The Finnish Anthropological Society

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The Finnish Anthropological Society is a learned society founded in 1975. The core function of the Society is to promote research of high quality in the fields of anthropology and disciplines closely related to anthropology. The Society also creates public venues for discussing and disseminating anthropological knowledge and aims at consolidating the identity of anthropologists working in Finland.

Events of the Finnish Anthropological Society


The annual meeting of the Finnish Anthropological Society was held on March 26 at 18–20 in Tieteiden talo, room 405 (Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki). Päivi Hasu, Marko Juntunen, Antti Leppänen, and Tea Virtanen were selected as new members of the Society’s Board. Before the meeting, Ph.D. Hadas Weiss from the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies gave a lecture titled An Ethnographic Study of Financialization.


Two anthropology dissertation defenses on Friday, Jan 31, 2014:
• Anni Kajanus defended her Ph.D thesis Journey of the phoenix: Overseas study and women’s changing position in China at the University of Helsinki on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12 pm, University Main Building (Unioninkatu 34), Auditorium XII. The opponent was Professor Charles Stafford (LSE) and the custos was Professor Sarah Green.
• Anna Matyska defended her Ph.D thesis Transnational families in the making: the Polish experience of living between Poland and Finland during and after the Cold War. The opponent was Dr. Ninna Nyberg Sørensen (Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS),Copenhagen) and the custos was Professor Laura Huttunen.