Awards

Gradu award

The Finnish Society for the Study of Religion Gradu award honouring excellence in graduate thesis was given for the first time during the Religious Studies Day 2007.

  • 2006 Janne Helin (HY): Maa vahva, Jumala väkevä. Pyhä talvisota ja Kotimaa-lehden myytit vuosina 1939-1941
  • 2007 Aleksi Oksanen (HY): Muusikko juhlassa. Perinne, mestarirumpali ja oppipoika burkinafasolaisissa kihlajaisissa
  • 2008 TM Atte Tahvanainen (HY): Häivähdys Jumalasta. Teologian opiskelijoiden päättely Jumalasta abstraktin taiteen äärellä
  • 2010 FM Anna Nurminen (TY): Rukouskieli ja merkitys. Miten lähestyä rukousta kognitiivisen lingvistiikan ja uskontotieteen menetelmin
  • 2011 FM Tuomas Järvenpää (ISY): God is a Gangsta
  • 2012 PsM, TM Teemu Pauha (HY): Prososiaalisuuden moraalipsykologiset perusteet saksalaisten muslimijärjestöjen saarnoissa
  • 2013 Liia Raippalinna (HY): Ruoka, ruumis, yhteisö. Pyhät rajat hyvän ja oikean ruoan diskursseissa
  • 2014 Marjatta Peltonen (HY): Religious Agency, Memory and Travel: Transnational Islam of Senegalese Murids in Helsinki
  • 2015 Mira Rantakeisu (HY): Cultivating a Sense of Belonging – The Orthodox Church as a Part of the Collective Memory of Skolt Sámi in Finland

The Gradu award is given during the Religious Studies Day. The award is 150 euros. In addition, the winner will be paid a poster on the theme of the thesis.

Theses eligible for applying the award must conform to the following terms:

  1. The thesis has been approved as graduate thesis for a Master’s degree in Finland.
  2. The mark of the thesis is magna cum laude or higher.
  3. The thesis belongs to the field of Study of Religion.
  4. The thesis has been written in Finnish, Swedish or English.

All theses conforming to the above terms from the departments of Comparative Religion at the University of Helsinki, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University are eligible for taking part in the competition. The thesis must be submitted to the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion as one printed version and an electronic file (rtf- or pdf-format). The following information should be attached:

  1. author’s personal information and address
  2. department where the thesis has been approved
  3. supervisor of the thesis
  4. mark of the thesis
  5. date of approval
  6. thesis abstract
  7. one page explanation stating the merits of the thesis.

The theses should be sent to the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion, Study of Religion, Kaivokatu 12, 20014 University of Turku. The electronic version of the thesis may be sent either by ordinary mail on diskette or cd or via e-mail to anna.haapalainen@utu.fi. The deadline for applications is January 8, 2015.