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Description of research and teaching

My doctoral dissertation analysed contemporary Slavic Paganism, Rodnoverie, in the framework of sociological discussions about late modern religiosity. After the doctoral defence, I worked in some EU projects, which addressed violence against migrant women, populism and hate speech in Finland. At the moment, I am studying Islam in Russia and in particular in such big cities as Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhnii Novgorod. I am interested in examining how the attitudes towards and rhetoric concerning Islam has changed in Russia during the recent decades and how different forms of Islam are percieved. At the same time, I analyse the diversification of Muslim communities in these ethnically Russian areas and the strategies they adopt in the given social context. My research interests also include ethnography, nationalism and multiculturalism.


Education information



  • 616 Other humanities

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

Publications 2006 2019

Migrant Workers in Russia: Global Challenges of the Shadow Economy in Societal Transformation

Heusala, A-L. (ed.), Aitamurto, K. (ed.), Abashin, S., Kangaspuro, M., Lassila, J., Urinboyev, R., Zabyelina, Y. & Cook, L., 2017, Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group. 162 p. (Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Paganism, Traditionalism, Nationalism: Narratives of Russian Rodnoverie

Aitamurto, K., 2016, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group. 222 p. (Studies in Contemporary Russia)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Protected and Controlled: Islam and ‘Desecularisation from Above’ in Russia

Aitamurto, K., 2016, In : Europe - Asia Studies. 68, 1, p. 182-202 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The Study of Paganism and Wicca: A Review Essay

Aitamurto, K. & Simpson, S., 2016, The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements. Lewis, J. R. & Tollefsen, I. B. (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press USA, Vol. II. p. 482-494 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Projects 2011 2021

Activities 2005 2019

ISSR Conference2019

Kaarina Aitamurto (Speaker: Presenter)
9 Jul 201912 Jul 2019

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

EASR Conference 2019

Kaarina Aitamurto (Speaker: Presenter)
26 Jun 201930 Jun 2019

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

Religious Diversity and Its Governance in Russia

Kaarina Aitamurto (Speaker)
26 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Crazy World: Venäjän Mysteeri

Kaarina Aitamurto (Attendee)
20 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks