HSSH January Newsletter 1/2023

Recent news and upcoming events at HSSH – read more below and don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter!



Catalyst Grant 2023 – 21 projects receive funding


HSSH received 47 Catalyst Grant applications and 21 projects have been selected to receive funding. Decisions were evaluated by a working group led by the director of HSSH. Thank you to all applicants and congratulations to all the funded projects!

You can read descriptions of all the funded projects on our website.


Seven new Visiting Professors coming to Helsinki in 2023


In the second round of the Visiting Professor Programme call, seven new Visiting Professors were selected and they will visit Helsinki in 2023, working together with several research groups during their visit.

The following visiting professors were selected in the second round:


Thea Lindquist (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Simon Lindgren (Umeå University)

Michael Lewis (British Museum)

Urska Sadl (Europea University Institute)

Sergio Sauer (University of Brasilia)

Livia Holden (University of Paris Sorbonne)

Ewan Jones (Downing College, Cambridge)


More information about the visits will be posted on our website soon!


HSSH offers support for Horizon Europe call


In 2023, HSSH will implement a pilot project together with HY's research support services. The purpose of the project is to offer commendable researchers support for writing a consortium application for the Horizon Europe program (Pillar 2). The goal is to get more applications for this form of EU funding and to increase the amount of international research funding.

– The core idea is that we need more applications and experience of what kind of support is required for the preparation of these projects, says HSSH director Risto Kunelius.

HSSH offers support and time to the researcher to implement the application. The core partners of the research consortium can be invited to a two-day workshop, during which it is possible to write a plan, discuss cooperation and create a basis for cooperation.

– Along with making an application, the project offers opportunities for networking and strengthening possible future research cooperation.

Three researchers and research groups were found for the first phase of the project, whose applications are currently being prepared.

– If there are researchers and groups in the faculties of the central campus who are considering the possibility of applying for a project from the 2023-2024 applications, you should still contact the HSSH office!

The HorizonEurope work program can be found here: https://research-and-innovation.ec.europa.eu/funding/funding-opportunit…


Pekka Mäkelä is the new vice-director of HSSH


Research coordinator Pekka Mäkelä is selected as the new vice-director of HSSH.

Pekka Mäkelä is a research coordinator in the Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH) at the University of Helsinki. He is a PI of the research group RADAR. His research interests are in normative dimensions of collective and social action, e.g. collective responsibility and trust, social ontology, the philosophy of the social sciences, and philosophical problems of social robotics and human-robot interaction.

RADAR is an interdisciplinary group of researchers interested in philosophy of technology and the effects of new technologies to human societies and human social practices (https://radar.cs.helsinki.fi/). In particular, RADAR is interested in developments in robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, and the related phenomena of automation, datafication and digitalization.


Brown Bag Seminar every Tuesday at 12.15 – next session with Pärttyli Rinne on 31.1.


The Methodological Unit of HSSH hosts a weekly event, Brown Bag Seminar, to highlight novel methodological approaches in humanities and social sciences.

The seminars are organized as hybrid events. You’re warmly welcome to join us at the HSSH Seminar Room, Vuorikatu 3, 2nd floor, or on Zoom.

Click here to add the Brown Bag Seminar events directly to your calendar (.ics file).

According to a researcher at the Methodological Unit, Matti Pohjonen, the idea of the meetings “is to introduce methodological innovations and cutting-edge research in various disciplines in an easily accessible manner and have an interdisciplinary discussion in an easy-going atmosphere over lunch.”

Every Tuesday at 12.15. In the next meeting on 31.1. Pärttyli Rinne will talk about love, neuroscience, and interdisciplinarity. Bring your own lunch, we bring fresh methodological topics!

Read more about the event on our website!


The SOAS Centre for AI Futures will launch on 25 January 2023


The Centre for AI Futures at SOAS brings together a network of academic institutions, policy organisations and the industry centred around two overarching themes: first, to rethink the production of knowledge on AI in a distinctively comparative and global setting; and second, to rethink the purposes of such production.

We are strengthened in our mission by the theoretical, methodological and practical expertise of our global partners, the Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Helsinki (HSSH) and industry expertise in data analysis and machine learning through Quilt.AI.

The event will be streamed online. Read more and get the link here: https://www.soas.ac.uk/about/event/launch-soas-centre-ai-futures


26.1. HSSH Lecture with Visiting Professor Dries Daems: Computational approaches in classical archaeologywhere are we and where are we going?


The lecture is held at Kielikeskus (Fabianinkatu 26), room 203 on 26.1. at 14-16. You are warmly welcome!

Classical archaeology has a reputation of being traditional and conservative. In the trifecta of data-methods-theories, the focus is said to be generally on the first. Yet, we can wonder to what extent reality conforms to the cliché. Classical Archaeology is a diverse field studying some of the most amazing archaeological sites such as Pompei, Ephesus, Jerash and many more. Within the plurality of the discipline, computational approaches have carved out fertile niches as part of the broader archaeological community. Proponents of GIS, photogrammetry, computational modelling, and more, have readily found suitable applications in many of the archaeological sites and willing collaborators in the teams studying these sites. If anything, computational archaeologists have just not succeeded in developing a visible and coherent community within the broader scope of Classical archaeology, and have not always been effective in affecting broader archaeological practices, from fieldwork to publication and outreach, and everything in between. In this talk, I will present a few examples of computational approaches in Classical archaeology and survey the field at large to gauge where we are now, and where we might be headed.

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.



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