Conference Presentations

2016

Are the Mainstream Media as Antireligious as Many of Us Think? Media, Religion and Publics. International Society for Media, Religion and Culture 1-4 August Seoul, South-Korea.

The Category of Religion in Organising Social Practices: From a Case Study to Methodology. Relocating Religion. European Association for the Study of Religions, 28 June – 1 July Helsinki, Finland.

2015

Uskonnon ja maallisen erottelu yhteiskunnallisena kysymyksenä [The Disctinction Between Religion and the Secular as Societal Issue]. Uskonto, politiikka ja raha: Maallisen ja hengellisen rajapinnoilla. Uskonnon ja yhteiskunnan tutkimuksen verkosto, Lapin yliopisto, Rovaniemi 27.11.2015

A Discursive Approach in Challenging the World Religions Paradigm in Teaching – XXI IAHR World Congress: Dynamics of Religions – Past and Present, August 23-29 Erfurt, Germany.

The Art of Becoming a Religion: Law, Media and Scholars of Religion – XXI IAHR World Congress: Dynamics of Religions – Past and Present, August 23-29 Erfurt, Germany.

Aspects of the Present-day Relationship Between Religion, Media and the Public Sphere (panel with M Lövheim, M Moberg & S Sjö) – Beyond Post-Secularity? June 15-17 Åbo Akademi, Turku, Finland.

2014

Roles of Scholars and Media in Religion-Related Legal Processes – Religion and Law, 5 November, University of Turku, Finland.

Media Discourse on Religion and the Secular in Finnish Modernisation – Religion and Modernity in Nordic Daily Press and Magazines, 27-29 October, Sigtuna Foundation, Sweden.

Religion in the Finnish Media: The Emergence of a New Discourse – Change and Continuity: Religion, State, Civil Society, 20-22 August, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Finland: The Emergence of Religious Diversity in the Daily Press – Media, Religion and Culture in a Networked World, 4-6 August, University of Kent, Canterbury, England.

Doing Things with ‘Religion’: Discursive Approach for Studying the Category of ‘Religion’ in the Organization of Social Practices – Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge, EASR 2014, 11-15 May, Groningen, Netherlands.

Do Categories such as ‘Nonreligion’ and ‘Secularity’ Help or Hinder Empirical Research?, Panel with James Cox, Matthew Engelke, Lois Lee and Anna Strhan – Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge, EASR 2014, 11-15 May, Groningen, Netherlands.

On the Right and Wrong Trees: Do ‘The Critical Religion Association’ and ‘Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network’ Have Overlapping Agendas? Panel with Timothy Fitzgerald, Trevor Stack, Naomi Goldenberg, Lois Lee, Stacey Gutkowski and Susanne Schenk – Modern Goverment, Sovereignty and the Category of Religion, 8-11 May, Uppsala, Sweden.

Post-Secular and Gender, panel discussion – Post-Secular and Gender, 24-25 April, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland.

2013

2013 An Ordinary Day: Religion in the Media – A Cultural Divide, 31 October – 1 November, University of Ottawa, Canada. (with K Knott, C Helland, A Halahoff)

2013 Religion in the British Mainstream Media: What Has Changed in the Last 25 Years? – Religion, Migration and Mutation, European Association for the Study of Religion, 3-6 September, Liverpool Hope University, England.

2013 The Emergence of Religious Diversity Discourse in the Finnish Media – Religion, Media and Diversity, 17-18 May, London, England.

2013 The New Visibility of Religion and Atheism – 20 March, Religion and Society Research Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden.

2013 Discursive Approach in the Study of Religion – 13 March, Religion and Society Research Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden.

2012

2012 Public Discourse on ‘Religion’ and ‘Atheism’: Mutually Reinforcing Pillars – 14 November, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, University of Lancaster, England.

2012 Articulations of Media and Non-religion – Research seminar, 7 November, School of Languages, Cultures and Religion, University of Stirling, Scotland.

2012 Non-religion in the Study of Religion and Media – Methodology: Challenges and New Perspectives on Media and Religion. 30 October – 1 November, Sigtuna, Sweden.

2012 Articulations of Media and Non-religion – Religious Studies seminar, 3 October, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

2012 Changing Media Representations of Religion and the ‘Secular Sacred’, 1982-2010 – New Public Forms of Religion, 5-7 September, St. John’s College, Cambridge, England. (with K Knott)

2012 Media and the Non-religious – Ends and Beginnings, European Association for the Study of Religion, 23–26 August, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden.

2012 Media Negotiations of the Place of Religion in Society – Media, Religion, Culture, 8–12 July, University of Anadolu, Eskisehir, Turkey.

2012 Does the ‘Old’ Media’s Religion Coverage Matter in time of Digital Religion? – Digital Religion, 13–15 June, Donner Institute, Turku, Finland.

2012 Public Discourse on ‘Atheism’ and ‘Religion’: Mutually Reinforcing Pillars – Researching ‘New Atheism’: Criticism of Religion and the Study of Religion, 24–25 February, Freie University, Berlin, Germany.

