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CURRENT POSITION

Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Jyväskylä, (2019-), Funded by KONE Foundation (3 years, individual research project)

Member of Academy of Finland Consortium Instrumental Narratives: The Limits of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory (Tampere University)

Research fellow, Hannah Arendt Center for Political Studies, University of Verona

PREVIOUS POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Tampere (2018), Member of CO-RESONANCE research project, funded by the Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities. PI: Sirpa Virta.

Doctoral Researcher, University of Jyväskylä (2012-2017)

Visiting Fellow, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College, New York (2014-2015)

Visiting Researcher, Tampere Peace Research Institute (2012-2014)

EDUCATION

Doctor of Social Sciences (Political Science), University of Jyväskylä, 2017

  • Dissertation: Illuminating Political Experience: Exercises on Arendt’s Thought. Grade: Excellent (5/5)
  • Opponent: Patchen Markell (University of Chicago)
  • External Reviewers: Olivia Guaraldo (University of Verona) and Patchen Markell

Master and Bachelor of Social Sciences (International Relations), University of Tampere, 2012.

Language skills: Finnish (native), English (fluent), Swedish, German (good), Italian (basic).

FUNDING AND AWARDS

My research has been funded by the KONE Foundation (current), Finnish Cultural Foundation (3 years), Emil Aaltonen Foundation (2 years), and Eino Jutikkala Fund of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters (research visit in the USA)

I have also been the recipient of Harrell Rodgers Scholarship (Midwest Political Science Association, 2015), and travel grants from various sources.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, “Reframing the EU II: Relationships matter: EU policy-making born of relational political agents”, December 2018

  • Two presentations:  “Political Economy of Post-Growth” (Session 1A — Economics through the lens of political theory), “Enlightenment 2.0. from a political theory perspective” (Session 2A — Enlightenment 2.0.) and comment in Session 2C — Resilience

Kansallinen turvallisuustutkimuksen seminaari (National Security Studies Seminar), ”Unpredictable Threats and Resilience”. Helsinki, November 2018

University of Groningen, “Reframing European Identity & Legitimacy in an Age of Populism: Arendtian Politics, Conceptual Metaphors, and the Future of the European Union”, May/June 2018

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, “Arendt, metaphors and the EU: Why words matter!” November 2017.

  • Presentation: “Beyond Process-Thinking: Aligning economic policy with democratic concerns” (Session 1 — Policy-relevant theoretical inputs)

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, guest speaker at Political Theory Colloquium, April 2015

Bard College, Lunchtime Talk at the Hannah Arend Center for Politics and Humanities, February 2015

University of Tampere, Invited commentary for a forum on Kokemuksen tutkimus [The study of experience] book launch, October 2, 2018

University of Turku, Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory (SELMA), “Understanding experience:  the limits and indispensability of narrative representation”, October 2017.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND POSITIONS OF TRUST

Finnish Peace Research Association, Secretary and Treasurer, 2012-2016. Member of board, 2012-

Referee / peer reviewer: European Journal of International Relations, Contemporary Political Theory, European Journal of Social Theory, Acta Sociologica, Philosophy Today, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Nuorisobarometri, niin & näin

TEACHING AND SUPERVISION

I am currently supervising one doctoral dissertation (Mirka Muilu, Tampere University). I also regularly supervise master’s theses (Tampere and Jyväskylä).

I teach/have taught peace and conflict research, political theory, contentious politics, democratic theory, and resilience politics. For more details, see the teaching page.

CONFERENCES

As a chair or discussant

“Public Happiness lectures”. Discussant for the paper “Freedom After The Origins of Totalitarianism” by Professor Patchen Markell. University of Verona, 11.1.2019.

“Post-Factual Politics?” Workshop chair. Finnish Political Science Association Annual Conference. Jyväskylä, Finland, 9.-10.3.2017.

“The Everyday in the International”. Panel Chair.  International Studies Association, Annual Convention. Baltimore, MD, 22.–25.2.2017.

 “Resistance, Resilience And Agency In Global Politics: From The Macro-Structural To The Politics Of Everyday Practices”. Discussant. International Studies Association, Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA, 18 – 21 February 2015.

 “Continental Political Theory”. Workshop chair. Finnish Political Science Association Annual Conference. Tampere, 6.–7.3.2014.

After Human Rights: Development Between Resistance, Resignation, and Resilience. Session Chair. Helsinki, 13.–14.3.2014.

Paper presentations

2019

  • “Rethinking Resistance in Critical IR Theory”. Finnish International Studies Association (FISA), Triannual Conference, Majvik, January 2019.
  • “From Spiritual Defense to Robust Resilience: A Genealogy of Finnish Comprehensive Security Model” (with Tapio Juntunen). Finnish International Studies Association (FISA), Triannual Conference, Majvik, January 2019.

