Dr Titus Hjelm
Lecturer in Finnish Society and Culture
020 7679 4870
020 7679 8722
I studied comparative religion, history and sociology at the University of Helsinki. My doctoral dissertation was on the construction of Satanism in the Finnish news media. After a post doc year at the Department of Comparative Religion in Helsinki, and another year at the Department of Art, Religion and Culture, University of Amsterdam, I joined the SSEES in 2007. I have published books and articles on the public reactions to 'alternative' religions in Finland and elsewhere, Finnish youth culture, and religion and popular culture. My two most recent books are Perspectives on Social Constructionism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and an edited volume titled Religion and Social Problems (Routledge, 2010).
My research interests are far and wide, but include at least the following: Cultural sociology, sociology of religion, social problems, media (news), popular culture (particularly the Nordic heavy metal scene and vampire fiction and film), social theory.
Teaching and Supervision
I welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students wishing to pursue research into any aspect of Finnish society and culture, and into any of the subject areas outlined in my research interests.
I am involved in teaching a wide range of culture, social science, and literature courses at SSEES and the Scandinavian Studies Department, at both BA and MA level.
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Tuesday 25 May 2010.