2012 Media Discourse on Religion and the Secular in Finland – Religion Across Media: Theoretical Perspectives and Case Studies, 13–15 February, University of Oslo, Norway.

2012 More Visible but Limited in Its Popularity: Atheism (and Atheists) in Finland – The New Visibility of Atheism in Europe, 18-20 January, The Donner Institute, Turku, Finland.

2012 Response to Gavin Hyman’s A Short History of Atheism – Seminar with Gavin Hyman, The New Visibility of Atheism in Europe, 18–20 January, The Donner Institute, Turku, Finland.

2011

2011 Academic Career after PhD: Experiences from Finland and Abroad – After PhD, The Graduate School of Cultural Interpretations 15 December, Turku, Finland.

2011 Snapshots of Religion in Neoliberalism – Religion and Neoliberalism, 8 December, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland.

2011 Scholar of Religion in Society: Freedom and Necessity, Scholar of Religion in Society 17-18 November, The Finnish Society for the Study of Religion, Tvärminne, Finland.

2011 Invited response to NOREL-Project papers on religion and media, Religious Change and Popular Culture, Nordic Network on Media and Religion, 31 October – 2 November, Sigtuna, Sweden.

2011 The Category of ‘Religion’ in Public Classification: Charity Registration of the Druid Network in England and Wales – New Movements in Religion, European Association for the Study of Religion 18–22 September, Budapest, Hungary. (with S Owen)

2011 Rethinking the Notion of Culture, panel with prof. Jean-Louis Fabiani, prof. Hannu Salmi & prof. Helmi Järviluoma-Mäkelä – Rethinking Enlightenment, AboAgora 15–18 August, Turku, Finland.

2011 Atheist Spirituality: a follow-on from New Atheism? – Post-Secular Religious Practices, 15-17 June, The Donner Institute, Turku, Finland.

2011 Religion in the British Media Today: Christianity, Secularism, Diversity – Religion, Media and Change. Religious Studies Day, Finnish Society for the Study of Religion 17 March, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland.

2010

2010 Discourse on Religion in British Media – Religion: A Human Phenomenon. XXth World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions 15–21 August, University of Toronto, Canada.

2010 Portrayals of Religion in British Media: summary of findings and methodological reflections – 7th International Conference on Media, Religion and Culture 9–13 August, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

2010 Media Portrayals of Religion and the Secular Sacred – Social Media and the Sacred, Mediating Religion  International Research Network, annual conference. 28–29th June, The Open University, London, England. (with Kim Knott & Elizabeth Poole)

2010 Media Construction of Christianity and Secularism: The Role of Christianity in Assessing ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Secularism in the British Media – The Changing Face of Christianity in the 21st Century, British Sociological Association, 6–8 April, Edinburgh, Scotland.

2010 Media Portrayals of Religion and the Secular Sacred: Methodological challenges in longitudinal and comparative study – Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion, 29–30 March, London, England. (with Elizabeth Poole)

2010 Secularism and Atheism in British Media – Religion and Media, 22nd March, University of Leeds, England.

2010 Media Portrayals of Religion and the Secular Sacred: preliminary findings – Religion and Media, 22nd March, University of Leeds, England. (with Kim Knott & Elizabeth Poole)

2010 Multiculturalism, Identity and Freedom of Speech: Islam and the Geert Wilders Case – Public Interventions, 3 March, Loughborough University, England. (with Kim Knott & Elizabeth Poole)

2009

2009 Methodological Challenges in Understanding Different Modes and Locations of Irreligiosity – Non-Religion and Secularity: New Empirical Perspectives. Non-Religion and Secularity Research Network, 11 December, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, England.

2009 Containment and Escape: Fantasy as the Double Movement in Popular Culture – Fantasy: International Summer School for Cultural Studies, 3-5 June 2009, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

2009 New Atheism: Contextualisation and Comparison – Religion and Knowledge. British Sociological Association. 30 March – 1 April, St. Chad’s College, Durham, England.

2009 Media Portrayals of Religion – Approached to Researching Religion. 5 March 2009. Leeds Social Sciences Institute Research Methods Seminar, University of Leeds, England. (with Kim Knott)

2009 The Struggle over Public Opinion: The Category of Kabbalah and Madonna’s Divorce – ‘Religion’ and its Constructions. 5 February , University of Stirling, Scotland.

2008

2008 Is There Space for the Study of Discursive Religion in Religious Studies? – Religion, Memory and Remembrance, British Association for the Study of Religion, 1–3 September, York, England.

2008 An Invited Reply to R. Stephen Warner’s Parameters of Paradigms – Urban Diversity and Religious Traditions, 19th NCSR-conference, 13–15 August, Turku, Finland.

2008 Media Discourse on Cemeteries: A Window to Finnish Modernisation and Religion – Urban Diversity and Religious Traditions, 19th NCSR-conference,  13–15 August, Turku, Finland.

2008 The Problem of Capitalism in the Scholarship on Contemporary Spirituality – Postmodern Spirituality, 11–13 June, Turku, Finland.

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