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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, 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. Most importantly, 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.

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

Currently, I am employed as a University Lecturer in the Faculty of Theology (temporary position). 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”.

Keywords

  • 614 Theology
  • 616 Other humanities
  • religious studies
  • gender studies
  • Sociology of religion

Publications 2011 2018

Laitila, Teuvo: Jumalat, haltiat ja pyhät. Eletty ortodoksisuus Karjalassa. Helsinki: Suomen kirkkohistoriallinen seura 2017. [Kirja-arvostelu]

Kupari, H. M., 2018, Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 2018: Vapaaehtoisuus ja osallisuus. Mikkola, S. & Lampinen-Enqvist, O. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomen Kirkkohistoriallinen Seura, p. 248-250 3 p. (Suomen Kirkkohistoriallisen Seuran Vuosikirja ; no. 108).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Praasniekat ja pyhiinvaellukset osana karjalaista ortodoksista kulttuuria ja rajaseudun historiaa

Kupari, H. M., 2018, Vaellus pyhiin: Ristisaattoja idän ja lännen rajalla. Hentinen, H. & Vuola, E. (eds.). Helsinki: Kirjapaja

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterGeneral public

Praying with the Senses [Book Review]

Kupari, H. M., 14 Oct 2018, In : Anthrocybib: The Anthropology of Christianity Bibliography Blog.

Research output: Contribution to journalOther articlesScientific

Open Access

Pyhän matkan viehätys

Kupari, H. M., 19 Mar 2018, In : Katsomukset.fi : uskonnot ja katsomukset Suomalaisessa yhteiskunnassa .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Projects 2007 2017

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 2007 2018

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

Rajapintoja ja ylirajaisuutta: Ortodoksisuuden tutkimus Suomessa

Helena Kupari (Speaker: Keynote)
4 Dec 2018

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

Suomen Uskontotieteellisen Seuran jatkokoulutusseminaari

Helena Kupari (Chair)
17 Nov 201618 Nov 2016

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

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen

Helena Kupari (Visiting researcher)
5 Sep 201615 Nov 2016

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Kristinuskon tutkimuksen pyöreä pöytä - tapaaminen

Helena Kupari (Speaker: Presenter)
8 Dec 2016

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

EASR 2016 Conference Relocating Religion

Helena Kupari (Speaker: Presenter)
28 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

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