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1983 …2019
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Henkilökohtainen profiili

Tutkimuksen ja opetuksen kuvaus

I am currently working as Professor of Gender Studies at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies at the University of Helsinki (2008–). During 2011-2015 I acted as Academy Professor of the Academy of Finland leading the academy professor project Philosophy and Politics in Feminist Theory. Previously, I have worked for five years as Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Jyväskylä where I also had a permanent position as a professor of Political Theory.

For the past ten years I have been actively leading cross-generational research teams: I was a vice leader of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change (2006-2011), and presently I work together with early career scholars within the Politics of Philosophy and Gender (PPhiG) research team within which we explore various topics of feminist thought, always with a political accent.

 My areas of specialization include

* feminist theory and philosophy

* political thought

* history of concepts

I am a multidisciplinary scholar, originally trained in the areas of philosophy, history, and politics, with feminist and queer interests. I started as a scholar of Hegel and of political theory (Valtio ja vapaus [The State and Freedom/Liberty], 1989), and have since studied closely many other thinkers and texts, among them Jean-Francois Lyotard, Hannah Arendt, Judith Butler and Jacques Derrida. In my early career I worked on the icon of Finnish nineteenth century nationalist thought, the Hegelian philosopher J.V. Snellman. Since that time I have been interested in the patterns of political thought and democratic theory. I have also studied the history of political concepts, such as the concept valtio (the State) in Finnish.

In Finland I was among those with an early interest in the 20th century French philosophy (Derrida, Foucault), and keen on developing postmodern anti-foundational thought. I was internationally among the first to take serious interest in Judith Butler’s work. I published on this work in the early 1990s, and later also co-translated Butler’s Gender Trouble into Finnish.

My current research continues and develops further the work I conducted in my academy professor’s project Philosophy and Politics in Feminist Theory (2011-2015) concentrating on contemporary feminist theory. In my own work I study the main figures of current feminist theory, such as Luce Irigaray, Elizabeth Grosz, Judith Butler, Rosi Braidotti, and Adriana Cavarero with an approach that I call ‘politics of philosophy’. I pay attention to the scholars’ attachments to different philosophical traditions, the ensuing conceptual conflicts, and how these conflicts are textually played out. In addition to my own work the project funds the work of seven PPhiG team members for different periods of time.

I strongly value international contacts in my area of study. In the early 1990s I spent four years at the University of California Santa Cruz to work on my book The Postmodern and Political Agency (1996). I then worked for a year at the philosophy department at University of Greifswald, Germany in 1998–1999, visited Minnesota AFS in 2002, and spent two years 2007–2009 at the University of Manchester, CRESC. Most recently I visited in 2012 for half a year University of Paris 8 Gender Studies. The PPhiG team currently entertains close connections to many institutions abroad, including Paris 8 (Gender Studies), University of London Birkbeck College (BIGS), and to Kingston University (CREPH). 

I have concluded supervision of 15 doctoral students in multiple different disciplines and universities, and I currently advise 7 doctoral students in Helsinki. I was the director of the national Doctoral Programme of Gender Studies (2012–2015), and I am currently  the director of the Doctoral Programme in Gender, Culture and Society (SKY) within the University of Helsinki (2014–).

I am an advisory board member of journals such as Nora and the new Comment S’en Sortir. I have also worked for many years as a co-editor of the journal Redescriptions – Political Thought, Conceptual Change and Feminist Theory, which started as a Finnish publication, yet has steadily gained in international weight. Redescriptions will be published as a Manchester University Press Journal beginning in 2014.

I am also a board member of International Association of Women in Philosophy (IAPh) and the president of the Finnish Gender Studies Association (SUNS).


  • 6160 Muut humanistiset tieteet
  • Gender Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • 611 Filosofia
  • 517 Valtio-oppi, hallintotiede
  • Political Theory
  • Democracy
  • 615 Historia ja arkeologia
  • History of Ideas
  • Conceptual History

Kansainvälinen ja kotimainen yhteistyö Viimeisin maatasolla toteutettu yhteistyö. Saat syvempiä lisätietoja pisteitä napsauttamalla.

Julkaisut 1983 2019

Hegel’s Philosophy and Feminist Thought: Beyond Antigone?

