Pohjois-Amerikan tutkimus / North American Studies

LUENTOPASSI, 5 op / LECTURE PASS, 5 cr. (2018-20)

Luentopassimme on kätevä tapa suorittaa joitakin Pohjois-Amerikan tutkimuksen opintokohtia. / Our lecture pass offers you a possibility to do course work on some North American Studies particular courses.

Ohjeet (noudatettava tiukasti) / Instructions (follow them strictly so as not to lose credits):

Pidä luentopassi aina mukanasi ja hanki aina luennon päätyttyä luennonpitäjän allekirjoitus läsnäolotodistuksena. Luennoista on laadittava myös raportit (300 sanaa suomeksi kustakin luennosta) reflektoiden luennon sisältöä. Kun 15 luentoa on kuunneltu ja raportoitu, lisää toivottu kurssikoodi, nimesi ja opiskelijanumerosi ja palauta kaikki materiaalit skannattuina pdf-muodossa Ari Helolle osoitteeseen: ari.helo[at] saadaksesi 5 op:n merkinnän. Huom! luentopäiväkirjasi laatu määrää arvostelun normaaliskaalalla Hyl/1-5. (Sisältöanalyysi, oma pohdinta ja tyyli.)

You take the lecture pass with you to a lecture and obtain the signature of the lecturer to prove your attendance and provide (400 words in English) report of each lecture, analyzing and reflecting its contents. Once you have acquired all 15 lectures and written the reports you sent them both to Ari Helo at ari.helo[at] as scanned documents in pdf form with your name and student number and the lecture code you wish to use your lecture pass 5 cr. Note your lecture journal determines your grade in the scale Fail/1-5. (Contents analysis, reflection, and style.)

Tässä ovat lueteltuna kaikki opintokohdat, joita voit suorittaa luentopassilla / All optional courses for which you can use the Lecture Pass:

PAm: Kulttuurien tutkimuksen kandiohjelma ja Alue- ja kulttuurintutkimuksen maisteriohjelma:

  • KUKA-AL218 Politiikka, ideologia ja yhteiskunta, 5 op
  • ALKU-P315 Pohjois-Amerikan tutkimuksen temaattinen kurssi, 5 op
  • KUKA-AM503 Pohjois-Amerikan teemaopinnot I, 5 op

Vanha tutkintorakenne / Old Requirements:

  • 405411 Alue- ja kulttuurintutkimuksen lähestymistapoja (XAK120) 5 op
  • Tieteidenvälisen tutkimuksen erityiskysymyksiä (XAK220), 5 op
  • 405378 Aineopintojen vapaavalintainen alueopintojakso 5 op. (Ylimääräisiä kursseja.)




THIS EVENT UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS !   March 16, 2020 at 12.30 – 16.00, University of Helsinki, Siltavuorenpenger 5 A, Minerva-tori Fulbright Forum Explores How to Empower Students, Phenomenon-Based Learning, Populism in the U.S., and other topical themes! Fulbright Forum seminar provides a unique opportunity to hear about the research and projects that the current American Fulbright scholars, teachers, and graduate students are doing in Finland. The first seminar day at the University of Helsinki focuses on Education and Social Sciences. Option for 2-4 markings to your pass!  Check out the program at:

March 6, 2020 at 9:00 -15:30, Arkadiankatu 23 H (courtyard), 2nd floor, Helsinki THE HYBRID MEDIA ENVIRONMENT: NETWORKS, CIRCULATION, HACKING. The concept of ’hybridity’ has led to much controversy in recent academic and public debates. Some view it as useful for highlighting emerging security challenges. Others dismiss it as a misleading analytical category, obscuring more than explaining the changing nature of conflict. Terms such as hybrid warfare, hybrid threats and hybrid interference are being used to highlight various disruptive phenomena, including disinformation, trolling, hacking and cyber-attacks, and this debate is itself in many ways connected to the increasing complexity of our media environment. Yet, despite these extensive references to hybridity, the use of the term can also be problematic. This seminar discusses the concept of hybridity, its use and relevance. The event is organized by the Academy of Finland Project Hybrid Terrorizing – HYTE and SAPO – Politics of Conspiracy Theories in co-operation with the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.


9:00-12:00 Session 1. Media Environment and Hybrid Threads
Opening remarks:
Johanna Sumiala, Associate Professor, University of Helsinki, HYTE Project
Katja Valaskivi, Associate Professor, University of Helsinki, HYTE Project,
”Hybrid, violent media events in the hybrid media environment”
Asta Zelenkauskaite, Associate Professor, Drexel University,
”Forces of dark participation online”
James Pamment, Associate Professor, Lund University,
”Can hybrid threats be deterred?”
11:15-12:00 Panel discussion I
Panelists: Mikael Wigell, Johanna Sumiala, Asta Zelenkauskaite, James Pamment
Chair: Mika Aaltola, Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
13:00-15:30 Session 2. Hybrid Technologies and Politics of Hacking
Patrick Burkart, Professor, Texas A&M University & Emily Blout, Doctor, American University,
”Hybrid attacks in a case study of US white nationalism”
Iain Munro, Professor, Newcastle University,
”Whistleblowing, Human Rights and National Security in an Age of Democratic Decline”
Mikael Wigell, Programme Director, FIIA,
”Democratic Deterrence: How to Dissuade Hybrid Interference”
14:45-15:30 Panel discussion II
Panelists: Mika Aaltola, Iain Munro, Patrick Burkart, Katja Valaskivi
Chair: Johanna Sumiala
Closing Remarks: Mika Aaltola, ”Mediascape and Hybrid Interference”
NOTE: The Seminar qualifies for 4 markings in your study pass. FOR OBLIGATORY REGISTRATION, CONTACT Maija Salonen, Project Manager, FIIA, maija.salonen[AT]



Feb. 19-21, 2020, ”Histories of Death Symposium” in Educarium 2, University of Turku, Finland. Our understandings of death come with long and complex histories, shaped by culture, place, time, power, and identities. This international Symposium delves into these many varied and interwoven Histories of Death. During the three-day event, researchers, artists, and activists will come together to engage in dialogue about the different ways people have approached death and mourning from everyday, cultural, and structural perspectives. The program is full of thought-provoking panels and Keynotes by Prof. Julie-Marie Strange (Durham University), Dr. Erin Millions (University of Winnipeg), and Dr. Ilona Pajari and Dr. Kaarina Koski (Finnish Death Studies Association). You can find the program and Symposium info here:  Registration is still open until January 31, 2020: Please note that individual sessions and Keynotes are open to all. Program materials, coffees, lunches, symposium banquet, receptions, and cultural programming, however, are for registered participants only. On the markings to your lecture pass ask Ari Helo in advance at ari.helo[at]

Feb. 11, 2020 at 14.00-15.30 Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Arkadiankatu 23 B, 5th floor, Helsinki: ”U.S. AND RUSSIA: FUTURE PROSPECTS FOR A STRAINED RELATIONSHIP” The US-Russia relationship is currently marked by considerable suspicion and mistrust. Russia’s recent conduct, whether the annexation of Crimea, aggression in Eastern Ukraine, an increasingly assertive posture in the Middle East, not to mention meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, have heightened fears in the US and the West at large. The US has imposed ever more stringent sanctions on Russia, while the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy brands it a revisionist power bent on weakening US influence and America’s alliances. At the same time, however, President Trump has intermittently lavished praise on Vladimir Putin, going so far as to doubt findings by US intelligence on Russian election influencing. Given this curious duality, what are the future prospects for the relationship as President Trump’s first term in office is approaching its end? How should the US and Russia approach shared challenges, from arms control to regional issues, amidst a newfound era of great-power competition? The speaker is Richard Burt (Managing Partner, McLarty Associates) and comments by Mikael Wigell (Programme  Director, FIIA). For OBLIGATORY REGISTRATION please contact Marie-Louise Hindsberg, marie-louise.hindsberg[at]

