Konferenssit ja seminaarit

Nordic Modernity and Nostalgia


University of Tampere, 11–12 October, 2018



Thursday 11 October

10:15–10:30 Opening, Marjaana Niemi (Virta K109, Åkerlundinkatu 5)

10:30–12:15 Keynote lectures (Virta K109)

Deborah Sugg Ryan (University of Portsmouth), ’The Kitchens of the Nations’: Modernity, Nostalgia and the Future of the Kitchen in the Twentieth Century

Kirsi Saarikangas (University of Helsinki), Imagined and remembered neighbourhoods. Built and lived suburban environments in the 1950s and 1960s


12:15–13:30 Lunch break


13:30–15:00 Session I (Pinni B4115, Kanslerinrinne 1)

Chair: Pirjo Markkola (University of Tampere)

Helen Sooväli-Sepping (Tallinn University), Swedish welfare model in Soviet towns – ABC centres as carriers of identities in blockhouse micro-districts, Tallinn, Estonia

Jussi Lahtinen (University of Tampere), 1970s social novels and the experience of ill-being in the early welfare state

Saila Heinikoski (University of Turku), Nordic nostalgia for Cold-War neutrality policy – Contemporary political discourses in Finland and Sweden


15:00–15:30 Coffee


15:30–17:00 Session II (Pinni B4115)

Chair: Barry Doyle (University of Huddersfield)

Marjaana Niemi (University of Tampere), A space torn between its rural past and urban future: Rural-urban fringe in Helsinki

Leonora Lottrup Rasmussen (Aarhus University), Social rights in late 19th Denmark – between the pre-modern and the modern

Anna Huhtala (University of Tampere), Broadside ballads and the public perception of violent and accidental death in Finland in the 1920s and 1930s – Nostalgia in the modern culture of death?


19:00– Dinner (for speakers and chairs)


Friday 12 October

10:00–11:30 Session III (Pinni B4115)

Chair: Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto (University of Jyväskylä)

Hannele Kuitunen (University of Tampere), I miss my city – Stories about homes in the middle of the post war city renewal in Finland

Christoffer Holm (Åbo Akademi University),”Something new in place of the glowing metal”. “Lost modernity” and nostalgic reactions through structural change

Tanja Vahtikari (University of Tampere), “Faster, ever faster the wheels of progress turn, harder and harder is it to keep up with it!” Nostalgic modernity of the post-war Finnish historical pageantry


11:30–12:30 Lunch break


12:30–14:30 Session IV (Pinni B4115)

Chair: Sami Suodenjoki (University of Tampere)

Maja Willén (Stockholm University), Creating the modern dream home: “Nostalgic restoration” of fin the siècle housing in 21st century Stockholm

Henrik Mattjus (University of Tampere), Framing nostalgia or constructing modernity? Ethnographic gaze in the photography of rural housing during 1920s and 1930s

Hanna Tyvelä (University of Tampere), Finnish day care center architecture from 1973 to 1991 – the welfare policy and equality development of the formative welfare state era

Ainur Elmgren (University of Helsinki), Lost Land of Bliss – Imagined Temporalities of the Nordic Welfare State


The workshop is organised by the project Experts, Communities and the Negotiation of the Experience of Modernity, funded by Kone Foundation.

The event is open to all and free to attend.


Marjaana Niemi <>
Tanja Vahtikari

Henrik Mattjus