Activities

Conferences and Presentations

2020. with Niko Besnier. 'Write to Publish: Turning Qualitative Research Writing from Your Thesis into Publishable, Article-Quality Work.' A day-long professional workshop for junior and senior scholars. Social and Cultural Anthropology and Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, 30 January, 2020.

2020. 'Gendered Fertility: Reproductive Aspirations and Practices in Contemporary Havana.' An invited presentation at the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group Seminars, Department of Anthropology, University of Oxford, 20 January, 2020.

2019. 'Food, Pharmaceuticals and Everyday Understandings of Health in Contemporary Havana, Cuba.' A presentation at the symposium '(In)Tangible Technology and Data in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences', Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 17 October, 2019.

2019. 'Care at the Margins: Elderly Cubans Coping with Precarity in Contemporary Havana.' A presentation at the 'Seventh Congress of the Portuguese Anthropological Association', Lisbon, 5 June, 2019.

2019. 'Kinship, Care and Life Cycle: An Ethnographic Perspective from the Caribbean'. Two invited lectures at the 'Queering Kinship' course, Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Helsinki. Helsinki, 19 March and 16 April, 2019.

2019. 'Bienestar en Cuba: una perspectiva antropológica' [Wellbeing in Cuba: An Anthropological Perspective]. A presentation at the 'IV Conferencia Internacional por el Equilibrio del Mundo' [Fourth International Conference for World Balance]. Havana, 31 January, 2019.

2018 & 2019. 'Sukupuoli, elämänkaari ja valtio: Etnografinen näkökulma Kuubasta' [Gender, Life Cycle and the State: An Ethnographic Perspective from Cuba]. Two invited lectures at the 'sukupuolten yhteiskunta' [Gender and Society] course, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. Helsinki, 27 and 30 November, 2018 and 26 and 29 November, 2019.

2018. 'Contestations of Love and Configurations of Class in Contemporary Cuban Weddings'. An invited presentation at the “Marriage and Modernity in Comparative Perspective' workshop, Department of Anthropology, University of Hamburg. Hamburg, 27 October.

2018. 'Johdatus haastattelemiseen tutkimusmetodina' [An Introduction to Interviewing as a Research Method]. An invited lecture at the Department of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Helsinki. Helsinki 20 September, 2018.

2018. 'Intimate Ethnography: Gender, Kinship and Sexuality.' Two invited lectures at the 'Ethnographic Methodologies' course during two different semesters, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. Helsinki, 29 January and 5 February, 2018, and 17 and 24 September, 2018.

2018. 'The Search for a Good Life in Contemporary Havana, Cuba.' A presentation at the 'European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference: Staying, Moving, Settling.' Stockholm, 14 August, 2018.

2018. 'Everyday Wellbeing in Contemporary Cuba.' A presentation at the 'XXXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association: LASA 2018: Latin American Studies in a Globalized World.' Barcelona, 24 May, 2018.

2018. 'New Vulnerabilities in Neoliberalising Cuba.' A presentation at the 'Swedish Anthropological Association and Finnish Anthropological Society Conference 2018: Vulnerabilities'. Uppsala, 20 April, 2018.

2017. 'Wellbeing and Social Change in Contemporary Cuba.' A presentation at the Contrasting and Reimagining Kinship workshop. Department of Gender Studies, University of Helsinki. Helsinki, 29 September.

2017. 'Wellbeing in Contemporary Cuba.' A presentation at the Institute of Philosophy. Havana. 16 June, 2017

2017. 'Antropología medica.' [Medical Anthropology]. A presentation at the Department of Philosophy, University of Havana. Havana. 11 April, 2017.

2016. 'Wellbeing, Care and Kinship in Contemporary Cuba.' A presentation at the Contrasting and Reimagining Kinship workshop: Ethnographic Fieldwork. Department of Gender Studies, University of Helsinki. Helsinki, 2 December.

2016. 'State, Care and Kinship in Contemporary Cuba.' A presentation at the Contrasting and Reimagining Kinship workshop: Post-Socialism and the State. Department of Gender Studies, University of Helsinki. Helsinki, 11 November.

2016. 'Sexuality and Gendered Care in Cuban Single-Parent Families.' A presentation at the launch event of the Contrasting and Reimagining Kinship project: The Future of Kinship!. Department of Gender Studies, University of Helsinki. Helsinki, 27 September.

