Info for DC's and supervisors

Looking for the right journal to publish your article in? Want to find out what projects other PhD students in the programme are working on? Interested to find out more about the themes of past PhD projects in the programme? You've come to the right place!

Examples of journals where SKY supervisors and doctoral candidates publish or would like to publish (in alphabetical order)

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SKY Doctoral Students

Updated 26.2.2018

Arts = A
Educational Sciences = E
Law = L
Social Sciences = S
Theology = T

Alanko, Vilja: Embodied Salvation: Sexual difference in early Christian asceticism. Supervisors: Outi Lehtipuu and Elina Vuola. New Testament Studies, T.

Ameen, Suzy: Is Egypt Ready to Let Go of the Hymen? A Study of the Implications of Sexual Freedom on Egyptian Women’s Empowerment and Citizenship Status. Supervisors: Tuija Pulkkinen and Sarah Green. Gender Studies, A.

Avdeeva, Anna: Natural Parenting in Russia: Radical Form of Mothering in the Context of New Familiarism. Supervisor: Antu Sorainen. Gender Studies, A.

Bertagna, Elisa: Culturally Diverse Working Teams, Social Positions & Power Hierarchies: How Religion, Culture, Nationalities and Gender affect Working Teams. Supervisors: Marjut Jyrkinen, Jukka Lehtonen. Gender Studies, A.

Etholén, Hanna: Representations of Female Sexual Desire in Erotic Literature. Supervisors: Elina Penttinen and Eva Maria Korsisaari. Gender Studies, A.

Haggrén, Heidi: Kollektiivisen edunvalvonnan ja sosiaalisten sitoumusten väliset jännitteet. Sairaanhoitajien järjestäytyminen 1945 -1971. Supervisor: Pauli Kettunen. Political History, S.

Haikonen, Iris: Aikakauslehti maailmankuvan rakentajana. Supervisors: Lotte Tarkka and Satu Apo. Folklore Studies, A.

Halila, Michael: Finnish Military Doctrine as Gendered Nation-Building, 1918–1939. Supervisor: Pauli Kettunen. Political History, S.

Harju, Otso: Daughter-Mother relationships and the reproduction of gender and class in urban India. Supervisors: Elina Oinas and Tuija Pulkkinen. Gender Studies, A.

Heinonen, Anna: Intimate Relations in Finnish Communes. Supervisors: Antu Sorainen and Elina Penttinen. Gender Studies, A.

Helosvuori, Elina: Avustettu elämä. Hedelmättömyys klinikoilla, vertaistukiryhmissä ja arkielämässä. Supervisors: Mianna Meskus and Ilpo Helén. Sosiology, S.

Hirvonen, Meri-Tuuli: Dancehall Made Me Do It. Supervisors: Päivi Berg and Inga Jasinskaja-Lahti. Social Psychology, S.

Hyvönen, Henri: The Meaning of Self-care that Increases Occupational Well-Being in Men’s Lives. Supervisors: Marjut Jyrkinen and Jukka Lehtonen. Gender Studies, A.

Hyytinen Johanna: Ambigious voices in Kaija Saariaho's opera "Only the Sound remains". Sensing the voice and the body producing the voice. Supervisors: Pirkko Moisala and Milla Tiainen. Musicology, A.

Joutseno, Astrid: Cybermoms in the grips of creativity: narratives of motherhood and artist identity on blogs. Supervisors: Elina Penttinen and Eva Maria Korsisaari. Gender Studies, A.

Jyrkiäinen, Senni: Virtual and Urban Intimacies: Youth Desires, and Mediated Relationship in an Egyptian City. Supervisors: Susanne Dahlgren and Sarah Green. Social and Cultural Anthropology, S.

Järviö, Nina: Seksuaalisuuden rakentuminen Setan ja Suomen evankelis-luterilaisen kirkon neuvotteluissa. Supervisors: Marjut Jyrkinen, Johanna Kantola and Anna Moring. Gender Studies, A.

