Tatiana Tiaynen-Qadir


Tatiana Tiaynen-Qadir is postdoctoral researcher at Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland. She has two PhDs, in Social Anthropology from Finland, and in History from Russia. Tatiana’s research specialization lies in transnational anthropology, multi-sited ethnography, anthropology of postsocialism, and anthropology of religion. Her doctoral thesis “Babushka in Flux: Grandmothers and Family-making between Russian Karelia and Finland” (University of Tampere, 2013) anthropologically approached the iconic figure of the Russian grandmother and explored its transformation amid postsocialist and transnational changes in Russian Karelia-Finland cross-border context. After her defense, she held postdoctoral positions at the University of Tampere, University of Turku, and University of Eastern Finland, exploring therapeutic self-help practices, transnational ageing and vernacular Orthodox Christianity in Russia and among Russian-speaking diasporas in the West. She has published two monographs and a number of articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. She has recently held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Center for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.