Passion and Emotion in Finnish Secondary Schools, 1960-1975

The Breaking of the Emotional Regime in the Final Stages of the Secondary School System

This four-year research project (2020–2023), funded by the Kone Foundation, analyzes the changes that occurred when school students opposed predominant norms and the emotional regime of the education system and the wider society.

By combining the history of emotions with multivocal research data, we aim to study the history of an influential but now mostly forgotten organization and understand the mechanisms behind young people’s social and emotional participation. While building on dialogue and collective reconstruction of the past, the project contributes to current scholarly and public debates about transnational youth activism.

To contact us, please see the page about our project working group (in Finnish).

Brief introduction to our project by Dr Ville Soimetsä

Video published by courtesy of the Cultural Memory and Social Change online course, University of Turku