"Hey, citizen!", Helsinki Collegium and Think Corner to host public lecture series on the topic of citizenship

The lecture series takes place on five consecutive Mondays from November 12th until December 10th at the University of Helsinki’s modern event space called Think Corner

Citizenship is a timely topic around the world with US midterm elections happening, but also locally with Finland heading towards its parliamentary elections in the spring of 2019. The right to vote is at the core of citizenship and democracy, however what other rights and responsibilities pertain to citizenship and how have these changed over time? How do we define citizenship in todays globalized world in which nation states don't automatically equate to citizenship? The Kollegium talks series is relevant to everyone regardless of citizenship or lack thereof.

The talks are held by researchers, thinkers and active citizens representing various fields in society with Helsinki Collegium fellows chairing the sessions. The talks take place at the Stage of Think Corner, Yliopistonkatu 4 and streamed online. The events are open to the public and free of charge. Please note that the talks are all in Finnish. (Click the title of each event for more information!)


Citizenship in a Global World

  • Monday November 12th at 17–18.30, Think Corner
  • Speakers: Actor, director and scriptwriter Noora Dadu, Docent Ari Hirvonen, University of Helsinki
  • Chair: Susanna Lind­berg (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies)

Citizenship and Influence

  • Monday November 19th at 17–18.30, Think Corner
  • Speakers: Writer Maryan  Ab­dulkarim, President of Trasek Panda Eriks­son, Professor Mikko Le­htonen (University of Tampere) 
  • Chair: Hanna Ylöstalo (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies)

The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens

  • Monday November 26th at 17–18.30, Think Corner
  • Speakers: Docent Maijastina Kahlos (University of Helsinki), Author Jo­hanna Sin­is­alo, Pro­fessor Teemu Tall­berg (National Defence University)
  • Chair: Ritva Palmén (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies)

Limits of Citizenship

  • Monday December 3rd at 17–18.30, Think Corner
  • Speakers: Comics artist Warda Ahmed, PhD researcher Vesa Heikkinen (University of Helsinki), Academy Research Fellow Jo­hanna Leinonen (Migration Institute of Finland)
  • Chair: Visa Kurki (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies)

Environment, Citizenship and Climate Elections

  • Monday December 10th at 17–18.30, Think Corner
  • Speakers: Actor, director and playwright Leea Klemola, Researcher Dr. Ville Lähde (BIOS research unit)
  • Chair: Jouni Tilli (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies)

More information on each event can be found on the Kollegium Talks events page. Follow and use the hashtag #KollegiumTalks on Twitter and Facebook.

For further information contact Project Planner Kaisa Kaakinen, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, kaisa.kaakinen[at]helsinki.fi, 02941 22493