Mari Hatakka
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Mari Hatakka

During her study years, Mari Hatakka used to dance and sing with Topi Sorsakoski, Agents and Leningrad Cowboys. She retired on a well-deserved go-go pension in 2000 and started working on her doctoral dissertation in folkloristics, which focussed on the course of the heterosexual relationship. She decided early on during her dissertation work that she would not apply for a single scholarship anymore, and eventually built a career in the business world. Hatakka, who is the director of development at Lippupiste, has also found time to comment about relationship-related phenomena on the TV show Ensitreffit alttarilla (‘First date at the altar’).

Mari Hatakka

6.10.1968, Helsinki

MA 1998 (major in folkloristics, minors in women’s studies and religious studies), L.Phil 2004 and PhD 2011, University of Helsinki

Director of Development (sales), Lippupiste 2014-
Promotions for artists, editorial staff of the Suomenparhaattapahtumapaikat catalogue 2013-2014
Marketing manager, Flow Festival 2012-2013 (parental leave substitute)
Sales director, Tiketti 2008-2012
Go-go girl for Topi Sorsakoski ja Agents with Tiina Isohanni 1986-1990
Singer in the band Laika & Cosmonauts 1991-1992
Member of the band Fabulettes with Saara Soisalo and Tiina Isohanni 1993-
Member of the band Leningrad Cowboys 1994-2000
Expert on the MTV reality TV show Ensitreffitalttarilla, spring 2015

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Doctoral dissertation

Photo: Antti Kuivalainen
Written by Mari Hatakka and Suvi Uotinen (ed.)
Translated by Olli Silvennoinen