My tasks include teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses and conducting research.
During my academic career, I have studied music, Classics and theology. Accordingly, my research concentrates mainly on Middle Byzantine patristic material, especially liturgical texts (sermons and hymnography) and the context of their performance in worship. I am also interested in the theology of friendship and in the use of new research methodologies, such as performance theory, in patristic studies. I also produce translations of source texts, primarily from Greek to Finnish.
- Matrication Examination, 2004 (Ressu Upper Secondary School, Helsinki)
- Diploma of Byzantine Music, Central Conservatory of Thessaloniki (Greece), 2008
- Master of Theology, University of Joensuu (Finland), 2009 (major: Orthodox Church Music)
- Master of Music, Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland), 2012 (major: Music Education)
- Bachelor of Arts, Metropolia University of Applied Science (Helsinki, Finland), 2013 (major: Early Music)
- Doctor of Theology, University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu, Finland), 2015 (major: Systematic Theology and Patristics)
- Master of Arts, University of Helsinki (Finland), 2017 (major: Greek language and literature)
School of Theology, Orthodox Theology
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I have taught Systematic Theology and Patristics, Orthodox Church Music (Byzantine Chant) and Liturgical Greek at the School of Theology of the University of Eastern Finland as a part-time teacher since 2012 and full-time teacher since 2015. Before this I have acted as the teacher of Church Music at the Orthodox Seminary in Joensuu, Finland (2015).
I am the chairman of the Finnish Society for Byzantine Music and the vice-chairman of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music. I am also a member of the Society for Oriental Liturgy.
Research groups and research projects
Since 2018 I have been a part of the Centre for Advanced Studies “Beyond Canon” at the University of Regensburg. During the academic year 2019-2020 I work in the project full-time.
Bysanttilainen hymnirunous Neitsyt Marialle. Pappismunkki Damaskinos (Olkinuora) Ksenofontoslainen / Tuhannen vuoden kirjavuori : Kirjallisia näkökulmia bysantin kulttuuriin. 2021. 2021
Papers presented at the Eighteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2019. Volume 27: From the Fifth Century Onwards (Latin Writers); Female Power and its Propaganda; Theologizing Performance in the Byzantine Tradition; Nachleben. Vinzent, Markus; Chiriatti, Mattia; Olkinuora, Damaskinos. 2021 2021
Romanos Melodos : Kontakkeja. Olkinuora, Damaskinos. 2021 2021
Byzantine Liturgical Commentaries and the Notion of Performance. Olkinuora, Damaskinos / Papers presented at the Eighteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2019. Volume 27: From the Fifth Century Onwards (Latin Writers); Female Power and its Propaganda; Theologizing Performance in the Byzantine Tradition; Nachleben. 2021. 2021
Kirkollinen retoriikka Bysantissa. Andreas Kreetalaisen Lasarus-saarna. Pappismunkki Damaskinos (Olkinuora) Ksenofontoslainen / Tuhannen vuoden kirjavuori : Kirjallisia näkökulmia bysantin kulttuuriin. 2021. 2021
Johdanto. Olkinuora, Damaskinos / Romanos Melodos : Kontakkeja. 2021. 2021
Andreas Kreetalaisen saarna Kristuksen ympärileikkauksesta ja Basileios Suuresta. Damaskinos (Olkinuora) Ksenofontoslainen / Sanan saattajat: Kirkkoisät reetoreina. 2020. 2020
Interaction Between the Preacher and His Audience in Middle Byzantine Preaching: Andrew of Crete and John of Damascus. Fr Damaskinos (Olkinuora) of Xenophontos / Homilies in Context. 2020. 2020
John Damascene's Homily on the Withered Fig Tree (CPG 8058): Parable in Action, or Exegetical and Panegyrical Preaching in Interaction. Fr Damaskinos (Olkinuora) of Xenophontos / Hymns, Homilies and Hermeneutics in Byzantium. 2020. 2020
of Xenophontos, Fr Damaskinos (Olkinuora). 2020. Visible and Invisible, Audible and Inaudible Chant Performance in Byzantine Monastic Foundation Documents Journal of the international society for orthodox church music 4 1: 1-13. 2020