Erika Ruhl Receives Fulbright Award

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

We are pleased to announce that Erika Ruhl (University at Buffalo, SUNY) has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award as part of her dissertation research. Ruhl will spend 9 months – from August 2018 to May 2019 – working with the Kirkko, tila ja muisti project at the University of Oulu with Dr. Sanna Lipkin. Her project is titled, “A Single Mitten: Children’s Identity and Agency in Pre-Modern Finnish Burial Textiles.”

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Photo: Douglas Levere

While some of you may know me from my shorter trips to Oulu and occasional posts on this blog, my name is Erika Ruhl, and I am so honored and to be moving to Oulu as a “Fulbrighter” for the 2018-2019 academic year, as part of my ongoing dissertation research. I am so excited to have you along for the ride!

This trip will not only allow me an extended time to examine and document the archaeological collection, but also the opportunity to spend more time experiencing the wonderful opportunities and activities Oulu has to offer. This truly is the chance of a lifetime, both professionally and personally. I am particularly excited to experience the amazing outdoor activities in and around Oulu, and would love to see the Northern Lights!

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Photo: Sanna Lipkin

I would like to thank both Sanna Lipkin and the Kirkko, tila ja muisti project for their continued support, and look forward to working with you in the coming year!

Read more about Erika and her research:

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