Methodological workshops

The Methodological Unit of HSSH organizes workshops and courses on methodology, data processing and data analysis in the social sciences and humanities. Our aim is to support researchers in social science and humanities in strengthening their methodological competence and in adopting novel methods.

Information about upcoming workshops will be posted on our website and mailing list.

The Methodological Unit also welcomes suggestions for future workshops and courses. Please post your suggestion for a topic by filling this form.

The suggestions are checked regularly, and they are used to plan future methodological training.

Click here to read about past workshops hosted by MU.

The HSSH Datafication Research Programme Spring workshops: On Multimodal Analysis of Audiovisual Data

HSSH, with the Methodological Unit and the Datafication Research Programme, organizes City Centre Campus wide workshops on visual and audiovisual data. These thematic workshops are open for all and address the technological and philosophical challenges involved in the matter.

Contemporary political communication has been transforming into more multimodal direction, which presents a fascinating challenge for researchers in Humanities and Social Sciences. There are established traditions in multimodal analysis, but the mainstreaming of the phenomenon and the (assumed) availability of the data has generated further needs to collaborate and coordinate research practices in this field. These workshops focus on social media data and the particular technical and philosophical issues related to them, but some of this knowledge may be transferrable to non-multimodal data and audio, visual and audiovisual. Further complications exist in terms of data storage and availability for the social media data also in the multimodal sense.

This series of workshops seek to gather researchers across the City Centre Campus Faculties.



Friday 9 February at 14-16 (Room 531, Fabianinkatu 24): challenges in methods:

Short presentation: Matti Nelimarkka, Eeva Luhtakallio, Eetu Mäkelä

Friday 8 March at 14-16 (Fabianinkatu 24, 524, entrance through Vuorikatu inner court yard): pilots from the Finnish Presidential Elections and other elections  

Short presentation: Salla-Maaria Laaksonen, Emilia Palonen 

In this session we are going through some of the research on the presidential elections. Laaksonen and Pöyry’s team has been funded through HSSH. For Palonen’s research team the work carried out in January and February in Finland is a pilot for the European Parliamentary elections, and they also pilot the Portuguese elections. 

This session aims at discussing the challenges in the data process, scientific and technical solutions, as well as initial perceptions of the results of these studies.  

Friday 5 April at 14-16 (Fabianinkatu 24, 524, entrance through Vuorikatu inner court yard): theoretical and ethical general challenges in multimodal analysis 

Sign up for catering by 3.4.

In this session we discuss the theoretical and methodological challenges involved in working with visual data using different methodologies and epistemological approaches. The debate will discuss contributions from ethnography, more speculative approaches to generative AI as well as more mixed method and quantitative approaches. Short presentations by:

Matti Pohjonen and Aleksi Knuutila: “Synthetic ethnography: Field devices for the qualitative study of generative visual models.” 

Katja Valaskivi: Image recognition and cultural meanings

Zoom link for online participants.

16.4.2024 HSSH workshop on dyadic synchronization analysis

In this workshop we will look at current methods for importing, visualizing and analyzing various dyadic data (such as EDA, accelometer, facial AU or human ratings), along with artefact correction and calculating different indices of synchrony.  We will demonstrate the usage of two contemporary open-source packages in Matlab and R environments, with their creators kindly joining us during the morning sessions.

Familiarity with the used languages and time series analysis is required to get the full experience, but participation is open for all researchers at University of Helsinki Centre Campus. This is a great opportunity to ask questions regarding analysis methods from top-level experts on the field and to get inspired working on your own data together with your local colleagues during the afternoon session.

Time: 09:00-16:00, 16th April 2024.

Hybrid participation: Fabianinkatu 24, Room 524 (access via Vuorikatu 3 courtyard, take elevator or stairs from Café Portaali to floor B5, room 524 is on the right after a glass door) and in Zoom (

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Morning sessions with the toolbox creators:

09:00-10:30 EET (GMT+2)   (17:00-18:30 AEST, GMT+10)

PEWTR: a MATLAB toolbox for concurrent physiology analysis

Dr. Chase Sherwell, University of Queensland, (


10:30-12:00 EET (GMT+2) (09:30-11:00 CEST, GMT+1)

DyadSync: a toolbox for R (

Prof. Johann R. Kleinbub, University of Padova, (


Lunch break:

12:00-13:30 EET (GMT+2)


Afternoon session:

13:30-16:00 EET (GMT+2)

Collaborative work, networking and open discussion. Bring your own data and suggest topics! The organizers will provide example data and technical assistance.


The workshop is organized by Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH), University of Helsinki.

More information: Pentti Henttonen, +358504491284