Jukka Saarinen, MA.

Jukka Saarinen. Kuva: Gary Wornell

Head of Collections

E-Mail: jukka.saarinen[at]finlit.fi

Research interests:

  • Kalevala epic
  • digitized archive materials and databases
  • folkloristic fieldwork

Jukka Saarinen is preparing a doctoral thesis on the poetics of the Viena Karelian folk poet and singer Arhippa Perttunen. Saarinen's research draws not only on Pertunen's collected works but also on documentation on the poet and singer compiled by both collectors at the time and later generations.

Saarinen studied folkloristics at the University of Helsinki and wrote his dissertation on variation in the epic poems of Arhippa and Miihkali Perttunen. From 1984 to 1985 he studied Irish folklore at University College, Dublin, where he became acquainted with Irish archive collections. Between 1988 to 1998, he took several field trips to Finland to record folk traditions and oral history. He also conducted fieldwork in Viena Karelia between 1996 to 2000.

Saarinen is the curator in charge of sound collections of Folklore Archives of the Finnish Literature Society, and his duties include their design and development. He is also responsible for the development of the archive information systems, including the implementation of the digital database of Kalevala-meter poetry (SKVR-Corpus).

Selected publications:

  • The Dead, Things Past and Things Far Away: Finnish Hiisi Otherworld Legends. – Arv 49 (1993), s. 107–114.
  • The Päivölä Song of Miihkali Perttunen. – Songs beyond the Kalevala / Anna-Leena Siikala & Sinikka Vakimo (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 1994, s. 180–196. (Studia Fennica. Folkloristica; 2).
  • Kalevalaic poetry as a digital corpus. – FF Network 222/2001.