Mire trend research project

01.01.2020 - 30.06.2023

Research group

The full name of the project: Nakedness, puddles and critical comments: mire trend as changing the cultural heritage
Principal Investigator: PhD, Adjunct Professor Kirsi Laurén
Researchers: PhD Virpi Kaukio, PhD, Adj.Prof. Pauliina Latvala-Harvilahti, PhD Noora Vikman, MA Marjukka Piirainen
Department: School of Humanities, Philosophical Faculty
Research period: 2020-2023
UEF research community: BOMOCULT - Borders, Mobilities and Cultural Encounters

Using the methods of humanistic environmental research, this multidisciplinary project is exploring new and unconventional uses of nature that are changing the cultural heritage of mires.

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Main funder

Kone Foundation

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Organization

School of Humanities, Philosophical Faculty

Group description

In this project, researchers are examining the changes in the ways that mires and peatlands are utilized today, and how these changes are affecting the human-environment relationship. According to the trend of the 2000s, environmental, commenting art, and various culture and sport events related to mires have increased. Leaving mires in their natural state and the restoration of ditched mires are also representations of the trend that emphasizes a protective use of nature. These ways of using mires reflect a significant changes in the cultural relationship with nature, and the cultural heritage associated with mires. The central research questions of the project are: What is the mire trend like, and how does it influence the construction of a new cultural heritage?

The findings of the research project: 1) reveal the cultural forms of the mire trend, their influence on the values, attitudes and meanings of nature, and how they remodel the cultural heritage of mires; 2) provide up-to-date information about the cultural heritage of mires; 3) provide research-based information about the culturally sustainable use of mires; 4) contributes to the multidisciplinary and societal debate over the use of mires. Research materials include 21st century writings, illustrations and photos of mires, interviews and observations of participants in sporting and artistic events held on mires, and cultural products drawn from media and literature.

Photo above: Jukka Timonen

Time period

01.01.2020 - 30.06.2023

    LATEST ACTIVITIES 2022

    Publications 2022

    Laurén, K., Kaukio, V. & Latvala-Harvilahti, P. (eds.) 2022: The changing cultural heritage of mires [Soiden muuttuva kulttuuriperintö] in Terra – geographical journal, Vol 134/2. The abstracts are in English.

    Kaukio, Virpi 2022: Taiteilijat suon puolesta. In J. Mikkonen, S. Lehtinen, K. Kortekallio & N-H, Korpelainen (eds.) Ympäristömuutos ja estetiikka. Suomen Estetiikan Seura ry, s. 430-469.

    Scientific presentations by the project researchers 2022

    Kirsi Laurén: 

    • Ympäristökulttuurinen tieto ja luonnon käyttö. Ethnology Days and the Finnish Conference on Cultural Policy Research 2022, March 17-18, 2022, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
    • Suokulttuuri ennen ja nyt. (Rrequested lecture in Webinar.) April 28, 2022. Association for Rural Culture and Education. https://msl.fi/tapahtuma/suokulttuuri-ennen-ja-nyt-webinaari/
    • Liikuttava suo: ruumiinkulttuuri ja suosuhteen muuttuminen. (Poster presentation.) Mire Day, 20th May, 2022, Finnish Peatland Society, Helsinki.
    • Reusing nature: mire sport events as indicators of a change in the human-nature relationship. RE:22 Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference. 13–16 June, Reykjavik, Island.

     

    Pauliina Latvala-Harvilahti:

    • Paikallinen tieto suotaiteessa: elävä perintö ja maiseman kokemuksellisuus. Ethnology Days and the Finnish Conference on Cultural Policy Research 2022, March 17-18, 2022, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
    • Artistic Practices in Mire Landscapes: New Insights Into Past, Present and Future Nature. Nordic Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG), 21-23 April 2022, Oslo. 
    • Suotaiteen välittämä bio- ja geokulttuurinen perintö. Mire Day, 20th May, 2022, Finnish Peatland Society, Helsinki.
    • Artist’s expressions of vulnerable mire landscapes: reflecting the well-being of nature and ecosystem. RE:22 Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference. 13–16 June, Reykjavik, Island.
    • Aspects of Biocultural Heritage. Indigeneity in Europe: Issues and Perspectives. SIEF Place Wisdom Working Group 2022 Inter-Congress Workshop Perth UHI, 27-29 July 2022, Scotland.

     

    Noora Vikman:

    • Suo soikoon – festivaali pitkospuilla. 26th Annual Symposium for Music Scholars in Finland 4-6 May 2022, University of Jyväskylä.

     

    Virpi Kaukio:

    • Suon eläimet luontosuhteen osallisina. Eläimen luonto. The Annual Conference of the Finnish Society for Human-Animal Studies, April 4th–6th, 2022, University of Turku.
    • Elämyksellinen suo (poster presentation). Mire Day, 20th May, 2022, Finnish Peatland Society, Helsinki.
    • Multispecies relationships on the mires. Reforming the cultural heritage of mire landscapes. RE:22 Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference. 13–16 June, Reykjavik, Island.

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  • Marjukka Piirainen
    Marjukka Piirainen

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