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.
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
Ioannes (John) Romanideksen patristisen teologian uudelleenarviointia. Pappismunkki Damaskinos (Olkinuora) Ksenofontoslainen / Kirkko, kirkot ja kirkkoisät. 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
Pappismunkki Damaskinos (Olkinuora) Ksenofontoslainen. 2020. Vuosien 2018-2019 kanoniset kiistat Ukrainan autokefaalisen ortodoksisen kirkon muodostamisesta Teologinen aikakauskirja 2/2020: 133-149. 2020
Setting Forth Hymns as Images: Byzantine Canon Poetry as Spiritual Ekphrasis. Father Damaskinos (Olkinuora) of Xenophontos / Pappi, opettaja, parantaja: Isä Jarmo Hakkaraisen juhlakirja. 2020. 2020
The Spiritual and Material Temple: Byzantine Kanon Poetry for the Feast of the Entrance. Olkinuora, Fr Damaskinos / The Reception of the Virgin in Byzantium: Marian Narratives in Texts and Images. 2019. 2019
Olkinuora, Damaskinos. 2019. St John Damascene's Polemical Preaching Phronema 34 2: 35-57. 2019
Olkinuora, Damaskinos. 2019. Performance Theory and the Study of Byzantine Hymnography: Andrew of Crete's Canon on Lazarus Ortodoksia 59: 7-31. 2019