Department of World Cultures

Organisational unit: Department

Organisation Profile

The Department of World Cultures was launched on 1 January 2010. The department comprises four former departments:

  • Institute for Asian and African Studies
  • Department of Classical Philology
  • Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies
  • Department of Comparative Religion

From this foundation the new department aims to deepen its special competence as an institution of Interdisciplinary teaching and research, where the teaching is based on high-quality research.The Department of World Cultures is uniquely placed in teaching many rare languages and cultures as the sole academic institution in Finland.

The aim of the Department of World Cultures is

  • to research the languages, cultures, societies and religion both contemporary and past in various regions of the world (Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America, the Nordic countries, Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific)
  • to develop theories and methods of area and cultural studies as well as language research
  • to educate experts in these language and cultural regions for the needs of society
  • to function as a visible opinion leader in the disciplines in question within the surrounding society.

Latest publications

  1. Conflicted identities: Implications of South Africa’s rise on U.S security policy in Africa

    Publication: Contribution to book/anthologyA3 Contribution to book/other compilations (refereed)

  2. Kurdistanin kansanäänestyksellä voi olla merkittävät seuraukset sekä Irakin sisällä että koko alueella

    Publication: Contribution to journalE1 Popular article, newspaper article

  3. Serious parody: discordianism as liquid religion

    Publication: Contribution to book/anthologyA3 Contribution to book/other compilations (refereed)

Research publications per year

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