Night of Science at the Helsinki Collegium: Who Cares? Ethics and politics of care in uncertain times & Open Offices

The Helsinki Collegium's program for Night of Science begins with an open office hour, during which visitors have the chance to learn about current research of our fellows.

Then, a panel discussion with Collegium fellows addresses the ethics and politics of care and belonging. Should our societies become more caring – and if so, then how? Does caring for some mean excluding others?

The evening concludes with a musical performance by Astrid Swan, who is currently working at HCAS as Kone Foundation Art Fellow. 



17.15–18.15: Open offices at the Collegium! 

(Address: Fabianinkatu 24 A, 2nd and 3rd floor)

Walk through the corridors of the Collegium and get to know our fellows and their projects. You can also step into the Collegium’s historic elevator and listen to elevator pitches by our fellows!

Participating fellows: Franco De Angelis, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Frog, Paul Frosh, Kateryna GolovinaMaria Khachaturyan & Maria KonoshenkoLina Klymenko, Charlie Kurth, Kerkko NordqvistTero ToivanenDavid Schlosberg, Svetlana Vetchinnikova, Nina Öhman

18.30–19.30: Roundtable discussion: What care and belonging mean in contemporary society? 

(Venue: Common Room, Fabianinkatu 24 A, 3rd floor)

Collegium fellows Kirby Deater-DeckardNicole HassounFriederike Lüpke, and Olga Tkach explore the concepts of care and belonging, drawing on diverse perspectives in the humanities and social sciences.

19.45–20.45: Musical performance by Astrid Swan 

(Venue: Common Room, Fabianinkatu 24 A, 3rd floor)

Astrid Swan (Kone Foundation Art Fellow) performs her songs and talks about her artistic and scholarly work as they pertain to care and belonging.


Featured Speakers:

Kirby Deater-Deckard is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst, the United States, and a Core Fellow at HCAS. He conducts collaborative behavioral, psychological and physiological quantitative research focusing on family/parenting stress, and the development of stress reactivity and self-regulation from early childhood through adulthood. His current collaborative project studies individual differences in child and adolescent development in Finland and nine other countries. 

Nicole Hassoun is Professor of Philosophy at Binghamton University, the United States, and a Core Fellow at HCAS. She has published widely in philosophical, economic, and health journals. Her current research focuses on global health and welfare in the context of new existential threats such as climate change and pandemics and deeply entrenched inequality. Hassoun also heads the Global Health Impact project, which intends to assist policymakers in efforts to increase access to essential medicines. 

Friederike Lüpke is Professor of African Studies at the University of Helsinki and a Core Fellow at HCAS. Her research and teaching focus on the description and documentation of West African languages in their cultural contexts and on multilingualism as a social practice. She is the chair of AfriStadi, the Africa Research Forum for Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Helsinki. After having led several research projects on small-scale multilingualism in Senegal, she is working on a monograph on convivial multilingualisms. 

Olga Tkach is a sociologist focusing on migrations, mobility, inequality, feminist and migration studies of home, housing and neighbour relations, conviviality. After working at the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR, St. Petersburg) for twenty years, she came to Helsinki in 2022. She is a former HCAS Kone Foundation Fellow and currently grant-funded researcher at the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN) of the Swedish School of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. She is a researcher in the research project LIFEMAKE: Life-breaking and Life-making: Social reproduction and survival in times of collapse funded by Kone Foundation (2023-2026). She has a title of docent from the University of Eastern Finland.

Astrid Swan / Joutseno works as Kone Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Arts at the Helsinki Collegium in 2023–2024. As a songwriter, Swan has published seven albums internationally. Her latest album D/other came out in 2021.  Joutseno/Swan’s award-winning PhD thesis Life Writing from Birth to Death: How M/others Know (2021) examined maternal life writing online. In 2019, she published a memoir Viimeinen kirjani: kirjoituksia elämästä (Nemo). In 2018 Swan was awarded the prestigious Teosto-award for her album From the Bed and Beyond (2017). Joutseno/Swan is a researcher in the research project "Counter Narratives of Cancer: Shaping Narrative Agency" (2023-2027) funded by the Research Council of Finland. She will publish her debut novel in 2024. During her collegium year the artist-researcher examines the processual connections between creativity and research by delving into the topic of grief.