EDUCATION

  • Doctor of Philosophy 26.11.2008, University of Joensuu, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Foreign Languages and Translation Studies. Major subject: Russian language and culture. Topic of the dissertation: "Preferred Realities: Soviet and Post-Soviet Amateur Art in Novorzhev".
  • Master of Arts 7.2.2003, University of Joensuu, Faculty of Humanities, Foreign Languages Department. Major subject: Russian language and culture. Minor subjects: Psychology, Women's Studies and Philosophy. Topic of pro gradu thesis: "Opyt primeneniia psihologicheskogo analiza k poeme Venedikta Erofeeva "Moskva- Petushki" [Applying a psychological method to the interpretation of Venedikt Erofeev's novel-poem "Moskva-Petushki"].

EMPLOYMENT

Present employment

  • 1.1.2013-31.10.2014 Post-doctoral fellow, Drawing Lines: Soviet and Post-Soviet Cultural Representations of Borders in the Pskovian Amateur Art. Writing Cultures and Traditions at Borders – Academy of Finland funded project, SA131578 (2010-2014).

Previous academic employments

  • 1.1.2010-31.12.2012 Post-doctoral fellow, Virtual Frontiers: Russian Border Guard Poems Online – University of Eastern Finland funded post-doctoral research project (2010-2012).
  • 8.10.2011-8.9.2012 Maternity leave
  • 1.9.-31.12.2010 Post-doctoral fellow, University of Tromsø, Norway. Zooming in - Zooming out: Politics of Photographic Aesthetics across Finnish-Russian Borders in the 1930s. Border Aesthetics reseach project – Supported by the KULVER programme of the Norwegian Reseach Council.
  • 1.11.-2008-31.12.2009 Post-doctoral fellow, Preferred Origins: Post-Soviet Representations of Karelianess in Russian Amateur Writings (A Case of Sortavala, Russian Karelia). Representations of Locality in Soviet and Russian Contexts – Academy of Finland funded project, SA114972 (2007-2010).
  • 1.12.2007-30.10.2008 Scholarship researcher, University of Joensuu. A scholarship from the Kone Foundation.
  • 1.1.2006-30.11.2007 Researcher, University of Joensuu. Founded by the Finnish Graduate School for Russian and Eastern European Studies (coordinated by Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)
  • 1.1.-31.12.2005 Scholarship researcher, University of Joensuu. A scholarship from Kone Foundation.
  • 1.1.–31.12.2004 Scholarship researcher, University of Joensuu. A scholarship from the University of Joensuu, Faculty of Humanities.

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • 6.-8.11.2013 Boder Code, Joensuu, Finland. Displaced Borders: Written Borderline between Pskov Province and Chechnya.

  • 6.11.2013 Filmborders II: A Russian Glance at Borders, Joensuu, Finland. Liminal spaces and border crossings in the film Time Out / Ya Ostayus'

