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Kirsti Salmi-Niklander

Born May 20, 1957, Joensuu

Master of Arts 1988, licentiate 1991, PhD 2004 (Folkloristics), University of Helsinki

University lecturer in folkloristics 2015–, University of Helsinki
Academy of Finland research fellow 2011–16

Docent in folkloristics, University of Helsinki 2008–
Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher 2005–09
Research associate in folkloristics, University of Helsinki 1989–2003
Assistant archivist, National Archives of Finland 1987
Temporary researcher, Finnish Organisation for Labour Heritage 1985–87
Research themes: interaction between verbal and literary expression, hand-written newspapers, oral history, working-class culture, migrant culture

Publications, research projects and other academic activity

Awards and special achievements:
Award for the best monograph in Labour History 2006

Photo: Mika Federley
Written by Kirsti Salmi-Niklander (Tiia Niemelä, ed.)
Translated by Matthew Billington

Important Cities Near and Far

Uppsala and Liverpool are important cities to me both for their academic contacts and their historical significance. My entire family lived in Uppsala between 1995 and 1999, as did my husband and I with our dachshund for the spring term of 2014. I visited Liverpool John Moores University in 2012 and 2015, when we organised a workshop there with the Fragmented Visions project. I have forged links with researchers of working-class culture and literature at other English universities as well.

In the early 1990s my entire family travelled twice to Canada, where my studies focused on the mining community of Timmins and South Porcupine. As an Academy Research Fellow, I was able to study North American archives once again, and I found a new research topic: the Finnish community of Rockport and Lanesville in Massachusetts, of which extremely extensive archival materials survive. The archival materials are now located at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock, Northern Michigan. Consequently, in recent years I have divided my time between these places.

The Finnish community of Rockport (Cape Ann, Massachusetts) has become a focus of research in recent years. Finns were recruited to the granite quarries at the end the 19th century. Photo by Elana Brink.


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