Anni Kajanus

Assistant Professor

  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35)



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Anni Kajanus is a specialist in the anthropology of China, her research focuses on culture and cognition, morality, cooperation, competition and conflict; migration, education, gender and family. 

Her most recent research brings together methods and approaches from anthropology and psychology, for a comparative study of children's social and cognitive development across cultural-historical contexts, including cooperative behaviours, morality, understanding of social hiearchies, etc. The broader aim of this work is to contribute to the multi-disciplinary study of the origins of human social behaviour.

Anni is the author of Chinese Student Migration, Gender and Family, which situates the family project of investing in the overseas education of the only child within the wider socio-moral transformation of the Chinese society, and China's engagement in the international education market.

Before joining UH, Anni held postdoctoral fellowships (Marie Sklodowska-Curie; Leverhulme) at the Department of Anthropology, LSE, and the Department of Psychology, Harvard.

Anni received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Helsinki, MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and BA in Anthropology from the University of Kent.

Current courses: Persons and Social Relations; Central Themes in Social and Cultural Anthropology; Bachelor's Seminar; Ethnographic Methodologies

Utbildning / akademisk kvalifikation

Ph.D., Univeristy of Helsinki

M.Sc., University of Amsterdam

BA, University of Kent


  • 5143 Social- och kulturantropologi

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.

Publikationer 2015 2019

Children’s fairness in two Chinese schools: A combined ethnographic and experimental study

Kajanus, A., McAuliffe, K., Warneken, F. & Blake, P. R., jan 2019, I : Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 177, s. 282-296 15 s.

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Mutualistic vs. zero-sum modes of competition: a comparative study of children's competitive motivations and behaviours in China

Kajanus, A., feb 2019, I : Social Anthropology. 27, 1, s. 67-83 17 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Playing ball: Cooperation and competition in two Chinese primary schools

Kajanus, A. E., 13 dec 2018, Cooperation in Chinese communities: Morality and practice. Stafford, C., Judd, E. R. & Bell, E. (red.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, s. 19-40 22 s. 2. (LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology).

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Chinese student migration, gender and family

Kajanus, A. E., 2015, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Overthrowing the first mountain: Chinese student migrants and the geography of power

Kajanus, A., 2015, I : Journal of current Chinese affairs. 44, 3, s. 79-102 24 s.

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Aktiviteter 2014 2019

  • 3 !!Invited talk
  • 2 !!Oral presentation
  • 1 Arrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium
  • 1 Redaktör för vetenskaplig tidskrift

Who will yield? - Children's understanding of dominance and prestige in China and the UK

Anni Kajanus (!!Speaker)
10 maj 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Invited talk

Global Psychological Anthropology: A Roundtable Discussion of Emerging Trends and Possibilities

Anni Kajanus (!!Speaker)
6 maj 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Helsinki Anthropology Friday Seminar Series

Sarah Green (Ordförande i organisationskommitté), Matti Aleksanteri Eräsaari (Talare: Presentation), Susanne Brandtstädter (Talare: Presentation), Angie Heo (Talare: Presentation), Joel Lee Robbins (Talare: Presentation), Melissa Demian (Talare: Presentation), James Ferguson (Talare: Presentation), Sahana Udupa (Talare: Presentation), Cris Shore (Talare: Presentation), Bruce Kapferer (Talare: Presentation), Anni Elisa Kajanus (Talare: Presentation), Catherine Alexander (Talare: Presentation), Dace Dzenovska (Talare: Presentation)
19 jan 201814 dec 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Intergenerational Care in Rural-Urban Labour Migrant Families in China

Anni Kajanus (!!Speaker)
23 okt 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Invited talk