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Research Centre for Culture and Health Seminar


16.1.2024 at 14.00 - 16.00
Research Centre for Culture and Health Seminar January 16, 14:00-16:00 EET Literature, Anthropology and Pain Anna Ovaska, Tampere University “Reading Chronic Pain: Narrative and (In)Visibility” Henni Alava, Tampere University “Finnish Sisu, Finnish Pain: What (if anything) is Culturally Specific in...

Professor Virpi Lummaa receives nearly €2.5 million in EU funding for research on how societal changes influence human kinship networks


Professor of Evolutionary Biology Virpi Lummaa from the University of Turku in Finland has received a major funding from the European Research Council ERC. Lummaa received the funding for a research project that focuses on how major societal changes in the past 300 years have influenced human kinship networks and how they, in turn, have influenced the evolutionary fitness of people in the 18th to 20th century Finland. Lummaa also investigates the same questions in Asian elephants, which have suffered from declines in population size during the past 50 years due to human influence.

Grannies protected against infections in historical Finland


Researchers from the University of Turku and the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology investigated the role of grandmothers in preventing childhood mortality from infectious diseases in 18th and 19th century Finland. According to the study, grandmothers decreased all-cause and cause-specific mortality of children.