Pulkkinen, T. (toim.) & Hutchings, K. (toim.), 2010, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 288 Sivumäärä

Tutkimustuotos: Kirja/raporttiKokoomateos tai erikoisnumero

Siveellisyydestä seksuaalisuuteen: poliittisen käsitteen historia

Pulkkinen, T. (toim.) & Sorainen, A. (toim.), 2011, Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. 312 Sivumäärä (Historiallinen arkisto; nro 133)

Tutkimustuotos: Kirja/raporttiKokoomateos tai erikoisnumero

Ashgate research companion to the politics of democratization in Europe: concepts and histories

Palonen, K. (toim.), Pulkkinen, T. (toim.) & Rosales, J. M. (toim.), 2008, Aldershot: Ashgate. 421 Sivumäärä

Tutkimustuotos: Kirja/raporttiKokoomateos tai erikoisnumero

The Postmodern and Political Agency

Pulkkinen, T., 2000, rev. ed. toim. Jyväskylä: SoPhi. 230 Sivumäärä (SoPhi)

Tutkimustuotos: Kirja/raporttiKirja

Feelings of Injustice: The Institutionalization of Gender Studies and the Pluralization of Feminism

Pulkkinen, T., syyskuuta 2016, julkaisussa : Differences. 27, 2, s. 103-124 22 Sivumäärä

Tutkimustuotos: ArtikkelijulkaisuArtikkeliTieteellinenvertaisarvioitu

Open access

Projektit 2006 2017


Pulkkinen, T.


Projekti: Tutkimusprojekti

Akatemiaprofessorin projekti: Filosofia ja politiikka feministisessä teoriassa

Pulkkinen, T., Elomäki, A., Honkasalo, J., Kinnunen, H., Kornak, J., Patosalmi, M. & Urrio, E.

Unknown funder


Projekti: Tutkimusprojekti

Academy Professor's Project: Philosophy and Politics in Feminist Theory, Academy of Finland

Pulkkinen, T., Elomäki, A., Honkasalo, J., Kinnunen, H., Kornak, J., Oksala, J., Patosalmi, M. & Urrio, E.


Projekti: Tutkimusprojekti

Centre of Excellence PolCon / Politics of Philosophy and Gender (PPhiG)

Pulkkinen, T., Nousiainen, K., Oksala, J., Koivunen, A., Juvonen, T., Sorainen, A., Werner, L., Elomäki, A., Patosalmi, M., Urrio, E., Kornak, J., Kinnunen, H., Honkasalo, J. & Modinos, T.


Projekti: Tutkimusprojekti

Centre of Excellence PolCon / Politics of Philosophy and Gender (PPhiG)

Pulkkinen, T., Werner, L., Sorainen, A., Oksala, J., Elomäki, A., Urrio, E., Kornak, J., Honkasalo, J., Patosalmi, M., Kinnunen, H., Koivunen, A., Juvonen, T., Nousiainen, K. & Modinos, T.


Projekti: Tutkimusprojekti

Aktiviteetit 1986 2019

International Association of Women Philosopher (IAPh) (Ulkoinen yksikkö)

Tuija Pulkkinen (Hallituksen jäsen)

Aktiviteetti: JäsenyystyypitJäsenyys tai muu rooli kansallisessa/kansainvälisessä komiteassa, toimikunnassa tai hallituksessa

Association for Women's Studies in Finland (SUNS) (Ulkoinen yksikkö)

Tuija Pulkkinen (Puheenjohtaja)
tammikuuta 2011joulukuuta 2013

Aktiviteetti: JäsenyystyypitJäsenyys tai muu rooli kansallisessa/kansainvälisessä komiteassa, toimikunnassa tai hallituksessa

Director of the Doctoral Programme in Gender, Culture and Society (SKY)

Tuija Pulkkinen (Johtaja)
1 tammikuuta 2014 → …

Aktiviteetti: TutkimustyypitTohtoriohjelman johtaja

Director of Gender Studies Doctoral Program (Finnish National PhD programme)

Tuija Pulkkinen (Johtaja)
1 tammikuuta 201231 joulukuuta 2015

Aktiviteetti: TutkimustyypitTohtoriohjelman johtaja

Keynote lecture: "Feminism and Philosophy – a Matter of History and Politics" in Symposium Feminist Philosophy: Time and History.

Tuija Pulkkinen (Puhuja: pääpuhuja (keynote))
15 maaliskuuta 201617 maaliskuuta 2016

Aktiviteetti: Tapahtumaan osallistumisen ja tapahtuman järjestämisen tyypitPublic Talks