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  • PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38)




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Education information

Doctor of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki 2014

Description of research and teaching

Heidi Härkönen is a social and cultural anthropologist specialising on gender, kinship, Cuba and the Caribbean. She currently works as an Academy of Finland Post-Doctoral Reseacher in Social and Cultural Anthropology on a project that explores well-being and social change through a focus on ideas and practices of body, personhood and care in contemporary Cuba. She gained her Doctorate from the University of Helsinki in 2014. Heidi has been a visiting reseacher at the City University of New York Graduate Center, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include gender, kinship, life course, socialism and post-socialism, care, love, well-being, body and personhood.


She has been teaching introductory anthropology courses and given invited lectures on gender, sexuality, kinship, masculinity and ethnographic fieldwork.



Education/Academic qualification

Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology

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


Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship: A Special Section of Feminists@Law

Sorainen, A. M. (ed.) & Härkönen, H. K. (ed.), 30 Mar 2020, (In preparation) In : Feminists@law. 100 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issueScientificpeer-review

Contestations and Complexities of Love in Contemporary Cuba

Härkönen, H., 4 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) Handbook of Love in Cultural and Transcultural Contexts. Mayer, C-H. & Vanderheiden, E. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, 12 p.

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

Contestations of Love and Configurations of Class in Contemporary Cuban Weddings

Härkönen, H., 3 Dec 2019, (Submitted) In : Anthropological Quarterly.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Emerging Margins and Redefinitions of Kinship in Late-Socialist Cuba

Härkönen, H., 2019, (Submitted) In : Feminists@law. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Money, Love, and Fragile Reciprocity in Contemporary Havana, Cuba

Harkonen, H., Jul 2019, In : Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. 24, 2, p. 370-387 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access


Social and Cultural Anthropology (SCA)

Armstrong, K., Autio, P., Crentsil, P., Eräsaari, M., Gross, T., Herrmans, I., Härkönen, H., Kaartinen, T., Kallinen, T., Karttunen, M. L., Keisalo, M. P., Leppänen, A., Lounela, A., Martikainen, T., Mölkänen, J., Partanen, A., Pietilä, T., Siikala, J., Säävälä, M., Tammisto, T., Tenhunen, S., Tuominen, P., Uusihakala, K., Veisson, M., Wilenius, H. & Viljanen, A. M.

02/03/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011


Revista del CESLA (Journal)

Heidi Härkönen (Reviewer)
Mar 2019May 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

CoreKin Workshop with Davina Cooper (and Didi Herman)

Antu Sorainen (Chair of organizing committee), Davina Cooper (Speaker: Opponent/discussant), Didi Herman (New classification), Anna Raisa Aurora Moring (Speaker: Presenter), Alisa Zhabenko (Speaker: Presenter), Anna Avdeeva (Speaker: Presenter), Heidi Kristiina Härkönen (New classification)
25 Mar 2019

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

Care at the Margins: Elderly Cubans Coping with Precarity in Contemporary Havana

Heidi Härkönen (Speaker)
5 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

External Examiner

Heidi Härkönen (Supervisor)
18 Jun 2019

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

(In)tangible technology and data

Heidi Härkönen (Attendee)
16 Oct 201918 Oct 2019

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