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Elina Kahla, Principal Investigator

Researcher, Adjunct Professor

  • PL 42 (Unioninkatu 33)

    00014

    Finland

1990 …2021

Research activity per year

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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Elina Kahla is a versatile expert on Russian culture and society, previous director of the Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg, currently liaison manager and researcher at the CoE of Russian Modernisation, affiliated with the Aleksanteri Institute, UH.

Kahla’s research projects include the clash of values and geostrategic shifts in the contemporary world, and the relations of state, church, and society. She is furthermore interested in the soft power strategies implemented in state-sponsored cultural productions. Kahla has authored or co-authored more than hundred publications; edited or translated even more. Her latest publications discuss cults of new Russian saints and memory politics, as well as civil and public religion. Her forthcoming volume tells about the last leader of the Pechenga-Petsamo monastery, hieromonk Paisi. Kahla has received several grants for translations, which include works by Tsvetaeva, Ulitskaya, Vodolazkin. Kahla is editor-in-chief for the art magazine Ikonimaalari, trans. Icon painter.

Curriculum vitae

Erikoisalat:

- venäläinen kirjallisuus, erityisesti varhainen kirjallisuus, hagiografiat, modernismi (Marina Tsvetajeva, Maria Skobtsova), nykykirjallisuus (Ljudmila Ulitskaja, Jevgeni Vodolazkin);

 

- ortodoksinen kulttuurituotanto (kirjallisuus, tv-draama, elokuva, dokumentti)

- ikonitaide ja -teologia

- muistiperintö, erityisesti ortodoksiseen kulttuuriin ja rajapintaan liittyvä, ml. Petsamon luostarin historia

- kirkon ja valtion yhteistyö Venäjällä;venäläiset arvot ja identiteetti

External positions

J.A. Hollon palkintolautakunnan jäsen

1 Apr 2021 → …

Member of the Board, The Association of Finnish Non-fiction Writers

1 Jan 202031 Dec 2022

päätoimittaja, Ikonimaalari

Sep 2017Mar 2019

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • Cultural History
  • 612 Languages and Literature
  • Russian Culture and Literature
  • Translation of fiction
  • Hagiography
  • Gulag Studies
  • 6132 Visual arts and design
  • Iconograpraphy
  • 5141 Sociology
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • State-church relations
  • 614 Theology
  • Russian Orthodox Church

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.
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