Susanna Helminen has recently graduated from the department of Comparative Religion in the University of Turku. In her MA thesis she has explored public discourses on homosexuality and the Finnish Lutheran Church. Her research is connected to the concepts of civil religion and mediatization.
We must be aware of how our participation in certain discussions may shape the world around us. In an interview with the Religious Studies Project, professor Kocku von Stuckrad outlines interesting possibilities for discursive analysis. He describes an approach that “goes beyond terms” and also beyond examining political power structures. The interview brought up many important, broad themes that are discussed in the study of religion. .