Karimäki, Reeli: Lasten leikkikulttuuri 7-13 -vuotiaiden helsinkiläiskoululaisten kertomana. Supervisor: Lotte Tarkka. Folklore Studies, A.

Kinnunen, Heini: Politics of feminism and the concept of public sphere in the works of Iris Marion Young, Nancy Fraser, and Seyla Benhabib. Supervisor: Tuija Pulkkinen. Gender Studies, A.

Kinnunen, Moona: The Queer Gender of Jesus in the Gospel of John. Supervisors: Martti Nissinen and Antu Sorainen. Biblical Studies, T.

Korkalainen, Tanja: Blue Helmets, Hungry Orphans and Greedy Prostitutes. Analyzing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Committed by UN Peacekeepers. Supervisors: Elina Penttinen. Gender Studies, A.

Korpijärvi, Anna-Leena. Chinese Womanhood beyond Dragon Ladies and China Dolls. Supervisors: Outi Hakola and Tiina Airaksinen. Area and Cultural Studies, A.

Kurki, Tuuli: Precarity and social justice in the adult immigrant education in Finland. Supervisors: Elina Lahelma and Kristiina Brunila. Educational Sciences, E.

Lappalainen, Topi: Verklighetsbilder – mimesis, intertextualitet, och alienation i Henrika Ringboms författarskap. Supervisor: Hadle Andersen and Holger Lillqvist. Scandinavian Literature, A.

Lavila, Piia: Transnational Feminist Solidarity Movements and Pedagogical Articulations on Reproductive Work. Supervisor: Elina Oinas. Development Studies, S.

Marttila, Anne-Maria. Ylirajainen ja poliittinen intiimi. Suomalaisten matkailu, maskuliinisuus ja seksi sosialismin jälkeisessä Virossa. Supervisor: Pauli Kettunen. Political History, S.

Mäki, Kirsi: Feminismien poliittinen historia 1930- ja 1940-luvun Suomessa. Supervisors: Pauli Kettunen and Marianne Liljeström. Political History, S.

Nasser El-Dine, Soraja: Negotiating the New Normal: Gender and the Normalization of Cosmetic Surgery in Lebanon. Supervisors: Susanne Dahlgren and Johanna Oksala. Gender Studies, A.

Oroza, Sibone: “When I’m on Stage, I Rule” The Power of Being a Cholita Pop Diva in a Changing Bolivia. Supervisor: Pirkko Moisala. Musicology, A.

Peltonen, Salla: Acts of Homonationalism: The Multiple Meanings of Managing Difference in Contemporary LGBTIQ Politics. Supervisors: Tuija Pulkkinen and Elina Oinas. Gender Studies, A.

Petäjäniemi-Brown, Soili: The Emergence of Conceptual Work in Judith Butler's Early Thought: Existentialism and its Others. Supervisors: Tuija Pulkkinen and Johanna Oksala. Gender Studies, A.

Pöllänen, Katri: Gender and Emotional Abuse at Work - Tolerance of Gendered Violence. Supervisors, Marjut Jyrkinen and Elina Penttinen. Gender Studies, A.

Rantala, Marjo: Judging Sex. Interpretations of sex/gender in non-discrimination law. Supervisor: Johanna Niemi. Gender and law, L.

Rautanen-Uunila, Saara: Destination Finland - Integration and Agency of Latin American Women in Finnish Society. Supervisor: Professor Martti Pärssinen. Latin American Studies, A.

Salminen, Janne: Falling Apart at the Scenes: Deconstructing Masculinity and Femininity in Hollywood Mainstream Cinema. Supervisors: Outi Hakola and Mikko Saikku. Area and Cultural Studies, A.

Schwanck, Ada: Facing Silence: Witnessing Trauma Fiction. Supervisor: Elina Penttinen and Julian Honkasalo. Gender Studies, A.

Sundström, Satu. Global Feminism. Transformation and Transformative Politics. Supervisors Henry Vogt and Anne Holli. Political Science, S.