Jan. 30, 2020 at 15-17 in the Kaisa Library (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th. floor) in collaboration with the American Resource Center.  ”Gender and Populism in United States Politics” The event will feature presentations on gendered gun activism, culture wars, and a roundtable on gender and populism. 1) ”Gendered Gun Activism in Texas” – Lottamari Kähkönen (Turun Yliopisto). 2) ”Rock, Anti-Feminism, and the Late 20th Century Culture Wars” – Pekka Kolehmainen (Turun Yliopisto). 3.  Roundtable on U.S. politics:  Anna Kronlund (Jyväskylän Yliopisto), Mette Nordström (YLE), Scott Buchanan (Fulbright/University of Helsinki), Oscar Winberg (Åbo Akademi University), Moderator: Juho Turpeinen (University of Helsinki)


Jan. 23, 2020 at 12:15–13:45, University of Helsinki, Porthania, Lecture hall P674. Indigenous Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Musicology presents:  Welcome to a film screening of REHAVI (Timekeepers) followed by a discussion with director Juan Castrillón (University of Pennsylvania, US). Rehavi (Timekeepers) is a film about how music and mysticism resonate in contemporary Istanbul. It presents the drift of an old mechanical watch that is lost, found and circulated among different owners between Colombia, Turkey, and the United States. Rehavi renders the philosophy of time and the holography between clocks and human beings, which have been two central themes of Muslim spirituality in Anatolia. It opens a vignette to how contemporary Turks value ancient aesthetic traditions; thus, attuning international audiences to lesser-known dimensions of audile worlds in the Anatolian peninsula.  This film is a piece of experimental ethnography in which current debates in the humanities such as the object oriented ontologies and aural perspectivism acquire a creative, and performative role. Instead of documenting or representing the reality of Turkish musicians and artists, the film presents the matters of concern of their everyday practices, opening the room to the multiple meanings these practices might have. Rehavi is a multimodal product of my ethnomusicological research about listening in contemporary Islam, and the role of sound, music and performance as tactics for worlds making. ´Juan Castrillón pursues doctoral studies in Ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania. His intellectual agenda is primarily ethnographic, conducting fieldwork in Turkey, and Northwestern Amazon. His methods include collaborative projects for producing texts, films, digital archives, multimodal installations, and radio. Link to trailer —

Jan. 17, 2020 (Friday) at 14:00-15:30 at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Arkadiankatu 23 B (5th floor), Helsinki: ”THE CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGE TO DEMOCRACY AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR U.S. FOREIGN POLICY” by Political and Economic Officer Nicklaus Laverty, U.S. Embassy. According to Freedom House, 2019 was the 13th straight year that democracy has been in decline worldwide. In his presentation, Nicklaus Laverty will examine the shift from the democratic optimism of the 1990s to the pessimism of today and the structural factors that drove that shift. He will then discuss how the rise of authoritarianism has created new threats and challenges for U.S. foreign policy and for U.S. allies and partners. The seminar is open to all interested in US politics and transatlantic relations. CUSPP Research Series is organized monthly at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Students are most welcome to join and meet with scholars involved in a relaxed and informal setting. Coffee will be served at the seminar. Please note that you can earn credits by participating in our series! You can ask more from your university. For more information about the seminar series, please visit:, or contact Marie-Louise Hindsberg, marie-louise.hindsber[at]

Dec. 4, 2019 at 12-16.30, Fabianinkatu 24, Helsinki (3d floor, Common Room): FASA SEMINAR 2019 (possibility for several markings to your lecture pass):

12.00 Opening remarks (Rani Andersson)
12.20 Application processes in the United States (Fulbright Bicentennial Professor Scott Buchanan)
13.00 Panel on applications in Finland (Outi Hakola, Aleksi Huhta, Saara Kekki, Pekka Kilpeläinen)
13.45 Coffee break
14.15 UH Funding Services comments (Katja Ritari)
15.05 Work on participants’ applications in small groups
16.30 Closing of the seminar, followed by dinner (each participant will pay for themselves)

Nov. 29, 2019 at 10-12, University of Helsinki, Unioninkatu 38 F205. Dr. Jørgen Jensehaugen will give a guest lecture entitled ”From Palestinian homeland to no land for the Palestinians: The failed first attempt at US-Palestinian diplomacy” by Dr. Jensehaugen, who is a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He was previously Associate Professor of Modern History at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and he has published extensively on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is the author of Arab-Israeli Diplomacy under Carter: The US, Israel and the Palestinians (I.B. Tauris, 2018), which is the first comprehensive examination of Jimmy Carter’s role in the diplomacy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Host: Middle Eastern Studies (Prof. Hannu Juusola)  

Nov. 22, 2019 at 14.00-15.30 at at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Arkadiankatu 23 B (5th floor), Helsinki.  Dr. Ohto Rintala:  ”PERSPECTIVES ON THE U.S. GRAND STRATEGY AND THE INTERNATIONAL POSITION OF FINLAND DURING THE EISENHOWER PRESIDENCY, 1953-61.” Grand Strategy has been defined as using power to secure the state. In his presentation, Dr. Rintala follows up on how the U.S. grand strategy was developed under Eisenhower’s presidency and furthermore, focussing on it, he examines Finland’s Cold War position and the scarcity of choices in Finnish foreign policy. Finland’s room for manoeuvre was conditioned by outside forces on the global and regional level: it was connected to Soviet policy goals with a Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance (FCMA) treaty signed in 1948. From the U.S. perspective, Finland’s international position between the East and the West was in many ways ambiguous. The presentation focuses on the Eisenhower administration’s internal views on Finland from the perspective of the U.S. long-term strategic planning. Coffee will be served at the seminar. To REGISTER please e-mail marie-louise.hindsberg[at]  

Nov. 11, 2019 at 14-16, the Helsinki University Main Building, Lecture Hall 7: Dr. Jorge Duany, Director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University, gives a public talk titled ”So Close and Yet So Far: Changing U.S.-Cuba Relations.” In his lecture, Dr. Duany will evaluate the impact of the Cuban Revolution of 1959 on the Island’s relations with the United States. He will emphasize key events during the 1960s—such as the establishment of the U.S. embargo, the breakup of diplomatic relations, and the Cuban missile crisis—, which led to increasing geopolitical tensions between the two countries at the height of the Cold War. Furthermore, U.S. policy changes toward Cuba under President Barack Obama after December 14, 2014 will be reviewed. Finally, Dr. Duany will discuss the current situation of U.S.-Cuba relations under President Donald Trump, which have deteriorated substantially since January 2017. Dr. Jorge Duany is Director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University. He has published extensively on migration, ethnicity, race, nationalism, and transnationalism in Cuba, the Caribbean, and the United States. He is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of 21 books on Cuban, Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latino studies.

