Call for Papers: Heritage and personal memories


The theme of the Ethnologia Fennica 2022 issue (vol. 49:1) will be the shaping and representing of individual lives and memories in heritage and cultural institutions. Today, heritage and cultural institutions such as museums and archives are well aware of their social and political role and strive to increase ecological, cultural, and social sustainability (e.g., Gardner & Hamilton eds. 2017; Janes & Sandell 2019). Therefore, they constantly seek more democratic practices with respect to how people and communities are represented and by whom. One way of achieving these objectives is to increase the use of oral history and life writings in public history activities. Public history, especially in the Nordic context, is connected to earlier traditions such as labor history, social history, and “history from below” (e.g., Ashton & Trapeznik eds. 2019). 

In this issue, we discuss the roles of personal and private memories in heritage and cultural institutions. What kinds of issues should we address when using these materials today? How can we use oral histories, life stories, and personal memories in ethical and culturally and socially sustainable ways? How can we support and secure the representation of multiple and diverse voices? Do people even need to be granted a voice by researchers or heritage professionals? What are the desired and, on the other hand, unwanted consequences of using intimate memories in public history activities? What kinds of participatory and future-oriented methodologies are needed to grasp these kinds of processes?

The 2022:1 issue of Ethnologia Fennica calls for articles that discuss ways of using oral history and personal memories in public history activities and participatory processes. How do applied ethnographic work and ethnological research affect these activities, or how should they affect them? We seek novel and innovative contributions that will expand our understanding of these objectives and diversify uses of individual and personal experiences. 

Please note that in every issue, we also publish articles outside the theme, and you can submit your manuscript at any time. 

Ethnologia Fennica is a peer-reviewed, international open access journal. The journal publishes original scholarly articles, review articles, conference reports, and book reviews written in English. The articles undergo double-blind peer review. The Finnish Publication Forum classifies Ethnologia Fennica as a leading academic journal at Level 2 (on a scale of 0 to 3).

The deadline for submitting article manuscripts is November 30, 2021. Please submit your abstract by June 30, 2021. The deadline for reviews, reports, and commentary texts is in April 2022. The issue will be published in the autumn of 2022.

Please submit your language revised article (which should not exceed 10.000 words) through the submission system ( Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting their manuscript or, if already registered, they can simply log in and begin the submission process. For further information, please see our article guidelines at and our style guide at

Dr Maija Mäki and Dr Tuomas Hovi from the University of Turku will act as visiting Editors-in-Chief for this thematic issue. Contact email: