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Research interests

20th Century and contemporary Christianity, Cuban revolution, Latin American and Caribbean Catholicism, Vatican II, Holy See, modern papacy.

Archival research, oral history studies, histories of lived religion.

Description of research and teaching

Church historian conducting research on previously unstudied archival sources of the Cuban revolution: first scholar to access archives of the Catholic Church in Cuba. Current research focus on the intersection of institutional histories of the Catholic Church and histories of lived experience of Cuban Catholics in the revolution of Fidel Castro (1959-).

Theologian of multidisciplinary perspectives in the fields of Cuban, Latin American and Caribbean studies.

Education/Academic qualification

Theology, Master of Theology, University of Helsinki

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • Church History
  • 999 Others
  • Cuban Studies
  • 615 History and Archaeology

Publications 2011 2017

Is there Church History in Revolutionary Cuba? Accessing and Analysing Cuban Catholic Sources

Kuivala, P-E., Jan 2017, In : The International Journal of Cuban Studies. 8, 2, p. 309-328 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Pakollinen oppimäärä Vatikaanin II kirkolliskokousta

Kuivala, P-E., Jan 2017, Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 2016. Latvala, P. & Lampinen-Enqvist, O. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomen Kirkkohistoriallinen Seura, (Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja; no. 106).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Policy of Empowerment: Pope Francis in Cuba

Kuivala, P-E., Jul 2017, In : The International Journal of Cuban Studies. 9, 1, p. 19-36 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

"To Evangelize the People and the Culture" - Catholic Mission in Contemporary Cuba

Kuivala, P-E., Mar 2017, In : Rethinking Mission. 1/2017

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Raportti osallistumisesta paavi Franciscuksen vierailulle Kuubaan 19.-22.9.2015

Translated title of the contribution: Report on participating in Pope Francis' visit to Cuba, Sep 19-22, 2015Kuivala, P-E., 2016, 1 ed. Kirkon ulkomaanasiainkeskus. 4 p. (Reseptio; no. 1/2016)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

Prizes

ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Ambassadorial Award

Petra Kuivala (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2010 2019

A Silent History of the Cuban Revolution

Petra Kuivala (Speaker)
10 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The Cuban Revolution at 60

Petra Kuivala (Attendee)
7 Mar 20198 Mar 2019

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

European Academy of Religion Annual Conference 2019

Petra Kuivala (Chair)
4 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Pockets of Debate. Catholic Citizenry in Revolutionary Cuba

Petra Kuivala (Speaker)
4 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Histories of Lived Religion in the Cuban Revolution

Petra Kuivala (Speaker)
7 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Miksi paavi kiinnostaa?

Petra Kuivala

30/09/2018

1 item of media coverage

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Paavi Franciscus sai suomalaisteologit matkaamaan Tallinnaan

Petra Kuivala

25/09/2018

1 media contribution

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Paavi Franciscus sai suomalaisteologit matkaamaan Tallinnaan

Petra Kuivala

25/09/2018

1 item of media coverage

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Påven Franciskus på turné i Baltikum - är nu i Tallinn

Petra Kuivala

25/09/2018

1 item of media coverage

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