Nov.  8, 2019 at 14.00-15.30, FIIA, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Arkadiankatu 23 B (5th floor), Helsinki. Presentation by Professor Scott Buchanan, 2019-2020 Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies, University of Helsinki: ”MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING OR DEFINING THE PRESIDENTIAL LEGACY? THE ONGOING IMPEACHMENT PROCESS IN THE US” Facing allegations that he illicitly sought help from Ukraine to increase his changes of re-election, President Donald Trump has been the subject of an impeachment inquiry launched by the Democrats in the House of Representatives last September. While no president has ever been forced out of office as a result of an impeachment, Trump would be the third US president to be impeached. But how does the impeachment process work? How does the Constitution define the process, and what justifies impeachment in a legal sense? How has Congress used the process in the past, not just for presidents but also for federal judges? What are the prospects of impeachment – and ultimately removal from office – in the case of President Trump? The seminar is open to all interested in US politics and transatlantic relations.  For more information about the seminar series, please visit:, or contact Marie-Louise Hindsberg, marie-louise.hindsberg[at]

Oct. 1, 2019 (Tuesday) at 10:00-11:00am, University of Helsinki, Metsätalo, Hall 18 (4th floor): ”Speaking to the State: Patterns in Representation at U.S. Congressional Hearings, 1877-1990” by Dr. Vilja Hulden (University of Colorado, Boulder). This talk reports on a project that conducts a computational analysis of the metadata on hearings before the U.S. Congress to understand long-term patterns in whose voices have been represented at such hearings. Congressional hearings, held both to gather testimony and views on legislative proposals and to investigate particularly burning societal problems, form an important body of evidence in many works of history and political science. As a subject in its own right, however, testifying before Congress is relatively little studied. Yet, as the most accessible form of (federal) lobbying, Congressional hearings offer a unique window into the functioning of American democracy, and computational analysis and text mining can help us make sense of long-term trends and broad patterns in this data set of some 70,000 hearings with nearly a million instances of testimony. How have topics of concern as well as the prominence of particular groups of witnesses shifted over time? Who has had the ear of the national legislature as it has deliberated on the laws that govern our common public life? And what does it take to gain representation at hearings?


Sept. 20, 2019 at 14:00-15:30 at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Arkadiankatu 23 B (5th floor), Helsinki. Deborah McCarthy, Visiting Senior Fellow, FIIA: ”THE US NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY AND US DIPLOMACY” The current US national security strategy has four major objectives: protect the Homeland, promote American prosperity, preserve peace through strength, and promote American influence. In her presentation, Deborah McCarthy will first delineate the term diplomacy. While providing concrete examples she will then explore how US diplomacy acts to support each of these goals. Furthermore, she will examine the changes in strategic goals and tactics between the Trump and Obama administrations, and comment on the ramifications for US global leadership and alliances. The seminar is open to all interested in US politics and transatlantic relations. CUSPP Research Series is organized monthly at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Students are most welcome to join and meet with scholars involved in a relaxed and informal setting. Coffee will be served at the seminar. For more information about the seminar series, please visit:, or contact Marie-Louise Hindsberg,

Sept. 19, 2019 at 16-17.45, Porthania Lecture Hall II (Yliopistonkatu 3) Prof. SASKIA SASSEN (Columbia University, USA): Predatory Formations Dressed in Wall Street Suits and Algorithmic Math.

Sept. 19, 2019 at 9-15-10.30,  Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Think Corner Stage (Tiedekulma), Yliopistonkatu 4.  Prof. DIANE DAVIS (Harvard University, USA): City, Nation, Network: Shifting Territorialities of Sovereignty and Urban Violence in the global South.

Sept. 11, 2019 at 16.30-18.00, Kaisa Library, Auditorium, Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor, Helsinki: ”FREEDOM AND U.S. ELECTIONS” by Professor Edward Rhodes (George Mason University). Winston Churchill famously observed that “democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Simultaneously embracing democracy and protecting individual rights is a constant challenge.  Americans quickly discovered the dangers of “the tyranny of the majority” inherent in democracy.  At least in the American experience, liberal democracy – that is, a democracy that preserved individual liberties – was possible only in a federal political system.  Only within a federal system was it possible for Americans to manage fear of the “other” — an inherent element in human nature — without sacrificing either liberal democratic values or collective identities.  Today’s information revolution, however, creates new challenges for federal systems, raising concerns both in Europe and in America that fear may come to dominate over liberal values.

Sept. 5, 2019 at 14.00-18.00, Think Corner, in Tiedekulma (second floor).  TWO LECTURES! Special presentations from Dr James Nisbet, Associate Professor at University of California, Irvine, and Dr Catherine Laws, Reader in Music at the University of York, UK.  This event is co-organized with the 3D3 Doctoral programme of Falmouth University, Plymouth University and University of Western England. The event complements the Doctoral Programme in History and Cultural Heritage annual Summer School, but is open to all. James Nisbet is an art historian whose research addresses contemporary art, theory, and criticism, with a particular focus on cultural issues on ecology and environmental history. He received his PhD in Art History from Stanford University in 2011, and is currently Associate Professor at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Art History and PhD Program in Visual Studies. His first book, Ecologies, Environments, and Energy Systems in Art of the 1960s and 1970s, was published by MIT Press in 2014. Recent essays have taken up more contemporary environmental politics, as well as tracing the deeper roots of scientific theories of energy within the history of photography. His writing has appeared in publications including American Art, Artforum, Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Grey Room, Modernism/modernity, Photography and Culture, and X-TRA, in addition to many edited volumes and catalogues. Nisbet’s research has been supported by fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, Harry Ransom Center, Georgia O’Keeffe Research Center, and Dumbarton Oaks. His talk examines the wide-ranging concept of energy and its intersection with contemporary visual art. Catherine Laws is Reader in Music at the University of York, UK, and a Senior Artistic Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent. As a pianist Catherine specializes in contemporary music, working collaboratively with composers and often drawing other artists, especially theatre and film makers, into her projects. Her artistic research is focused variously on processes of embodiment, subjectivity and collaboration in contemporary performance practices. She currently leads the research cluster ‘Performance, Subjectivity and Experimentation’ at the Orpheus Institute, exploring how subjectivity is produced through performance practices associated with new music: the co-authored book Voices Bodies Practices: Performing Musical Subjectivities (Leuven University Press, 2019) is one of the outcomes of this research and includes extended discussion of her recent multimedia performance piece, ‘Player Piano’. Catherine’s research in the field of word-and-music studies examines the relationship between music, language and meaning, focusing especially on Samuel Beckett and composers’ responses to his work. Her book, Headaches Among the Overtones: Music in Beckett/ Beckett in Music, came out in 2013.

Sept. 3, 2019 at 9:00 -11:00, Auditorium of the National Museum of Finland
Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki. ”Strategic deterrence redux”: The nuclear dimension of deterrence has returned to the forefront of international security concerns. In recent months, the United States and Russia abrogated the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty, and Russia suffered two fatal, and still mysterious, accidents involving its military nuclear programs. Outside Europe, China rejected trilateral arms control talks with the United States and Russia, North Korea resumed testing of short-range ballistic missiles, and Iran responded to renewed US sanctions by selectively breaching provisions of the 2015 multilateral deal intended to preclude its acquisition of a nuclear weapon. Given such realities, this seminar seeks to inform and stimulate further debate on how best to deter conflicts that can directly threaten global peace and security, posing grave risks to Finland’s security, sovereignty, and its most important institutions and values. Opening remarks: Teija Tiilikainen, Director, FIIA; Presentation of the report: Leo Michel, Visiting Senior Fellow, FIIA; Comments from a Finnish perspective: Jarmo Viinanen, Ambssador, Arms Control, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Panel discussion: Robert G. Bell, CEO, National Security Counsel, Tom Plant, Director, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme, RUSI, Bruno Tertrais, Deputy Director, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, Chair of the panelMatti Pesu, Research fellow, FIIA.   OBLIGATORY REGISTRATION! VIA: Kukka-Maria Kovsky, Project Manager, FIIA, Tel. +358 9 432 7718, kukka-maria.kovsky[at]

