Academic Merits

Education
Work Experience
Academic Societies
Teaching and Supervision

 

Education
  • English Language and Literature, University of Vaasa. 1997-1999
  • Minor subject thesis, Nordic folkloristics, Åbo Akademi University. 2001
  • Master of Arts-exam, Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University. 2001
  • University teaching certification, Åbo Akademi University. 2002-2003
  • PhD-exam, Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University. 2005
  • Docent qualification (habilitation), Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University. 2009

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Work Experience
  • January 2006 – August 2007: Postdoctoral researcher. Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University.
  • September 2007 – September 2008: Visiting Research Fellow. Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam.
  • October 2008 – December 2009: Postdoctoral researcher. Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University.
  • January 2010 – January 2015: Assistant Professor, Department of History of Religions, Stockholm University (on leave of absence August 2012 – July 2013)
  • August 2012 – July 2013: Researcher, Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University (Research project: Post-Secular Culture and a Changing Religious Landscape in Finland)

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Academic Societies
  • Co-founder and co-director with Egil Asprem of Contemporary Esotericism Research Network (ContERN), operating under the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE)
  • Co-founder and Finnish National Coordinator of Scandinavian Network for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism (SNASWE), operating under the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE)

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Teaching and Supervision

Doctoral Education:

  • Co-supervision of PhD-theses (3 theses), Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University, 2010-2015.
  • Participation in PhD committee, Department of Religious Studies, Karlstad University 2014.
  • Examination and opposition at PhD viva, Department of Continuing Education, University of East Anglia, 2013-2014.
  • Pre-examination and opposition at PhD defence, Department of Nordic Folkloristics, Åbo Akademi University, 2012-2013.
  • PhD-lecture on methodology, Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University, 2007.


BA and MA Education:

  • Supervision and assessment of MA- and BA-theses: History of Religions, Stockholm University 2010 –2015. Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam 2008-2009. Nordic Folkloristics, Åbo Akademi University 2002.
  • Qualitative methodology (advanced studies). Course planning, coordination, teaching, and examination; Åbo Akademi University 2012-2013.
  • Western esotericism. Course planning, coordination, teaching, and examination; Stockholm University 2011.
  • Member of planning committee for BA programme in Cultural Analysis, Stockholm University, 2011 (Cooperation between the departments of History of Religions, Ethnology, and Gender Studies. Responsible planning officer for History of Religions). Teaching as part of the programme (2011-2012): Cultural Studies; Text- and discourse analysis; Reflexivity and research ethics; Fieldwork in theory and practice.
  • New Religions. Course planning, coordination, teaching, and examination; Stockholm University 2012-2015, Åbo Akademi University 2007. Teaching; Stockholm University 2010-2015, Åbo Akademi University 2007.
  • Religion, media, and popular culture. Course planning, coordination, teaching, and examination; Stockholm University 2010, 2011, 2013. Teaching; Åbo Akademi University 2011, Stockholm University 2010, 2011, 2013.
  • Introduction to religious studies. Course planning, coordination, teaching, and examination; Åbo Akademi University 2009.
  • Sociology of religion. Teaching; University of Amsterdam 2008. Tutorial (particular focus on Western esotericism); University of Amsterdam 2008, 2009.
  • Critical issues in the study of religion (one lecture). Åbo Akademi University 2008.
  • Subcultures (Goth-subculture). Course planning, coordination, teaching, and examination; Åbo Akademi University 2007 (course in Nordic Folkloristics).
  • Intercultural communication. Course planning, coordination, teaching, and examination; Åbo Akademi University 2006.
  • Religion and the Internet. Course planning, coordination, teaching, and examination; Åbo Akademi University 2003, 2004.
  • Religion and gender. Course planning, coordination, teaching, and examination; Åbo Akademi University 2002, 2003-2004, 2006 – 2007.

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