  • 22.5.2013 Perspectives on Culture, History and Traditions at Borders: Possibilities for cultural co-operation and exchange at the Finnish, Norwegian and Russian borders - VERA Day, Joensuu. Finland. Virtual Frontiers: Russian Border Guard Poems Online.
  • 10.-13.4.2013 Association for Borderlands Studies -conference, Denver, CO, USA. Virtual Frontiers: Russian Border Guard Poems Online.
  • 30.1.2013 Filmborders, Joensuu, Finland. "Born American" heating the Cold War in the 1980s.
  • 22.10.2012 Filmborders – Filmgrenser, Tromsø, Norway. "Born American" heating the Cold War in the 1980s.
  • 5.-7.9.2012 Border Aesthetics - International Conference, Tromsø, Norway. Zooming in - Zooming out: Politics of Photographic Aesthetics across Finnish-Russian Borders in the 1930s.
  • 28.-29.5. 2011 IX Finnish Symposium on Russian and Easr European Studies (VIEPÄ), Joensuu, Finland. Poster at the Karelian Institute's 40th Anniversary Exhibition. Virtual Frontiers: Russian Border Guard Poems Online.
  • 17.2.2011 Karelian Institute's Reseach Seminar, Joensuu, Finland. Russian Border Guard's Self-Writing Online: Breaking Down the Soviet Cult of Heroism?
  • 16.3.2011 Guest Lecture at the University of Tromsø, Norway. Faceless Gatekeepers? Russian Border Guards' Poems Online.
  • 25.10.2010 Filmborders – Filmgrenser, Tromsø, Norway. Borders and Crossovers in the Film "The Border 1918" (Raja 1918).
  • 6.-9.10.2010 Challenging Colonialism and Homogenizing Modernity: Theory, Methodology and Literary Analysis, Tromsø, Norway. Russian Border Guards' Self-Writing Online.
  • 27.9.2010 Border Aesthetics Reading Group: Manuscript Workshop, Tromsø, Norway. Pictures beyond Border Poles: Visual Bordering of North-West Russia in the 1930s.
  • 26.-31.7.2010 ICCEES 2010 World Congress, Stockholm, Sweden. Drawing Lines: Soviet and Post Soviet Cultural Representations of Borders in the Pskovian Amatuer Art.
  • 27.-29.3.2010 BASEES Conference, Cambridge, UK. Virtual Frontiers: Russian Border Guards' Poems Online.
  • 8.-9.3.2010 VIII Symposium for Russian and East European Studies, Helsinki. What Rhymes with Kalashnikov? Russian Border Guard Poems Online.
  • 21.1.2010 Writing at Borders, Joensuu. Virtual Frontiers: Russian Border Guard Poems Online.
  • 11.-12.12.2009 IV Kulttuurintutkimuksen päivät, Jyväskylä. Karjala sosialismin ja realismin silmin [Karelia through the lens of socialism and realism].
  • 12.-15.11.2009 The 41st National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), Boston. Amateur Writing in Provincial Russia.
  • 29.-31.10.2009 9th Annual Aleksanteri Conference "Cold War Interactions Reconsidered", Helsinki. Toivo Vähä – Ivan Petrov: "The last man standing on the far side of the world".
  • 5.-6.6.2009 Europe beyond East-West Division: The 40th Anniversary Conference of the University of Joensuu, Joensuu. "USSR in Construction": 15-year anniversary of the Karelian ASSR (1935)
  • 28.-31.5.2009 Russkoe pole: vzgliad iz-za rubeza – Russian field: A View from Abroad), St. Petersburg. Predpochtitel'nye real'nosti: Sovetskoe i postsovetskoe liubitel'skoe iskusstvo na Rossiiskoi periferii [Preferred Realities: Soviet and Post Soviet Amateur Art in the Peripheral Russia]
  • 12.-13.12.2007 Encountering the Russian North, Joensuu. Borders in Construction: Soviet and Post-Soviet Cultural Representations of the Border in the Pskovian Amateur Art.
  • 15.-18.11.2007 The 39th National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), New Orleans. Novorzhev in Construction: Amateur Artists Representing Communal Realities.
  • 29.8.-2.9.2006 Summerfolk: Summer Dwellers and Summer Dwellings in the Baltic Area, Repino (Russia).Summerfolk as Maecenas: New Dachniks Reshaping Russian Villages (and Villagers).
  • 30.3.-31.3.2006 VI Symposium for Russian and East European Studies, Rovaniemi. Centrally Planned Photographs: Soviet Imperial and Paternal Rhetoric in the Periphery.
  • 7.10.2005 Post-Soviet Readings of Texts: Demystifying Russianness / Teksty v postsovetskom prochtenii: demistifikatsiia "russkosti", Joensuu. Narrating and Re-narrating the Local Story in Different Decades: The Visual and Textual Awakenings of Locality in Soviet and Post-Soviet Countryside.
  • 6.10.2005 Kielen-, kirjallisuuden- ja kulttuurintutkimuksen teoriaa: Venäläiset formalistit ja Mihail Bahtin, Joensuu. Tzvetan Todorovia soveltaen: Yhteisöllinen kertomus konstruktiona [Applying Tzvetan Todorov in practice: Community narrative as construction].
  • 15.–18.9.2005 XX Fetovskie chteniia: Mir russkoi provintsii: lokal'nye teksty, Kursk. Sotsial'no-konstruktsionnyi potentsial lokal'nykh narrativov: Provintsial'naia Rossiia v poiskakh novoi deistvitel'nosti i identichnosti [The Social Constructive Power of Local Narratives – Provincial Russia in search of new realities and identities].
  • 15.–18.9.2005 XX Fetovskie chteniia: Kruglyi stol: Problemy terminologii russkoi provintsii, Kursk Vzgliad finskogo issledovatelia na rossiiskuiu provintsiiu [A view of Finnish researcher to the provincial Russia].
  • 25.–28.8.2005 Visual Culture: 4th seminar in the series "Cultural Studies in a Post-Soviet Context"(NorFa), Tallinn. "Eternal Sunday" – The visual image of Soviet and post-Soviet periphery (Novorzhev district, Pskov province).
  • 17.–18.3.2005 V Symposium for Russian and East European Studies, Tampere. Samodeiatel'nost' or Liubitel'stvo? – Soviet and Post-Soviet Amateur Art in Focus.
  •  29.–30.10.2004 XXII Valtakunnallinen yleisen historian tutkijaseminaari, Joensuu. Menneen (re)konstruktioista tulevan konstruktioiksi: novorzhevilaisten muistitiedosta. [From (re)construction of the past to the construction of the future: Novorzhevian oral history].
  • 25.–26.11.2004 Fictionality of Non-Fictionality: Literary Constructs and Historical Contexts, Tampere. The Social Constructive Power of Local Narratives.
  • 21.–22.10.2004 Transboundary Landscapes –seminar, Pori. Landscape and its constructions: Photographs reproducing a shared locality.
  • 11.–12.3.2004 IV Symposium for Russian and East European Studies, Joensuu. Local text as a self-defence mechanism and survival technique: A case study of Pskov province, town of Novorzhev.

