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Elina Hartikainen

  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35)

    00014

    Finland

20172019

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Description of research and teaching

Elina I. Hartikainen is an Academy Research Fellow at Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki (2019-2014). Her research examines the intersection of religion, politics, law, and race in Brazil through a focus on Afro-Brazilian religions. In her past and current research, she has explored this conjuncture through the analysis of the Candomblé religion’s practitioners’ activist engagements with Brazilian state projects of participatory democracy and multiculturalism in Salvador, Brazil. Her Academy of Finland funded research project “Secularism at the Intersection of Race and Religion: Afro-Brazilian Religions and the Prosecution of Religious Intolerance in 21stCentury Brazil” examines how the wide-spread adoption of “multicultural legal instruments” in Brazil has influenced efforts to prosecute acts of religious intolerance against Afro-Brazilian religions in the city of Rio de Janeiro in order to develop an anthropological understanding of the intersectional construction of religion and race in secular governance and law. Theoretically and methodologically, her research draws on a combination of socio-cultural and linguistic anthropological approaches to political and legal processes.

She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and MAs in Anthropology from the University of Helsinki and Social Sciences and Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Previously, she was a Core Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2016-2019), and Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Anthropology in the University of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (2013-2016).

She is the coordinator of the University of Helsinki Linguistic Anthropology Workshop, and an editor at Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society. 

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, Ph.D., Univ Chicago

Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • Linguistic and Semiotic Anthropology
  • Religion and Politics
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Identity Politics
  • Race
  • Brazil
  • Candomblé
  • Legal Anthropology

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

Publications

Open Access

Candomblé and the Academic's Tools: Religious Expertise and the Binds of Recognition in Brazil

Hartikainen, E. I., Dec 2019, In : American Anthropologist. 121, 4, p. 815-829 15 p.

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Evaluating faith after conversion: Arguments in religious media on the place of religious expertise in asylum appeals in Finland

Hartikainen, E., 28 Oct 2019, In : Approaching Religion. 9, 1-2, p. 41-56 16 p.

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A politics of respect: Reconfiguring democracy in Afro-Brazilian religious activism in Salvador, Brazil

Hartikainen, E. I., Feb 2018, In : American Ethnologist. 45, 1, p. 87-99 13 p.

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Editorial: on open access publishing

Graan, A., Hartikainen, E. I., Kallinen, T. P., Laakkonen, V., Tammisto, T. A. W., Tuominen, P. & Eräsaari, M. A., 1 Aug 2018, In : Suomen Antropologi. 43, 1, p. 1-5 5 p.

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Activities

ON TIME: THE BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE FINNISH ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY (FAS 2019)

Elina Hartikainen (Member of organizing committee)
29 Aug 201930 Aug 2019

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

Member of evaluation committee for doctoral defense

Elina Hartikainen (Supervisor)
8 Oct 2019

Activity: Examination typesMember of doctoral thesis committee / follow-up group

Salvador

Elina Hartikainen (Visiting researcher)
30 Mar 201813 Apr 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Politics of Participation

Elina Hartikainen (Chair of organizing committee)
18 Oct 201819 Oct 2018

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

Press / Media

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Elina Hartikainen

25/10/2019

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