Get to know the HCAS directors and the administrative staff.

Hanne Ap­pelqv­ist, Interim Dir­ector

As of August 15 2023, Dr. Hanne Appelqvist, who has worked as the Deputy Director of the Collegium since January 2019, acts as interim Director while the recruitment process of the new Director continues. 


Hanne Appelqvist’s main research interests are Ludwig Wittgenstein, Immanuel Kant, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, and aesthetics. In her publications, she has developed and defended the so-called Kantian interpretation of Wittgenstein's philosophy, which seeks to uncover the affinities between Wittgenstein's thought and Kant's transcendental idealism. Central themes in her work have been Wittgenstein’s views on logic and grammar, ethics, aesthetics, and religion. She has also published on philosophy of music, especially on Eduard Hanslick's musical formalism.

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Hanne Appelqvist received her doctoral degree in philosophy from Columbia University in 2007. In her dissertation Wittgenstein and the Conditions of Musical Communication (Acta Philosophica Fennica 2008), Appelqvist defended a formalistic interpretation of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s remarks on music. Her recent publications include an edited collection Wittgenstein and the Limits of Language (Routledge 2020) and Wittgenstein and Aesthetics (CUP 2023). She is Docent of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki and the University of Turku.  Since 2018, she has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics, and since 2021 as the Chair of the Nordic Wittgenstein Society.

Svetlana Vetchinnikova, interim Deputy Director


Svetlana Vetchinnikova has a broad background in applied, cognitive and corpus linguistics and finds inspiration in bridging different schools of thought. Overall, she is interested in the ways our cognitive properties manifest themselves in language use and shape language structure, which in turn has an effect on how we think. She likes clever ways of operationalizing complex phenomena and finding effective instruments in the academic toolkit to study them. Through her background, she takes a keen interest in interdisciplinarity and making it work.


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Svetlana Vetchinnikova obtained her PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Helsinki in 2014. She did her postdoctoral work in research projects on variation and change in English and on chunking in speech processing. Before joining the Collegium, she worked as university lecturer at the Department of Languages and taught courses in applied linguistics. She is author of Phraseology and the Advanced Language Learner (2019, Cambridge) and co-editor of Changing English (2017, De Gruyter) and Language Change: The Impact of English as a Lingua Franca (2020, Cambridge).

Kaisa Kaak­inen, Research Co­ordin­ator

Kaisa Kaakinen is responsible for managing and developing the academic program of the Collegium. She facilitates collaboration among Collegium's researchers and develops contacts to other units of the University of Helsinki and to other institutes of advanced study. She coordinates the Collegium's events program, which includes academic symposia, lectures and workshops as well as the Kollegium Talks public event series at Think Corner and the annual HCAS Winter School for doctoral students.


Kaisa Kaakinen's research interests are situated at the intersections of literature and history, or literary studies and historiography. Her publications deal with concepts and practices of comparison in literature and literary studies, historical narration in literature, memory studies, reception studies, trauma studies, postcolonial studies and twentieth and twenty-first-century literature (especially in German and English).

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Kaisa Kaakinen finished her doctoral degree in comparative literature at Cornell University in 2013. Her monograph Comparative Literature and the Historical Imaginary. Reading Conrad, Weiss, Sebald (Palgrave, 2017) studies comparative practices and transnational historical narration in the context of the work of three twentieth-century authors and the contemporary discipline of comparative literature. Before coming to HCAS, she worked as postdoctoral researcher and university teacher in comparative literature at the University of Turku, Finland.

Linda Lind­holm, Ad­min­is­tra­tion Spe­cial­ist

Linda Lind­holm's main responsibilities at the Collegium are strategic support for the Collegium director, coordination of on-site support and preparation of administrative matters.

Oskar Ahlberg, Ser­vice Co­ordin­ator

Oskar Ahlberg is responsible for coordination of Collegium’s conference services and communications related to them, updating the website, giving travelling support, ordering tickets and keys, computers and facilities administration. Oskar is the secretary of the HCAS executive board.

When contacting Oskar Ahlberg in HCAS matters, please use the email address

Rosa Beckmann, Hu­man Re­sources Coordinator

Rosa Beckmann is responsible for recruitment processes, contracts, grants and fees, holidays and absences as well as cooperation with financial services.

To contact Rosa Beckmann in HR matters, please send email to the address

Outi Salonen, Fin­an­cial Con­trol­ler

Outi Salonen is responsible for budgeting and reporting as well as counselling in general financial matters.