Tiina Mahlamäki PhD, Docent
Senior lecturer in Comparative Religion
School of History, Culture and Arts Studies
University of Turku, Finland
Phone: +358 40 549 8902
Seekers of the new: Esotericism and the transformation of religiosity in the modernising Finland, 1880–1940
- History of religions in Finland
- History of religions in Europe in modern era
- Religion and gender
- Western Esotericism
- Research ethics
- Academic writing
- Methodology in study of religion
- Supervising, graduating and mentoring master theses and dissertations
I’m also responsible for the data archive of folkloristics and comparative religion.
My dissertation Naisia kansalaisuuden kynnyksellä. Eeva Joenpellon Lohja-sarjan tulkinta [Women on the threshold of nationhood. An interpretation of the Lohja series by Eeva Joenpelto] 2005, was an interdisciplinary research, connecting the methods and theories of comparative religion, literary critics and women’s studies. In the dissertation I explored the ways female citizenship is manifested in literature. My subsequent biography of Eeva Joenpelto was published in 2009.
In my research I have continued focusing on questions on religion, nationality/citizenship and literature. Of particular interest has been the presence and impact of Swedish scientist and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) in the published and unpublished writings of 19th century national authors in Finland. Most recently I’ve doing research on a Finnish female author and antroposophist Kersti Bergroth, as well as on questions on secularity, atheism and gender.
My latest publication include a biography of Kersti Bergroth Kaikki maallinen on vain vertauskuvaa [All that is transitory is but a symbol], 2017 and an edited volume on creative nonfiction, Kuvittelua ja kurinalaista [Imagined and disciplined], 2017 together with Emilia Karjula.
- western esotericism
- religion and literature
- religion and nationalism
- civil religion
- religion and gender
- secularity and non-religion
- contemporary religiosity in Finland
- concept of imagination
- creative writing
I’m a member of the executive board of the Donner Institute, the President of the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion and Turun yliopistojen dosenttiyhdistys/Docentföreningen vid Universiteten I Åbo; member of the editorial board of Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis; and a member of the steering group of research network ”Uncanny” (Kumma).