Minna-Kerttu Vienola

Minna-Kerttu Vienola


Doctoral researcher
Political philosophy of education, phenomenology


In my research, I am interested in the grounding (i.e. philosophical) questions of the possibilities of public discussion as a shared learning experience. The research is motivated by the sustainability problems of democratic societies, as public discussion is a central constituent of democratic societies, and learning is needed in order to renew the democratic society as the world changes.

My theory background is in phenomenology, mostly in Maurice Merleau-Ponty's and Edmund Husserl's works. I utilize their works for investigating the learning process in public discussion as the process of sedimentation of affects, and the possibilities and hindrances of this learning process in public discussion. I define my field as political philosophy of education, as my research is politically motivated and approaches public discussion from the perspective of learning possibilities.

My academic background is in philosophy and in education. I have studied in the Universitiy of Helsinki, University of Tübingen (Germany), and in the University of Jyväskylä.

Research interests

  • Public discussion
  • Learning through discussion
  • Societal change

Upcoming talks

DGPF Conference 2019, University of Vienna, 18.-21.9., "Affect in Learning through Media-Based Public Discussion"

Feelings of Belonging and Affective Spaces: Phenomenological Explorations, University of Exeter, 3 & 4 October 2019, "Learning through Media-based Public Discussion as Sedimentation of Affects: a Husserlian-Merleau-Pontian Analysis"

Doctoral Researchers Conference 2019, University of Tampere 21.-23.10., "Sedimentation of Affects in Public Discussion"

Academic events organized

NOSP 2020, University of Helsinki, forthcoming

Affect and the Political, University of Helsinki, forthcoming

Social media

Professional and community activities

  • Spokesperson for NFY Suomen nais- ja feministifilosofien yhdistys ry

Selected publications

  • Vienola, Minna-Kerttu (2019) David Rondel: Pragmatist egalitarianism. - Transactions of the charles s peirce society 55 (1), 84-88 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Tirkkonen, Sanna; Vienola, Minna-Kerttu (2018) Kokemuksen feministinen filosofia. - Ajatus 75 (1), 1-14 . [Original] [Self-archived]


Citizenship in Change: Constructing a Novel Theoretical Framework for Education

Strategic research project of the University of OuluFocus institute: EudaimoniaFaculty: Education