This Is Not Talked About

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THU 19.9. AT 5 pm

The experiences and silent truths of regular people are often overshadowed by exaggerated public discourse, stereotypes and financial interests. How do locals benefit from the utilisation of natural resources? What is it like for transgender individuals to be targeted by institutional violence? What role does religion have in the emergence of the new right? This Think Corner event introduces less known phenomena from around the world that affect regular people.

The event is mainly in Finnish. Julie Yu-Wen Chen’s talk on Chinese travellers misunderstood in Africa is in English.

The event is part of Think Corner’s Crazy World series which looks for causes and solutions to an unequal and divided world. Take part on the spot, follow the livestream or watch the video recording!


Julian Honkasalo, Markus Kröger, Risto Saarinen, Reetta Toivanen, Julie Yu-Wen Chen.

Julian Honkasalo, Markus Kröger, Risto Saarinen, Reetta Toivanen, Julie Yu-Wen Chen.


Julian Honkasalo is a postdoctoral researcher specialised in gender studies and political philosophy at the University of Helsinki. Honkasalo is interested in the relationship between power and truth and their history. “I’m interested in how and when we end up considering a certain paradigm, such as eugenics and racial doctrine in my own field, as legitimate and well-functioning models for explaining social inequality.” Tip for reducing inequality: “Dismantling the shadow economy and tax havens.”

Academy Research Fellow Markus Kröger (@MarkusKroger) is an associate professor of development studies at the University of Helsinki. He explores global natural resource policy, specialising in the investment policy of the forestry, extractive industry and agriculture sectors in South America, India and the Arctic region. According to Kröger, issues related to environmental policy and world ecology are the most important questions of our time, and the importance of solving these major global crises is yet to be sufficiently realised.” Tip for reducing inequality: “Presenting truth and facts about hidden conflicts.”

Julie Yu-Wen Chen (@julieyuwenchen) is a professor of Chinese studies at the University of Helsinki. She does research on China’s relations with the world. Yu-Wen Chen is inspired by how stereotypes of others and ourselves affect relations between countries and peoples. Tip to reduce inequality: “Encourage and empower the weak.”

Professor of Ecumenics Risto Saarinen is director of the Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition. In his research, he is inspired by questions of tolerance and diversity, as well as their flip sides, which can be extreme, like nationalism. Tip for reducing inequality: “Acquire friends who are as different from you as possible.”

Reetta Toivanen (@ReetToi) is professor of sustainability science and deputy director of the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and European Narratives (EuroStorie) at the University of Helsinki. As a legal anthropologist, she focuses on the human right issues of minorities and indigenous peoples from an anthropological perspective. She is interested in the use of power that you cannot see, hear or smell. By employing anthropological methods, it is possible to explore these issues in the middle of inequalities. Tip for reducing inequality: “Let's give space – not just to diverse perspectives, but also to diverse worlds, in science too.”