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Finlandia University Strengthens Role in Finnish and Finnish-American Scholarship

December 17, 2009

HANCOCK, MI - Finlandia University has strengthened its intellectual role in Finnish America by becoming the host university for the Journal of Finnish Studies. The first issue of the Journal generated at Finlandia University, Vol. 13, No. 1, is now in print.

"The Journal of Finnish Studies has been roundly welcomed by Finlandia University," said Finlandia Paloheimo Scholar Beth Virtanen. "The move of the Journal to Finlandia reflects Finlandia's central role in Finnish studies scholarship in North America."

The journal's transition to Finlandia was supported by a grant from Finlandia Foundation National.

The latest Journal contains ten peer-reviewed articles by Finnish and American scholars. The articles, of two types, examine contemporary literary studies as well as scholarly papers presented at the summer 2009 conference, "Finnish- American Immigrants in Transition," hosted by the Institute of Migration at the University of Turku.

The Journal is produced by Beth Virtanen, editor-in-chief, along with co-editor Professor Hanna Snellman of the University of Jyväskylä, and assistant editor and Hilary Joy Virtanen, a doctoral candidate in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Scandinavian Studies program. The current issue's cover art is by retired Finlandia art and design instructor artist Joyce Koskenmaki.

The Kalevala is the theme of the Journal's next issue, a full-color volume illustrated with Kalevala artwork and with articles written by the world's foremost Kalevala scholars. The issue will be published in December 2009 and is supported by a grant from the Kalevalaseura (Kalevala Society) of Helsinki, Finland (, in celebration of the Kalevala's 175th anniversary in 2010.

The Journal of Finnish Studies is published twice yearly in summer and winter. Planned topics of future issues include Finnish-American music, proceedings of Finn Forum IX to be held in May 2010, papers from a 2011 conference on the victims and survivors of Karelia, and others.

The Journal of Finnish Studies was founded in 1997 by Professor Börje Vähämäki, chair of the Finnish Studies Department at the University of Toronto. Under his editorship, twenty-five issues of the Journal were published at the University of Toronto and an international subscription base was developed.

Dr. Beth Virtanen's position at Finlandia University is supported by a grant from the Paloheimo Foundation.

To subscribe to the Journal of Finnish Studies, visit, the website of the Finnish North American Literature Association.

For additional information, please contact Beth Virtanen at 906-487-7511.