Private and Public Memories: the Fourth International Symposium of the Finnish Oral History Network
Helsinki, 29–30 November 2012
Private and Public Memories symposium will be arranged in Helsinki 29–30
November 2012. The symposium is hosted by the Finnish Oral History
Network (FOHN) in collaboration with the Finnish Literature Society and
the Academy of Finland project Strangers from
the East (2009-2012).
The event is the 4th international symposium organized by the Finnish
Oral History Network. Our intention is to stimulate discussion and bring
together scholars interested in private and public memories from
different parts of the world and representing various
fields. The invited speakers are:
Paula Hamilton: Professor Paula Hamilton is a historian at the University of Technology,
Sydney, and the co-director of the Australian Centre for Public
History. She has been a practitioner of oral history for 30 years and
has worked in a range of projects with community groups,
museums, heritage agencies, and local government councils. She has
published widely in public history, oral history and memory studies.
Daniela Koleva: Daniela Koleva is associate professor at the University of Sofia. Her
research interests are in the field of oral history and anthropology of
socialism and post-socialism, biographical and cultural memory,
biographical methods, and social constructivism. Her
current work is on vernacular memory of socialism in Bulgaria and on
religious and secular life-course rituals in the UK, Romania and
Kirsti Salmi-Niklander: Kirsti Salmi-Niklander is Academy Research Fellow and adjunct professor
in Folklore Studies at University of Helsinki. In her current research
project she explores oral-literary traditions in 19th- and early
20th-century popular movements and among Finnish-Canadian
Vieda Skultans: Vieda Skultans is professor emerita of Social Anthropology at the
University of Bristol. She currently teaches at the Stradina Medical
University and University of Latvia in Riga. Her research and teaching
interests include gender, narrative, cross-cultural
psychiatry, medical anthropology and the history of psychiatry.
Thursday 29.11.2012 Finnish Literature Society, Great Hall, 2nd floor, Hallituskatu 1:
10.30 – 11.45: Paula Hamilton: Oral History as Memory-work: From Personal to Public Remembering
Friday 30.11.2012 Finnish Literature Society, Great Hall, 2nd floor, Hallituskatu 1:
9.15 – 10.30 Daniela Koleva: Memory Tactics: Private Uses of Public Memory Cultures
10.30 – 11.30 Kirsti Salmi-Niklander: From Shadows to Spotlights: Exploring the Grey Areas in Life Stories
The keynote lectures, sessions and the final panel are open for all.
All of the sessions and the final discussion will be held at the House
of Sciences (Kirkkokatu 6). Thursday 29.11.2012 from 3.15. to 17.00.
and Friday 30.11.2012 from 13.15. to 16.15.
The principal language of the symposium is English.
Program and additional information:
Finnish Literature Society
P.O. Box 259
Conference Secretary, FOHN
Folklore Studies/ Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies
P.O. Box 4
FIN-00014 University of Helsi
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are invited for contributions to the fourth international symposium of
the Finnish Oral History Network Private and Public Memories hosted by
the Finnish Literature Society in collaboration with the Academy of
Finland project Strangers from the East (2009-2012). Our intention is to
stimulate discussion and bring together scholars from various fields
interested in private and public memories. The invited speakers include
Paula Hamilton (Australian Centre for Public History, University of
Technology Sydney), Daniela Koleva (Sofia University St. Kliment
Ohridski), Kirsti Salmi-Niklander (University of Helsinki) and Vieda
Skultans (University of Bristol).
is a way for people to give meaning to and transform their past. Memory
is shared, transmitted and expressed in various and complicated ways
and continuously reworked in relation to changing political and
emotional needs. In addition to "private” we have chosen to use the term
"public” in relation to "memories” to signal our understanding of the
essentially social nature of remembering. Personal memory is not merely
private and internal, but always draws on knowledge and information from
the surrounding society. Public can be used with reference to the
"memory of publics”, in other words, the ways memory affects and is
affected by various publics. Another way to view it, is the "publicness
of memory”, which examines the processes through which private memories
become public. Politics of memory are always at stake in this process.
"Public memories” are shaped by complex power struggles. Who gets to say
what about a given community? What kinds of practices are used to
authorize some versions of a story and to silence other ones?
program will include keynote lectures, paper sessions and a closing
panel. The working conference language will be English. Some special
sessions will be organized, entitled "Oral-literary traditions in
immigrant communities”, "Oral history from above” and "Life-cycles and
memory”. Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or workshop
sessions. Individual proposals may be addressed to specific sessions or
All proposals should
include a title and a maximum 250 word abstract (per paper). The
proposals must be written in English. Proposals for whole sessions
should include all abstracts of the suggested papers. Please include
with the proposal the following information:
- name (with your surname in CAPITAL letters)
- postal address
- e-mail address
- telephone and fax numbers
will be evaluated according to their focus on the topic. Please e-mail
your proposal as an e-mail attachment by 25 May 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The acceptance or rejection of proposals will be announced by 15 June 2012.
The admission to the symposium is 50€ (standard) / 35€ (Concession: students /unwaged). Registration by 30 August 2012.