2016. 'Ruoka huolenpitona Kuubassa.' [Food as Care in Cuba]. A Presentation at the book launching party for Ruoan kulttuuri: antropologisia näkökulmia ruoan tutkimukseen [The Culture of Food: Anthropological Perspectives to Studying Food]. The Finnish Literature Society, Helsinki, 23 September.

2015. 'Seksuaalisuus ja sukupuoli kuubalaisessa Santeriassa ja katolisuudessa.' [Sexuality and Gender in Cuban Santeria and Catholicism]. An invited presentation at the 'Religion and Sexuality' course, Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki. Helsinki, 30 November.

2014. 'Love, Money and Care in Post-Soviet Havana.' Paper presented at the '13th EASA Biennial Conference: Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution'. Tallinn, 1 August.

2014. 'Politics, Care and Uncertainty in Contemporary Cuba.' Paper presented at the 'International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) Inter-Congress 2014 and the 50th Anniversary Conference of The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA).' Chiba, 15 May.

2013. '“Nobody Likes Sleeping Alone”: Notions of Love, Sexuality and Masculinity in Contemporary Havana, Cuba.' An invited presentation at the 'Changing Masculinities' workshop at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam. Amsterdam, 12 December.

2013. 'Gendered Reciprocity, Care and Parenthood in Post-Soviet Havana.' Paper presented at the '112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.' Chicago, 24 November.

2013. 'Time in Contemporary Cuban State Discourse.' Paper presented at the 'Finnish Anthropology Conference 2013: Culture, Creativity and Performativity.' Tampere, 16 May.

2012. 'Gender, Reproduction and Wealth in Post-Soviet Havana.' Paper presented at the '111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.' San Francisco, 15 November.

2012. 'Negotiating Wealth and Desirability: Changing Expectations on Men in Post-Soviet Havana.' Paper presented at the '12th EASA Biennial Conference: Uncertainty and Disquiet.' Paris, 11 July.

2012. 'Men, Money and Care in Cuban Romantic Relationships.' Paper presented at the 'International Congress of Americanists: Building Dialogues in the Americas.' Vienna, 18 July.

2012. 'Old Age, Care and the State in Post-Soviet Cuba.' Paper presented at the 'Nordic Latin American Research Network (NOLAN) conference 2012: Latin America in Movement: Powers, Spaces and Subjectivities.' Stockholm, 28 April.

2011. 'Love, Jealousy and Gender in Post-Soviet Cuba.' Paper presented at the '110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.' Montreal, 17 November.

2011. 'Funerals in Socialist Cuba.' Paper presented at the 'Cuba Futures: Past and Present' conference, the Graduate Center and Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, City University of New York. New York, 1 April.

2010. 'Matrifocal Kinship and Lifecycle in Cuba.' Paper presented at the '109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.' New Orleans, 17 November.

2010. 'Gender-Differentiated Parenthood and Care in Cuban Kinship and in the Revolutionary State Ideology.' Paper presented at the 'Finnish Anthropology Conference 2010: Ideas of Value: Inquiries in Anthropology.' Helsinki, 11 May.

2009. 'Matrifocality in Comparison.' Paper presented at the 'XXVIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association: LASA09 Rethinking Inequality.' Rio de Janeiro, 12 June.

2009. 'Girls' Quince Ritual, Weddings and the Matrifocal Kinship Structure in Cuba.' Paper presented at the 'Annual Convention of Finnish Anthropologists: Continuity through Change: Anthropological Perspectives in the Contemporary World.' Tampere, 7 May.

Supervision of Research Work

2017-ongoing. The officially appointed supervisor to Noora Meklin, an Anthropology student completing her Master's Thesis at the University of Helsinki (Project: 'Money and Morality in Cuban Santeria').

2017-2020. The officially appointed supervisor to Annika Lepistö, an Anthropology Master's degree student who completed her Master's Thesis with distinction at the University of Helsinki in January 2020 and is currently in the process of graduation (Master's Thesis: 'Muxes: The Zapotec Third Gender in Oaxaca, Mexico').

2017-2018. The officially appointed supervisor to Soila Laivo, an Anthropology Master's degree student who graduated with distinction at the University of Helsinki in December 2018 (Master's Thesis: 'Dropping Out of School: Education, Kinship and Becoming an Adult in Post-Conflict Acholiland, winner of the best Master's Thesis in the field of Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki in 2018).

2018. Local supervisor to Eva Kubitzek, a Social Psychology Master's student visiting the University of Helsinki from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany (Project: 'Twerk: Valuation Practices in the Dancing Scene').

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