Professori Veikko Anttonen
Professor of Comparative Religion (Religious studies)
School of History, Cultural Research and Art Studies
University of TurkuFINLAND
Tel. 358-2-333 5241
Cell phone: +358-40-54 98 918
Born August 22, 1948,
Place of Birth: Nousiainen, Finland
Place of Residence: Turku, Finland
Children: Riku Viljami (b. 1978), Veera Johanna (b. 1983), Tuomo Samuel Valtteri (b. 1997)
1977 BA University of Helsinki
1980 MA University of Helsinki
1987 Lic. Phil. University of Helsinki
1996 Ph.D. University of Helsinki
1998– Full Professor of Comparative Religion (uskontotieteen professori; professor
i religionsvetenskap), University of Turku, School of History, Culture and Art
1983–1984 Assistant in Comparative Religion (Uskontotieteen assistentti; assistent i religionsvetenskap), University of Helsinki
1984 Assistant in Folklore (folkloristiikan assistentti; assistant i folkloristik), University of Jyväskylä
1985-07.85 Assistant in Social Anthropology (sosiaaliantropologian assistentti; assistant i social antropologi), University of Helsinki
1985–1991 Research assistant (tutkimusassistentti; forskningsassisent), The Academy of Finland, Council for Arts and Humanities
1991–1992 Lecturer in Comparative Religion (uskontotieteen lehtori; lektor i religionsvetenskap), University of Turku
1993–1994 Lecturer in Comparative Religion (uskontotieteen lehtori; lektor i religionsvetenskap), University of Helsinki
1995–1997 Research Fellow in Folklore (folkloristiikan tutkija; forskare i folkloristic), University of Helsinki
1997–1998 Acting Professor of Comparative Religion (uskontotieteen ma. professori; tillfälligt anställd professor), University of Turku
Supervisor of doctoral dissertations
Appointed by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Turku, I have supervised seven doctoral dissertations by Ph.D. candidates in Religious studies since 2004:
-Anne Puuronen, Rasvan tyttäret. Etnografinen tutkimus anorektisen kokemustiedon kulttuurisista jäsennyksistä, 2004;
-Outi Fingerroos, Haudatut muistot. Rituaalisen kuoleman merkitykset Kannaksen muistitiedossa, 2004
-Tiina Mahlamäki, Naisia kansalaisuuden kynnyksellä: Eeva Joenpellon Lohja-sarjan tulkinta, 2005
-Tarja Kakko, Kurissa ja Herran nuhteessa. Luterilainen kasvatusaate 1900-luvun vaihteen Suomessa, 2005
- Teemu Taira, Työkulttuurin arvonmuutos työttömien kerronnassa, 2006
- Minna Opas, Different but the Same. Negotiation of Personhoods and Christianities in Western Amazonia, 2008.
-Kati Mikkola, Tulevaisuutta vastaan. Uutuuksien vastustus, kansantiedon keruu ja kansakunnan rakentaminen, 2009.
- Seija Ronimus, Vartiossa maailmaa vastaan. Tutkimus Jehovan Todistaja –yhteisöstä eronneiden kokemuksista, 2011.
- Timo Himanen, Cultural Diversity, Social Cohesion, Religion. Core Values, and Educational Policies in Four European Nations. 2012
Memberships and Positions of Trust
Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences (Academia Scientiarum Fennica),2011―
President of the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion, since 2006—2011
Vice-President of the European Association for the Study of Religion, 2008—2010
Vice-President of the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion, 2000 — 2006
The Vice-President of the Council for the Finnish Literature Society, 2002 – 2007
A Representative of the Council for the Finnish Literature Society, 2000 — 2007
The Board of the Porthan–Society, Turku, November 2006—
A Member of the International Society for the Folk Narrative Research, since 2005—
The Board of the Kalevala Society, Helsinki, 28.2.2001 — 28.2. 2004
A member of the Kalevala Society, Helsinki, since 2000—
The Board of the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion, since 1988–
The Board of the Kalevala Institute at the University of Turku, 1998 — 2010
The Board of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 1985 — 1988
Secretary General of the International Conference on Circumpolar and Northern Religion, arranged by the Dept. of Comparative Religion at the University of Helsinki and the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), held in Helsinki, May 13―19, 1990.
Secretary of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 1982 — 1984
A Member of the Finnish Literature Society, since 1983
A Member of the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion, since 1981–
A member of the Finnish Anthropological Society, since 1976–
Suomen Tietokirjailijat ry., since 2002–
Editor of Academic Publications:
Chief Editor: Temenos. Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 2005―2011
Editorial Board memberships:
Encyclopedia of Uralic Mythologies. Editors-in-Chief: Anna-Leena Siikala, Vladimir Napolskikh, Mihály Hoppál. Academy of Finland, Helsinki University, Russian Academy of Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Fieldwork in Religion. Equinox. Chief Editors: Chris Partridge and Ron Geaves (see webpage: http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/edboard.asp?jref=55)
Consulting Editor. Christopher Partridge (General Editor), The New Lion Handbook. The World’s Religions. Third Edition. Revised and Expanded. 495 pages. Oxford: A Lion Book. 2005.
