The Finnish Death Studies Association

The Finnish Death Studies Association (FDSA) was founded March 28th 2011 in Helsinki by scholars interested in the field of thanatological research. The aim was to create an organization that could create a more public interdisciplinary dialogue about death and dying in Finnish society.

The purpose of the association is also to advance the domestic death studies and professional education, create synergy between Finnish and international professionals and researchers, and last but not least, to promote discussion about researching, studying and working in the field of death and dying.

With this website the association wishes to provide information about future events both in Finland and abroad, publish small articles, book reviews, research reports and other texts concerning the vast and colorful field of death.

The site is managed mostly in Finnish, but we will try to publish in Swedish and in English as much as possible.

Membership Applications

Membership applications are to be sent to lahdenranta.franseska(at) with name, affiliation and a short bio. The board of directors will decide about the membership in their next meeting and inform the applicant about their decision afterwards.

The membership fee for the year 2019-2020 is 15€.

Board of Directors in 2020-2021


Anna Huhtala, PhM, History, University of Tampere (anna.huhtala(at)


Karoliina Käpylehto, MTh, pedagogy, University of Helsinki (karoliina.kapylehto(at)


Franseska Lahdenranta, BA, University of Turku. (lahdenranta.franseska(at)

Financial Manager

Ilona Pajari, D.Soc.Sc., Docent of Social History, University of Jyväskylä (kuolemantutkija(at)


Heikki Rosenholm, PhM, doctoral student, Cultural History, University of Turku. (hepero(a)

Members of the Board

Elisa Morgan, ThC, Philosophy of Religion. University of Helsinki (elisa.morgan(at)

Vice Members of the Board

Maija K. Butters, PhD, religious studies and anthropology, University of Turku. (maija.butters(a)
Suvi Ronkainen, PhD, Social Science,  Professor of Research Methods, University of Lapland.
Erik Aro, LT, specialising physician (anesthesiology), Tampere University Hospital. (aroerik(a)