The aim of the Jane and Aatos Erkko Visiting Professorship in Studies on Contemporary Society is to focus on cultural and social research themes with a topical significance for contemporary society and social justice. The professorship was established in 2008 as the result of a 2.92 million Euros donation from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. The donation, under the discretion of the University of Helsinki Funds, will maintain the professorship and a residence for the holder of the post.
Our current (2020-2021) Jane and Aatos Erkko Professor is Karen Knop, Professor of Law at the University of Toronto.
Previous Jane and Aatos Erkko Professors:
2019-2020: Molly Andrews (University of East London)
2018-2019: Jane Cowan (University of Sussex)
2016-2018: Ann Phoenix (University of London)
2015-2016: Susanne Soederberg (Queen's University)
2014-2015: Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (University of Iceland)
2013-2014: Joel Robbins (University of Cambridge)
2010-2012: Alan Warde (The University of Manchester)
2009-2010: Stephen Gill (York University)