko, Special Researcher Petri Lauerma, Dr Pentti Paavolainen, Dr Riitta Pohjola-Skarp
  • Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture, Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, SKS
  • Location: SKS, Edith – Critical Editions of Finnish Literature

DAOTRIA, Documentation and Archiving of Oral Tradition: Researches and Interdisciplinary Approaches (2009–2011)

  • Director: archive manager, Dr Lauri Harvilahti
  • Collaboration partners: Institute of Ethnic Literature of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Leiden Institute of Area Studies of Leiden University (Lias)
  • Funding: Academy of Finland CO-REACH
  • Location: SKS
  • Further information: DAOTRIA

Elias Lönnrot´s Correspondence: Scholarly Edition (2005–2011)

  • Project leader: Dr, Secretary general Tuomas M.S. Lehtonen
  • Research group: Senior researcher Raija Majamaa (principal researcher), research assistant Anna-Mari Vesterinen
  • Funding: Emil Aaltonen Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, SKS
  • Location: SKS

 Elias Lönnrot´s Correspondence: Scholarly Edition  (2010–2011)

  • Project leader: Dr, Secretary general Tuomas M.S. Lehtonen
  • Editor: Anna Vesterinen, M.A.
  • Funding: Emil Aaltonen Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, SKS
  • Location: SKS

Matti Kuusi Biography (2008–2013)

  • Head of project: Dr, Secretary general, Tuomas MS Lehtonen
  • Principal researcher: Dr Tellervo Krogerus
  • Funding: Kordelin Foundation, SKS
  • Location: SKS

Diversity in Finland (Research and Publication Project 2008-2010)

  • Editor-in-chief: Professor Seppo Hentilä
  • National Biography II editorial board: Professor Seppo Hentilä (Chair.), Dr Anu Koivunen, Professor Laura Kolbe, Dr Marko Lamberg, Dr. Lassi Saressalo, Professor Irma Sulkunen, Dr, Secretary General Tuomas MS Lehtonen, Publishing Director Päivi Vallisaari, Managing Editor Kirsi Keravuori
  • Funding: Wihuri Foundation, Ministry of Education, SKS
  • Location: SKS, Biographical Centre
  • Further information: Moninainen Suomi (in Finnish)

Oral and Literary Culture in the Medieval and Early Modern Baltic Sea Region: Cultural Transfer, Linguistic Registers and Communicative Networks (2011–2015)

  • Project leader: Secretary general Tuomas M.S. Lehtonen
  • Research group: Irma-Riitta Järvinen (folkloristics), Linda Kaljundi (history), Kati Kallio (folkloristics), Ilkka Leskelä (social history), Senni Timonen (folkloristics)
  • Funding: Academy of Finland (project number 137 906)
  • Location: SKS

The Runosong Project (2002-2010)

  • Project leaders: Professor Heikki Laitinen, Special researcher Senni Timonen
  • Research group: Kati Heinonen,M.A., B.Mus., Ilona Korhonen, M.A., Pekko Käppi, B.Mus,, Juulia Salonen, M.A., Elina Sadeniemi
  • Funding: Finnish Cultural Foundation, SKS, Karelian Culture Promotion Foundation, Niilo Helander Foundation, Onnenmäki Foundation
  • Location: SKS
  • Further information: Runolauluprojekti (in Finnish)

The History of SKS (2008-2014)

  • Project leader: Chairman of the History Committee, Aili Nenola
  • Research: Dr Kai Häggman (principal researcher), research assistant Klaus Krohn
  • Funding: SKS
  • Location: SKS
  • Further information: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seuran historia (in Finnish)

The History of the Roma in Finland (2009–2012)

  • Project leader: Dr Panu Pulma
  • Research: Risto Blomster, Tuula Rekola, Marko Stenroos, Miika Tervonen
  • Funding: Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture
  • Location: SKS
  • Further information: Suomen romanien historia (in Finnish)

Finland from Inside and Out  (2008-2011)

  • Project leader: Dr Anu Koivunen
  • Research: Dr Marja Jalava, Dr Anu Koivunen, Dr Olli Löytty, Professor Juha Sihvola, Dr Hanna Snellman, Professor Hanna Suutela, Dr Tuomas M.S. Lehtonen
  • Funding: Kordelin Foundation
  • Location: SKS
  • Further information: Suomi sisältä ja ulkoa (in Finnish)

SKVR Kalevala poetry digitization and directory Project (–2009)

