Riikka Taavetti
Sukupuolentutkimuksen yliopistonlehtori, VTT



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Arcanuminkuja 1


ORCID identifier: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9601-2206

Areas of expertise
history of sexuality; queer history; gender history; queer studies; oral history; cultural memory studies


I work as a University Lecturer in gender studies. My expertise includes history of sexuality, queer history, oral history, and cultural memory studies.


I have studied the history of sex research and queer memories in Finland and Estonia. My current reseach project is titled Rainbow Bridge: Queer History in Estonian-Finnish connections. In the project Niklas Koskinen (University of Helsinki) works as my research assistant. The project is divided into two sub-studies: 

  • "Estonian-Finnish Lesbian Networks at the Early 1990s: Remembered and Narrated Transnational Connections", together with Rebeka Põldsam (University of Tartu)
  • Soviet Estonia, Soviet Union and Eastern European Socialist countries in Finnish LGBTIQ+ press.

In addition, I am affiliated with SEXDEM reseach project (PI Katja Kahlina, University of Helsinki: https://sexdem.org/), where my work examines the political discussion on homosexuality in Sweden and Estonia, and reseach project "Cruising the Baltic Sea: Nation, Gender and Sexuality in pleasure-based ferry traffic between Finland, Åland and Sweden" (PI Katarina Mattsson, Södertörn University).


During academic year 2022-23, I teach in English course "SUPU2028 Nordic Gendered Norms and Practices". My other courses are in Finnish. I also assess essays and exams as well as supervise thesis and dissertations.


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