University Lecturer (Social and Cultural Anthropology)
I have done fieldwork in Southern Mexico, focusing mainly on religious change, Protestant-Catholic relations, and religious conversion, but also on tourism and folk medical beliefs. Currently I am one of the two PIs in the research group “Religion, Self and the Ethical Life” (https://blogs.helsinki.fi/religion-ethics-self/). Our project, funded by Kone Foundation and the Academy of Finland, is a comparative ethnographic study of the techniques of ethical self-fashioning, with a specific focus on how religion intervenes in the constitution of ethics in secular public life, how it contributes to forging ethical subjects, and how it comes to underlie the values and actions that signify exemplary, good life. My other ongoing research focuses on the topics of recreational long-distance running, pain, body, social class, and exercise addiction.