Research centres and units
There are various multidisciplinary and international research centres operating within the Faculty of Humanities. These research centres promote high-quality research in their own fields. They also organise various seminars and conferences.
More information on the research centres and networks
The multidisciplinary CSCC brings together both research and researchers focused on the study of Christianity and Christian cultures from, for example, humanistic and social scientific perspectives. The research centre examines both historical and current dimensions of Christianity related to ideologies, politics, culture, art, economy, and everyday life. Monthly introduction and discussion sessions work as a basis for the centre’s operation. In addition, the centre organises various seminars and events.
The Centre for the Study of Language and Wellbeing (LaWe) supports, promotes and highlights research related to the connections between language and wellbeing and improves its application so that it can benefit the society. The concept of wellbeing is approached in a broad sense: the importance of language and interaction can be observed in relation with, for example, identity, health, education, culture and diversity, social relations, participation, accessibility, society, and environment. The centre is multidisciplinary and has an open policy on its data and methods. It supports networking by, for example, organising presentations, lectures, seminars, workshops, and other academic events. LaWe also aims to promote active research collaboration with public and third sector organisations.
The Research Network on Digital Interaction combines approaches from, for example, digital culture and discourse analysis. A part of the network is focused on digital humanities and quantitative methods and their development in a way that large digital data could be better utilised in the field of humanities.
Research topics include different phenomena in social media and the internet, such as online cultures and communities, the changing forms, processes and genres of communication, and the societal and institutional communication in social media. These aspects are examined from historical, communicative, cultural, and linguistic perspectives.
The network currently includes researchers from various units in five faculties of the University of Turku.
The International Institute for Popular Culture was founded in 2006 to promote multidisciplinary research in popular culture. The key research topics of the institute include popular music, radio, film and television, new media and information technology, festivals and urban cultures, youth cultures and subcultures, and cultural industries and sports.
The IIPC regularly organises debates and conferences, produces publications, and promotes international researcher exchange in co-operation with central international partners. The institute’s operation is led by an international steering group that includes leading researchers of popular culture from Europe, the United States and Australia.
The Research Center for Culture and Health explores the connections between culture, health, and illness from a multidisciplinary perspective. The center also provides teaching, and it participates in initiatives related to the University’s third mission.
The ArtsEqual research initiative, which is funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland, operates within the center, and the Asklepios study module (15 ECTS) of the University of Turku is also co-ordinated by the center. The Asklepios study module combines medical, humanistic and social scientific perspectives in teaching. The center also co-ordinates a seminar on culture and health aimed at doctoral candidates and other researchers and the national research network Taikusydän, which specialises in arts, culture, and wellbeing.
The Research Unit for Volgaic Languages conducts research on Mordvin (Erzya and Moksha), Mari and Udmurt, which are Finno-Ugric languages spoken in the Russian regions around the Volga River and its tributary, the Kama. In addition, it focuses on comparing these languages with the Turkic languages of the area: Chuvash, Tatar and Bashkir. The research unit maintains and develops electronic corpora related to these languages, and it aims to promote the scientific and educational co-operation between the University of Turku and the universities in the Volga-Kama region. It also aims to popularise phenomena and issues related to the peoples and especially to the languages of the region. The research unit, together with Finno-Ugric Languages at the University of Turku, forms a cluster of expertise which has a globally leading role in the field of comparative research related to minority languages in the Volga-Kama region. The research unit maintains a collection of electronic corpora of these languages that is unique in its scale and versatility. In addition, the research unit has a central role in scholarly exchange in the field of linguistics with the universities in the Volga-Kama region.
TUCEMEMS supports and promotes scientific research that is focused on the period ranging from Late Antiquity to the end of the eighteenth century. Research on the Middle Ages and the early modern period conducted in various departments at the University of Turku works as a basis for the centre’s operation. The centre also co-operates with other similar national and international organisations, centres, and institutions. The activities of TUCEMEMS are open to everyone interested.
The Human–Animal Studies Network in Turku brings together research on animals and human–animal relations. The Network operates at the University of Turku, in the Faculty of Humanities, but it also involves researchers from the wider Turku area. The studies focus on, for instance, encounters and boundaries between humans and other animals, their shared history and interaction, as well as animal representations and agency. The Network regularly organises research seminars and various other events such as guest lectures.
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Turku Network for Research on Multiculturalism and Societal Interaction provides a platform for research, teaching and developmental activities on multiculturalism conducted at the University of Turku and in the Turku region at large. This platform collects and shares information about expertise, teaching, seminars, events, and research projects and thus provides a network for various people who need this type of information such as researchers, students, experts, decision-makers, and others working in the context of multiculturalism. The network is co-ordinated by the Department of Comparative Religion at the University of Turku.
Wave Riders (AHA – Aallonharjalle in Finnish) is a research and teaching laboratory for the humanities and social sciences. It operates within the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. Wave Riders specialises in maritime and other water systems, and it aims is to bring together researchers whose research topics are related to the thematic collaboration in sea and maritime studies. In addition to joint projects and initiatives, Wave Riders organises regular research seminars and conducts commissioned research.