Alumni of the Month, November 2023

The November 2023 edition of the HCAS Alumni Gallery features Susanna Lindberg and Minou Norouzi
Susanna Lindberg

I am professor of continental philosophy at the University of Leiden, Netherlands. I am a specialist of German idealism, phenomenology, and contemporary French philosophy. In recent years, and also at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, my research has carried on the question of technology.

I was core fellow at the Collegium for Advanced Studies of the University of Helsinki in 2017-2020. These three years were a delightful moment in my career: I was able to concentrate on research in a stimulating interdisciplinary environment, and also to organise events that brought me together with many people who have been important from then on. My last book, From Technological Humanity to Bio-Technical Existence (SUNY, 2023), was written mostly in the Collegium, as was also the collection The Ethos of Digital Environments. Technology, Literary Theory and Philosophy (Routledge, 2021) that I edited with another fellow, Hanna-Riikka Roine.

Prof. Lindberg will give her inaugural lecture "Planetary Thinking in the Era of Global Warming" at the University of Leiden on 20 November 2023 at 4:15 pm (local time). (Please contact Susanna Lindberg if interested in receiving the link for the livestream.)


Minou Norouzi

I’m a post-doctoral researcher based at the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism, CEREN, University of Helsinki and a member of the Journal of Visual Culture Editorial Collective (Sage Publications). I combine film scholarship with filmmaking and curating.

My research focuses on cinematic language and aesthetic productions that communicate the ineffable and challenge normative, totalising accounts of history and knowledge production. I’m Principal Investigator of “Revolutionary Patience: Migrant Perspectives on Doing Politics with the Documentary“, a multi-year practice-research project supported by Kone Foundation (2021-2024). The project looks into artists’ moving image and documentary practices by filmmakers with personal experiences of displacement from the Southwest Asia & North Africa regions (SWANA). A study of diasporic cinemas, I put under critical review empathy as a form of political engagement.

My current activities are a development that grew directly from my time as an Arts Fellow at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS). It provided the luxury of mental and physical space for creative experimentation supported by material resources to practice so-called slow science. Although my year at HCAS was encumbered by the global health crises known as Covid 19, the social cohesion fostered by the Collegium prior to the outbreak meant that self-initiated ‘bubbles’ were formed with colleagues where knowledge exchanges could continue during regular extended nature walks in and around Helsinki.