The University of Helsinki is the largest and only bilingual university in Finland with a strong Nordic profile. The Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS) at the University of Helsinki is a network for multidisciplinary research on the Nordic Region. CENS engages in academic research and teaching, public debates and policy related knowledge. It promotes critical research on different features that make the Nordic Countries Nordic, with special focus on global and comparative perspectives. Strong research fields at CENS include Nordic cooperation, Nordic minorities, conceptual history, intellectual history, mental mapping of north and south. The University of Helsinki also includes several designated Nordic chairs, in Nordic Law, Nordic Literature, Nordic Languages and Nordic Studies. It has a new English-language Master's Programme - European and Nordic Studies and a Swedish-language MA programme Kultur och Kommunikation, both of which have strong cross-disciplinary Nordic profiles. The university’s current three-year strategy (2017–2020) sets “global impact in interaction” as a priority.
The ReNEW Seminar is an interdisciplinary seminar arranged by the Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS). It is open for everyone, students and researchers, who are interested in discussing interdisciplinary research about the Nordic region and Nordic culture.
University of Helsinki ReNEW Team
Peter Stadius, professor in Nordic Studies, director of CENS, leader of ReNEW, co-chair of the ReNEW steering group with special responsibility over the ReNEW mobility scheme.
Johan Strang, associate professor at CENS and deputy member of the ReNEW steering group. Currently he is pursuing post doc reserach at UiO:Norden at the University of Oslo.
Fredrik Forrai Oerskov, doctoral candidate at the Centre for Nordic Studies as part of the ReNEW PhD programme.
Juhana Aunesluoma, research director of the Network for European Studies at the University of Helsinki and programme director of the MA programme European and Nordic Studies.
Ellen Eftestöl-Wilhelmsson, professor of Civil and Commercial Law.
Ebba Witt-Brattström, professor of Nordic literature.
Heidi Haggrén, coordinator at the CENS, project coordinator of ReNEW.