The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS) welcomes doctoral candidates of the University of Helsinki to the HCAS Winter School on Humanities and Social Sciences, to be held over three days from February 28 to March 1, 2024.

Registration on Sisu opens on January 17 and closes on January 31, 2024 (at midnight.) The participants accepted to the course will be asked to submit a pre-assignment by February 14, 2024 (more instructions below).  

The HCAS Winter School 2024 addresses the topic of navigating disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity. We will focus on themes such as   

  • conceptualizing interdisciplinarity and disciplinarity  

  • publishing in disciplinary / interdisciplinary journals  

  • funding structures and grant applications  

  • communicating your skills, knowledge, and academic expertise  

  • navigating different ecologies of academic work: departments, projects, and research institutes   

  • crafting an academic career from an inter/disciplinary background  

HCAS Winter Schools are organized annually and give doctoral candidates a chance to learn essential skills and practices related to academic research and career and to discuss their work with more experienced researchers in an interdisciplinary and international setting. The 2024 Winter School lasts three days and takes place in the Collegium building at Fabianinkatu 24 A, 3rd floor. 

The Winter School is organized and taught by Collegium fellows. The fellows are experts in different fields of the humanities and social sciences, including law, behavioral sciences, and theology. The participants of the HCAS Winter School should be affiliated with the University of Helsinki, and their doctoral work should focus on fields represented at the Collegium.   

HCAS is an independent research institute within the University of Helsinki. We promote high-quality research in the humanities and social sciences, foster dialogue between different academic orientations, encourage the integration of approaches from different disciplines, and support international academic collaboration.  

The Winter School consists of plenaries and workshops, in which participants are divided into small groups.  In the thematic plenaries, current Collegium Fellows and experts from outside the Collegium share their knowledge of different facets of academic career-building. The workshops offer doctoral candidates the opportunity to receive personal feedback from HCAS Fellows and other doctoral candidates in a relaxed environment. The Winter School sessions begin at 9:15 am or later and end by 4:30 pm; in addition, the Collegium hosts a social event in the evening.   

The workload of the Winter School is 3 ECTS. The registration of the credits will be administered by the doctoral school. The language of the Winter School is English. A detailed program will be sent to the registered participants before the Winter School.    


Doctoral candidates wishing to participate in the Winter School are requested to register on Sisu by January 31, 2024. The course code is PHD-104The maximum number of participants at the Winter School is 40. If there are more registrations than there are places on the course, the students are selected on the basis of a draw. Upon registration, participants are asked to answer a few questions about their PhD studies.     


All participants should prepare to submit their pre-assignment by February 14, 2024. This text will serve as a basis for assignments and discussions in small groups during the Winter School.   


Write two different versions of an abstract (of 200 words) based on your dissertation topic.  

Imagine that you are writing to  

1) readers from your discipline (like when you are writing a paper proposal to a conference or journal within your discipline)  

2) readers from other disciplines (like when you are preparing a funding application which will be reviewed by scholars from different disciplines)  

Please prepare to discuss your pre-assignment also orally during the meetings of your workshop group. You should also read the paragraphs submitted by the other members of your group before the beginning of the winter school.   

Registered course participants will receive an email with instructions on submitting the pre-assignment and accessing the submissions of their group members.  



Paul Frosh, Core Fellow, HCAS  

Kateryna Golovina, Core Fellow, HCAS  

Astrid Joutseno, Kone Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Arts, HCAS  

Lina Klymenko, Core Fellow, HCAS  

Lilian O’Brien, Core Fellow, HCAS  

Svetlana Vetchinnikova, Deputy Director, HCAS   

Kaisa Kaakinen, Research Coordinator, HCAS   


Contact: Kaisa Kaakinen (kaisa.kaakinen@helsinki.fi), Research Coordinator, HCAS