Orthodox Therapy of the Self
In this project I will explore links between religiosity and the therapeutic by looking at the multi-cultural Orthodox Christian community in Finland. The project will investigate how contemporary Orthodox believers of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds encounter and vigorously re-negotiate often secularised therapeutic discourses and practices, and how the multicultural and transnational dynamic of Finnish Orthodoxy affects this process. The project will also trace the domestication of global therapeutic models and the role of religious aesthetics (for instance Orthodox icons) in this process. The project will draw on multi-sited ethnography of observation and participation, including ethnographic interviews.