Laura Hirvi
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Laura Hirvi

Dr Laura Hirvi, who completed her PhD in ethnology, has enjoyed a varied career with many different tasks and posts. At present she works as Director of the Finnish Institute in Berlin. Before her move to Germany, Dr Hirvi worked as a researcher investigating immigration. Fortunately, she is also able to benefit from her research background in her current work: the Finnish Institute’s theme for 2016 is immigration and mobility.

Laura Hirvi

Born July 16, 1980, Mannheim, Germany

Bachelor of Arts (ethnology) 2004, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Master of Arts (ethnology) 2007, University of Jyväskylä
PhD (ethnology) 2013, University of Jyväskylä

Director of the Finnish Institute in Germany, 2015–
Part-time German teacher 2006–08, University of Jyväskylä and City of Jyväskylä
Project worker 2005, Theatre Info Finland
English teacher 2003-04, Carmel English School & Aukland House School, India
Project worker 2002, national poetry archive of the Finnish Literature Society
Assistant 2001–03, Gleis Lutz, Berlin

Numerous literary and general translations over a period of 10 years, including German translations of Terhi Rannela’s novel Taivaan tuuliin and Leea Klemola’s play Kokkola

Vice-chairwoman 2014, ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association Board
Website and email administrator of ‘Sikhs in Europe’ 2012–
Book review editor 2009–11, Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration
Board member (responsible for international affairs) 2009–10, Helan tutjijat ry (an association of doctoral students and research doctors at the Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä)

Written by Laura Hirvi (Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta ed.)
Translated by Matthew Billington

In my dissertation I compared the Sikh experience in Finland and California. While working on my dissertation I was often asked why I chose this particular subject. It's a long story, but it all began when I spent nine months in India as part of my studies in ethnology. I…

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Berlin has always played a significant role in global politics. The city is a major cultural hub, with a magnetic attraction for artists from all over the world. In part this may be a result of Berlin’s conscious policy of attracting global actors in the creative fields, such as artists…

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Fieldwork among the Sikhs. Photo: collection of Laura Hirvi

In this article we have listed the most important publications of Laura Hirvi.

  • 2015 Young Sikhs in Finland: Feeling at Home Nowhere, Everywhere, in Between and Beyond.
  • 2015 "A Suitcase Full of Art": Transnational Mobility Among Berlin-based Visual Artists from Finland.
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