University Lecturer Saila Poutiainen is the Director of the Master's programme in Intercultural Encounters. She is also the head of Speech Communication (until 2020). She is the coordinating teacher for the thematic module Communication and Media. Her research and teaching interests are:

  • Cultural and intercultural communication
  • Interpersonal communication (e.g. relational dialectics, advising, dating) 
  • Ethnography of communication; Cultural discourse analysis
  • Pragmatic theories in the field of language and social interaction
  • Finnish communication culture

Courses in Master's programme in Intercultural Encounters:

  • Intercultural communication (fall semesters)
  • Readings in intercultural communication (Spring 2019) 
  • Culture and interpersonal communication (Spring 2020)

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Tiina H. Airaksinen is a University Lecturer in Asian Studies. She is the coordinating teacher for the thematic module Transnational and International Interactions. Her research and teaching interests are:

  • National and religious identities, imperialism
  • East-west intercultural encounters
  • Asia-EU relations
  • Women's agency
  • Asian Studies, Chinese Studies

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Mulki Al-Sharmani is University Lecturer at Faculty of Theology, Study of Religions Unit. Her research and teaching interests are:

  • Gender in Islamic interpretive Tradition
  • Islamic jurisprudence and modern Muslim family laws in Muslim majority and minority contexts
  • Muslim Marriage, Divorce, and Gender Practices in Muslim majority and minority  contexts.
  • Islamic Feminism
  • Religion and Modern Diasporas
  • Islam and Muslims in Europe
  • Transnational Migration and Family Wellbeing

Courses in Master’s Program in Intercultural Encounters:

  • Introduction to Religion, Conflict and Dialogue

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Alexandra Bergholm holds the position of University Lecturer in the Study of Religions (until 7/2019). Her research and teaching interests include:

  • Early medieval religious cultures
  • Death studies
  • Ritual studies
  • Vernacular religion
  • History of emotions
  • Methodological issues in the study of religion
  • Intellectual developments in the disciplinary history of the Study of Religions

Courses in Master's Programme in Intercultural encounters:

  • Seminar I (Spring 2019)

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Julie Yu-Wen Chen is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of Confucius Institute. Her research and teaching interests are:

  • Ethnic politics
  • Chinese diplomacy and foreign relations
  • Comparative politics, with a focus on comparing China with other regimes.
  • Different Chinese societies and their cultures

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Obert Hodzi is a Post-Doctoral Researcher. His research and teaching interests are:

  • State, Society and Politics in Africa
  • Foreign policies of China and South Africa
  • Global Governance and International Organisations
  • Social Movements in authoritarian societies
  • Comparative economic development
  • Civil wars, conflict and security
  • International Relations Theory

Courses in Master's Programme in Intercultural encounters:

  • Intercultural Approaches to Transnational Security

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University teacher Aura Nortomaa teaches worklife skills in the Faculty of Theology. Her main interests include:

  • Work psychology and work sociology
  • Work-related well-being
  • Career adaptability
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Embodied work
  • Meaning, calling and vocation
  • Consultation and supervision of work

Courses in Master's programme in Intercultural Encounters:

  • Conflict prevention and management (Spring 2019)
  • Internships (all semesters)

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Jussi Pakkasvirta is Professor of Area and Cultural Studies. His research and teaching interests are:

  • Theories of nationalism and history of ideas
  • Interdisciplinary methodologies &  studies of cultural interaction
  • Politics of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development (pulp and paper industry, tourism industry)
  • Culture of social media (new applications of “social media big data”)
  • Latin American history, politics, economy and culture

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Ritva Palmén is a Postdoctoral Researcher and core fellow in Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. She is also a member in Finnish Academy Centre of Excellence project ‘Reason and Religious Recognition’. Her research and teaching interests are:

  • Medieval philosophical theology
  • Encounters between representatives of different religions in the Middle Ages
  • Contemporary recognition theory and its adaption to historical texts
  • History of emotions

Courses in Master's programme in Intercultural Encounters:

  • Historical and contemporary approaches to religion, conflict and dialogue (Spring 2019)

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Eeva Sippola is Associate Professor of Ibero-American Languages and Cultures at the Department of Languages and at the Department of Cultures. Her research and teaching interests include:

  • Language contact and creolization
  • Sociolinguistics 
  • Language documentation and linguistic diversity
  • Ibero-American languages and cultures

Courses in Master's programme in Intercultural Encounters: (Spring 2020)

  • Language ideologies and intercultural communication

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Research Fellow Laura Siragusa is currently working within the Environmental Humanities Program and Indigenous Studies at the University of Helsinki. She is currently leading a pilot project on the materiality of Indigenous Languages. Her research interests are:

  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Finno-Ugric indigenous people
  • (Language) sustainability
  • Language materiality
  • Language responsibility
  • Communication and translation
  • Human-animal relations
  • (Indigenous) language and environmental change 

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Teemu Taira is Professor in the Study of Religions. He is the coordinating teacher for the thematic module Religion, Conflict and Dialogue. His research and teaching interests are:

  • Religion, media and society
  • Theories of religion
  • Discourse analysis
  • Nonreligiosity and atheism
  • Category of “religion”

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Assistant Professor Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen is the head of Indigenous studies. She is the coordinating teacher for the thematic module Tradition, Knowledge and Change. Her research and teaching interests are:

  • Diversity of epistemologies and learning processes
  • Decolonizing research methods and research ethics
  • Indigenous socio-philosophies
  • Amazonian indigenous people
  • Sustainability
  • Ethno-history and historicity
  • Landscape

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Elina Vuola is Professor of Global Christianity and Dialogue of Religions at the Faculty of Theology. Her research and teaching interests are:

  • Gender and religion
  • Global Christianity
  • Religion in Latin America
  • Gender in Latin America
  • Religion, Conflict and Gender
  • Lived Religion

Courses in Master's Programme in Intercultural encounters:

  • Religion and Peace Mediation

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Xenia Zeiler is head of the discipline and tenure track professor of South Asian Studies. Her research interests are

  • (Digital) Media, Communication Cultures and Society, Focus Video Games/Gaming
  • (Digital) Religion
  • Global Digital Humanities
  • Culture and Society India
  • Indian Diaspora

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