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 elisa.morgan(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 2019-2020


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


Kaarina Koski, PhD, Docent of Folkloristics, University of Helsinki (kaakos(at)


Elisa Morgan, ThC, Religious Studies. University of Helsinki (elisa.morgan(at)

Financial Manager

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

Members of the Board

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

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

Vice Members of the Board

Inka Laisi, C.Soc.Sc., sociology, University of Helsinki (inka.laisi(at)

Jussi Jalonen, PhD, history, University of Tampere (jussi.jalonen(at)