The Finnish Death Studies Association

The Finnish Death Studies Association (FDSA) was founded in 2011 in Helsinki by scholars interested in the field of thanatological research. The aim was to create an association that could create a more public interdisciplinary dialogue about death and dying in Finnish society. FDSA also publishes Thanatos, a refereed online journal, twice a year. Thanatos publishes articles, book reviews, research reports, columns and other texts concerning the vast and colorful field of death.

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, share information about relevant issues in the field of thanatology, promote conferences and new publications both in the research field as well as for people working with death, dying and bereavement.

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 secretary Elisa Morgan (elisa.morgan(a) 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. Any questions? Contact Elisa or see other contact details from below.

The membership fee is currently 15€ annually.

For associations and companies the support membership is 50€ annually.

Board of Directors in 2016-2017

Anja Terkamo-Moisio, DNSc, Department of Nursing science, University of Eastern Finland. (anja.terkamo-moisio(a)

Ilona Pajari, Docent, Dr. of Social Sciences, Department of History and ethnology, University of Jyväskylä. (ilona.pajari(a)

Elisa Morgan, Bachelor, Study of Religions, University of Helsinki (elisa.morgan(a)

Financial Manager
Kirsi Kanerva, PhD, Department of Cultural History, University of Turku. (kirsi.kanerva(a)

Member(s) of the Board
Mikko Kallionsivu, PhD, Faculty of Communication Sciences, University of Tampere. (mikko.kallionsivu(a)

Vice Members of the Board
Anna Huhtala, PhD student, University of Turku. (huhtala.anna.r(a)
Karoliina Käpylehto, PhD student, Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. (karoliina.kapylehto(a)


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