Aug. 30, 2019 (Fri) at 8.30-11.30 in Business Finland, Porkkalankatu 1, Helsinki. ”Signaaleja maailmalta Foresight Friday” -sarja jatkuu Yhdysvaltojen tulevaisuudella. Kuulemme alustuksia Yhdysvaltain tulevaisuuden näkymistä sekä politiikan tutkimuksen että Piilaakson ennakointitoimijoiden kentältä. Demokratian ja markkinatalouden mahtia ravistelevat sekä sisäiset että ulkoiset muutostekijät, maan tulevaisuutta värittävät sekä suuret lupaukset että kriisien uhka. Mihin suuntaan Yhdysvallat on menossa, mitkä megatrendit ja nousevat teknologiat puhuttavat Piilaaksossa, ja miten kehityskulut vaikuttavat Suomeen asti? Puhujina professori Benita Heiskanen, Pohjois-Amerikan tutkimuksen John Morton –keskus, Turun yliopisto sekä Paula Salomaa, Piilaakso, Business Finland. Tervetuloa mukaan keskustelemaan maailman johtavan maan monimuotoisesta tulevaisuudesta! Obligatory registration:

Aug. 7, 2019 (Wed.) at 9:30 – 11:30, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Arkadiankatu 23 B, 5th floor, Helsinki. Roundtable discussion: ”TRENDS IN THE US ON TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS: KEY INSTITUTIONS AND PLAYERS.” The White House is taking an assertive approach to transatlantic relations, focused on tariffs and defense spending. Can the same be said about other key US institutions and players in the transatlantic relationship? This roundtable seminar will assess whether trend lines in the Congress, Executive Branch agencies, the US business and financial community, other interest groups, and public opinion match -or differ from- those in the White House. Furthermore, the seminar will explore the implications for the transatlantic relationship. Speaker: Christopher Kojm, Visiting Senior Fellow, FIIA; Comments: Matti Pesu, Research Fellow, FIIA;  Chair: Bart Gaens, Senior Research Fellow, FIIA. Obligatory registration (!) via Marie-Louise Hindsberg,marie-louise.hindsberg[at]

July 4, 2019 at 14.00-16.00, University of Helsinki, Metsätalo, Room A215. ”The Rise of Taiwanese and Hong Kong Identities and Their Implications for Beijing and Washington” by Prof. Syaru Shirley Lin (Chinese University of Hong Kong & University of Virginia). Three trends are shaping today’s Taiwan and Hong Kong: they are enmeshed in a high-income trap with slower growth, increasing inequality, and rising dissatisfaction among youth; the rise of China’s economic and military power, along with continued pressure for deeper economic and political integration; and the emergence of a distinctive local identity, resulting in a declining interest in political and social integration with China. Shirley Lin who teaches in the U.S., Taiwan, Hong Kong and China will analyze all of these trends, and then address the dilemmas they pose for Beijing and Washington.


Thursday 13 June, at 9:00 – 11:00, Arkadiankatu 23 H (inner courtyard), Helsinki ”U.S. RESEARCH DAY 2019: INFORMATION, INTELLIGENCE AND TRUST” Trust is a major foundation of the transatlantic relationship, especially when it comes to intelligence cooperation. Trusting relations have been fostered through decades of capacity building, operational coordination, and established practices of information sharing between allies and partners on both sides of the Atlantic. In the process, the day-to-day workings of transatlantic cooperation have become smooth and routine. Over the last few years, however, the building blocks of mutual trust appear to be eroding as a result of increased geopolitical competition and the misalignment of interests in key issues areas. Clashes between the US and its allies and partners on issues like trade and burden-sharing have become an almost daily topic of concern, as demonstrated by newspaper headlines and Twitter feeds. Has the age of competition hampered mutual trust and its practical consequences, for example, in intelligence activities? How can these emerging transatlantic rifts and sources of mistrust be managed, and even healed, in the future? The US Research Day 2019 is organised by the Center on US Politics and Power (CUSPP) at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA). Opening remarks: Bart Gaens, Senior Research Fellow, Project Director, FIIA Keynote speaker: Christopher Kojm, Visiting Research Fellow, FIIA Speakers: Mika Kerttunen, Director, Cyber Policy Institute; Veli-Pekka Kivimäki, Senior analyst, Finnish Defence Research Agency; and Chair: Mika Aaltola, Programme Director, FIIA. For this event you may get 3 markings for your lecture pass, for Kojm, Kerttunen, and Kivimäki.

June 13, 2019, 12:00- 14:00, Ulkopoliittinen instituutti Arkadiankatu 23 B, 5. kerros, Helsinki. Seminaari NÄKÖKULMIA YHDYSVALTOJEN KEHKEYTYVÄÄN VAALIKAMPPAILUUN. Yhdysvalloissa valmistaudutaan vuoden 2020 presidentinvaaleihin tilanteessa, jossa maan sisäpoliittiset jakolinjat ovat revenneet historiallisen syviksi. Donald Trumpin presidenttiyttä leimanneista skandaaleista huolimatta hänen ”Amerikka ensin” -politiikkansa nauttii edelleen vahvaa kannatusta republikaaniäänestäjien joukossa. Demokraattipuolue puolestaan etsii kuumeisesti toimivaa strategiaa haastaa istuva presidentti – puolueen esivaalikilpaan on ilmoittautunut jo yli kaksikymmentä ehdokasta. Yhdysvaltojen tutkimuksen päivän iltapäiväseminaarissa pohditaan lähestyvien vaalien keskeisiä näkymiä, muuttujia ja jännitteitä. Millaisesta tilanteesta demokraattipuolue lähtee esivaaleihin? Miltä Yhdysvaltojen poliittiset voimasuhteet näyttävät nyt, noin puolitoista vuotta ennen presidentinvaaleja? Mitkä ovat kehkeytyvän vaalikamppailun keskeiset teemat sekä puolueiden sisällä että kansallisesti?   Voit saada kolme merkintää luentopassiin, eli kaikilta puhujilta! Puhujat: Benita Heiskanen, professori, Tampereen yliopisto; Markku Ruotsila, dosentti, Helsingin yliopisto: Pirkko Pöntinen, toimittaja, Yleisradio; Puheenjohtaja: Mika Aaltola, ohjelmajohtaja, Ulkopoliittinen instituutti. Voit saada kolme merkintää luentopassiin, eli kaikilta puhujilta! Pakollinen ilmoittautuminen etukäteen Marie-Louise Hindsberg, marie-louise.hindsberg[at]

May 10, 2019 at 14:00-15:30 at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Arkadiankatu 23 B (5th floor), Helsinki: PROBLEMATIC TRENDS IN HUMANITARIANISM AND THE POSSIBILITIES OF ”NORDIC EXCEPTIONALISM” by Cecelia Lynch, Professor, Fulbright Scholar at University of Tampere. A number of observers of humanitarian aid (defined here as both short-term emergency relief and longer-term development aid) have pointed out tendencies for aid organizations (nongovernmental organizations, faithbased organizations, etc.) and their donors to perpetuate inegalitarian relationships and problematic metrics in the process of conceiving, implementing, and evaluating aid programs, and especially representing aid beneficiaries. In this talk, Professor Lynch outlines these critiques (including her own and those of the CIHA Blog — — of which she is a Co-Editor). She contrasts these trends with the longstanding tradition of the Nordic aid model, also referred to as ”Nordic exceptionalism,” including its current (fraying?) status, to assess its potential and remaining problems for addressing inequities in aid relationships. The seminar is open to all interested in US politics and transatlantic relations. CUSPP Research Series is organized monthly at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Students are most welcome to join and meet with scholars involved in a relaxed and informal setting. Coffee will be served at the seminar. OBLIGATORY REGISTRATION: Email to Marie-Louise Hindsberg,marie-louise.hindsberg[at]


