Human Academic Library: Foreign Countries

Tiedekulma - Elävä tiedekirjasto: Ulkomaat

Mon 17.9. at 5 p.m.

The human academic library works just like a regular library, but instead of books you borrow researchers. You can choose an expert, sit down for 15 minutes and have an inspiring conversation about the state of the world, ask tough questions and learn more. This time we have gathered experts on different areas and cultures. Our librarians will be happy to help you find suitable loans.

Researchers for loan:

Rani-Henrik Andersson, University lecturer in North American studies, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Conversational languages: Finnish, English, Swedish

Rani-Henrik is a tennis-mad scholar who never misses a chance to play a match. Becoming a professional tennis player was actually another career option for him. Rani-Henrik is particularly interested in the diverse nature of his research: the mix of multiple disciplines and methodologies. His interest in North America is founded on the region’s diversity, in terms of the natural environment, population and culture(s). With Rani-Henrik, you can also discuss canoeing and spending time at the summer cabin.

Lotta Aunio, University lecturer in Bantu languages, University of Helsinki
Conversational languages: Finnish, English, Swahili

Lotta’s research mainly consists of documenting previously undocumented languages. She has had the opportunity to witness the reactions when people get their hands on the first book printed in their native language: “My language is also valuable and it can be used for unlimited expression.” With Lotta, you have the chance to consider the significance of language to personal identity.

Hannu Juusola, Professor of Middle Eastern studies, University of Helsinki, and director of the Master’s Programme in Area and Cultural Studies
Conversational languages: Finnish, English

Currently, Hannu is particularly interested in whether political secularism is a requirement of democratic societies in the Middle East or whether Islam and democracy can coexist in one way or another. In the Middle East, almost all of the burning questions of our time merge: the relationship between the global South and North, the role of religion in society, dealing with diversity and the brutal consequences of climate change.

Jouni Järvinen,  Director of educational programmes (East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies, Ukrainian studies), Aleksanteri Institute
Conversational languages: Finnish, English

Research-wise, Jouni has focused on dissidents and related cultural phenomena, as well as interaction between civic society and the state. The eastern Europe of the past has been a long-term interest due to its recent history and the transformations seen partly through that prism. During the socialist era, the region was seen as very monolithic, despite the reality being something quite different. Jouni is also an avid equestrian and a lover of all animals.

Katalin Miklossy, Discipline coordinator for eastern European studies, Faculty of Arts
Conversational languages: Finnish, English

Katalin is specialised in changes in political systems in eastern Europe, or those junctures when the system has irrevocably changed course. She also studies the impact of entrepreneurship and competition on political culture. Katalin is originally from Hungary, a region she considers currently fascinating due to its rapid transformation. Eastern Europe offers other interests as well, thanks to its location at the intersection of Eastern and Western influences.

Jussi Pakkasvirta, Professor of area and cultural studies, University of Helsinki
Conversational languages: Finnish, Spanish, English, Swedish

Since childhood, Jussi has been interested in the Aztec and Incan Empires. In the 1980s, he was swept away by the culture and political situation of the region. He is the chair of CEISAL, the European Council for Social Research on Latin America. With Jussi, you can also chat about bass playing, diving (particularly in the Caribbean) or boating in the Baltic Sea.

Aili Pyhälä, University lecturer in development studies
Conversational languages: English, Finnish, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, French

Aili studies and supports the environmental and human rights of regional communities and indigenous peoples. She is interested in conservation and a social policy framework for solving global environmental problems. Aili draws inspiration from the variety of cultures, knowhow, cosmic worldviews and ways of living. She has spent her time living with several indigenous peoples. In her portrait, Aili’s body has been painted by members of an Amazonian tribe.

Teivo Teivainen, Professor of world politics, University of Helsinki
Conversational languages: Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, English

With Teivo Teivainen, you can consider the increasing similarities between Finland and Latin America, as Finland is also experiencing increasing cultural contact and mixing, less defined employment and a growing political importance for matters related to foreign debt. Teivo has visited every country officially considered part of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The event is part of Crazy World, which takes a closer look at the state of the world and finds rays of light in a strained international atmosphere. The event can also be found on Facebook.