Tuomas Forsberg is the Director of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. He is on a leave of absence from University of Tampere where he is professor of International Relations.


Professor Forsberg's research activities have focused on international relations theory and foreign policy analysis exploring particularly psychological perspectives, peace and conflict studies with an emphasis on transitional justice, and more policy oriented questions related to European security, EU foreign and security policy, German foreign policy, Finnish foreign policy, Nordic cooperation and Russia. During the recent years, much of his research has dealt with Russia owing to his role as deputy director of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence on Choices of Russian Modernisation 2012-2017. He is currently running a research project on Cultural Statecraft in International Relations. The Case of Russia, funded by Academy of Finland (2016-2020). He is also conducting research on the evolution of the European security order from a historical perspective, focusing particularly on the early 1990s on the basis of new archival sources.

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TUOMAS FORSBERG gained his MA from University of Helsinki in 1989 (Political Science, International Relations) and his PhD at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1998 (International Relations). He is docent at the universities of Helsinki and Lapland. He worked as the acting director (1998-2001) and senior research fellow of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, as Professor of Western European Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (2002-04) and as Professor of International Relations at the University of Helsinki (2004-2008) before moving to the University of Tampere where he has been Professor of International Relations since 2008. His publications include Divided West: European Security and the Transatlantic Relationship (co-authored with Graeme Herd, Blackwell 2006), The European Union and Russia (co-authored with Hiski Haukkala, Palgrave 2016) and articles in journals such as International Affairs, Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Review, Security Dialogue and Journal of Common Market Studies. He lives in Helsinki and is married with three children (b. 2003, 2006 and 2013).

Hanne Appelqvist's primary areas of responsibility as vice director are external financing and the development of research collaboration. She also functions as the editor in chief of the HCAS publication COLLEGIUM. 


Hanne Appelqvist’s main interests in philosophy are Ludwig Wittgenstein, Immanuel Kant, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, and aesthetics. She has worked extensively on the affinities between Wittgenstein’s thought – both early and late – and Kant’s critical philosophy. Central themes in her research have been Wittgenstein’s views on logic and grammar, normativity, ethics, aesthetics, and religion. Currently, she is editing a collection of articles titled Wittgenstein and the Limits of Language (Routledge, forthcoming) and is working on her own monograph on the relation between Wittgenstein and Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgment. Appelqvist works also on aesthetics and philosophy of music. She is the leader of a collaborative research project The Cognitive Relevance of Aesthetics (Finnish Cultural Foundation, University of Tampere).

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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 formalist interpretation of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s remarks on music. In Finland, she has worked in several research projects, both personal and collaborative, most recently as a collegium researcher at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies. Her work has appeared in journals such as The British Journal of Aesthetics, The European Journal of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, and History of Philosophy Quarterly as well as in edited books published by Cambridge and Oxford University Presses. Appelqvist is Docent of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki and the University of Turku. Since 2018, she has been the Editor-in-Chief of Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics.

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

Kaisa Kaakinen is responsible for managing and developing the Collegium's events program and developing research cooperation in the Collegium and with the Centre Campus faculties.

Eeva Lindström 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. Eeva is the secretary of the HCAS executive board.