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Ulla Savolainen (PhD) is an Academy of Finland post-doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultures. She is a specialist in cultural memory studies, oral history, and narrative research. Her ongoing research project ”Memory Unchained” (SA 1308661) focuses on (autobiographical) literature related to the experiences of Ingrian Finns (a historical minority of Russia) from the viewpoint of cultural memory. Her doctoral dissertation (2015) analyzed life writings of former Karelian child evacuees in Finland and reminiscing as a genre of vernacular expression. She has also researched oral histories of internments of German and Hungarian citizens in Finland in 1944–1946 and analyzed the issue of retrospective justice and compensation. She has published widely on oral history, memory, narrative, vernacular literature, material culture, migration, diaspora, and transnationality. Savolainen is the chair of the Finnish Oral History Network FOHN and a member of the Young Academy Finland YAF.


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