Terhi Utriainen is Acting Professor in the Study of Religions at the University of Helsinki as well as Adjunct Professor (Docent) both in the Study of Religions and Gender Studies. Her research and teaching interests include ethnography of lived religion, gender and embodiment, ritual studies, death, dying and suffering. She is co-editor of Post-secular Society (Transaction Publishers 2013), Finnish Women Making Religion: Between Ancestors and Angels (Palgrave MacMillan 2014) and The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization: Changing the Terms of the Religion versus Secularity Debate (Equinox 2016).
What is angel spirituality, and who does it appeal to (hint: women)? How do they challenge preconceptions about the relationship between new spiritualities and Christianity, and raise interesting questions about gender, and vernacular religion in supposedly post-Christian Europe?