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.
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Approaching Religion Vol. 12/3: “Rituals and Ritualization”
The new issue of Approaching Religion is dedicated to Terhi Utriainen, Professor of the Study of Religions at the University of Helsinki and published on the 7 November 2022, Terhi’s sixtieth birthday. The issue has been compiled by guest editors Helena Kupari, lecturer at the School of Theology, University of Finland, and Maija Butters, post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. It contains reflections and research articles written by Terhi’s colleagues in Finland, the UK and the Netherlands addressing the theme of rituals and ritualization. The issue opens with an article by Linda Woodhead, F. D. Maurice Professor in Moral...
Religion: Memory and Innovation
The aim of the summer school and conference is to bring together doctoral candidates and researchers from various academic fields that engage with the study of religion, such as theology, study of religions, history, philosophy, the arts, social and political sciences and other.
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.