The Donner Institute

The Donner Institute for Research into Religion and Culture is a private research institute connected to the Åbo Akademi University Foundation. We gather researchers, students and cultural agents and provide a meeting point for research on religion and culture in Finland and in the Nordic countries. We work to strengthen the visibility of research and create spaces where new knowledge can be born.

Nominate a candidate for the 2022 Donner Research Prize

The Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History hereby calls for nominations for its annual prize for outstanding...

Time to influence Publication Forum (JuFo)!

Which are the most important journals in your field? Are they part of the Publication Forum classification system and are...

DI’s opening hours

It is again possible to visit the Donner Institute library. You can visit the collections and borrow directly from the...

Research & publications

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The Study of Religion and Open Access-books

Today, more and more research literature, in the form of monographs and edited volumes, is published open access. This article presents an overview of where you can find open access books and particularly books dealing with the study of religion. Some of the challenges with publishing books open access are also discussed. The work focusing on making research output available to everyone is continuously progressing. The focus has long been on research articles, but the work with making monographs and edited volumes too available is also going forward. Particularly in the humanities and theology books are still a very central...

Religionsvetenskapliga skrifter goes open access!

The Donner Institute is on the way with publishing Religionsvetenskapliga skrifter open access online. The book series Religionsvetenskapliga skrifter was...

Approaching Religion on religion and cultural change

A new issue of Approaching Religion has just been published. The issue is based on a summer school and conference...

Funerals in the North of Europe – similarities and differences

The roundtable conference “‘Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes’? Funerals in the...

Book of the month

Annina Holmberg & Olli Löytty, Ina ja Tito – Kohtauksia Collianderien taiteilijaliitosta, Helsinki: Kirjapaja, 2020 Ina ja Tito – Kohtauksia Collianderien taiteilijaliitosta is an immersive...

Did you know that we have the Nordic region's largest special library on religion?

Open to everyone. Weekdays 12-16.

Our donors Olly and Uno Donner were forerunners of their time.

The endowment made by Olly and Uno Donner in 1956 was one of the largest donations received by Åbo Akademi University to date. In addition to supporting research on religion and culture, the couple shared an interest in languages and anthroposophy.