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 new contextual layers of meanings. Additionally memories and interpretations of the past are always more or less responsive to power negotiations.

The theme issue presents current oral history and life story studies in Finland and its close neighbors Sweden, Estonia and Latvia. In these countries oral history research often means in practice the combining of theories and methods of oral history, life stories as well as memory studies and also the use and reuse of multiple types of sources (e.g. oral history interviews, written life stories, thematic life writings, visual materials). The theme issue also aims to provide a critical methodological discussion on the possibilities and difficulties related to the multidisciplinary use of various sources in oral history research.

The theme issue includes following articles:


  • Anne Heimo:Nordic-Baltic oral history on the move
  • Ene Kõresaar & Kirsti Jõesalu:Post-Soviet memories and ‘memory shifts’ in Estonia
  • Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen and Ulla Savolainen: The interplay of memory and matter: narratives of former Finnish Karelian child evacuees
  • Baiva Bela, Ieva Garda Rozenberga and Māra Zirnīte:Migratory memories between Latvia and Sweden
  • Malin Thor Tureby and Jesper Johansson: Narratives from multi-cultural Sweden: positioning and identification in immigrant collections at the archive of the Nordic Museum 1970–2015>
  • Miika Tervonen: Going from house to house: exploring Roma encounters in rural Finland through oral history and written reminiscences

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