Dr Kati Kallio

Kati Kallio


E-mail: kati.kallio[at]finlit.fi

Research interests

  • Finnic oral poetry
  • performance, genre and intertextuality
  • emotion, ritual and resilience
  • metrics and music

Kati Kallio is a folklorist specialising in Kalevalaic oral poetry and historical oral–literary interactions. She is leads, with Eetu Mäkelä, the consortium FILTER (Formulaic intertextuality, thematic networks and poetic variation across regional cultures of Finnic oral poetry, Academy of Finland, 2020–2024), developing computational means to explore the Finnish-Estonian-Karelian-Ingrian corpus of oral poetry. With Senni Timonen and Lari Ahokas, she is working on a scholarly open access edition of early modern Finnish charms.

Combining views from folklore studies, linguistic anthropology, ethnomusicology and history, Kallio is particularly interested in questions relating to oral poetics, performance, ritual and emotion. She has been working with earliest Ingrian and Karelian sound recordings and musical transcriptions, recording history of Kalevalaic poetry and early modern oral-literary interaction in Finland.

All the scholarly publications at https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/persons/kati-kallio.

Selected publications

  • Parallelism and Musical Structures in Ingrian and Karelian Oral Poetry. – Oral Tradition 31(2): 331–354 (Parallelism in Verbal Art and Performance, ed. by Frog & Lotte Tarkka). http://journal.oraltradition.org/issues/31ii/kallio 
  • Literary Kalevala-Meter and Hybrid Poetics in the 16th and 17th Century Finland. – Folklore: electronic journal of folklore 67 (2017), 13–48. https://doi.org/10.7592/FEJF2017.67.kallio
  • Kallio, Kati & Frog with Sarv, Mari 2017: What to Call the Poetic Form: Kalevala-Meter or Kalevalaic Verse, regivärss, Runosong, the Finnic Tetrameter, Finnic Alliterative Verse, or Something Else? – RMN Newsletter 12–13: 94–117. http://hdl.handle.net/10138/305420
  • Changes in the Poetics of Song during the Finnish Reformation – Re-forming the Early modern North: Text, Music and Church Art, eds. Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen & Linda Kaljundi, Amsterdam University Press 2016, pp. 125–155. http://hdl.handle.net/10138/167839
  • Multimodal Register and Performance Arena in Ingrian Oral Poetry – Registers of Communication, eds. Asif Agha & Frog, Finnish Literature Society, 2015, pp. 322–335. https://doi.org/10.21435/sflin.18
  • Interperformative Relationships in Ingrian Oral Poetry. – Oral Tradition 25(2), s. 391–427. http://journal.oraltradition.org/issues/25ii/kallio
  • Kallio, Kati & Lehtonen, Tuomas & Timonen, Senni & Järvinen, Irma-Riitta & Leskelä, Ilkka 2017: Laulut ja kirjoitukset: Suullinen ja kirjallinen kulttuuri uuden ajan alun Suomessa. Helsinki: SKS. http://dx.doi.org/10.21435/skst.1427
  • Laulamisen tapoja. Esitysareena, rekisteri ja paikallinen laji länsi-inkeriläisessä kalevalamittaisessa runossa [Ways of Singing. Performance Arena, Register and Local Genre in West-Ingrian Oral Poetry, abstract in English]. Helsinki: Helsingin yliopisto, 2013. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-10-9566-5.