CEACG-seminar 13.12.

The CEACG is organising a seminar on St. Lucy’s Day, the 13th of December, presenting some current work and celebrating the beginning of the holiday season. The topic of the seminar is the welfare state as a backdrop and a framework for gambling policy, alcohol policy and mental health policy in Europe and in Finland. The seminar, which will be held in Finnish, is open to colleagues, cooperation partners, and other friends of the CEACG.

Please register no later than 9 December.

More information and full programme can be found here. Welcome!

New study on masculinity among online gamers

The media discussion surrounding digital gaming tends to be risk- and problem-oriented. For example, computer video gaming has been depicted as causing mental health problems and reducing social competence and cognition. Such public concerns are often heavily gendered by emphasizing how young boys lose out due to their gaming habits.

Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) involve long term intense social bonds between male players. Still, there is not much knowledge on how masculinity constructs work as glue in these game communities. A new CEACG-study investigates masculine identities in applications (N=210) for community membership of a MMORPG community in Finland.

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New director of the CEACG


Matilda Hellman is taking over the lead of the CEACG-group starting August. Hellman has served as the group’s vice director since its formation in the beginning of 2011.

─ The group is unique seen in the Finnish, Nordic and international context. There is really no research center that studies control and governance-aspects of lifestyle-related behavior and policies in the ways that the CEACG-group does, explains Hellman.

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Pekka Sulkunen’s farewell seminar on 30 August, 2016

A farewell lecture and seminar for Pekka Sulkunen at his departure for retirement from the office of Professor of Sociology at the University of Helsinki will take place on the 30th of August 2016. The event will be held at 14-16 pm in the SSKH Festsal, Snellmaninkatu 12, 1st floor.

The title of Professor Sulkunen’s lecture is “Where Did I Go Wrong? Democracy and the Problem of Lifestyle Regulation in the Age of Agency”.

Professor Robin Room from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, Senior Researcher Unni Kjaernes from the National Institute for Consumer Research, Norway, and University Lecturer Matilda Hellman, University of Tampere, will present ongoing research related to Professor Sulkunen’s lecture.