Tvärminne goes Lammi 2019


The Diversity of Ethics in the Study of Religion

14–15th November, Lammi biological station 

 There are multiple ethical questions within science and its many disciplines, and the study of religionis no exception. This year’s annual autumn seminar for doctoral students offered by the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion (SUS) will examine the diversity of these questions in the field, with the theme The Diversity of Ethics in the Study of Religion. We invite doctoral students to write short papers on the theme. The possible questions for examination can include, but are not limited to:

  • Ethics and methodology. What are the ethical questions of the commonly used methods in the study of religion? What ethical questions are relevant in your own research? 
  • Ethics and data in the digital age. What ethical problems are present when studying social media and other digital sources, and the use of the data? What about open data in the study of religions?
  • Being part of the research community. What rights and responsibilities do researchers, doctoral students and supervisors have in the study of religion? The relationship between research organization and society? Authorship: the problematics between authorship vs. contribution, or the dynamics of multiple writers in a publication?
  • The general questions of research ethics. The topic can include conversations on the guidelines for ethical research conduct and the importance of ethics.
  • Theory and ethics. What are the possible theoretical approaches to ethics? How to study different ethical and moral understandings i.e. the ethical dimensions of human life?

Students can also choose to send their research plans (all topics and themes welcomed). The participants’ papers will be discussed and analyzed in small groups led by the experts of the subject. The keynote speakers this year will include Adjunct Professor Iina Kohonen (Finnish National Board on Research Integrity), Tiina Mahlamäki (University of Turku), and Simo Kyllönen (University of Helsinki). The languages of the seminar are Finnish, Swedish and English. The participation fee is EUR 30. The fee includes accommodation, meals and sauna. Travel expenses will be covered by the participants. We recommend carpooling. If needed, the organizing team will help to coordinate shared cars from Turku and Helsinki. Lammi biological station is part of University of Helsinki and is situated between Lahti and Hämeenlinna (Pääjärventie 320, 16900 Lammi).

The participants are requested to enroll, as well as send the title and a short description of the paper (5–10 lines), to kati.rissanen(at)  by 15.9.2019. The participation fee should also be paid by that date to the account of the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion (Ålandsbanken FI31 6601 0001 1690 28). Please include your name and “Lammi 2019” in the message field. The more detailed themes of the groups, confirmed names of the group leaders and attendees will be announced on 27.9.2019. The final papers (2–3 pages) should be send in PDF-format via email by 27.10.2019.

Kind regards,

Organizing team: Katriina Hulkkonen, Tommi Laitinen, Saana Talja and Kati Rissanen