International guest lectures in Helsinki

ERA-NET RUS.Plus-project “LIVINGMEMORIES – Living together with difficult memories and diverse identities” ( organizes two guest lectures in collaboration with the research seminar in Folklores Studies: Dr Nona Shahnazarian (National Academy of Sciences, Armenia): Traumatic Experience and Coping Mechanism: The Case of Conflicting Memories after Late-Soviet Pogroms in Azerbaijan Thursday 30.11. 14-16, Metsätalo (Unionink. 40) lecture room 8 Nona Shahnazarian is Associate Researcher at The National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia and Center for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg, Russia. She was a foreign visiting fellow at UCLA on Fulbright program (2006-2007), at SRC Hokkaido university, Japan (2011-2012), at


LivingMemories Presentations in “The Baltic states at 99: Past, Present and Future” Conference, June 19-21, Riga

In The 12th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe, “The Baltic states at 99: Past, Present and Future”, held in Riga, Latvia  June 19-21 members of the LivingMemories research project give presentations. There are two theme sessions focusing on the project and in addition, researcher of the project give presentations in other sessions (“Memory, Theatre and Cinema” and “Queering the Baltic Pasts). See conference programme–


Difficult Memories – Dialogues with the Past and Future Challenges Symposium in Helsinki on August 2nd

Symposium organized by ERA-NET RUS.Plus-project “LIVINGMEMORIES – Living together with difficult memories and diverse identities” University of Helsinki, Main building, Lecture Hall 5 (Fabianinkatu 33) * Wednesday 2 August, 10.15.–16.00 10.15. Opening words: Kirsti Salmi-Niklander, co-ordinator of LIVINGMEMORIESproject 10.30. Prof. Barbara Törnqvist-Plewa (Lund University): Cosmopolitan memory, European politics of memory and local memories in East Central Europe LIVINGMEMORIES – Team presentations: 11.30: Gulsina Selyaninova (Perm National Research Polytechnic University): Sociocultural trauma: the problem of Soviet Society`s adaptation to it (1929–1953) 12.00: Hülya Şimga & Gülru Göker (Koc University): Gendering Peace. Perspectives from Turkey 12.30: Vita Zelče & Marita Zitmane

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November 2016 Workshop: Difficult Memories – Defining some Key Terms

Here are the fruits of our wonderful workshop in November 2016. By clicking the link below you will be able to see thoughts and definitions around such key terms as: Dialogue                Historical Truth Effects               Trauma   Dark Heritage               Silence                    Respectful Resistance Our warmest thanks to all participants and especially to the projects: Lapland’s Dark Heritage ( and Traumatized Borders: Reviving Subversive Narratives of B/Order, and Other (  

Writings & Publications

Nordic-Baltic Special issue of Oral History Journal 44(2)

Editors: Anne Heimo (University of Turku, Finland), Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen (University of Tampere, Finland) & Ulla Savolainen (University of Helsinki, Finland) Memories travel and are always multi-sited and multi-timed accounts connecting the past, the present and the future. The special issue of Oral History Journal 44(2) concentrates on travelling of both people and memories across time, place and different media. The focus is on the memories, experiences and expressions of migration and mobility as well as on the inevitable multi-sitedness of memory in the Nordic-Baltic context. When people move and when social and political situations change, memories are always given


Workshop ”Difficult memories – Key terms” in Helsinki

Venue: University of Helsinki, AUD II, Main building (Unioninkatu 34) Time: Friday 4 November 2016, 10-16 The research project “LIVINGMEMORIES – Living together with difficult memories and diverse identities”  is funded by Academy of Finland and the ERA.Net RUS Plus-initiative 2015-2017. The project organizes an interdisciplinary workshop focused on the key terms related with the project theme. In the workshop we will discuss different definitions of these key terms and their value as research tools. How can we utilize them to conceptualize and contextualize our research topics? Registration: Please inform about your participation by Monday 31 October to Kirsti

Writings & Publications

Remedy for memory

A Small Ginkgo Tree in Tallinn Commemorating a Complex History Riikka Taavetti “Here grew a mighty ginkgo tree which a German soldier, Theodor C.*, chopped down in year 1943 to protect the entrance to the harbour. His son, Dirk C., and grandson, Fabian C., planted on 27th of June, 2016, a new tree in the honour of Estonian independence. Let this tree be a marking of Estonian-German friendship and peace.” The text above is engraved in Estonian and German on a small metallic plate attached to a stone. Next to the stone there is a small tree, a ginkgo,


Riga Summer School 2016, August 6–18

Riga Summer School 2016 took place in Riga, Latvia August 6–18, 2016. Riga Summer School 2016 was organized for the sixth time by University of Latvia, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Communication Studies. This year’s topic of the summer school was “Living Together with Difficult Memories and Diverse Identities” or “LIVINGMEMORIES” due to the summer school’s cooperation with identically titled international social science and humanities research project. Seventeen students from China, Nepal, Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Latvia were working together on short documentary films. Students of Riga Summer School 2016 were an opportunity to attend