May 5, 2019 at 14.15-15.00, Helsinki, Snellmanstreet 14 A, 2nd floor, seminar room
Michel Beaulieu: ”The Hog Only Harms Himself if He Topples His Trough”: Socialism in Canada During the Twentieth Century Alex Gomez del Moral: ””America Will Never Be A Socialist Country”: U.S. Political Culture, Left Activisms, and the Marginalization and Stigmatization of Socialist and Anarchist Thought in the 20th-century United States”. NOTE! YOU CAN GET TWO MARKINGS AT THIS SEMINAR BY ATTENDING  BOTH THESE NORTH-AMERICAN STUDIES RELATED LECTURES. More information: antti.hakkinen[at]


April 5, 2019 (Friday) at 14:00-15:30 at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Arkadiankatu 23 B (5th floor), Helsinki.  Mikko Rajavuori (University of Eastern Finland): ”MAKING MERGERS POLITICAL AGAIN: TRANSATLANTIC EXPERIENCES WITH INVESTMENT SCREENING.” The US and the EU have recently overhauled their foreign direct investment screening mechanisms. In the US, the jurisdiction of the CFIUS, a body responsible for reviewing foreign acquisitions, has been extended. In the EU, the new investment screening regulation establishes a Union-wide cooperation mechanism that aims to identify security threats posed by investments from third countries. Collectively, the developments across the Atlantic hint at increasing state intervention into cross-border mergers on national security grounds. Are mergers being politicized and, if so, are there differences between the transatlantic experiences? The seminar is open to all interested in US politics and transatlantic relations. CUSPP Research Series is organized monthly at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Students are most welcome to join and engage with researchers and scholars in a relaxed and informal setting. Coffee will be served at the seminar. OBLIGATORY REGISTRATION: Email to Marie-Louise Hindsberg, marie-louise.hindsberg[at]

March 29, 2019 at 13:00-14:00 in Meeting room 229, Psychologicum (Siltavuorenpenger 1 A, 00170 Helsinki). Kaius Tuori will give a presentation ”The exile experience and questioning the obvious: changing conceptions of culture and the classic among post-war emigres in the US” in the EuroStorie research seminar.

March 26, 2019 at 11.00-13.00 Auditorium of Annex Building of the Parliament
Arkadiankatu 3, Helsinki: (option for 2 markings in your lecture pass!) ”NUCLEAR ARMS CONTROL AT A CROSSROADS: WHAT ARE THE STAKES FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY?” by Frank A. Rose, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution & Sir Adam Thomson, Director of the European Leadership Network.  Organized by FIIA. OBLIGATORY REGISTRATION via: Kukka-Maria Kovsky, kukka-maria.kovsky[at]

March 6, 2019 at 14:00-15:30 (Wednesday) at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Arkadiankatu 23 B (5th floor), Helsinki. Saara Kekki (University of Helsinki): ”Heart Mountain: A Japanese-American Community in World War II.” After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1942, the United States incarcerated (interned) 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two thirds of whom were US citizens. Half of the incarcerated people returned to the West Coast, while the rest were dispersed across the country through the government’s resettlement program. Incarceration remains a controversial subject in the Japanese American community, and while much has been written about the era, it is an unknown topic to much of the general public. At the same time, incarceration reverberates today both in the United States and in Europe in the treatment of immigrants from Mexico or the Middle East. In her presentation, Saara Kekki will talk about using historical ”big data” to study the networks of inmates in one of the ten incarceration camps, Heart Mountain in Wyoming. She will especially look at the manifestation of ”loyalty,” ”assimilation,” and ”resistance” through networks retained and created in the camp.
Obligatory registration, please e-mail to: marie-louise.hindsberg[at]

March 6-8, 2019, “Moral Machines? Ethics and Politics of the Digital World” CONFERENCE (opportunity for several markings for you lecture pass! But note that entire sessions must be attended for one marking.) Venues: Research Collegium at the University of Helsinki (Fabianinkatu 24, 3. krs) & Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4).  The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from all fields addressing the many issues and problems of the digitalization of our social reality. Info in Finnish: Keynote-puhujat N. Katherine Hayles (Duken yliopisto) ja Bernard Stiegler(Compiègnen yliopisto) ovat lähestyneet digitalisaatioon liittyviä kysymyksiä tutkimuksissaan. Hayles on osoittanut, että tietokoneiden ajateltiin pitkään jäljittelevän ihmisajattelua – vaikka tosiasiassa koneen operoiminen on erilaista kuin se, mitä kutsumme ajatteluksi. Bernard Stiegler on puolestaan osoittanut, kuinka teknologia toimii samaan tapaan kuin muisti – ei kuitenkaan yksittäisen ihmisen tietoinen muisti vaan ulkoistettu julkinen muisti, josta yksilön ei tarvitse olla tietoinen. Muita keynote-puhujia ovat Erich Hörl (Lüneburgin Leuphanan yliopisto), Maria Mäkelä (Tampereen yliopisto), Frédéric Neyrat (Wisconsinin yliopisto, Madison) ja François Sebbah (Nanterren yliopisto, Pariisi). Conference website:

Jan. 25, 2019, at 2-4 p.m. in Auditorium IV, University of Helsinki main building, Unioninkatu 34, Helsinki. Guest Lecture ”KARL MARX AND THE CYCLES OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM” by Andrew Hartman, Professor of History at Illinois State University. Professor Hartman brings these two seemingly irreconcilable ideas—Marx and America—together to better understand the historical cycles of American capitalism. To read and think about Karl Marx is to grapple with the modern world that capitalism has made. This includes modern America—especially modern America. Because the United States is the nation in world history most committed to capitalism, and because Marx is the world’s most enduring theorist of capitalism, Marx is a veritable American alter ego. This lecture will explore the meaning of Americans reading and thinking about Marx from 1861, when Marx made waves across the Atlantic with his astute analysis of the U.S. Civil War, to the present, when Marx is on many American horizons yet again. Andrew Hartman is Professor of History at Illinois State University. He is the author of ”Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School,” ”A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars,” and editor of “American Labyrinth: Intellectual History for Complicated Times.” He is currently at work on his third book, ”Karl Marx in America,” which is contracted to be published by the University of Chicago Press. Hartman is the winner of two Fulbright Awards. He was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark for the 2013-14 academic year, and he is the Fulbright British Library Eccles Center Research Scholar for the 2018-19 academic year.  The event is hosted by the Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History.

