Visiting Professors
HSSH Visiting Professor Program strengthens international cooperation by bringing internationally recognized scholars for visits at the City Center Campus of the University of Helsinki.

The Visiting Professor Program is running in 2022-2025. The concept includes a two-week visit to the University of Helsinki, present at the City Centre Campus, and working together with several research groups, including collaboration with at least two PIs. The visits include public lectures and talks in our weekly Brown Bag Seminar.

The yearly application period for the Visiting Professor Program is in the fall. Read more here.

Ruth Ayaß, Bielefeld University

Ruth Ayaß is professor for sociology at Bielefeld University. Her research focuses on sociology of everyday interaction, ethnomethodology, and interpretive sociology.

Ayaß is a Visiting Professor in 2022-2024 and she is present at the City Center Campus of the University of Helsinki on 10.-19.9.2022. Later dates TBA.

Local contact: Ilkka Arminen

Lars-Erik Malmberg, Oxford University

Lars-Erik Malmberg is a Professor of Quantitative Methods in Education at Oxford University. He started off as a primary school teacher in Finland. He is Docent in Education with particular focus on quantitative methods, at Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland, where he earned his Doctorate of Education. He completed his post-doc at Yale University and enjoyed the prestigious Research Councils UK (RCUK) academic fellowship 2007-12. He applies advanced quantitative models to the investigation of substantive research questions in education. He recently completed the ESRC-funded seminar series called “Network on Intrapersonal Research in Education.”

Malmberg is a Visiting Professor in 2022-2024 and he is present at the City Center Campus of the University of Helsinki on 19.-23.9.2022. Later dates TBA.

Local contact: Katariina Salmela-Aro

Mirko Schäfer, University of Utrecht

Mirko Schäfer is Associate Professor at Utrecht University's research area Governing the Digital Society. He is co-founder and project leader of the Utrecht Data School. Schäfer's research interest revolves around the socio-political impact of (media) technology. With the Utrecht Data School and the Datafied Society research platform, he investigates the impact of data practices and algorithms on public management, public media and public space.

Schäfer is a Visiting Professor in 2022-2024 and he is present at the City Center Campus of the University of Helsinki on 19.-25.9.2022. Later dates TBA.

Local contact: Minna Ruckenstein

Click here to watch a recording of Visiting Professor Mirko Schäfer's talk: Interviewing an Algorithm – Developing a research method for critical inquiry into algorithmic systems

Barbara Pfetsch, Freie Universität Berlin

Barbara Pfetsch is a Professor of Communication Theory and Media Effects Research at the Department of Media and Communication at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and principal investigator at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. She is also involved in the Collaborative Research Centre “Re-Figuration of Spaces” (SFB 1265) at the TU Berlin. Her research focuses on changes of public spheres and political communication through the digitization and transnationalization and her projects include analyses of digital spaces issue networks, political discourse, (online) media debates and agenda building and the emergence of European and transnational public spheres.

Pfetsch is a Visiting Professor in 2022-2024 and she is present at the City Center Campus of the University of Helsinki on 1.-8.10.2022. Later dates TBA.

Local contact: Juha Herkman

Mike Ananny, University of Southern California

Mike Ananny is an Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism and Affiliated Faculty of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He studies the public significance of digital news infrastructures and algorithmic systems, and co-directs the interdisciplinary USC collective MASTS (Media As SocioTechnical Systems) and the Sloan Foundation project Knowing Machines (with Kate Crawford and Jason Schultz). He holds a PhD from Stanford University, a Masters from the MIT Media Laboratory, and has written for popular press publications including The Atlantic, Wired Magazine, Harvard's Nieman Lab, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Ananny is a Visiting Professor in 2022 and he is present at the City Center Campus of the University of Helsinki on 17.9.-8.10.2022.

Local contact: Kaius Sinnemäki

Timothy Mark Ellison, University of Cologne

Dr. Mark Ellison is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at University of Cologne. He is a specialist in mathematical and computational modelling to language variation, change, and evolution. He has degrees in mathematics, computer science, and linguistics and is currently working in the DFG funded Collaborative Research Centre on Prominence in Language.

Ellison is a Visiting Professor in 2022 and he is present at the City Center Campus of the University of Helsinki on 24.9.-8.10.2022.

Local contact: Jutta Jokiranta

Amanda Lagerkvist, Uppsala universitet

Amanda Lagerkvist is a Professor of Media and Communication Studies and a founder of existential media studies. Her work explores digital-human vulnerabilities in light of existential philosophy, focusing empirically on death online, digital memories, and on increased automation of human life and the Earth. She heads the BioMe project which explores existential and ethical challenges of biometric AI within the human lifeworld.

Lagerkvist is a Visiting Professor in 2022 and she is present at the City Center Campus of the University of Helsinki on 5.-18.12.2022.

Local contact: Johanna Sumiala

 

Dries Daems, Middle East Technical University

Dries Daems is Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Social Sciences in the M.Sc. program of Settlement Archaeology at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. He is also coordinator of the M.Sc. program of Digital Archaeology at METU. His research interests include the study of social complexity and urbanism through computational modeling (ABM) and material studies (macroscopic pottery analysis). He specializes in Iron Age to Hellenistic Anatolia and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Daems is a Visiting Professor in 2022, dates present at the University of Helsinki confirmed later.

Local contact: Marta Lorenzon

 

Mladen Popović, University of Groningen

Mladen Popović studied at the University of Groningen, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Yale University. He conducted archaeological research in Megiddo and Jerusalem. Popović is  head of the Qumran Institute of the University of Groningen, which has a leading role within the Netherlands in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. As of September 2017, Popovic has been appointed as the dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies.

Popović is a Visiting Professor in 2022, dates present at the University of Helsinki confirmed later.

Local contact: Jutta Jokiranta