Antu Sorainen is an Academy Research Fellow and Docent in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. She has conducted empirical studies in the area of queer history and kinship, and published work on law and non-normative sexualities. She is the co-author of Siveellisyydestä Seksuaalisuuteen (From Decency to Sexuality) and has published recently on queer inheritance. She holds a 5-year Academy of Finland Fellowship for a project entitled “Wills and Inheritance Practices in Sexually Marginalised Groups” (2014-2019). She is the Director of a 4-year Academy of Finland project “CoreKin – Contrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship” (2016-2020).
Web page: antusorainen.com
Heidi Härkönen gained her PhD in social and cultural anthropology at the University of Helsinki in 2014. She has been a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam and a visiting research scholar at the Graduate Center of the City f
New York. Dr Härkönen has conducted long-term fieldwork in Cuba. She is the author of ‘Kinship, Love and Life Cycle in Contemporary Havana, Cuba: To Not Die Alone’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She is currently conducting research on wellbeing and social change in Cuba as an Academy of Finland post-doctoral fellow at the University of Helsinki. She will be joining the Corekin project in a full-time capacity in 2019 with a focus on marginalised kinship in contemporary Cuba. Her research interests include gender, kinship, love, care, wellbeing, bodies and personhood.
Web page: http://www.heidi-harkonen.com
PhD, is the leader for the RAY founded project Finland for All Families. She wrote her PhD on same-sex families and family ideals in the 21st century Finland, and is currently working as an expert of family policy and services in a network of 10 independent family NGO’s, representing different types of diverse families.
Through her work, she has her finger on the pulse of family politics, legislation and the development of family services. She is also currently a member of the steering committee of the national project for reorganizing services of children and families (LAPE-kärkihanke).
Anna Avdeeva was enrolled as a PhD student for Doctoral Program for Gender, Culture and Society, SKY, University of Helsinki in January 2015. She gained her M.A. in gender studies at the European University at St. Petersburg in 2011. Starting from 2010, Anna specializes on heterosexual parenting in Russia. Currently, she is conducting research on natural parenting in Russia, which in Western countries is also known as the attachment parenting. Anna has started working in the CoreKin project on the 1 of September 2016. She focuses on how non-conventional significantly intensified form of parenting re-considers and re-shapes the firmly established forms of kinship in contemporary Russia. Her research interests are gender, care, kinship and families.
Alisa Zhabenko is a PhD student in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki and a junior research member of the Academy of Finland funded research project “Contrasting and Re-imagining Margins of KinshipCoreKin” (CoreKin, 2016-2020). Her work is on lesbian motherhood in Russia, put in historical and legal perspective through researching three generational cohorts of lesbian mothers from the last Soviet era to the contemporary period. She has published several journal articles in English, Finnish and Russian. She received her MA from European University at St Petersburg, and worked closely with the LGBT Network and organization “Coming Out” in Saint Petersburg.
Anna Heinonen works as research assistant in the CoreKin Project. Her background is in International Relations (M.Soc.Sc.) and Slavonic studies. She worked previously with Antu Sorainen in the research project “Wills and Inheritance Practices in Sexually Marginalised Groups”.