Tuulikki Pietilä

University Lecturer in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Uni of Helsinki, Docent, 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 I have specialized in researching Africa. Thematically I have examined societal processes that take place in the coming together of different regimes of economic and cultural value.

In Kilimanjaro, I investigated how women's trading activities and everyday gossip shaped gendered 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 in the United States in 2009.

In South Africa, I investigated the existing music industry structures and practices as an entwinement of local and global music industry ideas of ownership and authorship. Futhermore, I studied the various modes of organizing creative labor and distributing monetary and social 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).

My current research investigates the clothing industries and fashion designers in Tanzania and South Africa, with a focus on the industries' potential and viability and the designers’ creation of economic and socio-cultural value as well as collective memory. The funder of this research is Kone Foundation (2016-2019).

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 avenues to upward mobility as well as concepts, values and practices related to success and prosperity among the emerging black middle class in South Africa. The project employs 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 comparative research on the formation and significance of youth cultures and youth culture industries in South Africa. It 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 funders of the project were the Academy of Finland and the National Research Foundation of South Africa. The included researchers were Benita Moolman, Ibrahim Abraham and Tuomas Järvenpää.

My earlier research projects include a study on African-originating World Music production chains in Europe (2003-2005), exploring the benefits and opportunities that accrue to the participants of the various value chains. This research was funded by the Danish SSF (Statens Samfundsvidenskabelige Forskningsråd, later FSE) and it was based at the Copenhagen Centre for Development Research (now Danish Institute for International Studies). The results of this study have been published in several research articles (see the list of my publications).

 

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, Uni of Helsinki, 2002 -

Kone Foundation, personal research grant, 2016-2019

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 and nominations

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

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

Shortlisted in the competition for the Best science photograph, arranged by TSV (The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies), 2019

 

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

Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • Africa
  • Marketplaces
  • Morality
  • Gender
  • Music industry
  • Fashion Industry
  • World music
  • African youth music
  • Value(s)
  • Trading
  • Tanzania
  • South Africa

Publications

Play and Irony in the Kwaito Music of Post-apartheid South Africa

Pietilä, T., 8 May 2019, The Routledge Companion to Popular Music and Humor. Kitts, T. M. & Baxter-Moore, N. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge, p. 124-131 8 p. (Routledge Music Companions).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

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

Translated title of the contribution: Eating, Drinking and Feeding: The Creation of Kinship and Other Relations in KilimanjaroPietilä, 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

Projects

Prizes

Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize (USA)

Tuulikki Pietilä (Recipient), 20 Nov 2009

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities

CHAM Conference on "Innovation, Invention and Memory in Africa"

Tuulikki Pietilä (Attendee)
17 Jul 201919 Jul 2019

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

CHAM Conference "Innovation, Invention and Memory in Africa"

Tuulikki Pietilä (Attendee)
17 Jul 201919 Jul 2019

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

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

University of Johannesburg

Tuulikki Pietilä (Visiting researcher)
3 Mar 20188 May 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution