Tiina Heikkilä (translation by Heli Luosujärvi)

Collecting data threatens our freedom if we are not careful

 According to Couldry, we are living during a datafication, where the importance and capitalistic value of data is increasing in all sectors of the society. The concentration of data controlling creates conditions for the birth of unprecedented concentrations of power. Regardless, […]

Tiina Heikkilä (translation by Veli-Pekka Ketola)

Difficulty to touch can isolate from others

Positive touch memories carry social and emotional capital. Those with a positive relationship to touching are affectively privileged, observes postdoctoral research fellow Marjo Kolehmainen. Touching between Finns is scant and often unnatural. The reason for this is searched in the […]

Zsuzsa Millei, Tampere University, Nelli Piattoeva, Tampere University and Iveta Silova, Arizona State University.

The Berlin Wall and girls’ bows: Re-appraising histories of socialism through childhood memories

It seems that by the 30th anniversary, the media, as well as public and scientific discourses on socialism are ready for an overall reappraisal.

Changing media stories of the Cold War era Year 2019 is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, representing the downfall of socialism. In the international media since 1989, many stories have emerged describing former socialist regimes. […]

Tatiana Tiaynen-Qadir, Paula Nissilä, Fernando Oliveira Di Prinzio

Revisiting the science-religion interface: Glocal, bottom-up, multi-disciplinary

Philosophical and theological discussions on science and religion must be complemented by grounded, ethnographic bottom-up research, as well as critical research on science, religion and secularism in social sciences and humanities. An intensive, two-day colloquium on April 9 and 10 […]

Mianna Meskus

The value of patients in medical research: Finnish experiences

Collecting, depositing and reusing human-derived material on mass scale entails the problem that the relationship between the physician-scientist and the patient-donor becomes ever more distant and superficial. Meanwhile, informed consent may begin to seem too restrictive and cumbersome a practice […]