Kirsti Salmi-Niklander, PhD, is an Academy Research Fellow and a docent in Folklore Studies, University of Helsinki. Her doctoral thesis, Self-Education and Rebellion (2004, in Finnish), is a case study of oral-literary traditions of working-class youth in the industrial town Karkkila during the 1910s and the 1920s. In her post-doctoral project she has studied handwritten newspapers as an alternative medium in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Finland. Her current research projects are concerned with oral-literary practices among nineteenth-century students, among Finnish working-class writers, and in Finnish immigrant communities in North America.
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