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Teuvo Laitila, Senior Lecturer, Docent


 
 
 
 
 


© Anja Törmä

Contact information:
• School of Theology
  Philosophical Faculty
  University of Eastern Finland
  PB 111, FI-80101
  Joensuu, Finland
• phone +358 294 45 2622
• email teuvo.laitila (at) uef.fi

 

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Research Interests

In alphabetical order

  • Anti-Semitism, particularly in Eastern Europe

    currently projects on antisemitism in the Baltic, emphasis on the last 150 years

  • Armenian Genocide
  • Bosnian genocides (Jasenovac, Srebrenica)
  • Dialogue of religions, particularly Christian-Muslim relations
  • Global ethics
  • Human-Animal Relations
  • Japanese Religions
  • Orthodox Christian-Muslim Relations, particularly in the Balkans and in the Ottoman Empire
  • Phenomenology of Religion
  • Popular (or Folk) Religion, particularly in Karelia
  • Religion, Politics and Nationalism, particularly in the Balkans and in the Ukraine

Education

  • PhD, University of Helsinki, 23 October 2001 (cultural anthropology).
  • Docent, comparative religion, particularly history and anthropology of religions, University of Turku, 12 June 2002.
  • Docent, comparative religion, particularly history and anthropology of religions, University of Joensuu, 23 October 2002.

Language proficiency

  • Finnish (mother tongue), English, German, Swedish, ability to read French, Russian and Modern Greek.

Academic career and other full-time posts

University of Helsinki

  • Department of Comparative Religion, deputy assistant, 5 May 1983-31 January 1984
  • Department of Orthodoxy, deputy assistant, 1 February to 31 December 1984
  • Department of Orthodoxy, assistant (five- year term), 1 January 1985-31 December 1989
  • Department of Orthodoxy and East European church studies, assistant (five- year term), 1 January 1990-31 December 1994 (leave of absence 1 August 1993-31 December 1994)

Aamun koitto

  • Editor-in-chief of the main Finnish Orthodox journal, Aamun Koitto, organ of the Orthodox Church in Finland, from 1 August 1993 to 31 July 2003

University of Helsinki

  • Department of Church History, researcher, 1 November 1996-31 March 1997, 1 October-31 December 1997, 3 August-31 October 1998
  • Department of Slavonic and Baltic Languages and Literatures, researcher, 1 November 1998-31 January 1999
  • Department of Church History, researcher, 1 February-31 May 1999

University of Joensuu/University of Eastern Finland

  • Department of Orthodox Theology, lecturer in Orthodox Church History since 1 August 2003

    Courses taught since 2003 include Introduction to Russian Orthodoxy, The Russian Orthodox Church during the Soviet Period, Bulgarian and Serbian Orthodox Church, Religious History of Ukraine, Armenian Genocide, Byzantine and Islamic Constantinople, History of Antisemitism in Europe, The European Image of and Attitudes Towards Islam, Introduction to Religious Studies, World Religions, Japanese Religions.


Supervising students

University of Helsinki

  • Department of Church History, academic years 1989-1993, supervising MA theses on Eastern European subjects

University of Turku

University of Joensuu/University of Eastern Finland

  • Department of Orthodox Theology, since 2003, supervising BA thesis on Orthodox Church History, since 2008, supervising BA thesis on Religious Studies, since 2010, supervising MA thesis on Religious Studies, since 2014 supervising also PhD thesis

Publications (a selection from the 21th century)

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Monographs

  • The Finnish Guard in the Balkans: heroism, imperial loyalty and Finnishness in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877--1878 as recollected in the memoirs of Finnish guardsmen. Helsinki: Finnish Academy of Science and Letters 2003.

  • Together with Jyrki Loima, Nationalism and Orthodoxy: two thematic studies on national ideologies and their interaction with the church. Renvall Institute Publications 15. Helsinki: Renvall Institute 2004.

  • Uskon luotsi: Sergei Okulov Suomen ortodoksien vaiheissa. (The pilot of faith: fr. Sergiy Okulov and the history of the Finnish-speaking Orthodox.) Kuopio: Aamun Koitto 2004.
  • Ihmisen jumalat: johdatus uskontotieteeseen. (The gods of humans: an introduction to Religious Studies). Joensuun yliopisto, täydennyskoulutuskeskus, julkaisusarja B, 22. Joensuun yliopisto: Täydennyskoulutuskeskus 2006. (2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2013)

  • Abrahamin vieraanvaraisuus: näkökohtia kristityn ja muslimin dialogiin. (The Abrahamic hospitality: aspects in Christian-Muslim dialogue.) Joensuu: Joensuun yliopisto, täydennyskoulutuskeskus, julkaisusarja B, 28, 2009.

