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Elina Kahla, Principal Investigator

Researcher, Adjunct Professor

  • PL 42 (Unioninkatu 33)

    00014

    Finland

1990 …2020

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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

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

1 Jan 202031 Dec 2022

päätoimittaja, Ikonimaalari

Sep 2017Mar 2019

Fields of Science

  • 612 Languages and Literature
  • Russian Culture and Literature
  • Translation of fiction
  • Hagiography
  • Gulag Studies
  • 614 Theology
  • Orthodox Church and Society
  • Church and State studies
  • Hagiography
  • 6132 Visual arts and design
  • Iconograpraphy
  • 5141 Sociology
  • Russian and East European Studies

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

Publications

Petsamon marttyyri ja maailman pohjoisin luostari

Kahla, E., 20 Mar 2020, 1 ed. Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. 319 p. (Kirjokansi; no. 225)

Research output: Book/ReportBookGeneral public

Butovon uusmarttyyrien muisto

Kahla, E. M. T., 11 Mar 2019, In : Ikonimaalari. 01/2019, p. 64-75 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Euroopan uskonnontutkijat Tartossa 25.-29.6.2019

Kahla, E., Penttilä, M. & Aitamurto, K., Sep 2019, In : Idäntutkimus. 3/2019, p. 114-116 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientific

From V. Shalamov’s Kolyma Tales to E. Vodolazkin’s Aviator – Choice and Literary Theosis?

Kahla, E. M. T., 2019, (In preparation) Religion, State and Society. Routledge

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

Jumalan paluu Venäjälle: Resurging God in Russia

Kahla, E., 12 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) Jaana Hallamaa & Timo Koistinen (toim.), Jumalan paluu 2000-luvulle.. 1 ed. Helsinki, (Teologinen Kirjallisuusseura; vol. 2019, no. 261).

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

Projects

Activities

Kaunokirjallisuuden suomentaminen TRA-354

Elina Kahla (Teacher)
18 Jan 202024 Apr 2020

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination

New female saints of Russia, Russlands hellige kvinner

Elina Kahla (Speaker)
14 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Kääntämisen jälkeen

Elina Kahla (Speaker)
10 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Petsamon luostarin historia

Elina Kahla (Speaker)
20 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

IOTA Conference in Iasi, 2019 (Event)

Elina Kahla (Board member)
9 Jan 2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

Press / Media

Haastattelu HS 20.4.2020

Elina Kahla

20/04/2020

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Miksi Putinilla ja Venäjän ortodoksikirkolla on läheiset välit?

Elina Kahla

01/09/2019

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Heistä tuli pyhiä (haastattelu)

Elina Kahla

28/07/2019

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Haastattelu Deep Helsinki

Elina Kahla

18/02/2019

2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Press / Media