Administrative and expert positions
The Head of the School of Cultural Research at the University of Turku, 2004–2007
A Member of the Faculty Council, Arts and Humanities, University of Turku, 2007–2010
The Norwegian Research Council; Theology & Religious studies (September-October 2009)
Other expert positions: The Academy of Finland (a pool member)
The Estonian Science Foundation (randomly)
Fulbright Center, Helsinki (a pool member)
Finnish Cultural Foundation (randomly)
Appointed Opponent of the doctoral dissertation “ Pyhät bodarit. Yhteisöllisyys ja onni täydellisessä ruumiissa" dr. Taina Kinnunen at the Dept. of Anthropology, University of Oulu, Finland, February 9, 2001.
An assessor appointed by the Governing Body of the Chester College for the suitability of Dr. Ronald Allen Geaves for the title of Professor of Religious Studies at Chester College, UK, May 2002.
A member in the advisory board for assessing Roald Kristiansen’s competence for the professorship in the History of Religions at the University of Bergen, Norway, January 2003.
A member of the steering group of the Research Project: Forests and the Good Life funded by the Metsämiesten säätiö Foundation. (see webpage: http://www.mmsaatio.fi/goodlife/index.html)
Examiner and opponent of the doctoral dissertation by Ph.D. Candidate Catherine Carter at the Department of Ethnography, University of Debrecen, Hungary, April 2005.
Reference request in respect of Professor Kim Knott to a Professorship in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Lancaster University, August 2011.
Assessor of docentships: 1998 Dr. Ilkka Pyysiäinen, University of Turku
2000 Dr. Tom Sjöblom, University of Turku
2003 Dr. Terhi Utriainen, University of Helsinki
1985 Hungary, Budapest and Debrecen, The Academy of Finland
1986 Hungary. Exchange scholarship between The Academy of Finland and the Hungarian Academy of Science
1992 Hungary. A bilateral research exchange grant by the Ministry of Education for ethnographic fieldwork in Hungary in collaboration with Mihály Hoppál and Martti Junnonaho.
1998 Hungary, Szeged and Debrecen: the Finnish, Hungarian, Estonian Folklore Symposium, April 3 – 5. 1998.
2000 Hungary, Debrecen, Eger-Nozvaj: the Finnish, Hungarian, Estonian Symposium on the Study of Religion, October 6-8, 2000.
2002 Guest lecturer at the University of Bergen, Norway, 13.3. - 16.3. (Seksjon for religionsvitenskap).
2005 The University of Leeds, The Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies, November 1st, Senior Seminar: ‘The relevance of the ‘sacred’ for the study of religion’; November 4th, Invited seminar on Perspectives on the “sacred (research students and staff).
2010 Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Debrecen, Hungary. Awarded at the Awarding Ceremony Meeting of the University of Debrecen, June 5, 2010.
2007 The 5th Pro Ethnographia Medal of the Department of Ethnography at the University of Debrecen, Hungary, May 17th, 2007
1997 Elias Lönnrot Award for the doctoral dissertation “The Making of Corporeal and Territorial Boundaries. ‘Sacred’ as a Cultural Category? (“Ihmisen ja maan rajat. ‘Pyhä’ kulttuurisena kategoriana), The Finnish Literature Society
1980 Award for the MA Thesis “The Scholarly Portrait of Uno Holmberg-Harva?; In Finnish: Uno (Holmberg-)Harvan tutkijakuva. The University of Helsinki, Faculty of Humanities.
1985 Finnmark, Norway, research project on the ethnohistory and oral traditions of the Finnish-speaking Kvens; project supervision dr. Lassi Saressalo
1986 Grue Finskog, Norway. Nordic project on the Forest Finns. Project description “Rapport från det förbererande fältseminariet i Finnskogen, Norge 19.-25.5.1986" published in the magazine Siirtolaisuus (Migration), no. 4, 1987, pp. 34-37) by Veikko Anttonen, Kari Vesala, Per-Martin Tvengsberg, Juha Pentikäinen.
1987 Stockhom, Sweden. Nordic fieldwork symposium on the Forest Finn culture held between April 2 and 4. Paper given together with Ph.D. Kari Vesala “Skogsfinsk mentalitet enligt folkloristiska materialet" [Mentality of the Forest Finns according to Folklore data] (unpublished)
1988 Torsby, Sweden, Field-seminar on the Finns in Middle Scandinavia
1990 Nyskoga, Sweden. Fieldwork seminar on the Forest Finns, held in August 20.-24,1990. Seminar paper titled “Begreppet ´pyhä’ (det heliga) i skogsfinnarnas kultur" [The notion of the ’sacred’ in the Forest Finn Culture] (unpublished)
1992 Joshkar-Ola, the Republic of Mari, Russia. Fieldwork and video documentation of sacrificial rituals among the Meadow-Mari population, July 1992. Video-edition titled as “In the Kitchen of God" on the sürem-sacrifical ritual held at the sacred grove outside Koramas and Tjodrajal villages in July 13, 1992.
2011 Study and Fieldwork Trip to Fort Kotchi in Kerala; Madurai, Pondicherry and Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu in South-India between 22.1.–11.2.2011.
Scholarships and research project grants:
Senior Fellow of the Academy of Finland 1.8.2002-31.7.2003
Encyclopedia of Uralic Mythologies (Uralilaisten kansojen mytologioiden tietosanakirja) [The Encyclopedia of Finnish-Karelian Mythology]