Dec. 7, 2018, FASA SEMINAR 2018 at the University of Turku, in Educarium 441 (Assistentinkatu 5, Turku). You need to attend the seminar at 13-16 to get a signature to your lecture pass. See

Dec. 5, 2018 at 14:00-15:30  at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Arkadiankatu 23 B, 5th floor, Helsinki. ”LIBERAL MILITARISM, THE DEMOCRATIC PEACE AND THE PROBLEM OF UNACCOUNTABLE INTERVENTIONS.” Speaker: Dr Kevin Blachford, Tallinn University. The seminar is open to all interested in US politics and transatlantic relations. CUSPP Research Series is organized monthly at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Students are most welcome to join and meet with scholars involved in a relaxed and informal setting.  We kindly ask you to confirm your participation in the seminar at the very latest on Tuesday 4 December. For registration, please contact Research Assistant Anu Ruokamo, anu.ruokamo[AT]

Dec. 4, 2018 at 14.15-15.45 University of Turku, Educarium (Assistentinkatu 5), Lecture Hall Edu3 (third floor): Lecture “Whiteness in the Trumposcene: Civil Society, Security, and After” by Professor Mike Hill (Universit at Albany, SUNY). More info at:

Nov. 26, 2018, at 10.00-12.00, Auditorium of the Annex Building of the Parliament,
Arkadiankatu 3, Helsinki: ”U.S. FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICIES UNDER TRUMP: A DOCTRINE IN THE MAKING?” by Andrew A. Michta, Dean, College of International and Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, to be followed by the PANEL including Risto E.J. Penttilä, CEO, Nordic West Office; Heidi Fransila, Director, Blic; and Ville Sinkkonen, Research Fellow, FIIA.  Donald Trump’s presidency has instigated a widespread debate over the essence of his foreign and security policy. Some observers view the President’s approach as devoid of coherence, some speak of a grand-strategic shift, and yet others observe a semblance of continuity with past presidential administrations. FOR THE OBLIGATORY REGISTRATION, PLEASE CONTACT Kukka-Maria Kovsky, kukka-maria.kovsky[AT]

Nov. 15, 2018 at 10-12 Kaisa-kirjasto, Helsinki (Fabianinkatu 30, 7. krs). Paneelikeskustelu “Välivaaleilla on väliä: Miltä näyttää Trumpin loppukausi?” Millaiset edellytykset Trumpilla on välivaalien jälkimainingeissa tehdä diilejään ja mihin Yhdysvaltojen politiikan tarkkailijoiden kannattaa jatkossa kiinnittää huomiota? Panelistit: Mika Aaltola, ohjelmajohtaja, Ulkopoliittinen instituutti; Jussi Hanhimäki, professori, Graduate Institute Geneva; Kristiina Helenius, Pohjois-Amerikan toiminnoista vastaava johtaja, Nordic West Office; ja Markku Ruotsila, Yhdysvaltain ja Ison-Britannian historian dosentti, Tampereen yliopisto ja Pohjois-Amerikan kirkkohistorian dosentti, Helsingin yliopisto.

Nov. 9, 2018 at 14:00-15:30, at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (Arkadiankatu 23B, 5th floor). FIIA SEMINAR: Peter Rybski, Naval Attaché from the US Embassy: ”The United States National Defense Strategy.” After near twenty years of counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2018 U.S. National Defense Strategy recognizes that “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security.”  This talk will cover this new strategy in some depth and place it in the context of other U.S. National Security-Related Documents such as the National Security Strategy and the Quadrennial Defense Review, which the National Defense Strategy replaced. The seminar is open to all interested in US politics and transatlantic relations. CUSPP Research Series is organized monthly at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Students are most welcome to join and meet with scholars involved in a relaxed and informal setting. We kindly ask you to confirm your participation to Research Assistant Anu Ruokamo AT anu.ruokamo[AT] Coffee will be served at the seminar.

Nov. 7, 2018 at 9:30-11:30, Seminar Hall, Arkadiankatu 23, entrance H (inner courtyard), Helsinki. FIIA SEMINAR: ”US MIDTERM ELECTION RESULTS: A BRAKE ON POLARIZATION – OR AN ACCELERATOR?” U.S. elections have domestic and global repercussions, and the midterm elections of 2018 are set to continue the trend. If the Democratic party takes control of the House of Representatives, President Trump’s ability to drive actual domestic policy changes will diminish. Will it, however, only increase the rhetorical polarization of the country? Presidents suffering a midterm loss have frequently focused their efforts on foreign policy, will Trump do so, and where? Will Trump seek to raise the stakes in the bubbling trade-war with China? Can European and Middle-Eastern leaders benefit from the results of the midterms? Often seen as referenda on the president, the 2018 midterms are, more than usually, a referendum on the (style) of the United States president – will a severe loss infuriate and isolate Trump or fire up his core supporters? Speakers: Leo Michel, Visiting Senior Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs; S.M. Amadae, University Lecturer, University of Helsinki; and Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Chair: Ville Sinkkonen, Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs. FIIA REQUIRES REGISTRATION, SO CONTACT marie-louise.hindsberg[AT]

Nov. 2, 2018 at 2-4pm, University of Helsinki, Unioninkatu 35, room 113: Professor Nyla Branscombe (University of Kansas): ”When and why are victims expected to be more humanitarian than non-victims?”

Nov. 2, 2018 at 9.00-11.00 in Arkadiankatu 23 H, inner courtyard, Helsinki, FIIA SEMINAR: ’THE ”NEXT GENERATION INITIATIVE” BUILDING MULTILATERAL COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING IN STRATEGIC AFFAIRS.’ Opening remarks by Teija Tiilikainen, Director, Finnish Institute of International Affairs; Introduction to the ”Next Generation Initiative” by Leo Michel, Visiting Senior Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs;  Keynote speaker: Elaine Bunn, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Nuclear and Missile Defence Policy ”New Deterrence Challenges and a Next Generation Initiative” To REGISTER (obligatory by Oct. 31), please email Kukka-Maria Kovsky, kukka-maria.kovsky[AT]

Oct. 12-13, 2018 The 26th American Voices Seminar takes place on October 12-13, 2018, at the University of Turku, Publicum (Assistentinkatu 7). NOTE! For one lecture marking you need to report two 1-hour sessions. This is not entirely academic gathering, so the speakers’ topics vary. Website of the event:

Oct. 4, 2018 Bicentennial Fulbright Chair in American Studies, Professor Katherine Borland, gives the Bicentennial Professor Inaugural speech ”The Woman of Words or How to Read an Oral Narrative” at 4.00pm in the Lecture Hall 2 (Consistorium), 2nd floor in the University Main building (Fabianinkatu 33).

Sept. 28, 2018, Friday at 14:15-15:45, the Auditorium 116, University of Helsinki
Unioninkatu 35, Helsinki: ”TRUMP’S AMERICA AND THE WORLD: THE PERILS OF A US DISENGAGEMENT FROM GLOBAL POLITICS” The keynote of this event addresses the two most important questions concerning the United States’ role in the world. The first part of the talk examines how fast America is declining. The underlying assessment is that for many decades into the future, the U.S. will be the only state in a position to sustain a globally engaged grand strategy. The second part of the talk then analyses the current grand strategic debate over whether America should ”stay engaged” or should now ”come home.” The analysis by Stephen Brooks and William Wohlforth in the recently published book ”America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century” shows that Washington would be wise to sustain the core elements of the so-called ”deep engagement” grand strategy, since pulling back from the world would have a variety of negative consequences for America and for its global partners. The conclusion of the talk will then discuss the implications of Trump’s foreign policy stance for Europe. We kindly ask you to confirm your participation in the seminar at the very latest on Wednesday 26 September.  To register, click here

Sept. 24, at 12 Unioninkatu U37, ls: ”Just Play the Blues: African Americans, Afro-Germans, white Germans and the Politics of Primitivism” by Ulrich Adelt.  In 1962, two white German concert promoters, Horst Lippmann, a Jew persecuted by the Nazis, and Fritz Rau, a former member of the Hitler Youth, began organizing the American Folk Blues Festival in both Germanies and other European countries. This ”festival” consisted of a number of African American blues musicians from various subgenres and ages (Muddy Waters, Son House, Buddy Guy, etc.) performing in European symphony halls and a TV studio specifically designed to create an ”authentic” atmosphere. The concerts exposed European audiences to blues musicians previously limited to playing the African American ”chit’lin’ circuit.” The American Folk Blues Festival employed a specific German primitivism, which implicitly negated the history of Afro-Germans and other black people in Germany. For Lippmann and Rau, black music made respectable for a middle-class audience was vital for post-war Germany’s path to an anti-racist modernity. Yet, in their conceptualization of the American Folk Blues Festival Lippmann and Rau supported a museumization and ”backdating” of blues and catered to audience expectations that saw blues as simple, raw and uninhibited. The participating African American blues musicians repeatedly challenged Lippmann’s and Rau‘s primitivist discourse. Prof. Ulrich Adelt (Director of African American & Diaspora Studies, University of Wyoming) is the author of Blues Music in the Sixties: A Story in Black and White (Rutgers University Press 2010) and Krautrock: German Music in the Seventies (University of Michigan Press 2016).

