Cultures, communities and change (KUMU)

KUMU (Cultures, communities and change ) studies people, communities, and cultures from ethnological, anthropological and cultural policy perspectives. We learn by interviewing and observing people, by examining archival documents, internet and the media as well as texts, speech and statistics.

We are interested in a wide range of cultural phenomena, including traditions, rituals, art, media, everyday life, groups and lifestyles, as well as how policy decisions are made about cultural life. KUMU doesn’t  shy away from the current topics challenging society such as inequality, discrimination, poverty, addiction, dispossession, violence and conflict. 

Graduates from KUMU are experts in cultural, social and policy issues. They find jobs in Finnish and international organizations, firms, museums and archives. Jobs are increasingly opening up for KUMU graduates in the areas of migration and administration. Many of our graduates work as researchers, journalists, teachers and media specialists.

Our degree programme recognizes that a rapidly changing world poses new challenges for cultural studies, and KUMU was established to answer that challenge. For this reason, KUMU combines ethnology, anthropology and cultural policy – the only combination of its kind in the country!

Accept the challenge and come learn with us!

KUMU is a new degree programme combining ethnology, anthropology and cultural policy.

KUMU is administered jointly by the Dept. of History and Ethnology and the Dept. of Social Sciences and Philosophy . Teaching begins in 2019 and the new degree programme will be phased in gradually. 

Apply for a place in KUMU during the Spring 2019 Joint Application for Higher Education !

Please note that studies in KUMU degree programme are in Finnish. Hela has a separate international studies programme in English.