The aim of the Jane and Aatos Erkko Visiting Professorship in Studies on Contemporary Society is to focus on cultural and social research themes with a topical significance for contemporary society and social justice. The professorship was established in 2008 as the result of a 2.92 million Euros donation from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. The donation, under the discretion of the University of Helsinki Funds, will maintain the professorship and a residence for the holder of the post.
Our current Jane and Aatos Erkko Professor is Jane Cowan, professor of Social anthropology at University of Sussex, UK.
Previous Jane and Aatos Erkko Professors:
2009-2010 Stephen Gill (York University)
2010-2012 Alan Warde (The University of Manchester)
2013-2014 Joel Robbins (University of Cambridge)
2014-2015 Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (University of Iceland)
2015-2016 Susanne Soederberg (Queen's University)
2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Ann Phoenix (University of London)