About

nsrn-pic-tinyI’m a PhD candidate of cultural history at the University of Turku. I began my studies at the University of Turku in the fall of 2008 in comparative literature. My minor subjects included North American Studies, comparative religion and cultural history, which later became my new major subject. I graduated from the Department of Cultural History in the fall of 2013 and began my doctoral studies shortly after in the spring of 2014.

My Master’s Thesis (published online at Doria database) focused on atheism and human rights in the philosophy of Ernestine L. Rose (1810–1892). With my PhD dissertation I continue with same themes: I study the cultural history of female nonreligion in the 19th century United States. Aside from Rose, in my dissertation I focus on women such as anarchist-feminist Voltairine de Cleyre (1866–1912), freethinker-abolitionist Lucy N. Colman (1817–1906) and freethinker-journalist Elmina D. Slenker (1827–1908).

During the academic year 2015–2016 I worked on my dissertation as a Visiting Fellow and Fulbright scholar at the History Department of Harvard University.

As of January 2016, I work as the Managing Editor for the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN) website. I also contribute to the social media presence of International Society for Historians of Atheism, Secularism, and Humanism (ISHASH).

Contact: suvi.karila[at]utu.fi

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