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Venla Oikkonen

Academy Research Fellow

About me

I'm a science and technology studies (STS) scholar. My Academy Research Fellow's project (2018-2023) explores cultural debates about vaccines and changing ideas of immunity and risk. I'm also the PI of the project Gendered Chronic Disease, Embodied Differences and Biomedical Knowledge (GenDis), funded by the Academy of Finland and Kone Foundation.

Research topics

vaccine debates, vaccines in culture

chronic pain, gendered chronic illness

population genetics, ancient DNA, genetic ancestry tests

evolutionary theories in culture and society

intersectionality, affect, narrative

Research fields

Gender Studies

Science and Technology Studies

Cultural Studies

Literary Studies

Research career

PhD, Gender Studies, University of Helsinki (2010)

Kone Foundation Postdoctoral Researcher (2011)

University Lecturer, Gender Studies, University of Helsinki (2011-2012)

Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher (2012-2016)

Docent in Gender Studies, University of Helsinki (since 2015)

Core Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2016-2018)

Academy Research Fellow, Tampere University (2018-2023)