Svanström, Maria: Speech and Politics in Deliberative Democracy and Sexual Difference Philosophies. Supervisors: Sergei Prozorov and Kristian Klockars. Political Science, S.

Taavetti, Riikka: Queer Politics of Memory. Construrtion of Queer Sexualities in Finnish and Estonian Memories of the Post WWII Era. Supervisors: Pauli Kettunen and Kirsti Salmi-Nikander. Political History, S.

Tuomi, Liisa: Naispoplaulajan konstruoituminen mediaiteksteissä. Supervisors: Pirkko Moisala and Taru Leppänen. Musicology, A.

Vaahtera, Touko: Toward a Theory of Able-bodied Belonging: Crip Theoretical Analysis of Cultural Understandings of Swimming. Supervisors: Sirpa Lappalainen, Kristiina Brunila and Minna Uimonen. Educational Sciences, E.

Vainio, Mari: Äitiys sosiaalisessa steriloimiskysymyksessä vuosina 1950–1970. Supervisor: Pauli Kettunen. Political History, S.

Valleala, Aija: Addressing gendered division of labour through legislation. Supervisor: Tuomas Ojanen. Constitutional Law, L.

Viljanen, Vuokko: Redefined Kinship in Queer Communities – The Politics of Judith Butler’s Thought  Supervisors: Antu Sorainen and Tuija Pulkkinen. Gender Studies, A.

Väkiparta, Maria: Somali Men’s Advocacy against Female Circumcision in Finland and Somaliland. Supervisors: Marjut Jyrkinen, Elina Penttinen and Lena Näre. Gender Studies, A.

Weaver, Cai: “Make Live and Let Die”: The Biopolitical Governance of Non-Normative Sexualities in Russia. Supervisors: Jemima Repo and Sergei Prozorov. Political Science, S.

Weiland-Särmälä, Katja: Pappisperheen elämäntapa 1800-luvun lopusta 1900-luvun alkuun. Supervisor: Juha Siltala. Finnish and Nordic History, A.

Wide, Elizabeth: Social Reproduction and Migrant Labour. Supervisors: Lena Näre and Johanna Kantola. Sociology, S.

Zhabenko, Alisa: Lesbian motherhood in Russia from the 1970s the Present: a multi-method study on gender and minorities in a rapidly changing society. Supervisor: Tuija Pulkkinen. Gender Studies, A.

Finished PhD’s in the Doctoral Programme in Gender, Culture and Society

Xu Qingbo: The Evolutionary Feminism of Zhang Kangkang and the Developing Dialogue between Darwinism and Gender Studies. Supervisors: Anna Rotkirch and Kirsi Saarikangas. Gender Studies, A. Defence 5.11.2014.

Hakkarainen, Minna: Between Ideas of Democracy and Gendered Local Practices in Vietnam A Bakhtinian Reading of Development Aid Practice. Supervisors: Tiina Kontinen and Adam Fforde. Development Studies, S. Defence 24.1. 2015

Kornak, Jacek: Queer as a Political Concept. Supervisor: Tuija Pulkkinen. Gender Studies, A. Defence 4.2.2015.

Kuronen, Tanja: Naisen työstä kansalaistyöksi. Supervisors: Antti Karisto and Silva Tedre. Social Policy, S. Defence 14.11.2015.

Honkasalo, Julian: Sisterhood, Natality, Queer. Reframing Feminist Interpretations of Hannah Arendt. Supervisor: Tuija Pulkkinen. Gender Studies, A. Defence 23.1.2016.

Hart, Linda: Relational Subjects: Family Relations, Law and Gender in the European Court of Human Rights. Supervisors: Anna-Maija Castrén and Kevät Nousiainen. Sosiology, S. Defence 13.5.2016.

Pellander, Saara: Gatekeepers of the Family: Regulating Family Migration to Finland. Supervisors: Pauli Kettunen and Johanna Kantola. Political History, S. Defence 11.6.2016.

