My previous studies include:
* BSSc and MSSc (University of Helsinki). Main focus on communications and media, especially representations of ethnicity, identity politics, intercultural encounters, multiculturalism and racism. In my Master’s Thesis I analysed discourses of the Roma minority in Finnish newspaper articles.
* BTh and MTh (University of Helsinki). Focus on systematic theology and especially postcolonial theologies and liberation theologies. In my Master’s Thesis I studied George E. Tinker’s postcolonial theology and its paradigmatic structures. Tinker is a Native American scholar and protestant theologian who applies critical postcolonial theory in his work.
My research interests include:
* Postcolonial Theologies & Postcolonial criticism
* Interreligious dialogue
* Theology of Religions
* Intercultural Encounters
* Identity, Gender, Ethnicity
* Liberation Theologies
* Indigenous Theologies
* Communication theories
Other tasks and qualifications
During my studies, life has taken me to Tanzania (Makumira University College), where I had the privilege to study peacemaking theology, East African interreligious dialogue, and questions concerning HIV/AIDS and the church. I have also stayed extended periods of time among the Ojibwe, a Native American people, in Ontario, Canada. In Brazil I have gotten to know liberation theology based basic ecclesial communities.
At the moment I am one of the students of The Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI), an ecumenical initiative and programme for postgraduate theologians, supported by the Ecumenical Theological Education Programme of World Council of Churches in co-operation with Bossey Ecumenical Institute and several universities worldwide.
In addition to PhD student, I am also a lutheran pastor. To me questions regarding theological power structures and postcolonial criticism are not mere theory. They need to be implemented in the context where we work, study and live. For me Postcolonial Networks has been a valuable community in living out what I read about daily. To hear more about my motivation, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WURf1aS53I
Other important networks of mine include Refugee Hospitality Club in Helsinki, Red Cross International, and Finland-Tanzania Association. I am also a dance enthusiast and believe in lindy hop’s power to heal wounded relationships and build peace.