On this page you will find listed research projects of the members of Narrare.

Current Projects

Prof. Mari Hatavara: “Narrating Serious Harm: A Narratological/Victimological Inquiry”, ASLA-Fulbright Research Grant for Senior Scholars, January-May 2024. Located at University of Tennessee, TN, Humanities Center. With Lois Presser, University of Tennessee.

Dr Laura Karttunen & Dr Anna Ovaska: “Words for Care: Literature, Healthcare and Democracy” (“Sanoja terveyden tekijöille: kaunokirjallisuus, terveydenhuolto ja demokratia”), Kone Foundation, 2024–2026. Coordinated by professor Viola Parente-Čapková, University of Turku.

Dr Elise Kraatila: “Age of Uncertainty: Speculative Narratives in 21st-century Fiction and Nonfiction”, Tampere IAS, 20232025.

Dr Hanna-Riikka Roine: Imagine, Democracy! Narrative Fiction as a Tool for Imagining Democracy in Finland”, Kone Foundation, 20232026.

Dr Laura Piippo: “The Novel’s Knowledge – The Changing Roles of Book and Author in Society”, Kone Foundation, 20232024. Coordinated by professor Markku Lehtimäki, University of Turku.

Dr Natalya Bekhta: “After Utopia – Futural Imagination and the Literatures of the Former ‘Second World’”, Tampere IAS, 20222024.

Dr Reeta Eiranen: “Gender, Experience and Ambivalent Nationalism in Nineteenth-century Finland”, Tampere IAS, 2022–2024.

Prof. Mari Hatavara: “Political Temporalities” (POLTE), Academy of Finland,

Dr Saija Isomaa: “The Historical Poetics of Finnish Literature”, Kone Foundation, 2022–2025.

Dr Iida Pöllänen: “The Black Renaissance and Its Nordic Affiliations, Academy of Finland, 2021–2024.

Dr Anna Ovaska: “Reading Experiences of Pain: Enactive and Critical Perspectives on Suffering in Narrative Fiction”, Kone Foundation, 2020–2024.


Recently Finished Projects

Dr Hanna-Riikka Roine: CO-SPEC. Drawing the Possible into the Present: Entanglements of Human and Computer in Speculation”, Academy of Finland, 2020–2023.

Dr Elise Kraatila: “Global-Scale Poetics and Speculative Strategies in Contemporary Fiction., The Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation, 20222023

Dr Laura Piippo: “The Places, Forms, and Value of a Book Object in Digital Environments” The Finnish Cultural Foundation, 1.1.–31.12.2022.

Dr Riikka Rossi: “Arctic Hysteria – Strange Northern Emotions,”, Kone Foundation, 2020–2022.

Dr Maria Mäkelä, prof. Samuli Pekkola & prof Jari Stenvall: “Storytelling in Information Systems Development: A Critical Case Study of the Patient Information System Apotti” (INFOSTORY), Emil Aaltonen Foundation 2019–2022.

Dr Maria Mäkelä (Consortium PI): “Instrumental Narratives: The Limits  of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory” (iNARR), Academy of Finland consortium project together with the Universities of Helsinki and Turku 2018–2022.

Dr Hanna Rautajoki: “European solidarities in turmoil: Relational scaffolding of epistemic work in policy debate” (EUsoil). Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher Project 2018–2021.

Prof. Matti Hyvärinen: “Voices of Democracy: The Will of the People by the People and by Their Representatives” (VODE), Academy of Finland project 2017–2022.

Dr Maria Mäkelä: “Dangers of Narrative: Contemporary Story-Critical Narratology”, Kone Foundation 2017–2020.

Prof. Mari Hatavara (Consortium PI): “The Literary in Life: Exploring the Boundaries between Literature and the Everyday”, Academy of Finland consortium project together with the universities of Helsinki and Jyväskylä 2015–2019.

Dr Saija Isomaa: “Darkening Visions: Dystopian Fiction in Literature and Film”, Kone Foundation 2015–2019.

Dr Maria Mäkelä: ”Voice as Experience: Life-Storying in Contemporary Media”, Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher Project 2014–2018.