Category Archives: University of Tampere

People versus food

Food communicates the same things as yoga pants,” claims Professor Piia Jallinoja of the University of Tampere. Jallinoja has been following the Finnish health debate for thirty years, so she…

Do Finnish and Japanese working lives have anything in common?

Finnish and Japanese working lives differ in many ways. Whereas the average Finn works a little less than forty hours per week, many Japanese workers put in sixty hours or…

The physical and metaphorical power of water is a universal human concern

Researchers analysed the meanings of water in different cultural and social contexts The fact that there is no life without water is a familiar one both to farmers and to…

China’s great leap forward in the media

According to Professor Heikki Luostarinen, Finland will have to consider the role of China more thoroughly in the future. China is starting to make its presence felt more strongly in…

The status of English will not diminish with Brexit

The biggest threat to small languages is not English, but the dominant language close by, as in the case of Finnish and Sámi. The status of English as the most…

The Summer School is short but intensive

The international Tampere Summer School was held at the University of Tampere on 7–18 August 2017 for the third time. The courses, which filled the classrooms with students, were free…

The EU needs a brave leader

The European Union will soon have to discipline its unruly member states. Professor Hanna Ojanen from the University of Tampere calls for strong leadership and believes in multi-speed integration. Last…

What does old age look like?

The imagery used by the media shapes society and even affects the health of older people. The way the media portray older people actually influences older people themselves. Research has…

Narratives can be dangerous

How and why has narrative become a defining (discursive) form of well-being and social participation? What are the risks involved in this? How can researchers contribute to a critical understanding…

Five facts about corporate responsibility

Responsibility pays off in business   1. Responsibility is a way of managing risks. When companies operate responsibly, they do not have to be concerned about shady practices being exposed….