 

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

  • 30.1.-23.4.2013 Organizing Filmborders -series in Joensuu together with Tuulikki Kurki (WCTB reseach project) and in co-operation with VERA and the North Karelian Regional Film Association. The series introduced films about national, topographical, and symbolic borders. Each viewing included a short introduction to the film, and chaired discussion after the film.
  • 28.-29.5.2011 Organizing an international conference together with Dr. joni Virkkunen, IX Finnish Conference on Russian and East European Studies (VIEPÄ), Joensuu, Finland.
  • 2008-2009 Editing a conference publication together with Natalia Baschmakoff, The Dacha Kingdom: Summer Dwellers and Dwellings in the Baltic Area (2009), Edited by Natalia Baschmakoff and Mari Ristolainen. Aleksanteri Papers 3/2009. Helsinki: Kikimora Publications.
  • 15.-18.11.2007 Organizing a panel on grassroots potential in small-town Russia in the 2007 annual AAASS (American Association of Advancement of Slavic Studies) conference in New Orleans.
  • 25.-26.10.2007 Planning and co-teaching with Meri Kulmala a course for the Russian and East-European master's program: Small-Town Russia and the Grassroots Potential on the Borderlines – intensive course, Joensuu.
  • 24.10.2007 Organizing an international seminar together with Meri Kulmala, Russian Periphery – Is It Worth Researching? Helsinki.
  • 1.6.-31.7.2007 Editing a conference publication together with Natalia Baschmakoff and Paul Fryer, Texts and Communities: Soviet and Post-Soviet Life in Discourse and Practice. Edited by Natalia Baschmakoff, Paul Fryer and Mari Ristolainen. Aleksanteri Papers 4/2007, Kikimora Publications.
  • 29.8.-2.9.2006 Organizing an international seminar in Russia, Summerfolk: Summer Dwellers and Summer Dwellings in the Baltic Area, Repino.
  • 7.10.2005 Organizing an international seminar in Finland, Post-Soviet Readings of Texts: Demystifying Russianness / Teksty v postsovetskom prochtenii: demistifikatsiia "russkosti", Joensuu.

 

STUDIES AND RESEARCH WORK ABROAD

Past Research Work

  • 1.9.-31.12.2010, Visiting Scholar, University of Tromsø, Norway. Border Poetics Research Group: Johan Schimanski and Stephen Wolfe.
  • 13.–20.9.2005 Researcher Training and Research Work, St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts. Supervisor: Prof. A.F. Belousov.
  • 12.–18.6.2005 Researcher Training and Research Work, Pskov. Supervisor: Prof. Natalia Baschmakoff.
  • 31.3.–20.4.2005 Researcher Training and Research Work, St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts. Supervisor: Prof. A.F. Belousov.
  • 15.3.-15.4.2004. Researcher Training and Research Work, St. Petersburg and Novorzhev.
  • 1.2.-15.3.2004. Studies and Research Work, St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philology. Supervisors: Prof. E.V. Dushechkina and Prof. A.F. Belousov.

Past Studies

  • 1996-1999 Studies in Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University, Faculty of Psychology.
  • 1995-1996 Pre-University Program, Russian Language for Academic Proposes. Pushkin Institute of Russian Language, Moscow.

 

SCIENTIFIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND GRANTS

  • A Fulbright grant for a semester at the University of Arizona. Reseach work in cooperation with Professor Adele Barker at the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies. NB! I lost this grant due to my pregnangy and childbirth.
  • 2006 A second year scholarship from the Kone Foundation for post-graduate studies.
  • 2005 A scholarship from the Kone Foundation for post-graduate studies.
  • 2004 Russian Government's scholarship for studies in St. Petersburg State University.
  • 2003 A scholarship from Joensuun Yliopiston Tukisäätiö for students that have graduated quicker and with better grades than average.
  • 2003 A scholarship from Onnenmäki Säätiö for a student of Karelian origin and for supporting Karelian culture.

 

POSITIONS OF TRUST

  • 2010- Board member of the Finnish Association for Russian and East European Studies.
  • 2008-2009 Member of the executive board of Joensuun Venäjän Ystävät [Friends of Russia in Joensuu Association].

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Finnish – mother tongue
  • Russian (reading, writing, speaking) – excellent
  • English (reading, writing, speaking) – excellent
  • Swedish (reading, writing, speaking) – good