In the Bogs of Joukahainen and Väinämöinen : The Alchemies of Peat from Sacred to Profane and Back
Pusa, Tiina; Haapalainen, Riikka; Sederholm, Helena (2023)
Pusa, T., Haapalainen, R., & Sederholm, H. (2023). In the Bogs of Joukahainen and Väinämöinen – The Alchemies of Peat from Sacred to Profane and Back. Research in Arts and Education, 2023(1), 55–68. https://doi.org/10.54916/rae.126192
Julkaisun pysyvä osoite on
Peat bogs play a special role in Finnish cultural history, climate policy, economic life, and art. This article examines the performative meaning-making of peat and aims to rewrite with and through art and cultural heritage the human-centered endeavors of peatland and to create parallel ways of being with the materiality of peat. The article consists of three partly intertwined discourses: 1) the mythical pre-modern bog scene found, 2) this scene transformed in modern times into a site of control and profit, and 3) human-centered peat work is challenged by the demands of climate actions, the Anthropocene, and the posthuman landscape.