Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Leinonen, Johanna
Organisation Migration Institute of Finland
Project title Postmemory of Family Separation: An Intergenerational Perspective
Decision No. 325243
Decision date 24.05.2019
Funding period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Funding 480 000
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Project description
The project examines the intergenerational memories and effects of family separation by focusing on 2nd and 3rd generation persons whose familiesí pasts include forced migration, persecution, and deportations. The groups studied are Ingrians and Finnish Americans, whose parents and/or grandparents experienced forced migration after the Russian Revolution, in the Stalin era, and World War II in the Soviet Union. We study to what extent memories of family separation have been transmitted over generations and how family separation influences family structures, quality of relationships, and emotional wellbeing of the 2nd and 3rd generation. The project develops the concept of postmemory, which is family memory regarding difficult events of the past, (re)created by the 2nd and 3rd generation. The data consist of biographical interviews and survey data. The project produces highly applicable research results that will have direct relevance for e.g. experts working with migrant families.