Seeing the war through a Finnish lens: Representation and Affect in the World War II photographic heritage

Thesis event information

Date and time of the thesis defence

Place of the thesis defence

L6, University of Oulu

Topic of the dissertation

Seeing the war through a Finnish lens: Representation and Affect in the World War II photographic heritage

Doctoral candidate

Master of Arts Tuuli Matila

Faculty and unit

University of Oulu Graduate School, Faculty of Humanities, Archaeology

Subject of study

Archaeology

Opponent

Docent Laura McAtackney, Aarhus University

Custos

Docent Timo Ylimaunu, University of Oulu

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Finnish World War Two Photographs in museums and media

This research examines Finnish official military photograhy from World War Two as cultural heritage. Images are used to create views of the war that have traditionally been rather patriotic in Finland.

Especially in museums, showing difficult images to the public has been avoided. In the photography collection of the Finnish army, there are scenes from concentration camps that Finns established in East Karelia that they occupied during the Continuation war (1941-1944). The collection also includes images that illustrate Finnish cooperation with the Nazis from new angles.

This research examines the potential of these photographs in the critical examination of the Finnish war narrative.
Last updated: 5.5.2022