Tuulikki Pietilä

PhD in Social anthropology, Uni of Helsinki, Adjunct professor, Uni of Helsinki, Valtiotieteen tohtori, sosiaaliantropologia, Dosentti, Helsingin yliopisto

  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35), 322

    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

    Finland

  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35)

    00014

    Finland

20072020
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Research interests:

Geographically my research has focused on Africa. Thematically, I have examined various socio-cultural processes that take place in the encounter of global and local regimes of value.

In Kilimanjaro I investigated how women's trading activities and everyday gossip shaped the social order and cultural conceptions at the time of economic and political liberalization. This research was published as a book entitled Gossip, Markets, and Gender: How Dialogue Constructs Moral Value in Post-Socialist Kilimanjaro (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007). The book was awarded the Aidoo-Snyder book prize by the African Studies Association of the United States in 2009.

In South Africa I investigated the formation of music industry structures and practices in the intersection of global and local ideas of ownership and authorship as well as diverse modes of organizing creative labor and rewards from it. This research was published as a monograph entitled Contracts, Patronage and Mediation: The Articulation of Global and Local in the South African Recording Industry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Currently I am doing comparative research in Tanzania and South Africa on fashion and fashion designers. This research is funded by the Kone Foundation.

I am also the PI in the ongoing project entitled "The Morality of Success among the Emerging Black Middle Class in South Africa" (2016-2020). This Academy of Finland-funded project investigates the concepts and practices related to success and prosperity among the emerging black middle class in South Africa. In addition to me, the project includes the post-doctoral researcher Ibrahim Abraham and the post-graduate student Bjørn Inge Sjødin.

In 2013-2016, I was the PI in the research project called “Youth Music and the Construction of Social Subjectivities and Communities in Post-Apartheid South Africa”. This was a joint project based at the University of Helsinki’s discipline of Social and Cultural Anthropology and South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council. The project was funded by the Academy of Finland and the National Research Foundation of South Africa. The included researchers, in addition to me, were Benita Moolman, Ibrahim Abraham and Tuomas Järvenpää.

Curriculum vitae

                      CV: Tuulikki Pietilä

Education

Docent, University of Helsinki, 2013

Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, University of Helsinki, 1999

M.A. in Social Anthropology, University of Helsinki, 1993

Graduate from the evening high school, Oulu, 1984

Graduate from the Commercial College, Oulu, 1981 

 

Academic posts and positions

Lecturer, Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, 2002 -

Kone Foundation, personal research grant, 2016-2017

PI in the Academy of Finland research project "The Morality of Success among the Emerging Black Middle Class in South Africa", 2016-2020

PI in the Academy of Finland research project “Youth Music and the Construction of Social Subjectivities and Communities in Post-apartheid South Africa”, 2013-2016

Academy Research Fellow, Academy of Finland, 2008 - 2013

Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, 2003 - 2005

Senior Assistant, Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, 2001 - 2002

Visiting researcher, African Studies Center, Boston University, 2000 - 2001

Researcher, Finnish Foreign Ministry, 1999 – 2000 

 

Awards

Aidoo-Snyder Prize  (African Studies Association, USA) for the book “Gossip, Markets, and Gender”, 2009

Shortlisted for the best social scientific publication (Tiedekynä 2017) with the article “Syödä, Juoda ja Ruokkia: Sukulaisuus- ja Muut Suhteet Kilimanjarolla” (”Eating, Drinking and Feeding: The Creation of Kinship and Other Relations in Kilimanjaro”)

 

Organized conferences and seminars

  • "Hip Hop Studies: Global and Local" (with Antti-Ville Kärjä of the Finnish Youth Research Society & Network and the Finnish Jazz and Pop Archive), 13.9.2014

  • "Stuggle and Style: African Youth Cultures Today", Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, 12.9.2014

  • Seminar on "Youth and Music", Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, 21.10.2013

  • "Music and Institutions" (with Risto Pekka Pennanen), Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 9.-10.12.2010

  • “Globality, Locality and Contact – Language and Culture” (with Anneli Meurman-Solin and Matti Miestamo), Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 17.-18.11.2008

  • Topelia African Studies Seminar Series (with Jeremy Gould), University of Helsinki,  Jan - May 2008

  • "World Music and the Global Music Industry", Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, 19.-20.8.2005

  • "Private Sector Promotion in Developing Countries", Finnish Foreign Ministry and the Institute for Development Studies, Helsinki, 9.-10.12.1999

     

    Language skills

    - Finnish: mother tongue

    - English and KiSwahili: fluent

    - Swedish and German: good

Keywords

  • 5143 Social anthropology
  • Africa
  • Marketplaces
  • Morality
  • Gender
  • Music industry
  • Fashion Industry
  • Tanzania
  • South Africa

Publications 2007 2017

The Discursive Creation of a Subculture by Conscious Rap Adherents in South Africa

Pietilä, E. T., 19 Sep 2017, In : Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society. 42, 2, p. 25-42 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Syödä, juoda ja ruokkia: sukulaisuus- ja muut suhteet Kilimanjarolla

Pietilä, E. T., 19 May 2016, Ruoan kulttuuri: antropologisia näkökulmia ruoan tutkimukseen. Uusihakala, K. & Eräsaari, M. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, p. 41-53 13 p. (Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seuran toimituksia; vol. 1419).

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

Contracts, Patronage and Mediation: The Articulation of Global and Local in the South African Recording Industry

Pietilä, E. T., 23 Oct 2015, London: Palgrave Macmillan. 256 p. (Pop Music, Culture and Identity)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Obituary: In Memoriam Karen Armstrong 1946-2014

Kallinen, T. P., Pietilä, E. T. & Crentsil, P. M., 2014, In : Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society. 39, 2, p. 108 112 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Projects 2008 2020

Prizes

Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize (USA)

Erja Tuulikki Pietilä (Recipient), 20 Nov 2009

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2005 2018

University of Johannesburg

Tuulikki Pietilä (Visiting researcher)
3 Mar 20188 May 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

2018 ASA Conference (Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth)

Tuulikki Pietilä (Attendee)
18 Sep 201822 Sep 2018

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

Public defense of a PhD dissertation (Event)

Tuulikki Pietilä (Board member)
15 Dec 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society (Journal)

Tuulikki Pietilä (Reviewer)
30 May 2018

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

Whites in Africa

Tuulikki Pietilä (Speaker: Opponent/discussant)
24 Feb 2017

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

Press / Media

Haastattelu STT:lle

Erja Tuulikki Pietilä

09/08/2013

1 media contribution

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Haastattelu ohjelmasarjassa Parittomat (haastattelu nro 2)

Erja Tuulikki Pietilä

04/11/2012

1 media contribution

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Haastattelu ohjelmassa Parittomat (haastattelu nro 1)

Erja Tuulikki Pietilä

21/10/2012

1 media contribution

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Political and social dimensions of South African youth music

Erja Tuulikki Pietilä

22/08/2011

1 media contribution

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Tiede on taidetta -sarjassa paneelikeskustelija

Erja Tuulikki Pietilä

22/08/2011

1 media contribution

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