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Jouni Tilli

PhD, Political Science, University of Jyväskylä

Room 336

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
P.O. Box 4
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

Tel: + 358 (0)2941 23868
Mobile tel: +358405906526  
Email jouni.tilli (AT) helsinki.fi


Research Interests

  • Rhetoric
  • Political theology
  • Pastoral power
  • Lutheranism
  • History politics
  • Kenneth Burke, Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben

Current Research

The Rhetorical Politics of Lutheran Pastoral Power, the case of Finland 1945–2014

The purpose of Jouni Tilli's research project is to analyze the politicality of the Lutheran church and its pastors by taking the three following paths. First, he examines Lutheran priesthood as rhetorical guidance that differs from the Catholic one, based on confession. Second, analyzes how Lutheran theology was related to the three spheres of politia, oeconomia and ecclesia in Finland within a period of 70 years. Third, supplementing the existing Foucauldian and Agambenian research on power according to which Christian pastoral power is the precursor to contemporary forms of power, Tilli will use his interpretation of Lutheranism to shed new light on understanding of power as conduct of self-conduct.

Accordingly, while agreeing that Christian pastoral power is the precursor to modern forms of power and that a fusion of economy and theology underlies contemporary politics, the hypothesis is that rhetorical understanding of pastoral power is vital to understanding how power relations and subjectivities are being forged today, namely through omnipresence of economy-dominated, symbolically-articulated truths beckoning us to conduct ourselves towards "salvation". Thus present forms and practices of power can be understood better in terms of Lutheran pastoral power than the Catholic one.