COLLeGIUM is a scholarly, open-access journal published by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. The latest volume is titled "Citizenships under Construction. Affects, Politics and Practices". 



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The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki with a mission to be a top-class, international and attractive research environment in humanities and social sciences. The Collegium aims to produce innovative research in humanities and social sciences and to strengthen interaction between different fields of academic research. Collegium researchers cooperate with university faculties and participate in doctoral training.

HCAS is an IAS institute, and part of the UBIAS and NetIAS networks.




"The Difficulty of Being Modern: Thoughts on Our Time"

Watch the video recording of the Annual Collegium Lecture 2018, "The Difficulty of Being Modern: Thoughts on Our Time", by Dipesh Chakrabarty (University of Chicago).

Tuomas Forsberg selected as the next Director of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

Forsberg, a professor of international relations, will assume his new position on 15 August 2018.

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Call for Papers by Ann Phoenix

European Journal of Women's Studies, special issue on "Gendering Memory", edited by Ann Phoenix and Andrea Petö
Deadline: 19 August 2018

More information: Call for papers - Gendering Memory

Prof. Jo Shaw elected to Scotland's National Academy 

Professor Jo Shaw has been elected as Fellow to The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). She will join a community of leading figures from within the arts, academia, business and public sector working for public benefit throughout Scotland. See the press release here:

Self-tracking liberates and restricts

Many of us use step counters, monitor our sleep with smart wristbands or cheer on our friends in exercise apps. According to University Researcher Venla Oikkonen from the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, the attraction to self-quantification lies in technology and community.


Looking for Finnish identification

Professor Ann Phoenix is studying masculinities and identities of Finnish boys. She's interested to see what our society will look like in the future.


UACES Lifetime Achievement Award to Prof. Jo Shaw

The Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Lifetime Achievement Award in European Studies to EURIAS Fellow, Professor Jo Shaw


The Emerging Scholar Award by The Kenneth Burke Society to HCAS Core Fellow, D.Soc.Sc Jouni Tilli


Research post as Academy Research Fellow to Josephine Hoergaerts

Academy of Finland's Research Council for Culture and Society has decided Research posts. Among funded Academy Research Fellows is Current HCAS Fellow Researcher PhD Josephine Hoegaerts.


Speaking for Science

Janne Saarikivi and Taina Riikonen are expanding academic freedom by commodifying useless information.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Arts 2018

New Postdoctoral Fellows in the Arts 2018 are Matthias de Groof and Ashley David Kerr.


The 2019 Core Fellowships at the HCAS

Call for HCAS Core Fellowships 2019 - 2020 will open August 23 2018.

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The 2018 Core Fellowships at the HCAS

New Core Fellows for 2018 - 2019 have been selected.


Erik Allardt Fellowship Programme 2018/2019

New Erik Allardt Fellows are Mika Vähäkangas (spring 2019) and Margrit Shildrick (spring 2019)


EURIAS Fellowship Programme 2018/2019

New EURIAS Fellows are Olesya Khanina, Geoffrey Roberts and Malgorzata Rajtar.



Venla Oikkonen holds a PhD in Gender Studies (University of Helsinki).

In 2012-2016, she worked as an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki, as well as a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Lancaster University, UK.

Her current interdisciplinary project "Vaccines as Technologies of Difference in the Cultural Debate about Immunization" explores the cultural understanding of vaccines. It views vaccines as embodied technologies that organize ideas of difference such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, age and disability.

Read more on Venla's research project at the Collegium on her personal website>>