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Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto

Satu Outi Kristiina Alanko-Kahiluoto
Born June 14, 1966, Helsinki

PhD 2007, Licentiate 1994, Master of Arts 1993 (comparative literature), University of Helsinki

Member of parliament, 2007–
Chairman of the Greens’ parliamentary group 2013–
Member of the parliamentary Social Affairs and Health Committee
Researcher, research associate and teacher 1993-2007, University of Helsinki, Institute for Art Research
Member of Helsinki City Council 2005–
Chairman 2015–, NYTKS (The Coalition of Finnish Women´s Associations)
Chairman 2015–, Green Women’s Association, 2015–
Member of the Council for Gender Equality (TANE)

Writing Otherwise than Seeing: Writing and Exteriority in Maurice Blanchot 2007. Doctoral dissertation.
Maurice Blanchot. “Kirjallisuus ja oikeus kuolemaan(‘Literature and the right to die’), Nuori Voima 6/01, 14-28, NVL, 2001.
Kirjallisuudentutkimuksen peruskäsitteitä (’Fundamental concepts of literary research’) ed. together with Tiina Käkelä-Puumala. SKS 2001.

Awards and special achievements:
Honorary award of Finnish Youth Cooperation – Allianssi for working for the benefit of youth as a Member of Parliament 2011
Allianssi award for the most pro-youth Member of Parliament 2013 and 2015
Cross of Merit of Disabled War Veterans for work for the benefit of Finnish disabled war veterans 2015

Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
Written by Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto (Tiia Niemelä, ed.)

Translated by Matthew Billington

What I dream of

My dreams mostly have a social dimension. I dream that xenophobia and racism will be conquered, that the children of low-income parents will still receive an education in the Finland of tomorrow, that decision-makers will take global warming seriously.

My personal dreams are the same as when I was at upper-secondary school: that there would be enough friendship and love in life and enough time to read and to reflect on things for us to be able to be grateful for what we have.

Photo: Liisa Parkko.


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