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The Westermarck society
Much of the credit for the status of sociology in Finnish universities at the turn of the century could be attributed to Edvard Westermarck. Up until the Second World War, its teaching in Finland was entirely in the hands of Westermarck and his students. In the 1940s, certain of his students set up a national learned society for sociology, and named it The Westermarck Society. Founding members included Uno Harva (scholar of, among others, religious practices and myth, and shamanism) and Yrjö Hirn.
The Westermarck Society is still active in its support of sociological research. It organizes presentations, conferences, seminars, publications and assists with research. Since 1964 the Society has published the periodical Sociologia.
Since 1984, the Westermarck Society has awarded a prize for the best Master’s dissertation in the field of sociology. The Society also organises the annual National Sociology Conference and, together with the biennial Finnish Anthropological Society, the Westermarck Memorial Lecture.