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-104. The 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 



Wednesday February 28 




  • Introduction to the Collegium by Director Hanne Appelqvist (HCAS)  
  • Introduction to the Winter School’s theme 
  • Program overview by Research Coordinator Kaisa Kaakinen (HCAS)  
  • Introduction of participants 

(short break) 


PLENARY 1: What we talk about when we talk about Disciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity 

Moderator: Lilian O’Brien 

  • Katri Huutoniemi (Science Adviser, Academy of Finland): What are we talking about in multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity, and what does it mean to disciplinarity? 
  • Jaakko Kuorikoski (Associate Professor in Practical Philosophy, University of Helsinki): (Some) Pitfalls of Interdisciplinarity 
  • David Schlosberg (Erkko Professor at HCAS & Professor of Environmental Politics at University of Sydney): Multidisciplinary Collaboration, Grand Challenges, and Social Impact 


12:00-13:15 LUNCH (HCAS Common Room) 


PLENARY 2: Publishing and Journals: Finding the right venue for your research 

Moderator: Kaisa Kaakinen 

  • Leena Kaakinen (Publishing Director, Helsinki University Press & Gaudeamus): Publishing channels and interdisciplinary topics 
  • Hanne Appelqvist (Director of HCAS): Know thyself – but don't forget to keep a keen eye on your audience 
  • Paul Frosh (Core Fellow at HCAS & Professor of Communication and Journalism at Hebrew University of Jerusalem): At the Editor’s Discretion: Interdisciplinarity and the Signalling of Affiliation in Journal Publishing   


14:45-15:15 COFFEE (HCAS Common Room) 




Discussion over drinks and snacks (HCAS Common Room) 


Thursday February 29  


PLENARY 5: Navigating different academic environments: Departments, Projects, Research Institutes 

Moderator: Astrid Joutseno 

  • Mari Tervaniemi (Research Director, Department of Education, University of Helsinki): My journey toward neuroscience of music 

  • Sirpa Wrede (Professor of Sociology, University of Helsinki): Taking the helm of one’s career in complex researcher labour markets 

  • Andrew Graan (Core Fellow at HCAS): An Ethnographer's View on Academic Careers Inside and Outside of Finland 




12:00-13:00 LUNCH (HCAS Common Room) 


PLENARY 4: Really? I have skills? Academic Expertise, Researcher Profile, Professional Competence 

Moderator: Svetlana Vetchinnikova 

  • Inkeri Koskinen (Adademy Research Fellow in Practical Philosophy, University of Helsinki): The lone humanities scholar in an interdisciplinary project 
  • Tero Toivanen (Core Fellow at HCAS): Will (inter)disciplinary skills pay the bills? Some thoughts on how to navigate the interaction between scientific disciplines, society and politics in times of climate emergency  
  • Jouni Tuominen (University Research Fellow, Dept. of Digital Humanities, University of Helsinki): Working in digital humanities projects: experiences on 
    interdisciplinarity as a computer scientist 


14:30-15:15 COFFEE (HCAS Common Room) 




Friday March 1 


PLENARY 3: Show Me the Money: Interdisciplinarity, Research Funding and Grant Applications 

Moderator: Svetlana Vetchinnikova 

  • Kirby Deater-Deckard (Core Fellow at HCAS & Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst): Friends and neighbors: Networking to build your research and identify grant funds 
  • Saana Svärd (Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of Helsinki): Interdisciplinarity as a resource in applying for funding: why and how? 
  • Anssi Peräkylä (Professor of Sociology, University of Helsinki): Anchor in one discipline, linkages to others: balancing credibility and openness in funding applications 




12:30-13:45 LUNCH (HCAS Common Room) 


PLENARY 6: Letters to a Young Academic: Advice We Wish We’d Had – Q & A with HCAS Fellows 

Moderator: Kaisa Kaakinen 

  • HCAS Director Hanne Appelqvist 
  • HCAS Fellow Paul Frosh 
  • HCAS Fellow Kateryna Golovina
  • HCAS Fellow Lina Klymenko 
  • HCAS Deputy Director Svetlana Vetchinnikova 


WRAP-UP: Final comments and feedback  


Reception with food and drinks (HCAS Common Room)