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  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35)

    00014

    Finland

  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35), 318

    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

    Finland

20052019
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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Sirpa Tenhunen’s research interests include the anthropological study of technology, innovations and new media as well as the anthropology of development, politics, economy, gender and kinship. She has carried out ethnographic fieldwork both in rural and urban India.

Her latest research has focused on the appropriation of mobile phones in rural India. Her book “A Village Goes Mobile Telephony, Mediation and Social Change in Rural India” was published in 2018 by the Oxford University Press.

She has worked as a researcher at the Academy of Finland and taught anthropology at the University of Jyväskylä before joining the University of Helsinki in 2017. Her doctoral dissertation explored women’s wage work and agency in urban India. Her post doctoral research has focused on women’s political participation, symbolic construction or power and politics as well as reconstructions of gift giving and the market in rural India.

In addition to eight books, she has published articles in such peer review journals as Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Ethnos, Modern Asian Studies and Contemporary South Asia. Her books Introduction to Changing India: Culture, Politics and Development (Anthem Press 2012) and Muuttuva Intia (in Finnish, Edita 2007) which she wrote with Minna Säävälä, give a general idea of contemporary India as well as her research. She has been a visiting scholar at Brown University and at the University of Western Ontario.

Her teaching includes courses on all levels: basic, subject, advanced and postgraduate studies (altogether 40 courses). She has taught courses on anthropological theories, research methods, kinship, anthropology of technology and ethnography of South Asia as well as doctoral and Master’s level seminars.

Keywords

  • 5143 Social anthropology

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

Publications 2005 2019

Differentiated citizenship, displacement, and materiality in state–citizen relations in Ahmedabad

Salmi, J. J., May 2019, Jyväskylä: Jyväskylän yliopisto. 237 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisMonograph

Open Access

A Village Goes Mobile: Telephony, Mediation, and Social Change in Rural India

Tenhunen, S. L., 24 Apr 2018, 1 ed. New York: Oxford University Press USA. 216 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Etnografia, innovaatiot ja kehitys: matkapuhelinten käyttöönotto Intian maaseudulla

Tenhunen, S. L., 2018, Soveltava kulttuurintutkimus. Hämeenaho, P., Suopajärvi, T. & Ylipulli, J. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, p. 298-218 81 p. (Tietolipas; no. 259).

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

Mobile phone use and social generations in rural India

Tenhunen, S. L., 2018, Digital Technologies and Generational Identity : ICT Usage Across the Life Course. Taipale, S. & Wilska, T-A. (eds.). 1 ed. Abington: Routledge, p. 134-146 12 p.

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

Digital ethnography of mobiles for development

Tenhunen, S., 2017, The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Galloway, A. & Bell, G. (eds.). 1 ed. Abingdon: Routledge, p. 387-395 8 p.

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

Projects 2011 2011

Activities 2008 2018

Sanni Sivosen vastaväittäjä

Sirpa Tenhunen (Supervisor)
13 Jan 2018

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Mobile Technology, mediation and social change in rural India

Sirpa Tenhunen (Speaker)
14 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society (Journal)

Sirpa Tenhunen (Reviewer)
15 Dec 2017

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

Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2017Entangled Mobilities

Sirpa Tenhunen (Chair of organizing committee)
22 May 201723 May 2017

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

New Media & Society (Journal)

Sirpa Tenhunen (Reviewer)
30 Oct 2017

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

Press / Media

Kännykkä vapautti Jantan miniät

Sirpa Tenhunen

15/05/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kun mobiiliteknologia tuli kylään

Sirpa Tenhunen

04/04/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Haastattelu Yliopistolehdessä

Sirpa Tenhunen

02/03/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media