Sept. 24, at 4 pm, Monday, Unioninkatu 38, Topelia sali F205: ”Krautrock and Transnationalism” by Ulrich Adelt. This talk will engage discourses of popular music and transnationalism to discuss Krautrock, West German electronic music and rock from the 1970s. Groups such as Can, Neu!, Faust and Kraftwerk blended Influences of African American and Anglo-American music with the experimental and electronic music of European composers. The talk situates the music within its particular context of (trans)national identity and globalization. Krautrock and its offshoots have had a tremendous impact on musical production and reception in Britain and the U.S. since the 1970s. Genres such as indie, post-rock, techno and hip hop have drawn heavily on krautrock and have – ironically – connected a music that initially disavowed its European American and African American origins with the lived experience of whites and blacks in the U.S. and Europe. At the same time, while reaching for an imagined cosmic community, Krautrock, not only by its name, remains tied to essentialist notions of national identity and citizenship. Prof. Ulrich Adelt (Director of African American & Diaspora Studies, University of Wyoming) is the author of Blues Music in the Sixties: A Story in Black and White (Rutgers University Press 2010) and Krautrock: German Music in the Seventies (University of Michigan Press 2016).

Sept. 7, Helsingin yliopiston päärakennus, sali 6 Fabianinkatu 33, 3. krs, klo 12.15-16.00.
”Eyes to the West” – Keskustelutilaisuus Yhdysvaltojen ruohonjuuritason vasemmistoliikkeiden tavoitteista. Keskustelutilaisuus on Euroopan vasemmistopuolueen ja Vasemmistonuorten järjestämä ja sen juontaa Hanna-Marilla Zidan. Tilaisuuden ohjelma: Klo 12:15 Li Andersson avaa tilaisuuden ja pohtii mitä opittavaa meillä on opittavana Yhdysvaltojen ruohonjuuritason liikkeiltä, Klo 12:30 Matthew Bruenig esittelee Yhdysvaltojen vasemmistoliikkeiden keskeisiä poliittisia teemoja ja taustoittaa niitä. Kommenttipuheenvuoro Juha Leppänen, Demos Helsingin toiminnanjohtaja; Klo 13:00 Shana East esittelee ruohonjuuritason kampanjoita ja vasemmistoliikkeiden rakentamista. Kommenttipuheenvuoro: Mariko Sato, joka osallistui Bernie Sandersin kampanjaan asuessaan Yhdysvalloissa, Klo 13:30 Bhaskar Sunkara arvioi yhdysvaltojen vasemmistoliikkeiden menestymismahdollisuuksia ja strategioita. Kommenttipuheenvuoro Hanna-Marilla Zidan Vasemmistonuorten puheenjohtaja; Klo 14:00 – Keskustelua. Ensimmäinen puheenvuoro Euroopan vasemmistopuolueen varapuheenjohtaja Paolo Ferrero.

Aug.  30, at 17.00, Kaisa Library (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor): ”The 2018 Congressional Elections” Two honorable U.S. Congressmen Tom Davis (R-VA) and Martin Frost (D-TX) discuss the importance of the 2018 Congressional Elections.  The event is moderated by McDonnell Douglas Professor of American Studies Mikko Saikku.  Tom Davis (R-VA) is the director of Federal Government Affairs at Deloitte and rector at George Mason University. He served 14 years in Congress after several years at the local level in Fairfax County, VA. In 1998 and 2000, he served as the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Martin Frost (D-TX) currently holds the position of vice president of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress and sits as the chairman of the board of the National Endowment for Democracy. He and Tom Davis (R-VA) wrote The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis. While in Congress, Frost served on the Budget Committee and was in charge of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for two election cycles, adding 14 more Democrats to Congress. See also Link:

Aug. 24, Friday, 16:00-17:30, Kaisa Library (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor): Artist’s talk: “Place Taking Place: Poetics of Embodied Mixed Reality” by American poet Judd Morrissey. This artist’s talk will navigate the emerging territories and queer liminalities of a practice that integrates language, code, bodies, and technologies that capture and transform space. The presentation will be focused on recent and in-progress poetic performances in mixed and augmented reality. Judd Morrissey is a writer and code artist whose works of electronic literature, interdisciplinary performance, and installation have been widely and internationally presented. See also at:

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, JMC Current Issues Seminar [NOTE, for this seminar you can get 4 markings for your lecture pass!] ”ACT!VISM – Momentum. Movement. Mobilization.” Friday, September 7, 2018 at 10:00–17:00, University of Turku, Publicum (Assistentinkatu 7), Lecture Hall 2 PROGRAM 10:00-10:15 Opening Remarks, Dr. Benita Heiskanen (JMC)
– 10:15-11:30 Keynote: ”The Challenges and Opportunities of International Solidarity in Changing Times,” Dr. Katherine Borland (Ohio State University, University of Helsinki)
11:30-12:30 Lunch Break
– 12:30-13:45 Keynote: ”Transnational Native American Activism & Solidarity,” Dr. György Tóth (University of Stirling)
13:45-14:00 Break
– 14:00-15:30 Roundtable Discussion: ”Activist Movements Today,”
Dr. Albion Butters (JMC), Doctoral Candidate Niko Heikkilä (Cultural History, UTU), Dr. Reetta Humalajoki (JMC), Dr. Anna Kronlund (JMC), and Dr. Lotta Kähkönen (Comparative Literature, UTU)
15:30-15:45 Break
– 15:45-17:00 Documentary Film Screening & Discussion: The Rise of Black Lives Matter (2016, Dir. Nirit Peled) More information and link to the livestream:

June 14, 2018, 17-19, Tiedekulma, Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 4: ”Is Unbiased Democracy a Bubble? Dilemmas in Democratic Designing” “Stuck between a rock and a hard place” often describes realities of democratic practices. In an inclusive democracy, political participation should be accessible to all citizens. Yet, numerous studies show persistent inequalities in participation in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, health, education, and income. Many countries have tried to tackle these biases and increase voter turnout using various methods such as postal voting, absentee voting, assisted voting, and proxy ballots or making voting compulsory. However, these efforts easily end up mobilizing those groups that were more active to begin with. The BIBU Talk addresses the biases in political participation and dilemmas in democratic designing. Professor Catherine Bolzendahl (University of California, Irvine), Assistant Professor Ruth Dassonneville (Université de Montréal) and Dr. Peter Miller (University of California, Irvine) will discuss how to make democracy work

June 5, 2018 (Tuesday) at 10:00-12:00, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Arkadiankatu 23 B (5th floor), Helsinki: A Critique of Trump’s Foreign Policy.” The Trump foreign policy has been overwhelmingly unsuccessful. Although the president has made a few worthwhile changes, they have been overshadowed by his erratic “tweet and taunt” style, which amid the resulting chaos has demonstrated a fundamental break with the principles that have successfully guided America’s international affairs for seven decades. Paper by Michael Haltzel, Senior Fellow, the Center for Transatlantic Relations of Johns Hopkins University SAIS Comments by Prof. Kari Möttölä, Visiting Scholar, the Centre for European Studies, University of Helsinki.

