Minna-Kerttu Maarja Kekki

Postdoctoral researcher
Philosophy of education, phenomenology, political philosophy

Eudaimonia Institute

Minna-Kerttu Kekki, FT

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oulu in Finland and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex in UK. My most significant publications include a historical book on Ingrians in the Soviet Union (Vastapaino, 2022) and five peer-reviewed journal articles on media, public discussion, phenomenology, and philosophy of education in Journal of Philosophy of Education, SATS, and Zeitschrift für Erziechungswissenschaften. In addition, I have published three chapters in collected volumes. I also have been part of a group of five in writing a six-part textbook series Matka on secular ethics for upper secondary school (Edita, 2022-2023), and I have edited a book on youth inclusion in Finland (Osallisuuden osaamiskeskus, 2023). Currently, I am also part of an editorial board of a Finnish philosophy journal Logos.

Currently, I have two research projects going on. One is about the educational-philosophical questions of the media-based public discussion, which continues the research I started already in my doctoral dissertation. This research is motivated by the sustainability problems of democratic societies.

The other project concerns Edith Stein's political phenomenology. She worked on political and phenomenological questions around 100 years ago, but her work is still often discarded, as she was a woman and a Jew. However, her political works present an interesting and a unique alternative to her contemporaries, such as Carl Schmitt.

My academic fields are philosophy of education, phenomenology, and political philosophy. My academic background is both in philosophy and in education. I have studied at the University of Helsinki, University of Tübingen (Germany), and the University of Jyväskylä.

Research interests

  • phenomenology
  • public sphere
  • democracy
  • state

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