Dr. Heidi Härkönen

Dr. Heidi HärkönenI'm a social and cultural anthropologist specialising on gender, kinship, Cuba and the Caribbean. I gained my Doctorate of Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki in 2014 in the field of social and cultural anthropology. My book, "Kinship, Love and Life Cycle in Contemporary Havana, Cuba: To Not Die Alone" was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. It is a revised version of my dissertation, "To Not Die Alone: Love, Kinship and Life Cycle in Contemporary Havana, Cuba" that explores gender and family relations and their relationship to the state throughout the individual life cycle with a focus on love, care, gender and family relations amongst low-income, racially mixed Cubans.

I have been a visiting scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York and at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research in the Netherlands. At the moment I am the Academy of Finland post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. My current research examines wellbeing and social change in contemporary Cuba through a focus on ideas and practices of the body, personhood and care.

My research interests include gender, kinship, love, sexuality, reproduction, money, wellbeing, the body, personhood, care, life course, beauty, health, food, race, age, social change, Cuba, the Caribbean, socialism and postsocialism.

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