Organizers and Sponsors

The SSIA Congress 2015 is organized by a work group consisting of representatives from:


Marja Tiilikainen
Academy Research Fellow, Adjunct Professor
Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki
Research projects funded by the Academy of Finland:

  • Islam and Security Revisited:
    Transnational Somali Families in Finland, Canada and Somalia
  • Transnational Muslim Marriages: Wellbeing, Law and Gender


Outi Fingerroos
Professor, Academy Research Fellow
Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä
Research project funded by the Academy of Finland:

  • Reuniting the Family. A Study of the Experiences of Immigrants and Officials


Päivi Harinen
University Lecturer
Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland
Research project funded by the Academy of Finland:

  • Contexts of Diaspora Citizenship – Transnational Networks, Social Participation and Social Identification of Somalis in Finland and in the U.S.


The work group cooperates with the Somali Studies International Association. The contact person with the SSIA is researcher Suzanne Muddle Lilius. She has extensive expertise regarding the situation in the Horn of Africa, language and culture. Lilius has been actively involved in the SSIA over ten years.


Finnish Youth Research Society

The Finnish Youth Research Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1988, for the purpose of promoting multidisciplinary youth research in Finland. The goal of the Youth Research Society is to develop youth research and to provide information and expertise on matters relating young people – studies, perspectives, interpretations and political stands. The society’s primary activities are various kinds of seminars and discussion forums. The goal of the seminars is to offer forums for cooperation to researchers, government officials, teachers, students and youth work professionals.

The Finnish Youth Research Society conducts its own research activities through the Finnish Youth Research Network, founded in the beginning of 1999. The Youth Research Network is a community of researchers which works together with universities, research institutes and institutes and various professionals in the field of youth work and youth policy. The network’s research projects focus on e.g. youth culture research, life paths and passage into adulthood as well as themes of marginalization, ethnic relations, education and youth work. The themes of the 12th SSIA Congress in 2015 are closely related to the research interests of the Finnish Youth Research Society.


Finnish Somalia Network

The Finnish Somalia Network is an ideologically, politically and religiously independent umbrella organization, which works as a cooperative body for the organizations that conduct or plan to conduct development cooperation in Somalia. The network has been founded in 2004 and registered in 2009.

The Finnish Somalia Network is an expert organization which offers to its member organizations peer support, training and advice. Moreover, it carries on seminar, consultation and information services, and publishing activities related to its field. For example, the Network publishes an electronic, trilingual Afrikan Sarvi (Horn of Africa Journal), targeted at a wide audience. The network, together with its member organizations, executes developmental projects in different sectors and areas in Somalia. It also aims to facilitate the work done by different non-governmental organizations towards peace and development in Somalia.

About the SSIA Congress 2015 Sponsors

Four research projects funded by the Academy of Finland:

  • Islam and Security Revisited:
    Transnational Somali Families in Finland, Canada and Somalia
    (led by Marja Tiilikainen)
  • Transnational Muslim Marriages: Wellbeing, Law and Gender
    (led by Marja Tiilikainen)
  • Reuniting the Family. A Study of the Experiences of Immigrants and Officials
    (led by Outi Fingerroos)
  • Contexts of Diaspora Citizenship – Transnational Networks, Social Participation and Social Identification of Somalis in Finland and in the U.S.
    (led by Päivi Harinen)

City of Helsinki

Federation of Finnish Learned Societies

Finnish Youth Research Society

Helsingfors Arbis

Kone Foundation

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

University of Eastern Finland

University of Helsinki

University of Jyväskylä