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Professor Christoph Bernhardt from the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (Erkner/Berlin) will visit Tampere University in mid-October. He has published extensively on the social and environmental history of European cities, and his most recent project deals with socio-spatial disparities in cities in West and East Germany.

Urban Visions and Divisions in the 20th century

Tuesday 15 October 2019, Tampere University, Pinni B Building, B3118



Opening: Marjaana Niemi (Tampere University)

 Christoph Bernhardt (Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Erkner/Berlin)

Socio-spatial disparities in Western and socialist cities, 1945–1989

 Laura Kolbe (University of Helsinki)

Bridging East and West in Kiev 1978 and Tampere 1981: the Golden Age of Finnish-Soviet Twin City

12.00 Lunch

13.15 – 14.30

Chair: Marjatta Hietala (Tampere University)

Tanja Vahtikari (Tampere University)

(Re)producing the nation through exploring the city: urban pedagogy and children’s lived experiences in postwar Helsinki

Matti O. Hannikainen (University of Helsinki)

Visions of growth – an overview of the spatial policies of Finnish towns 1920–1980

The Seminar is organised by the project Experts, Communities and the Negotiation of the Experience of Modernity (Kone Foundation)


Marjaana Niemi

NORDIC MODERNITY AND NOSTALGIA -conference, 11-12 October 2018, Faculty of Social Sciences (History), University of Tampere

The conference Nordic Modernity and Nostalgia, organised by the research project Experts, Communities and the Negotiation of the Experience of Modernity and funded by Kone Foundation, consists of scholarly presentations in which the role of nostalgia is analysed in the modernisation process of Nordic societies: a process often characterised as a decisive break with the past. What kind of tools did nostalgia offer – not only for resisting the tide of modernity or adapting to it but also for guiding the changes that were under way; and how were these tools used by experts, decision-makers as well as the general public: citizens, clients and consumers? What have they felt nostalgic about and how have they negotiated with each other through a variety of discourses, practices, settings and situations?

See the full program: Nordic Modernity and Nostalgia

Conference is organised by the project Experts, Communities and the Negotiation of the Experience of Modernity (funded by Kone Foundation)
Marjaana Niemi <>
Tanja Vahtikari
Henrik Mattjus



The language and practice of change is encoded in the narrative of modernization. The growing body of technocratic experts, town planners, architects, social scientists, utilizing tools such as community interviews, statistics, guidebooks, and visualization of sociological knowledge, were the fuel and the essence of modernization.

The project analyses the mediating mechanisms through which expeHuvilart knowledge was used to manage urban and rural change and the experience of modernity in Finland from the early-twentieth century until the 1950s. Moreover, the project examines how these efforts were contested by other experts and laymen.



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Source of the pictures on these pages: Rakennustaito -journal.