Elina Katariina Larsson
My research interests are about everyday life, how different environments both affect us and tell us about us, and how different media function as cultural-historical sources for these stories. I am also interested in understanding how our experiences affect us physically, socially, and mentally.
As an educator and teacher, I am interested in different types of pedagogical environments and framework factors that affect learning as a process - both from the student's and the teacher's perspective. Questions about how the practical and theoretical knowledge benefits each other and how creativity affects learning. I am also qualified as a teacher in several subjects and on all levels of education in Sweden.
I defended my thesis on the ideals of the home at the end of the 1800s, the different ways of understanding the constituent parts of the home, the framework factors of the ideal home. Within the thematic, I have continued to compare different ideals in other contexts, currently in a work where I collect teacher stories about the framework factors of work, as well as research the different areas of knowledge required to create an ideal home and a well-functioning everyday life.
I work with these issues internationally for example within IFHE, the International Federation for Home Economics, and I am the President of EAHE, the European Association for Home Economics, and a board member I the Swedish Committee for Household Science. At the moment, I am the project manager for The Global Bread, a project that deals with everyday knowledge in healthy, environmentally conscious and economically sustainable lifestyles.
For several years, I have been working on tasks related to understanding and creating the ideal conditions for learning, including the SOTE Silta project at Turku University of Applied Sciences, funded by the Finnish state.
My licentiate thesis in art history was interdisciplinary and dealt with women's images and stories in art and cultural history in Western culture at the end of the 1800s. I have continued with this theme, for example, in a project where I have collected stories from women who have undergone breast cancer. The latter will also be covered by a continued analysis in the collaborative project Contemporary Approaches to Corporality, being body vs having a body.