Sonja Pöllänen is a PhD student of Cultural Anthropology in the “social and cultural encounters” doctoral programme at the Philosophical Faculty, University of Eastern Finland. Simultaneously she is working as a project researcher (2017-2021) in an ERC adv. grant (GA 694893) project SENSOTRA. The project aims at producing new understandings of the changes in people’s sensory environmental relationships in three European cities during a particular period in history, 1950–2020.
Sonja’s postgraduate studies belong to the field of cultural anthropology where she investigates processes that produce sensuous and nonsensuos likeness in two different case studies: in a live action role-playing game and in transgenerational pairs in ethnographical sensory walks. Her theoretical background uses methodologies from the two originators of anthropological mimesis: Michael Taussig and Walter Benjamin.