Elina Kahla


Description of research and teaching

Elina Kahla is a versatile expert on Russian culture and society, previous director of the Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg, currently liaison manager and researcher at the CoE of Russian Modernisation, affiliated with the Aleksanteri Institute, UH.

Kahla’s research projects include the clash of values and geostrategic shifts in the contemporary world, and the relations of state, church, and society. She is furthermore interested in the soft power strategies implemented in state-sponsored cultural productions. Kahla has authored or co-authored more than hundred publications; edited or translated even more. Her latest publications discuss cults of new Russian saints and memory politics, as well as civil and public religion. Her forthcoming volume tells about the last leader of the Pechenga-Petsamo monastery, hieromonk Paisi. Kahla has received several grants for translations, which include works by Tsvetaeva, Ulitskaya, Vodolazkin. Kahla is editor-in-chief for the art magazine Ikonimaalari, trans. Icon painter.

Further information on the affiliationAleksanteri-instituutin toimituspäällikkö, Venäjän kulttuurihistorian dosentti

Latest publications

  1. Ensyklopedia venäläisyyden kieltämisestä

    Kahla, E. M. T. Jun 2017 In : Idäntutkimus. 2017, 2, p. 70 1 p.

    Research output: General publicArticle

  2. Размышляющий пейзаж: Русская Финляндия и финский Петербург

    Kahla, E. M. T., Norrback, M., Klinge, M., Timonen, S., Hämäläinen, P., Tillander-Godenhielm, U., Kontula-Webb, S., Kuula-Bullat, K., Rahikainen, A., Baschmakoff, N., Mikkola, M-L., piispa, A., Ainamo, A., Vavilova, E. (Translator), Novikova, J. (Translator), Tolstaja, N. (Translator) & Pylsy, M. 25 May 2017 1 ed. Pietari: Izdatelstvo K. Tublina. 256 p.

    Research output: General publicAnthology

  3. Iloisten juhlien piiri

    Kahla, E. Apr 2017 In : Ikonimaalari. 1/2017, p. 94-101 8 p.

    Research output: General publicArticle

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Latest activities

  1. Ortodoksisen identiteetin murros Venäjällä

    Kahla, E. (Speaker)
    12 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  2. Nainen neuvostoelokuvassa

    Kahla, E. (Speaker)
    9 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  3. Unknown Pechenga

    Kahla, E. (Speaker)
    1 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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Latest projects

  1. Päätoimittaja, Ikonimaalari

    Kahla, E.

    Project: Other projectOther activities

  2. Post-Soviet religious and Orthodoxy studies

    Kahla, E.


    Project: Research project

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Fil. toht., venäjän kieli

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