In September 1997 Finnish ethnologists gathered in Helsinki in a seminar with a theme related to recent discussions around Memory and Remembering from the ethnological point of view. The association of Finnish Ethnologists, Ethnos, celebrated its 25th anniversary with this seminar. It was time to look back - and into the future - in order to contemplate the question of what Finnish ethnology has been and what it will be in the future.

In this volume of Ethnologia Fennica we have collected articles revised from four seminar papers with commentaries by experts in the same field. Together they summarize current themes in Finnish ethnological research. Subjects vary from rural villages to urban settings and museums, from remembering to forgetting. The dialogue between the authors of the articles and the commentators represents different views of ethnological research.

Published: 1997-12-31