Department of World Cultures 2010-2017

  • Finland

Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The Department of World Cultures was launched on 1 January 2010. The department comprises four former departments:

  • Institute for Asian and African Studies
  • Department of Classical Philology
  • Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies
  • Department of Comparative Religion

From this foundation the new department aims to deepen its special competence as an institution of Interdisciplinary teaching and research, where the teaching is based on high-quality research.The Department of World Cultures is uniquely placed in teaching many rare languages and cultures as the sole academic institution in Finland.

The aim of the Department of World Cultures is

  • to research the languages, cultures, societies and religion both contemporary and past in various regions of the world (Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America, the Nordic countries, Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific)
  • to develop theories and methods of area and cultural studies as well as language research
  • to educate experts in these language and cultural regions for the needs of society
  • to function as a visible opinion leader in the disciplines in question within the surrounding society.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.



Open Access

Beltaine, kelttien vappu?

Ritari, K., Apr 2020

Research output: Other contribution

Casa pompeiana di M. Lucrezio: Percorsi degli oggetti tra scavi, archivi e depositi nell’anno 1847

Berg, R., Jul 2020, Miniere della memoria. Scavi in archivi, depositi e biblioteche. Giulierini, P., Coralini, A. & Calandra, E. (eds.). All'insegna del Giglio, p. 81-96 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Editorial Overview: Indigenous Conceptualizations of "Sustainability"

Virtanen, P. K., Siragusa, L. & Guttorm, H., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 43

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Famines in Mnemohistory and National Narratives in Finland and Ireland, c. 1850-1970

Forsberg, H., 2020, 2020 ed. Helsinki: Helsingin yliopisto, Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta. 212 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisCollection of Articles

Open Access


Hunger Crises in the Europen Periphery

Andy Newby (Invited speaker), Antti Häkkinen (Invited speaker), Henrik Forsberg (Invited speaker), Miikka Voutilainen (Invited speaker), Cormac Ó Gráda (Invited speaker), Jari Eloranta (Speaker)
27 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Studia Celtica Fennica (Journal)

Andy Newby (Editor in chief)
1 Feb 2020 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Histories of Death: An International Symposium

Andy Newby (Speaker: Presenter)
19 Feb 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Nordic Horizons - "Letter from Finland"

Andy Newby (Participant)
29 Mar 2020

Activity: Other activity typesOther


Nuorten Tiedeakatemia: Tutkija tavattavissa

Riikka Tuori (Speaker)
Apr 2020 → …

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Jääkö EU Kiinan ja USA:n jalkoihin? ”Syytä olla huolissaan”

Elina Sinkkonen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Suomalaiselle tieteen kielelle on oma pankki

Antti Ijäs


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Radio Yle1 Kulttuuriykönen ohjelmassa vierailu

Katja Ritari


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kina vill forma om berättelsen om coronakrisen

Elina Sinkkonen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media