  • Uskonto, isänmaa ja antisemitismi. (Religion, fatherland, and antisemitism in Finland before 1939.) Helsinki: Arator 2014. Juutalaisvastaisuus Suomessa ennen talvisotaa.
  • Jumalat, haltiat ja pyhät. Eletty ortodoksisuus Karjalassa 1000-1900. Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran toimituksia 234. Helsinki: Suomen kirkkohistoriallinen seura 2017.

Articles

  • The Kosovar Roma and the war in Yugoslavia, 1991-1999. – Slavica Helsingiensia 21: Papers in Slavic, Baltic and Balkan Studies, ed. Juhani Nuorluoto et al. 2001, 114-120.

  • Struggle over the Karelian language(s) and identity. – Etnitshna istorija narodiv Evropi, vip. 9 (Kiiv 2001), 107-110.

  • Geography, memory and ethical values: aspects of Yugoslav history of the 1990s. – Ritual traditions and mental spaces. International Festschrift to Miháily Hoppál, ed. Elek Bárta & Veikko Anttonen. Ethnographica et Folkloristica Carpathica 12-13 (2002), 145-161.

  • Culture warfare; the eradication of Islamic sacred places in the 1990s Balkans. – Etnitshna istorija narodiv Evropi, vip 14 (Kiiv 2003), 66-71.

  • Imaging meanings: an Eliadean look at religion. – Temenos 35-36 (2004), 67-82.

  • Kokemus, merkitys, historia: uskontofenomenologisia lähtökohtia ihmisen uskonnollisuuden tutkimiseen. (Experience, meaning, history: a phenomenological approach to human religiosity.) – Uskonnon paikka: kirjoituksia uskontojen ja uskontoteorioiden rajoista, toim. Outi Fingerroos et al. Tietolipas 205. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 71-114. 2004, 2nd ed. 2009.

  • Phenomenology of religion: between ’given’ and constructed. – How to do comparative religion? ed.René Gothóni. Religion and Reason 44. Berlin & New York: Walter de Gruyter 2005, 29-33.

  • Vater Sergei Okulovs Ansichten über die Orthodoxie im Verhältnis zum Luthertum und zum Atheismus. – Orthodoxe Theologie im Dialog, Hg. Jörg Weber. Münster: Lit Verlag 2005, 97-105.

  • Eliade and India. – Conferenţa internaţionalǎ comparatǎ, de studii interculturale, de lingvisticǎ constrastivǎ şi de traductologie II: studii interculturale Mircea Eliade, ed. Ovidiu Morar. Suceava: Editura Universitǎţii Suceava 2007, 182-192.

  • From reality to subject: a sympathetic, yet critical reading of Eliade. – Temenos 43:1 (2007), 99-114. Republished in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, vol. 243 (2011), 117-126.

  • From ”True religion” to religious dialogue: some thoughts on the basis of Theodore Abū Qurrah’s (ca 750--830) writings. – My Byzantium, far and near, ed. Aune Jääskinen. Helsinki: Suomen Bysanttikomitea 2008, 52-60.

  • Suspicion, négligence et respect: les relations entre l’Églige luthéranne et l’Église orthodoxe en Finlande après la Seconde guerre modiale. – Istina 53 :4 (2008), 365-379.

  • From ‘heresy’ to ‘folklore’: ‘irrational’ popular religion and its ‘rational’ clerical and secular critique in the Finnish Karelia. – Literatūra un kultūra: process, mijidabrība, problēmas, sast. Maija Burima. Zinātnisko rakstu krājums XII. Daugavpils universitātes: Akadēmiskais apgāds “Saule” 2009, 162-171.

  • Mies juotti koiraa ja sai syntinsä anteeksi: ihmisen ja eläimen suhde islamissa. – Ihmisten eläinkirja: muuttuva eläinkulttuuri, toim. Pauliina Kainulainen & Yrjö Sepänmaa. Helsinki: Palmenia 2009, 55–72.

  • ”The essence of insanity is love”: Rumi and the understanding of mystical text. --Pilgrimage of life: studies in honour of professor Réne Gothóni, ed. Riku Hämäläinen et al. Helsinki: Maahenki 2010, 80-95.

  • The Finnish Orthodox Church. – Eastern Christianity and the Cold War, 1945-91, ed. Lucian N. Leustean. Oxford: Routledge 2010, 282-298.

  • From a Russian guberniya to part of Finland: the legislative position of the Orthodox Church and people in the Grand Duchy of Finland in the nineteenth century. – Chronos 21 (2010), 7-34.

