Author: Miia Halme-Tuomisaari

Allegralaboratory: Next step

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , September 3rd, 2018

Dear Allies, after a ‘magical intellectual carpet ride’ that has already lasted for five years, it is time for a new chapter in the life of our beloved…


HELP! (Before we CRASH!)

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , June 7th, 2017

Ever so often you – our beloved Allegra readers – may have noticed that we have issued a call, perhaps to crowd source for references or most influential…


Yes we can – and this is how! #Fieldwork with kids

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , March 23rd, 2017

Almost exactly four years ago I arrived at Geneva airport – with my two sons then aged 1 and 4. We had set on our journey almost a…


‘Pretend to be straight!’ What’s wrong with the world? #WeekendEssay

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , March 11th, 2017

On February 26 the Guardian reported of new UK Home Office guidelines according to which the country would send back openly homosexual asylum applicants to Afghanistan with the…


Where are the ladies, Didier Fassin? #EASA2016 Keynote

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , July 21st, 2016

It’s hot and humid, and yet circa 1000 anthropologists are determined to enter the main conference room of U6 of the University of Milan & Bicacca. Fortunately the…


University Destruction INC! RIP University of Helsinki

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , April 29th, 2016

Today is a black day in the ongoing the destruction of Finnish universities, particularly the University of Helsinki! Under the the pretence of austerity the University will be…


Because we’re #HAPPY? REDUX

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , April 12th, 2016

Today we have, once again, witnessed the arrival of the World Happiness Reports – reports that claim nothing less than to offer a neatly quantified, ‘objective’ measurement of just…


Magic little gecko, won’t you become a doctor?

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , March 14th, 2016

Yesterday I took my two children, aged 4 and 7, to the doctor. Both had been ill for the past week; the older one was suffering from a…


Up the Anthropologist – Anthropology Day, Jukebox, Migration & Breakfast

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , February 15th, 2016

Hello everyone – it’s yet another glorious Allegra week! Fine, admittedly the weather in some parts of the world (aka where this post is being written) does not…


#LoldiersofOdin: Do you work internationally?

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , February 5th, 2016

Loldiers of Odin, I have been deeply impressed by your upstanding actions and determination to keep our streets safe – and joyful! Via your actions you have set…


Picture of a House – toward the ethnography of the academia

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , January 15th, 2016

There was a time when universities were modelled after churches. Today their designs echo temples of different kinds – namely corporate headquarters. In light of what is going…


Top 10 (or thereabout) of 2015

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , January 14th, 2016

As we embark on yet another Allegra year, let’s take a look back: what were your favorite posts for 2015? Reading this list of our ‘Top 10 or…


Revisiting a Writing Process: Ode to Academic Freedom #humanrights

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , December 4th, 2015

This week we have dedicated an unusual amount to one single publication. This has in part been because of the unabashed claim – from one of Allegra’s founders…


Introducing ‘Textbook Narrative of Origins’ #HumanRights

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , December 1st, 2015

Where does the history of human rights begin: centuries, even millennia earlier, or a mere few decades ago? What constitutes this history and what can we really learn from…


Thematic week: History of #HumanRights

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , November 30th, 2015

This Allegra week will be devoted to a theme that we have not previously addressed, namely the history of human rights. Furthermore, this thematic week will be arranged…


#Crisis in focus

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , August 18th, 2015

This week we are featuring a series of posts curated by Dimitra Kofta on a very current theme: CRISES. Etymologically deriving from the Greek infinitive κρίνειν (krinin), crisis…


Buses, Metros, Shoes & Confusing Journeys #Fieldnotes

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , August 10th, 2015

This week we continue our thread on fieldnotes via four posts that all in their own way elaborate this thread’s overarching theme: journey. As is familiar to all…


REDUX: What does Humanity look like? Ethnography of the CIA – with Carole McGranahan

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , June 19th, 2015

It has been a while since I have last encountered her – I wonder if I will still recognize her. Sure, she could disguise herself, to become instantly…