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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

My Dream

What is there still left for me to dream about? As a researcher I have already achieved many of the things I have worked toward. I have learned to deal with disappointments but also to keep my feet firmly on the ground and my head cool in moments of sudden triumph. I dream that the teachers, researchers and administrators at the University of Helsinki have sufficient resources and peace of mind to develop the many wonderful projects and ideas that this community has produced.

After I completed my doctoral dissertation, I set out to make an old dream come true and started studying screenwriting. I warmly recall the now deceased dramaturg Anja Kolehmainen, who both challenged and inspired her students. The academic world has provided me with so much work that my screenwriting hobbies have been put on hold. It has, however, been extremely healthy to have studied a style of writing with completely different formal rules. Maybe someday…

Researcher on her pier at the lake Salmijärjvi in Vihti. Photo by Hannu Niklander.
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