Research

Doctoral research 2013-2019 (expected)

Emotional atlas of Finnish railway landscapes: visual heritage, the temporal dimension of change, and critical aesthetics

Photography / Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation.

An excerpt from topographic map shows the original alignment of Helsinki-Turku railway near Koski village from 1898 in black, and the current alignment, from 1989, in purple. (Peruskartta / Grundkarta 1:20 000, sheet 24012 03, 1990, Finnish national land survey)

Helsinki–Turku -railway, Kuovila / Skogböle (peripheral lake and forestry district), 6. March 2017

Helsinki-Turku railway (original alignment), Skogböle träsk, 19. November 2012

Selected publications (chronology)

Chapter contribution: Itälahti, M. (Forecoming, 2020). Distanced visuality, embodied proximity? Literary and photographic images of Finnish travel landscapes from the premodern journey to the railway era. In Darcy White and Chris Goldie (eds.). Proximity and Distance in Northern Landscape Photography: Contemporary Criticism, Curation and Practice. Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld

Itälahti, M. (2018). (Suomalaisen) maiseman mureneva kuvallisuus? (The crumbling pictoriality of Finnish landscape?) [Literature review on MARI MÄKIRANTA, ULLA PIELA & EIJA TIMONEN (2017, Eds.). Näkyväksi sepitetty maa. Näkökulmia Suomen visualisointiin. 321 s. SKS, Helsinki]. Terra 130: 4 (open access)

Itälahti, M. (2017). Metsän lumoa jäljittämässä. (Tracing the charm of the forest) [Literature review on MIKKONEN, JUKKA (2017). Metsäpolun filosofia. 103 s. Niin & Näin, Tampere.] Terra 129:4.

Itälahti, M. (2017). Saippuapala nimeltään esteettinen hyvä. (Soapbar called the aesthetic good) [Literature review on ARTO HAAPALA, KALLE PUOLAKKA & TARJA RANNISTO (2015; toim.). Ympäristö, estetiikka ja hyvinvointi. 190 s. SKS, Helsinki] Terra 129:1.

Chapter contribution: Itälahti, M. (2016). Methodic nostalgia: cultural re-imaginations in post-fossil era. ISantaoja, Minna & Suonpää, Juha (Eds.) Interventions: Visualizing environmental change. Oulanka research station, University of Oulu.

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Liikasenvaara Hill, Kuusamo, September 2014

Paper in refereed journal. Gary McLeod, Tim Hossler, Mikko Itälahti & Tyrone Martinsson (2015): Rephotographic powers – revisiting rephotography at Photomedia 2014, in Photographic powers: Helsinki Photomedia 2014.

Online article. Itälahti, M (2014) The changing prerequisites for the aesthetic experience of railways. Kulttuuriympäristömme.fi. Available in Finnish and Swedish: Rautatien esteettisen kokemuksen muuttuvat edellytykset | Den estetiska upplevelsen av järnvägen och förändringar i dess förutsättningar

Public papers and talks

22.08.2019 Maisemakuvastotutkijoiden tapaaminen, Kylmäpihlaja

26.10.2018 Maantieteen päivät / Annual meeting of Finnish geographers, University of Helsinki. (Paper / presentation)

2.7.2018  “Northern Light: Proximity and distance in northern landscape photography”, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. (Paper / presentation)

23.8.2016 Ympäristöministeriö / Ministry of the environment: Kulttuurimaiseman hoidon neuvottelupäivät, Seinäjoki. (Guest lecture)

30.3.2016 “Helsinki Photomedia 2016: Photographic Agencies and Materialities”, Aalto University, Helsinki (Paper / presentation)

10.12.2015  “Paikan muisti / Muistamisen paikat / Research seminar of literary studies (LTL)”, University of Tampere. (Invited presentation)

29.10.2015 “Annual meeting of Finnish geographers: Muutoksen ekologiat / Ecologies of Change”, University of Tampere. (Paper / presentation)

16.9.2015 Joint conference of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) and the Cosmobilities Network, Santa Maria C.V., Caserta, Italy. (Paper / presentation)

7.8.2015: The XIth IIAA International Summer Conference on Environmental Aesthetics, Lahti. (Paper / presentation)

26.3.2014:  “Helsinki Photomedia 2014: Photographic powers”, Aalto University, Helsinki. (Paper / presentation)

10.9.2014: “Maiseman visuaalinen kertomus ja kulttuurin ympäristösuhde” Somero-opisto. (Invited lecture)

26.2.2014: Arkinen lähiympäristö ja hidas matkustaminen romanttisena kokemuksena. Kallion kävelyfestivaali, Helsinki. (Invited lecture)

26.10.2012: Maantieteen päivät / Annual meeting of Finnish Geographers, University of Helsinki. (Paper / presentation)

4.4.2012:  From Berlin to Tallin by train in 2011, a humanistic travelogue, ”Rail Baltica – Logistics Seminar 2012, Tartu, Estonia. (Invited presentation)

11.6.2011:  From Berlin to Tallin by train in 2011, a humanistic travelogue, Kick off conference for EU project “Rail Baltica Growth Corridor”, Helsinki City Hall. (Invited presentation)