Five new Academy projects, three new postdoctoral researchers for humanities

Five new Academy of Finland projects are launching at the Faculty of Arts, led by Camilla Lindholm, Sara Negri, Pauliina Remes, Suzie Thomas and Charlotta Wolff. Matias Buchholz, Daria Gritsenko and Ulla Savolainen have been appointed as new postdoctoral researchers.

Camilla Lindholm’s project studies interaction, social engagement and mental health, and the opportunities people suffering from schizophrenia have to engage in interaction.

 “Mental health problems are a major challenge for Western societies. They increase suffering both for the individual and the community and are a burden on the global economy,” Lindholm writes.

The research material consists of ethnography and interaction situations videoed in third-sector organisations. The project combines qualitative and quantitative methods. The clients of mental health services are involved in the project planning and implementation.

The project will provide new information on interaction among individuals suffering from schizophrenia, which can then be applied to the development of mental health rehabilitation and employment services for people with the partial ability to work.

Philosophers study logical deduction processes and the theory of self-knowledge

Sara Negri’s research project Modalities and conditionals: systematic and historical studies falls under philosophical logic, a core area of theoretical philosophy.

The main objectives of the project are “the development of a novel logical methodology for the representation of the inferential processes of philosophical logic, on the basis of results within general proof theory, and the study of the sources of related modal concepts in European philosophy.”

Pauliina Remes leads a research project in theoretical philosophy entitled Rationalist Theories of Self-Knowledge from Plato to Kant. “The rationalist-agential theory claims that the normative and epistemic aspects of what it is to know oneself cannot be separated. Knowing one's beliefs and cognitions is always a form of normative relation,” writes Remes in the project description.

This theory is typically considered to have begun with Kant. The project indicates that rationalist theory has much longer roots in the history of philosophy, extending all the way to Plato.

Innovative solutions for metal detectorists and archaeology hobbyists

Suzie Thomas is PI of the multidisciplinary research project SuALT: Collaborative Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Finds and Public Engagement through Linked Open Data. The project “develops innovative solutions to respond to metal detecting and other non-professional encounters with archaeological material, applying semantic computing to ‘citizen science’.”

The growing flow of discovered archaeological material poses challenges to researchers and collections managers. Leaving the cataloguing of the finds to curators is increasingly unfeasible given the increase in metal detecting.

Metal detectorists should be provided with legislative and archaeological information as well as easy to use tools to report finds and generate structured metadata. To make use of new data, cultural heritage managers, researchers and the public need search and analysis tools.

The consequences of missing or misused information

Charlotta Wolff’s project Agents of Enlightenment. Changing the Minds in Eighteenth-Century Northern Europe goes beyond traditional boundaries between disciplines, as it combines the issues and methods of intellectual history with those of social and cultural history.

The project consists of three case studies, which analyse the readings, personal writings, networks and intellectual activities of medical doctors, diplomats and government officials. It serves as a reminder of the immediate and concrete consequences of knowledge or its absence, use or misuse.

Postdoctoral researchers study papyri, renewable energy in Russia and unchained memory

Three new postdoctoral researchers will begin their work at the Faculty of Arts.

Matias Buchholz at the Department of World Cultures will focus on the publication of the carbonised papyri of Bubastos. Daria Gritsenko from the Aleksanteri Institute is studying the future of renewable energy in Russia.

Ulla Savolainen is working on a project entitled Memory Unchained: Mapping Individual Creativity and Transnational Cultural Memory in Autobiographical Writings of Ingrians at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Arts Studies.

Kati Kallio from the Faculty of Arts is doing research for the Finnish Literature Society. Her research is entitled Ambiguous and Hybrid Oral poetics: Registers of Expression and Layers of Belief in Western Finland (1564–1900).

A total of 63 new projects and 37 postdoctoral researchers

On 13 June, the Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Culture and Society granted a total of €31 million for 63 new Academy projects. Approximately 15% of the submitted applications were successful.

A total of 37 researchers received postdoctoral researcher funding. The total amount allocated for the funding of these positions was approximately €9.5 million. Nearly 12% of applications received funding.