May 31, 2018 at 15.00, Kaisa Library, Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor. Dr. Peter Miller’s public presentation “The American Presidency and the 2018 Congressional Elections: U.S. Midterm Elections will be held in November 2018. What factors are relevant for thinking about how the election will go?”

May 25, 2018 at 16.15-17.30, Unioninkatu 38A, Topelia A109. ”Origin Stories: Recovering the Early Life of Ponca Activist Clyde Warrior”  by Fulbright Bicentennail Chair in American Studies Dan Cobb. This presentation draws from the first two chapters of my in-progress biography of Clyde Warrior (1939-1968), a citizen of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma who emerged as one of the most significant figures in the American Indian rights movement of the 1960s and played a central role in the development of an Indigenous intellectual critique of settler colonialism. “Origin Stories” reflects on my attempt to utilize postcolonial theory to recover the early years of his life. This way of reading both conventional and unconventional sources challenges us to imagine anew what theorist Gayatri Spivak might call the “worlding” of Clyde Warrior’s world—even as it presents interpretative and methodological challenges of its own.

May 17, 2018 at 16.00-17.00, Unioninkatu 38, Helsinki, Topelia, F211. Maple Leaf & Eagle Conference, Pehr Kalm Plenary by Alan Taylor (University of Virginia): ”Thomas Jefferson’s Education.”

May 16, 2018 at 10.00-12.00, Maple Leaf & Eagle Conference (University Main Building, Great Hall, Unioninkatu 34): American Studies Keynote by Amy Kaplan (University of Pennsylvania): ”Invincible Victim: Representations of Israel in US Culture.”

May 16, 2018, at 10.00-12.00, Maple Leaf & Eagle Conference (University Main Building, Great Hall, Unioninkatu 34): Canadian Studies Keynote by Graeme Wynn (University of British Columbia): ”Ideas, Ideals, and Ideologies: Maps of Canadian Nature.”

April 26, 2018 at 16-18, Unioninkatu 37, 1055, faculty hall (tdksali): Professor Haider Khan from the University of Denver: ”Towards Global Peace: An Exploration through Tagore’s Poetry and Music.” Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a remarkable genius whose work ranges from children’s to adult literature, art and music. In his prolific creative life stretching over a period of more than sixty years, he produced a great oeuvre of poetry, novels, short stories, philosophical, literary and political essays, plays, musicals and dance dramas, over 2200 art songs and music for these songs as well as several thousands of sketches and paintings. The speaker, Distinguished Professor Haider Khan from the University of Denver (Economics), is visiting University of Helsinki in April.

April 24, 2018 at 16-18, Unioninkatu 37, LS.: Professor Haider Khan from the University of Denver: ”Facing and Tracing Our Common Future: From Global Crises to  a Possible Better World.” Perhaps never before since the end of WWII has global peace and well-being been more threatened than now. The stagnation of most economies, rising youth unemployment, political, military and other conflicts together with a drift towards right wing authoritarianism—indeed fascist tendencies—underline multiple global crises. The main purpose of lecture is to analyze the key characteristics of these multiple crises starting with financial and economic aspects moving all the way to political, social and cultural crises. The speaker, Distinguished Professor Haider Khan from the University of Denver (Economics), is visiting University of Helsinki in April.

April 13, 2018 at 14.00-16.00:The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) has the pleasure of inviting you to the Center on US Politics and Power (CUSPP) Junior Research Workshop on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 at FIIA (Arkadiankatu 23B, 5th floor, Helsinki). The workshop will consist of two presentations, followed by a general discussion:Annariina Seppänen (University of Oulu):  The Status of American Conservatism in the Rhetoric of the Republican Party Primary Election Debates AND Juha Kekomäki (University of Helsinki): Republikaanien historiapolitiikka Yhdysvalloissa 2009-2016. The Workshop provides students working on their Master’s thesis or in the early stages of their Doctoral Dissertation the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from researchers at FIIA in an informal, relaxed and intellectually stimulating setting. We kindly ask you to confirm your participation to Research Assistant Anu Ruokamo (anu.ruokamo[at]fiia). Coffee will be served at the workshop. The Junior Research Workshop is part of the CUSPP Research Series. The workshop is open to all interested in US politics and transatlantic relations.

April 9, 2018 at 4:30 PM, Aalto University, Otaniemi Campus, Dipoli, Lumituuli Auditorium, Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo. The First Annual Juha Varto Endowed Lecture for Research in Visual Art, Philosophy and Pedagogy to feature distinguished scholar: Alphonso Lingis: ”How Artworks Work:  A phenomenological account of the powers contained in artworks. What these powers do to the environment and what they do to us.”

April 10, 2018 at 2pm-4pm: Tiedekulma/Think Corner, Basement ”Public Brown Bag Seminar: Bridging Cultural Concepts of Nature: Native North America and National Parks” The year 2016 marked the 100th year celebration of the United States National Park Service. In this seminar, Fulbright Bicentennial Chair Professor Daniel Cobb and HCAS Fellow Rani-Henrik Andersson will address the debate over nature conservation, indigenous rights and the silencing of indigenous voices and perspectives related to the natural world.

March 20, 2018 at 17:00-18:30, Ethan Tabor: ”Rust Belt.” Kaisa Library Auditorium, Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor. Over the past several years, the “Rust Belt” has emerged a major topic in contemporary narratives about the United States. What is the Rust Belt? Where is it? Is the region defined by rust? This discussion will explore some of the region’s history, narratives, and ongoing struggles over meaning. Ethan Tabor is a Buckeye (an Ohioan). He is currently the deputy public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki. He previously served in Kabul, Washington, Brazil, and Mozambique. Prior to joining the diplomatic service, he spent 8 years in the U.S. Air Force with assignments in Italy and the UK.  Born in Youngstown, Ohio, less than one year after “Black Monday,” Ethan grew up in the “Steel Valley” during the collapse of steel production.

March 16, 2018 at 11.00-11.50: Fulbright Forum, University of Helsinki, Siltavuorenpenger 3A, Athena, Room 302A: 11:00-11:50 Panel Discussion: STEM Education for the 21st Century: Finnish Policy and Classroom Innovation: Maya Kaul U.S. Fulbright Student Fellow, Linda Szypula, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching, Aulikki Pekkala-Flagan, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching.

March 16, 2018 at 16h, Topelia room A109, Talk by dr. Outi J. Hakola: ”Marketing Good Death: Advertising Videos of Hospice Homes.”

March 16, 2018 at 14.00-15.30: Senior Research Fellow Marcin Kaczmarski (the Finnish Institute of International Affairs) will present on: “The disappearing triangle? Russia-China relations and the role of the US factor” On Friday, March 16, 2018 at 14:00-15:30 at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Arkadiankatu 23 B (5th floor), Helsinki. Analysts tend to emphasise the role of the American factor in explaining the reasons behind the Russian-Chinese rapprochement. The rejection of US primacy, suspicions of Washington’s malign intentions and the drive for multipolarity are said to be the glue of close cooperation between Moscow and Beijing. But does the Sino-Russian-American triangle exist? Can the US influence the course of this relationship? The talk will address these questions by exploring other than strategic factors that shape the evolution and future of Russian-Chinese relations. The seminar is open to all interested in US politics and transatlantic relations. CUSPP Research Series is organized monthly at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Students are most welcome to join and meet with scholars involved in a relaxed and informal setting. We kindly ask you to confirm your participation to Research Assistant Anu Ruokamo ( Coffee will be served at the seminar.