HSSH March Newsletter

Inviting proposals for Visiting Professor, and upcoming events.

Brown Bag Seminar every Tuesday at 12:15 – next session with Heta Tarkkala and Karoliina Snell on 8.3.

The Methodological Unit of HSSH launches a new weekly event, Brown Bag Seminar, to highlight novel methodological approaches in humanities and social sciences.

According to a researcher at the Methodological Unit, Matti Pohjonen, the idea of the meetings “is to introduce methodological innovations and cutting-edge research in various disciplines in an easily accessible manner and have an interdisciplinary discussion in an easy-going atmosphere over lunch.”

Every Tuesday at 12.15. The next meeting features Heta Tarkkala and Karoliina Snell, who argue that the logics of welfare state and data-driven economy create a paradox.

Bring your own lunch, we bring fresh methodological topics!

Read more about the event on our website!

Visualizing Algorithmic Cultures: A Quali-Quantitative Methods Workshop 8.-9.3.

The availability of large quantities of data from online platforms and the rise of computational techniques for processing it have prompted a redistribution of expertise between academic disciplines such as computer science, anthropology, sociology (Marres 2012). How can different disciplines work together in the analysis of digital social data?

The workshop will start with presentations by David Moats, Minna Ruckenstein, Joni Oksanen and Krista Lagus on the 8th of March about their project studying discussions about health and personal medicine on Reddit (open to physical and virtual participation), followed by a (physical) workshop on the 9th in which small teams of researchers will work on short projects using data scraped from Reddit.

Read more and sign up here!

New Research Culture: Mirko Schäfer - Inside Datafication and Algorithmisation: Investigating and Shaping our Digital Society 16.3.

Mirko Schäfer is Associate Professor at Utrecht University's research area Governing the Digital Society. He is co-founder and project leader of the Utrecht Data School.

The Utrecht Data School (UDS) is a research and teaching platform at Utrecht University committed to investigating how datafication and algorithmization transform citizenship and democracy. This talk introduces their distinct methods of conducting socially engaged research, and presents findings about how data practices affect (local) government organisations and citizens. Schäfer argues for transdisciplinary and applied research, and publicly engaged humanities as essential for effective knowledge transfer and social impact.

The lecture will be arranged as a hybrid event on 16.3. at 14:00 at HSSH Seminar room, Vuorikatu 3, 2nd floor and on Zoom.

More information on our website!

HSSH invites applications for Visiting Professor, deadline 18.3.

Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH) is introducing a Visiting Professor programme in 2022–2025.

The mission of Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH) is to support multidisciplinary research, cross-faculty cooperation and methodological development at the City Center Campus. The visiting professor programme is part of the HSSH/PROFI6 project that focuses specifically on the challenges and opportunities of datafication.

– We want this program to support visits that will benefit many different research groups. Concrete plans for cooperation, such as publications and research projects, are also good grounds for an application, says Professor Risto Kunelius who leads Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities.

HSSH invites proposals for Visiting/Guest Professor positions in 2022–2025 in two categories, Visiting Professor for the Datafication Research Initiative and Open Call for Visiting Professor in all HSSH-related research.

HSSH-affiliated scholars and research groups can invite leading scholars in their fields to visit Helsinki for a minimum period of two weeks per year, present in the campus. The deadline for the first round of proposals is March 18, 2022.

More information and link to the application.

New 4,6 million infrastructure funding brings humanities and social sciences closer together

FIN-CLARIAH – National research infrastructure for humanities and social sciences receives 4,6 million funding, more than half of it for University of Helsinki

The initiative includes all Finnish universities which conduct SSH (social sciences and humanities) research. SSH fields have not historically been in the forefront of utilizing technology, but there is potential for such change in Finland. FIN-CLARIAH is an RI for SSH that comprises two components, FIN-CLARIN and DARIAH-FI.

FIN-CLARIAH aims to expand the reach of SSH infrastructural support in three directions: expanding processing from standard language to colloquial, serving different SSH research needs in processing unorganized text and making metainformation based research easier.

More information on FIN-CLARIN

More information on DARIAH-FI

A roadmap for FIN-CLARIAH

Developing the infrastructure is funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU and by participating universities. DARIAH-FI development at University of Helsinki is lead jointly with HSSH.

Africa research to gain momentum in collaboration with African scholars at the University of Helsinki’s City Centre Campus – network has received funding from HSSH 

AfriStadi – the Africa Research Forum for Social Sciences and Humanities – wishes to increase awareness of and multidisciplinary research on Africa in the humanities and social sciences together with African researchers. 

The network established in October 2021 has two important objectives. The first relates to looking critically at the very Eurocentric knowledge production. The second important goal is to increase internal cooperation with African scholars within the University of Helsinki and raise funds in the project so that African researchers can take on a more integral role as members of the University of Helsinki’s scholarly community. 

The AfriStadi Network has received funding from the University of Helsinki’s Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH), and one of the key goals of the network is to increase methodological cooperation. 

Read more and watch an introductory video here.