  • ’Oriental’ Bosnia and Islam as viewed by a Finnish ethnographer in the early 1900s. --Europe – Evropa: cross-cultural dialogues between the west, Russia, and southeastern Europe, red. Maija Könönen & Juhani Nuorluoto. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Studia multiethnica Upsaliensia 18 (2010), 293-304.

  • Healer, welfare and 'limited good' in Orthodox Finnish Border Karelia in the late 19th and early 20th century. – Archaeologia Baltica 15 (2011), 120-127.

  • Mircea Eliade, authentic being and dialogical mapping of lived religiosity. – Archaevs 15 (1-2) (2011), 75-91.

  • The Russian Orthodox Church and atheism. – Approaching Religion 2 (1), 2012, 52-67.

  • Lähimmäisenrakkautta, juutalaisvastaisuutta, antisemitismiä? Suomen juutalaisten käännyttäminen autonomian ajalla. – Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 102 (2012), 42–56.

  • Puhuu tiikerin kanssa: näkökohtia ihmisen ja eläimen maailmassa-asumiseen Venäjän Kaukoidässä. – Elore 20:1, 2013, 33–45 (www.elore.fi)

  • Identiteetti, konflikti ja uskonto Balkanilla ensimmäisen maailmansodan jälkeen. – Kirkon kalenteri 2014, toim. Terttu Etelämäki. Helsinki: Kotimaa 2013, 53–57.

  •  Kirkko ja kansallinen identiteetti Georgiassa. – Löytöretkiä Georgiaan, toim. Krista Berglund et al. Joensuu: University of Eastern Finland Press 2014, 30–47.

  •  ”Niin katso katajikossa, kuin hoiat huonehessa”: lehmä, haltijat, pyhät ja ihminen Raja-Karjalassa autonomian ajan jälkipuolella. – Lähde vol. 10 (2014), 74-94.
  • Divine wonders and wordly saintliness: local saints in 16th- and 17-century Northern Russia. – Northern Byzantine icons, ed. Marja Usvasalo. Helsinki: The Finnish National Committee for Byzantine Studies 2014, 9–26.
  • The Finnish Orthodox Church. – Eastern Christianity and politics in the twenty-first century, ed. Lucian Leustean. London: Routledge 2014, 280–294.

  • & Tuomas Martikainen, Population movements and Orthodox Christianity in Finland: dislocations, resettlements, migrations and identities. – Orthodox identities in western Europe, ed. Maria Hämmerli & Jean-François Mayer. Surrey: Ashgate 2014, 151–178.

  • Mikä on Serbia ja missä? – Serbia: tähtäimessä turvattu tulevaisuus, toim. Kerstin Jokisalo-Neumann. Vastapaino 2014, 15-56.
  • Alija Izetbegović, islam, itä ja länsi. – Kohtaamisia: kirjoituksia uskonnosta, arjesta ja monikulttuurisuudesta, toim. Riku Hämäläinen & Heikki Pesonen. Helsinki: Maailman kulttuurien laitos 2015, 130-138.

  • Compassionable human–animal relationality: a reading of a Buddhist jātaja (rebirth) tale. – Affect, space and animals, ed. Jopi Nyman & Nora Schuurman. London: Routledge 2016, 140–150.

  • Huolenpito ja vieraanvaraisuus. Hyvän kuoleman ihanne ortodoksisessa Raja-Karjalassa vuosina 1870–1939. – Historiallinen Aikakauskirja 114 (4) 2016, 415–431.

  • The ”Judisk Krönika” and the Finnish Jewish identity-building, 1918–1920. Knygotyra 66 (2016), 86–103.

  • Russia: Atheism, ‘blasphemy’, state, and Orthodox Christianity. – The atheist bus campaign: global manifestations and responses, ed. Steven Tomlins & Spencer Bullivant. Leiden: Brill 2016, 262–285.

  • The traditional model does not explain attitudes toward euthanasia: a web-based survey of the general public in Finland (together with Anja Terkamo-Moisio [the first author] et al.). – Omega – Journal of Death and Dying, doi 10.1177/0030222816652804.

  • Nurses’ attitudes towards euthanasia in conflict with professional ethical guide lines (together with Anja Terkamo-Moisio [the first author], Tarja Kvist and Mari Kangasniemi). – Nursing Ethics 24 (1) 2017, 70–86. doi 10.1177/0969733016643861

  • Serbian ortodoksinen kirkko, Kosovo ja sota 1998–1999. – Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 107 (2017), 75–108

 

Social Interaction

  • YLE Radio (morning program) 28 January 2015, on antisemitism.
  • YLE Aamu-tv (TV's morning program) 21 February 2015, on antisemitism.

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