Lectio Praecursoria: Introductory lecture of doctoral defence 5.10.2018

This lectio is a written speech to wider public. It introduces the key concepts of my doctoral dissertation and summarizes its main arguments. The lectio will be published in Alue & Ympäristö Journal in December 2018.  Honoured Custos, Honoured Opponent, Ladies and gentlemen, Colleagues, friends, and family When I was a little girl, I would …

Black Hills & Badlands: a temple of democracy, void of women and minorities

Even though we had already experienced many national parks, we found both the Balck Hills as well as the Badlands impressive. Upon our arrival, a heard of bisons welcomed us to Black Hills, which we entered through Custer State park. We took the Needles Highway, a scenic drive to Mount Rushmore. We could see the …

Wyoming and South Dakota: From rocky mountains to black hills

Teton National Park through which we drove on our way to Black Hills was stunning although it has not deserved as much attention as Yellowstone. There were lots of relatively short and tempting hiking trails around the area. The mountains ruled the scenery. Throughout our travels in different places and countries, we had developed a …