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1981 …2019
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Curriculum vitae

Jyrki Knuutila (born 1953 in Helsinki, Finland) is Professor of Practical Theology, in the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology since 2012. Earlier in his career, Professor Knuutila has served as temporary Professor and Deputy Assistant Professor, University Lecturer and Assistant of Practical Theology 1982–2011.


Professor Knuutila is the Responsible Department Officer of Department of Practical Theology in the Faculty of Theology since 2011. He is Member of the Faculty Council Committee of Student Affairs. In 2005–2007, Professor Knuutila has worked as member of board of a project called ”Penitentiarieprojektet i Riksarkivet Stockholm”, funded by the Swedish foundation “Vitterhetsakademien och Riksbankens jubileumsfond”.


Professor Knuutila was nominated to a member of delegation and working group for the Agricola 2007 jubilee year (by the Ministry of Education founded) in the years 2005–2008. Since 2013, he was also nominated to a member of delegation for the Reformation jubilee year 2017. In those occupations, Professor Knuutila had several expert duties. He has also been the chairperson of the Mikael Agricola Society since 2008.


Professor Knuutila has been a member of the council of the Society for Church History since 2009 and auditor in 1991–2013. He has lead the project concerning the Vyborg Old Cathedral multidisciplinary research, a project funded by the Alfred Kordelinin foundation. This project requires (in addition to a Finnish research project) negotiations and contracts with the Russian part, since the object of research is located in Vyborg. On the Russian side there are the City of Vyborg, the District of Vyborg, the Leningrad Oblast, and the representatives of the State of Russia involved.


Professor Knuutila has got twice the grant for Senior Researcher by the Academy of Finland. The Nordic Academy of Science has also funded one of his research works. The multidisciplinary research group led by him has twice received a grant from the Alfred Kordelin foundation. In addition, Professor Knuutila has received research grants from several different foundations for his studies.


Professor Knuutila was a deputy member at board of the Diaconia University of Applied Sciences in 2005–2008. In the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland he has worked as a member at the Church’s Board for Liturgy and Music (KJM), 2000–2012 and as an expert in several working groups. Moreover, he was a member and deputy chairperson of the Theological Education Committee of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland in 2001–2004.


  • 614 Theology
  • Liturgy
  • Homiletics
  • Church/Ecclesiastical Law
  • Church Architecture and Church Art
  • The ecclesiastical usage in the medieval era and in the Reformation time
  • The medieval manuscripts
  • the Cults of Saints

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

Publications 1981 2018

Miksi kirkossa on penkit, käytännöllisen teologian professori Jyrki Knuutila? Palstalla kysytään tyhmiä, viisaat vastaavat.

Knuutila, J. M. J., 8 Jan 2018, In : Sanansaattaja. 1/2018, p. 30 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Yksityinen, yhteisöllinen ja yhteiskunnallinen kuoleman kulttuuri kohtaavat toisensa hautauksessa ja hautausmailla

Knuutila, J. M. J., 5 Feb 2018, In : 1/2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access


Norri, M., Kekkonen, J. T. & Knuutila, J. M. J., 2017, Polttoroviolta pyhimykseksi: Jeanne d'Arcin oikeusmurha. Helsinki: Art House, p. 7-8 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Avioliitto yhteiskunnallisena ja kirkollisena instituutiona Suomessa 1200-luvulta 2000-luvun alkuun oikeudellisten näkemysten valossa

Knuutila, J. M. J., 2017, Perhe ja avioliitto muutoksessa. Hytönen, M. (ed.). Helsinki: Kirkon tutkimuskeskus, p. 62-83 22 p. (Kirkon tutkimuskeskuksen julkaisuja; no. 127).

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

Projects 2014 2019

ProNoLa: Protestant Legacies in Nordic Law: Uses of the Past in the Construction of the Secularity of Law

Christoffersen, L., Slotte, P. P., Rasmussen, T., Lind, A., Heinig, H., Knuutila, J. M. J., Bastubacka, J. J. M., Gregersen, N. H., Dreyer, R. H. C., Tönnesen, A., Årsheim, H., Sunde, J. Ø., Wejryd, C., Enkvist, V., Modéer, K. Å., Kauffman, T. & Munsonius, H.


Project: Research project_Research

Activities 1993 2018

A Recommendation Letter regarding the Appointment of Professor Jason Lavery to the Honorary Title of Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University (Event)

Jyrki Knuutila (Board member)
15 Sep 201820 Sep 2018

Activity: Membership typesAssessment of candidates for academic posts

Karjalan teologinen seura (Publisher)

Jyrki Knuutila (Reviewer)
15 Oct 201817 Oct 2018

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

Itä-Suomen yliopisto, filosofinen tiedekunta, arvio yliopistotutkija, TT Pekka Metson ansioista vakinaistamispolun seuraavaa, apulaisprofessorivaihetta varten (Event)

Jyrki Knuutila (Board member)
1 Mar 201830 Apr 2018

Activity: Membership typesAssessment of candidates for academic posts

Esitelmät Mikael Agricola -seuran kevätretkellä 10.–11.5.2018

Jyrki Knuutila (Speaker)
10 May 201811 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Brill's Series in Church History (Journal)

Jyrki Knuutila (Reviewer)
5 Oct 201810 Oct 2018

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