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Education

Docent, University of Helsinki, 2013

Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, University of Helsinki, 1999

M.A. in Social Anthropology, University of Helsinki, 1993

Graduate from the evening high school, Oulu, 1984

Graduate from the Commercial College, Oulu, 1981

Academic posts and positions

Lecturer, Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, 2002 –

Kone Foundation, personal research grant, 2016-2017

PI in the Academy of Finland research project “The Morality of Success among the Emerging Black Middle Class in South Africa”, 2016-2020

PI in the Academy of Finland research project “Youth Music and the Construction of Social Subjectivities and Communities in Post-apartheid South Africa”, 2013-2016

Academy Research Fellow, Academy of Finland, 2008 – 2013

Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, 2003 – 2005

Senior Assistant, Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, 2001 – 2002

Visiting researcher, African Studies Center, Boston University, 2000 – 2001

Researcher, Finnish Foreign Ministry, 1999 – 2000

Awards

Aidoo-Snyder Prize  (African Studies Association, USA) for the book “Gossip, Markets, and Gender”, 2009

Organized conferences and seminars

  • “Hip Hop Studies: Global and Local” (with Antti-Ville Kärjä of the Finnish Youth Research Society & Network and the Finnish Jazz and Pop Archive), 13.9.2014
  • “Stuggle and Style: African Youth Cultures Today”, Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, 12.9.2014
  • Seminar on “Youth and Music”, Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, 21.10.2013
  • “Music and Institutions” (with Risto Pekka Pennanen), Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 9.-10.12.2010
  • “Globality, Locality and Contact – Language and Culture” (with Anneli Meurman-Solin and Matti Miestamo), Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 17.-18.11.2008
  • Topelia African Studies Seminar Series (with Jeremy Gould), University of Helsinki,  Jan – May 2008
  • “World Music and the Global Music Industry”, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, 19.-20.8.2005
  • “Private Sector Promotion in Developing Countries”, Finnish Foreign Ministry and the Institute for Development Studies, Helsinki, 9.-10.12.1999

Language skills

– Finnish: mother tongue

– English and KiSwahili: fluent

– Swedish and German: good

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