Doctoral Researcher, Study of Religions, University of Helsinki
I am a doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki Study of Religions department. First I studied philosophy, but ended up graduating as a Master of Arts majoring in history. In my current research these perspectives are combined. My research interests include changes in the Finnish religious landscape, especially the history of esotericism, transnational networks and mediation of ideas, different interpretations of esotericism, and the uses of history.
My doctoral dissertation focuses on how theosophists and anthroposophists organized themselves as societies in Finland during the first decades of the 20th century. I am interested in the transnational networks of these movements and the central mediators who introduced them to the Finnish audience. I also study the support the movements gained in Finland, and what kind of people they attracted. I am especially interested in how these movements positioned themselves as new religious/ideological movements on the Finnish religious field.
Keywords: theosophy, anthroposophy, the Theosophical Society in Finland, the Anthroposophical Society in Finland, cultural history of esotericism
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