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Helena Kupari

PhD, B.Soc.Sc.

  • PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38)

    00014

    Finland

20072020

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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am a scholar of religion and PhD since April 2015.

My broad research interests include lived religion; religion, gender, age, class, and ethnicity; religion and social power; and religion in modernizing, modern and late-modern Finland. Theoretically, I am inspired by practice theory, feminist theory, social memory research, and ethnographic methodologies. Heretofore, my research has mostly concerned the Orthodox Christian minority in Finland. In my doctoral dissertation I examined the lived religion of elderly Finnish Orthodox Christian Women in relation to the evolving sociohistorical context of 20th and 21st Century Finland and in light of Pierre Bourdieu’s social theory.

Currently, I am employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Cultures of the Faculty of Humanities. My postdoctoral project Conversion to Orthodox Christianity and Class Culture among Finnish Cultural Professionals is funded by the Academy of Finland (2019-2022). I am also a member of the Academy of Finland research project Learning from New Religion and Spirituality (2019-2023), University of Turku.

In 2018, I held a temporary position as a University Lecturer in the Faculty of Theology. Between 2014 and 2017 I participated in the Academy of Finland research project Embodied Religion: Changing Meanings of Body and Gender in Contemporary Forms of Religious Identity in Finland (2013-2017).

I the course of my university career, I have taught courses on gender and religion, sociology of religion, and fieldwork methodology.

Fields of Science

  • 616 Other humanities
  • religious studies
  • gender studies
  • 614 Theology

Publications

Eletty uskonto

Translated title of the contribution: Lived ReligionKupari, H., 2020, Uskontotieteen ilmiöitä ja näkökulmia. Pesonen, H. & Sakaranaho, T. (eds.). Helsinki: Gaudeamus, p. 176-183 8 p.

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

Mitä on uskonnollinen kääntyminen?

Kupari, H., 15 Jan 2020, In : Katsomukset.fi : uskonnot ja katsomukset Suomalaisessa yhteiskunnassa .

Research output: Contribution to journalOther articlesGeneral public

Introduction

Kupari, H. & Vuola, E., 2019, Orthodox Christianity and Gender: Dynamics of Tradition, Culture and Lived Practice. Kupari, H. & Vuola, E. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 1-20 (Routledge Studies in Religion).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Open Access

Orthodox Christianity and Gender: Dynamics of Tradition, Culture and Lived Practice

Kupari, H. (ed.) & Vuola, E. (ed.), 2019, Abingdon: Routledge. 214 p. (Routledge Studies in Religion)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

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Projects

Gender Studies Research Community

Elomäki, A., Al-Sharmani, M., Dahlgren, S., Engelberg, M., Haritaworn, J., Holli, A., Honkasalo, J., Hoppania, H., Ihrche-Åberg, I., Jokila, H., Kalha, H., Kantola, J., Kinnarinen, K., Kornak, J., Korsisaari, E. M., Koskinen, T., Kuosmanen, P. K., Kupari, H., Leclin, J., Moisala, P., Moring, A., Muravyeva, M., Niemi, J., Norocel, O. C., Nousiainen, K., Oikkonen, V., Oroza, S., Paasonen, S., Pakkanen, J., Palin, T., Patosalmi, M., Paunu, H., Pulkkinen, T., Raevaara, E., Ratinen, S., Repo, J., Roman-Lagerspetz, S., Rossi, L., Rundgren, H., Ruuskanen, M., Saari, M., Saarikangas, K., Salmesvuori, P., Saresma, T. A. M., Sorainen, A., Soronen, A., Svanström, M. E., Tsokkinen-Männistö, A., Tuomaala, S., Tuomi, L. M., Uimonen, M., Urponen, M., Urrio, E., Utriainen, T., Weide, M., Werner, L., Vuola, E., Vänskä, A. & Xu-Susiluoto, Q.

01/03/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

Embodied Religion. Changing Meanings of Body and Gender in Contemporary Forms of Religious Identity in Finland.

Vuola, E., Hintsala, M., Merenlahti, P., Hurtig, J., Kalkun, A., Kupari, H., Alanko, V., Kejonen, M. E. L., Ratinen, T. & Jylhä, J.

SUOMEN AKATEMIA

01/01/201331/12/2017

Project: Research project

Finnish Women Writing on Religion and Gender

Salmesvuori, P., Utriainen, T., Kupari, H. & Tsokkinen-Männistö, A.

01/01/200731/12/2010

Project: Research project

Activities

  • 26 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 2 Public Talks
  • 1 Academic visit to other institution

EASR Conference 2019

Helena Kupari (Speaker: Chair)
25 Jun 201929 Jun 2019

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

Taiteiden ja kristinuskon kohtaamisia

Helena Kupari (Speaker: Presenter)
8 Nov 2019

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

EASR Conference 2019

Helena Kupari (Speaker: Presenter)
25 Jun 201929 Jun 2019

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

Eastern Christianity, Migration and Reconciliation

Helena Kupari (Speaker: Presenter)
1 Nov 20192 Nov 2019

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

Expert Meeting: Conversion and Narrative

Helena Kupari (Speaker: Opponent/discussant)
10 Apr 2019

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

Press / Media

Turvapaikanhakija

Helena Kupari

15/05/2020

1 item of Media coverage

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