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Description of research and teaching

Terhi Utriainen is Acting Professor in the Study of Religions at the University of Helsinki as well as Adjunct Professor (Docent) both in the Study of Religions and Gender Studies. Her research and teaching interests include ethnography of lived religion, gender and embodiment, ritual studies, death, dying and suffering. She is co-editor of Post-secular Society (Transaction Publishers 2013), Finnish Women Making Religion: Between Ancestors and Angels (Palgrave MacMillan 2014) and The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization: Changing the Terms of the Religion versus Secularity Debate (Equinox 2016).

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • Study of religions

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

Publications 1992 2017

Enkeleitä työpöydällä: arjen ja lumon etnografiaa

Translated title of the contribution: Angels on my desk: Ethnography on everyday enchantmentUtriainen, T., 2017, Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. 290 p. (Tietolipas; no. 257)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Healing Enchantment: How Does Angel Healing Work?

Utriainen, T., 2017, Spirit and Mind – Mental Health at the Intersection of Religion & Psychiatry. Basu, H., Littlewood, R. & Steinforth, A. (eds.). Berlin: Lit Verlag, p. 253-273 21 p.

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

Open Access

Introduction. Is secularism bad for women? = La laïcité nuit-elle aux femmes?

Aune, K., Lövhein, M., Toldy, T., Giorgi, A. & Utriainen, T., 2017, In : Social Compass. 64, 4, p. 449-480 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Marion Bowman and Ülo Valk (eds): Vernacular Religion in Everyday Life: Expressions of Belief. Sheffield: Equinox, 2012, 404pp. [Book review]

Utriainen, T., 2017, In : Temenos : Nordic journal of comparative religion. 53, 2, p. 298-302 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review (scientific)Scientificpeer-review

Open Access

Matter challenging words: From 'Angel Talisman' to 'Prayer Ornament´'

Utriainen, T., 2017, Materiality and the Study of Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred. Hutchings, T. & McKenzie, J. (eds.). London & New York: Routledge, p. 219-234 16 p. 13. (Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective: Series in association with the BSA Sociology and Religion Study Group).

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

Projects 2007 2014

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

Performance in the triangle of culture, power and belief

Anttonen, P., Salmi-Niklander, K., Seppälä, M., Utriainen, T., Paavolainen, P. & Tervo, P.


Project: Research project

Post-secular society and a changing religious landscape

Utriainen, T.


Project: Research project

Finnish Women Writing on Religion and Gender

Salmesvuori, P., Utriainen, T., Kupari, H. & Tsokkinen-Männistö, A.


Project: Research project

Activities 2000 2017

Vesi kuljettaa ääntä: Autoetnografinen tutkimus Lypyrtin kylän historiantuottamisesta

Terhi Utriainen (Opponent)
16 Sep 2017

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

When religion is "too much": Lutheran secularity vs. spiritual women in Finland

Terhi Utriainen (Speaker)
19 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Eric Venbux

Terhi Utriainen (Host)
31 Oct 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Springer (Publisher)

Terhi Utriainen (Reviewer)
3 May 2017

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

University of Edinburgh

Terhi Utriainen (Visiting researcher)
20 Mar 201725 Mar 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

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Taas kello kilisee ja enkeli saa siivet

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Yksin ei jaksaisi

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Enkelten etnografiaa

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Uskontojen tilalle haetaan nyt henkisyyttä

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Pohjolan enkeli (The Angel of North)

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