On January 20, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCSA), the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Helsinki Centre for Global Political Economy will hold a seminar to honour Professor Heikki Patomäki, who is turning 60. The event acknowledges the contributions that Patomäki has made to the academic research, theory and thinking in the fields of International Relations (IR), Global Political Economy and Future Studies. Over the past three decades, Patomäki has become known for his work on critical realism and the promotion of new alternatives to nationalism and solutions to global problems, highlighting the need to transform global governance institutions by making them more functional and democratic.
Professor Patomäki is also a well-known public figure, participating in political debates in Finland and beyond. As Professor of World Politics and Global Political Economy at the University of Helsinki, he is also a valued faculty member of the Global Politics and Communication Master´s Programme. During his career, he has also worked as a full professor at Nottingham Trent University, UK, and RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and as a Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. Most recently, in October 2022, he spent time at Cambridge University (Clare Hall).
Moreover, Patomäki is a member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences; a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge; a founding member of Helsinki GPE Centre; and Vice Chair of EuroMemo, a network of European (political) economists. He is also a docent of the University of Turku and Lapland. During his career, Patomäki has published many single-author and joint texts in Finnish and in English, as well as hundreds of research papers. The wide array of the topics of his publications includes philosophy and methodology of social sciences, international relations theory, global political economy, peace research, futures studies, and global justice and democracy. The event will also celebrate the launch of his newest book: Debating the War in Ukraine-counterfactual histories and future possibilities (2022).
The seminar will take place in The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS), Fabianinkatu 24A, 3rd Floor and begin at 10.15. The event will include discussions and insights from top local and international scholars, as well as comments by Heikki Patomäki himself. The themes discussed will include Global Political Economy, Peace and War and the Future of the University. The book launch which can be joined in on via zoom will be held at 13.15.
To register, acquire the zoom link for the book launch and receive more information on the event, please visit the University of Helsinki website.