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

Curriculum Vitae


- venäläinen kirjallisuus, erityisesti varhainen kirjallisuus, hagiografiat, modernismi (Marina Tsvetajeva, Maria Skobtsova), nykykirjallisuus (Ljudmila Ulitskaja, Jevgeni Vodolazkin);


- ortodoksinen kulttuurituotanto (kirjallisuus, tv-draama, elokuva, dokumentti)

- ikonitaide ja -teologia

- muistiperintö, erityisesti ortodoksiseen kulttuuriin ja rajapintaan liittyvä, ml. Petsamon luostarin historia

- kirkon ja valtion yhteistyö Venäjällä;venäläiset arvot ja identiteetti

Latest publications

  1. Восприятие Лавра Е. Водолазкина в Финляндии: Сборник статей

    Kahla, E. M. T., 2019, сборник статей. Krakova

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  2. The Making of the New Martyrs of Russia - Inventing New or Reintroducing Old?

    Kahla, E. M. T., 3 Dec 2018, In : Scando-Slavica. 2018, SSLA-2018-0035.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientificpeer-review

  3. Ikonimaalari 02/2018

    Kahla, E. M. T. (ed.), 30 Nov 2018, Helsinki: Maahenki. 88 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueGeneral public

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Latest activities

  1. Neuvostoajan ortodoksisuus

    Elina Kahla (Speaker: Keynote)
    18 Jan 201920 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. Kääntämisen jälkeen

    Elina Kahla (Speaker)
    10 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  3. IOTA Conference in Iasi, 2019 (Event)

    Elina Kahla (Board member)
    9 Jan 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

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Latest projects

  1. Dovlatov (elokuva)

    Kahla, E.


    Project: Other projectOther business activities

  2. Päätoimittaja, Ikonimaalari

    Kahla, E.

    Project: Other projectOther activities

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