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Education and degrees awarded / koulutus:

‒PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Oulu, Finland, 2015. PhD thesis entitled Constructive Mythopoetics in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Legendarium   (Acta Universitatis Ouluensis, B humaniora 129, Oulu University Press, 2015). The thesis discusses genre, construction and Christian Platonism in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy fiction. Link: http://jultika.oulu.fi/files/isbn9789526209289.pdf

‒Master of Arts, Comparative Literature, University of Oulu, Finland, 2005. MA thesis Kristillisplatonisia elementtejä J. R. R. Tolkienin teoksessa Silmarillion [in English: Christian Platonic and Other Mythological Elements in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion]

Posts and Positions of Primary Importance / työt ja asemat:

‒ University Teacher, Comparative Literature, University of Turku 2020

‒ University Lecturer, Literature, University of Oulu 2019

‒ Postdoctoral Reseacher: Tove Jansson Companion -project, 2018‒2019. Funded by The Kone Foundation

‒ Postdoctoral Researcher: Uses of Fantasy – The World Hobbit Project Finland, 2016‒2017. Funded by The Finnish Cultural Foundation)

‒ University Teacher, Literature, Faculty of Humanities 2014‒2015

‒ Coordinator, Cultural Interactions: Northern Dimensions (CIND). University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities 2013.

‒ University Teacher, Literature, University of Oulu 2012

‒ Editor-in-Chief for Avain ‒ Finnish Review of Literary Studies in 2012 and Fafnir ‒ Nordic Journal for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research 2014‒2018. Visiting Editor-in-Chief for Kulttuurintutkimus 1/2016.

‒  Winner, BFA (Brittish Fantasy Association) Award for Best Non-Fiction, Gender Identity and Sexuality in Recent Science Fiction and Fantasy (edited by Francesca T. Barbini, published by Luna Press), 2019.

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