Education & Positions / koulutus & työt

Kuva / photo: Reijo Valta, Musteklubi (Huutomerkki ry) 2018

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.

‒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 Lecturer, Literature, University of Oulu 2021

‒ University Teacher, Comparative Literature, University of Turku 2020

‒ University Lecturer, Literature, University of Oulu 2019

‒ Postdoctoral Reseacher: Tove Jansson Companion -project, 2018‒2021. 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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