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Saila Poutiainen, University of Helsinki, Finland(homepage)
The following is a synopsis of an interview (conducted by Todd Sandel) with Saila in June, 2012, while attending the “Ethnography of Communication: Ways Forward” Conference, in Omaha, Nebraska at Creighton University. To listen to the audio of this interview click here.
- Can you tell me a little about yourself? Where did you study, and what is your current position?
I studied both in Finland and the United States. I have a master’s degree in Speech Communication from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. In the early 90s I met Donal Carbaugh in Finland. After studying traditional intercultural communication in Finland, the way he studied from an LSI perspective made sense. Thus I went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I completed the PhD and wrote a dissertation, “Finnish Cultural Discourses about Mobile Phone Communication” (2007). While writing the dissertation I was working at the University of Helsinki, which is my current position. I am one of two faculty who teach speech communication at the BA and MA levels.
- What piece was inspirational to you as an LSI scholar and researcher?
- What questions you are currently exploring?
- What do you see are ways forward for you personally, or LSI scholarship in general?
I’m looking at this from a Finnish perspective, and see this as a missing perspective in Finland, and am bringing in this literature to studies of interpersonal and mediated communication.
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