  • Project leader: Archive director, Dr Lauri Harvilahti
  • Research group: Dr Irma-Riitta Järvinen, Special researcher Jukka Saarinen, Special researcher Senni Timonen
  • Funding: SKS
  • Location: SKS
  • Further information: Kalevalaisen runouden digitointi- ja hakemistohanke (in Finnish)

Finnish Business Leaders (2007–2013)

  • Editor-in-chief: Professor Ilkka Nummela
  • Editorial board: Professor Ilkka Nummela (Chair), Professor Susanna Fellman, Professor Jari Ojala, Managing editor Kirsi Keravuori
  • Funding: Finnish Economic History Association
  • Location: SKS, Biographical Centre
  • Further information: Talouselämän vaikuttajat (in Finnish)

Register of the Clergy of the Diocese of Turku 1554-1721 (Publication Project 2008-2011)

Completed Collaborative Projects

Cultural Heritage and its Differences. Cultural Inclusions and Exclusions of Archives (2014–2016)

  • Director: Dr Pia Olsson
  • Person in charge in SKS: Dr Kati Mikkola
  • Funding: Koneen säätiö 2014–2016
  • Location: Helsingin yliopisto
  • Further information: Cultural Heritage and its Differences

Reading and Writing from Below. Towards a New Social History of Literacy in the Nordic Sphere during the Long Nineteenth Century

  • Director: University lecturer Taru Nordlund
  • Funding: NOS-HS Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
  • Location: University of Helsinki
  • Further information: Reading and writing from below

Family History: Facilitating Intergenerational and Intercultural Exchange 2013–2014

  • collaboration partners: Estonian Literary Museum, Archives of Cultural History; Association of Latvian Oral History Researchers; Department of History, Stockholm University; Gender Studies Center, Vilnius University; Department of History and Ethnology at the University of Jyväskylä.
  • SKS representatives: Ulla-Maija Peltonen, Kirsi Keravuori
  • Funding: Nordplus Horizontal
  • Location: Estonian Literary Museum, Archives of Cultural History

The Finnish Opera Company (1873––1879) from a Microhistorical Perspective: Performance Practices, Multiple Narrations, and Polyphony of Voices (2010–2013)

  • Leader: Professor Anne Sivuoja-Kauppala
  • Research group: Ulla Broman-Kananen, Pentti Paavolainen, Ilona Pikkanen
  • Funding: Academy of Finland
  • Location: Sibelius Academy

Exploring Social Boundaries from Below: Class, Ideology and Writing Practices in 19th-century Finland (2011–2014)

  • Director: Dr Anna Kuismin
  • Research group: Eeva-Liisa Bastman (Finnish literature), Kaisa Kauranen (social history), Kati Mikkola (comparative religion), Eija Stark (folkloristics)
  • Funding: Academy of Finland
  • Location: University of Helsinki
  • Further information: Exploring Social Boundaries From Below

FinnONTO: Finnish Ontologies from the Semantic Web (2008–2010)

  • Leader: professori Eero Hyvönen
  • SKS representative: Lauri Harvilahti
  • Funding: Tekes
  • Location: Helsinki University of Technology
  • Further information: FinnONTO

Digitized Archive Material in Cultural Research (2001–2004)

Self-taught Authors and the Processes of Literacy in Nineteenth Century Finland (2008–2011)

  • Leader: Professor Lea Laitinen
  • Research group: Kaisa Kauranen, Kati Mikkola, Jyrki Hakapää
  • Funding: Academy of Finland
  • Location: University of Helsinki

Invented Heroes. Oral and Written Representations of the Past (2006–2008)

  • Leader: Dr Ulla-Maija Peltonen
  • Research: B.B.A. Ilona Kemppainen, Dr Tarja Kupiainen, M.A. Niina Lappalainen, Dr Ulla-Maija Peltonen
  • Funding: Academy of Finland
  • Location: University of Helsinki
  • Further information: Keksityt sankarit (in Finnish)

The Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies, NCMS, Centre of Excellence (2005–2010)

  • Research group leaders (Culture): Dr Tuomas M.S. Lehtonen, Professor Lars Boje Mortensen, University of Southern Denmark, Odense
  • Collaboration partners: Helsinki (SKS, University of Helsinki), University of Bergen (CMS), University of Southern Denmark, University of Gothenburg
  • Funding: Nordforsk
  • Further information: Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies, NCMS (in Finnish)

Textualization of Oral Tradition and its Modern Contextualization in Finland (2006–2009)