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  • Mikeshin, Igor (2020)
    The article discusses how the history of forced marginality and isolation of the Russian-speaking Evangelical Christians shaped their theology and social ministry. Russian Evangelicalism is a glocal phenomenon. It fully adheres to the universal Evangelical tenets and, at the same time, it is shaped as a socioculturally and linguistically Russian phenomenon. Its russianness is manifested in the construction of the Russian Evangelical narrative, formulated as a response to the cultural and political discourse of the modern Russia and to the Orthodox theology and application, as it is seen by evangelicals. This narrative is constructed with the language of the Synodal Bible in its present-day interpretation. Russian evangelicals are constantly accused of being Western-influenced, proselytizing in the canonical land of the Russian Orthodox Church, and mistreating and misleading people. The article also argues against these accusations, emphasizing the history, hermeneutics, and social ministries of Russian Evangelicalism.
  • Uusihakala, Katja Marikka (Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 2019)
    Studia Fennica Anthropologica
  • Mikeshin, Igor (2016)
    In my paper I discuss alcoholics in the Russian Baptist rehabilitation ministry by comparing them to drug addicts. In the outside world, as well as in the early stages of the rehabilitation program, alcoholics and illicit drug abusers are perceived as different cultural groups. However, during the program, rehabilitants learn Russian Baptist dogma and theology, and soon afterwards the distinction becomes obsolete for them. I address narratives of distinction and the Russian Baptist response to them. Then I reconstruct the Russian Baptist theory of addiction to demonstrate why alcoholism and substance dependence are not regarded as a problem, but rather as consequences of the real problem, which is a life in sin.
  • Green, Sarah Francesca (University of Helsinki, 2016)
    Publications of the Faculty of Social Sciences
    This is a reflection on how a combination of the concept of 'knowledge economy', academic audit of research excellence, and the introduction of the criterion of 'impact' as a measure of research quality, have come together in transforming the practices within, and the purpose of, universities in contemporary Europe.
  • Green, Sarah (2020)
    Description of ethnography from home in a time of Covid-19 lockdown. The article describes an encounter between the residents of Töölö in Helsinki and an unfolding drama involving swans in Töölö Bay. The aim is to give a sense of what ethnography might mean in a time of lockdown, as well as what home might mean.
  • Honkasalo, Lahja Marja-Liisa (2016)
  • Virtanen, Pirjo Kristiina; Apurina, Francisco; Facundes, Sidney (2021)
    This article looks at what origin stories teach about the world and what kind of material presence they have in Southwestern Amazonia. We examine the ways the Apurina relate to certain nonhuman entities through their origin story, and our theoretical approach is language materiality, as we are interested in material means of mediating traditional stories. Analogous to the ways that speakers of many other languages who distinguish the entities that they talk to or about, the Apurina make use of linguistic resources to establish the ways they interact with different entities. Besides these resources, the material means of mediating stories is a crucial tool to narrate the worlds of humans and nonhumans. Storytelling requires material mediation, and a specific context of plant substances. It also involves community meeting as a space of trust in order to become a communicative practice and effectively introduce the history of the people. Our sources are ethnography, language documentation, and autoethnography.
  • Salmi, Jelena Johanna (2019)
  • Fernandez-Llamazares Onrubia, Alvaro; Garcia, Raquel; Diaz-Riviriego, Isabel; Cabeza-Jaimejuan, Maria Del Mar; Pyhälä, Aili Adelita; Reyes-Garcia, Victoria (2017)
    Existing climate data for Bolivian Amazonia rely on observations from a few sparse weather stations, interpolated on coarse-resolution grids. At the same time, the region hosts numerous indigenous groups with rich knowledge systems that are hitherto untapped in the quest to understand local climate change. Drawing on an empirical dataset of climate change observations by an Amazonian native society, we assess the potential use of indigenous knowledge for complementing available climate data. We find indigenous observations to be robustly associated with local station data for climatic changes over the last five decades. By contrast, there are discrepancies between gridded climate data and both indigenous observations and local station observations. Indigenous knowledge can be instrumental to enhance our understanding of local climate in data-deficient regions. Indigenous observations offer a tool to ground-truth gridded descriptions of climatic changes, thereby making adaptation strategies more robust at local scales. We contend that the use of indigenous knowledge could help to assist the climate interpolation process and address the prevailing uncertainties in local assessments of climate change.
  • University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit; Sillander, Kenneth; Couderc, Pascal; (NIAS press,, 2012)
    NIAS studies in Asian topics
  • Green, Sarah Francesca; Shore, Cris; Wright, Susan; Mihailescu, Vintila; Vargas-Cetina, Gabriela; Ayora-Diaz, Steffan Igor; Heatherington, Tracey; Dalakoglou, Dimitris; Liston, Noelle Mole; Narotzky, Susana; Stacul, Jaro; Welch-Devine, Meredith; Mitchell, Jon P (2016)
  • Khopkar, Sushama A.; Virtanen, Suvi M.; Kulathinal, Sangita (2014)
  • Turoma, Sanna; Ratilainen, Saara; Trubina, Elena (2018)
    This special issue originates from a transnational collaboration of scholars in philology, comparative literature, social theory, sociology, anthropology, ethnography, and media studies. The collection strives to advance a research agenda built on the nexus of three intellectual and academic domains: post-Soviet Russian cultural studies', the research paradigm put forward by Cultural Studies, as well as empirical methods developed in sociology. The collection illustrates the importance of expanding the experience of Cultural Studies beyond its established spheres of national investigation, while it also speaks to the necessity to re-evaluate the hegemony of the English-language academic and cultural production on the global scale. The collection offers insights into the gamut of cultural practices and institutional environments in which Russian cultural production happens today. It shows how cultural industries and institutions in Russia are integrated into the global marketplace and transnational communities, while they also draw on and contribute to local lives and experiences by trying to create an autonomous space for symbolic production at personal and collective levels. Through diverse topics, the issue sheds light on the agency, i.e. practitioners and participants, creators and consumers, of Russian cultural production and the neoliberal practices implemented on creative work and cultural administration in Russia today. The Introduction outlines the development of academic studies on Russian cultural practices since 1991; describes main political developments shaping the cultural field in Putin's Russia; and, finally, identifies the Cultural Studies debates the editors of the collection find most productive for investigations of Russia, i.e. the instrumentalization of culture and culture as resource. Relocated in an analysis of a post-socialist society, these conceptualisations seem increasingly problematic in a situation where local and federal policies governing cultural and creative work focus simultaneously on marketization and on nationalism as the main tools of legitimizing the federal government.
  • Mikeshin, Igor (2018)
    16th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions titled Multiple Religious Identities – Individuals, Communities, Traditions was held on October 17–21, 2018 in Bern, Switzerland. In this report on EASR 2018 conference I focus on its general idea and topic, give a brief overview of the plenary talks and panels, and organizational and conceptual problems.
  • Tuominen, Pekka (Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, 2019)