Saari, Milja: Samapalkkaisuus – neuvoteltu oikeus. Naisten ja miesten palkkaeriarvoisuus poliittisena ja oikeudellisena kysymyksenä korporatistisessa Suomessa. Supervisors: Johanna Kantola and Juri Mykkänen. Political Science, S. Defence 27.8.2016.

Ikävalko, Elina: Osallistamisesta kyseenalaistamiseen? Tasa-arvosuunnittelu (uuden) tasa-arvopoliittisen hallinnan tekniikkana. Supervisors: Kristiina Brunila, Johanna Kantola and Elina Lahelma. Educational Sciences, B. Defence 2.9.2016.

Sivelä, Jonas: AIDS Myths and Myths about AIDS Myths: A Study about AIDS related Perceptions in South Africa. Supervisors: Axel Fleisch and Annika Teppo. African Studies, A. Defence 11.11.2016

Rundgren, Heta: Vers une théorie du roman postnormâle. Féminisme, réalisme et conflit sexuel chez Doris Lessing, Märta Tikkanen, Stieg Larsson et Virginie Despentes. Supervisors: Tuija Pulkkinen and Anne E. Berger. Cotutelle, Universite Paris 8 – Vincennes – Saint-Denis / UH, Gender Studies, A. Defence 12.12.2016.

Härkönen, Mitra: Tibetan Nuns between Oppression and Opportunities - An Intersectional Study. Supervisors: René Gothóni, Juha Janhunen and Eva Maria Korsisaari. Study of Religions, A. Defence 11.1.2017

Katto, Jonna: Beautiful Mozambique. Haptics of belonging in the life narratives of female war veterans. Supervisors: Axel Fleisch, Tuija Saresma and Isabel Casimiro. African Studies, A. Defence 1.2.2017   

Karhu, Sanna: From Violence to Resistance: Judith Butler's Critique of Norms. Supervisors: Tuija Pulkkinen and Johanna Oksala. Gender Studies, A. Defence 23.9.2017

Alava, Henni: "There is Confusion." - The Politics of Silence, Fear and Hope in Catholic and Protestant Northern Uganda. Supervisors: Elina Oinas and Mika Vähäkangas. Development Studies, S. Defence 14.10.2017

Venäläinen, Satu: Women as Perpetrators of Violence – Meanings of Gender and Violence in Womens’ Accounts and in Tabloids. Supervisors: Päivi Berg and Suvi Ronkainen, Social Psychology, S. Defence 10.11.2017

Rantala, Teija: Beyond Sisters and Mothers: Women’s Aspirations Within the Conservative Laestadian Movement. Supervisors: Marjut Jyrkinen, Johanna Kantola and Mirka Koro-Ljungberg. Gender Studies, A. 11.5. 2018

PhD students who have received SKY-funding

Elina Helosvuori, four years, 2014–2017 (Sosiology, Faculty of Social Sciences)
Soili Petäjäniemi-Brown, one year, 2014 (Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts)
Elina Ikävalko, one year, 2014 (Educational Sciences, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences)
Heta Rundgren, one year, 2015 (Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts)
Heini Kinnunen, two years, 2015–2016 (Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts)
Satu Venäläinen, two years, 2015–2016 (Social Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences)
Hanna Etholén, three years, 2016–2018 (Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts)
Nina Järviö, one year, 2017 (Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts)
Henri Hyvönen, four years, 2017-2020 (Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts)
Riikka Taavetti, two years, 2017-2018 (Political History, Faculty of Social Sciences)
Astrid Joutseno, four years, 2017-2020 (Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts)
Marjo Rantala, two years, 2017-2018 (Gender and Law, Faculty of Law)
Cai Weaver, one year, 2017 (Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences)
Tuuli Kurki, half a year, 2018 (Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences), granted by the Faculty of Educational Science)
Suzy Ameen, four years, 2018-2021 (SKY, Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts)
Ada Schwanck, four years, 2018-2021 (SKY, Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts)