Alumni of the Month, January 2022: Monika Krause and Visa Kurki

As part of its 20th Anniversary celebrations, HCAS has launched an Alumni Gallery featuring two alumni every month. This month's HCAS alumni are Monika Krause and Visa Kurki, who share news about their current research and reflect on the impact the Collegium has had for their career paths.
Monika Krause, Core Fellow, 2016–2017

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics. I study knowledge practices in a range of professional and organizational settings. I have worked on humanitarian relief NGOs (The Good Project. Humanitarian Relief NGOs and the Fragmentation of Reason. Chicago University Press: 2014), on human rights NGOs, on mission agencies, on psychoanalysts and journalists. I am also interested in sociological theory. My most recent book is Model Cases. On Canonical Research Objects and Sites. Chicago University Press: 2021.  

When I was a fellow of the Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies, there were posters up on the walls in the corridor, which discussed, analysed and celebrated “monographs”. Not particular monographs; the monograph as a particular form of scholarly expression. The Collegium provides that kind of space and an international and interdisciplinary community of scholars who for a little while work together without having to do any work together. These are intellectual necessities, which all universities presuppose but don’t or can’t necessarily provide. 

Visa Kurki, Core Fellow, 2018–2019

As of January 1, 2022, I am Associate Professor of Jurisprudence at the Law Faculty of the University of Helsinki. 

I work in legal theory (jurisprudence), meaning the philosophical analysis of law. I’ve been especially interested in topics such as legal personhood, rights and animal law. 

The Collegium fellowship was my first proper postdoc. I very much enjoyed my time there. The atmosphere was very welcoming, and the opportunity to interact with other postdocs from different disciplines meant a lot of peer support and the opportunity to ponder different career options. I still miss the Collegium, and hope to come back some day for a sabbatical.