2018

  • “Careless Speech: Towards Conceptual Clarification of Post-Truth Politics”. Western Political Science Association, Annual Conference, San Francisco, March 2018.
  • “Arendt and biopolitics” . The Hannah Arendt Circle, University of California, Davis, April 2018.
  • “Rethinking Resistance in Critical IR Theory”. European International Studies Association (EISA), Pan-European Conference, Prague, August 2018.
  • “From Spiritual Defense to Robust Resilience: A Genealogy of Finnish Comprehensive Security Model” (with Tapio Juntunen). European International Studies Association (EISA), Pan-European Conference, Prague, August 2018.

2017

  • “Reflective Encounters with the Visible: Arendt’s Notion of Experience”. Hannah Arendt Circle, Annandale-on-Hudson, April 2017.
  • “Arendt and Rorty”. Contribution to working group roundtable “Arendt and Her Contemporaries: Arendt and Twentieth Century Liberalism”. Hannah Arendt Circle, Annandale-on-Hudson, April 2017.
  • “On the Greek Tragedy: Bureaucracy and Sovereign Debt Crisis”. Dissidenz: An International Conference at Normative Orders Cluster of Excellence, Frankfurt, March 2017.
  • “Change and Its Denial: On Events in Global Politics”. International Studies Association annual meeting, Baltimore, February 2017.

2016

  • “The Value of the Surface: Expanding Arendt’s Contribution to Biopolitics”. European Corsortium for Political Research (ECPR) Genereal Conference, Prague, 7–10 September.
  • “Sopeutuva resilienssi: ennakoimattomuuden illuusio ja varautumisajattelun politiikka” (“Adaptive Resilience: The Illusion of Non-Foresight and the Politics of Forecasting”)  (with Tapio Juntunen). The Finnish International Studies Association Conference, Hämeenlinna 15–16 January.
  • “Rethinking ‘Events’ in Global Politics”. Finnish International Studies Association Triannual Conference, Hämeenlinna 15–16 January.

2015

  • “More than ‘anti-‘movements? The question of organization and joys of action in Arendt and Butler”. Spaces and tactics of politics: Transnational connections, neoliberalisation and the reshaping of civil society, Turku 9–10 December.
  • “’Ethical Power Europe’ and the EU’s Response to the Arab Spring”. European Studies Day, Helsinki. 9 October.
  • ”Arendt, Rancière, and the Politics of Dissent”. New England Political Science Association (NEPSA), Annual Convention. New Haven (Yale), CT, 24 – 25 April.
  • ”Processual Temporality as a Threat to Politics in Hannah Arendt’s Thought”. Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), Annual Convention. Chicago, IL, 16 – 19 April.
  • ”Politics as a Process: Analyzing the Political Stakes of Recent Trends in Security”. International Studies Association, Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA, 18 – 21 February.
  • “Action, Resistance, and Change: An Arendtian Look at Contemporary IR Theorizing”. International Studies Association, Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA, 18 – 21 February.

2014

  • “Politics as a Process: Analyzing the Political Stakes of Recent Trends in Security”. International Studies Association Northeast (ISA-NE), Annual Convention. Baltimore, MD, 7 – 8 November.
  • ”On the concept of ‘resistance’ and its limits in IR”. International Studies Association Northeast (ISA-NE), 46th Annual Convention. Baltimore, MD, 7 – 8 November.
  • “Arendt’s Struggle with the Heritage of Radical Conservatism: Heidegger, Arendt, and the Concept of the World”. International Political Science Association (IPSA) 23rd World Congress of Political Science, Montréal, 19–24 July.
  • “The Uncanny Proximity of Natality to the Social”. Annual Meeting of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology, Helsinki, 24.–26. April.
  • “Natality, the Social, and Public Space: A Contemporary Reading of Arendt”. International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference, Toronto, Kanada, 26.–29. March.
  • ”Resilience, Security, and Public Freedom” (with Tapio Juntunen). After Human Rights: Development Between Resistance, Resignation, and Resilience. Helsinki, 13.–14. March .
  • “Re-reading Arendt on the Temporal and Worldly Context of Action”. Finnish Political Science Association Annual Conference. Tampere, 6.–7. March.

2013

  • ”Political Action, Resistance, and Temporality”. POLITU doctoral             course ”Is There Nordic in Political Research?”. Stockholm/Uppsala, 26.–29. November.
  • “Conjuncture, Momentum, Judgment: Re-reading Arendt on the Temporal Context of Action”. Women, Truth, Action: An International Conference in Philosophy. Helsinki, 10–12 October.
  • ”Democratic Communities, Critique, and Change”. International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, 3–6 April.
  • “Containment or Contagion? The EU Framing of the Arab Spring”. European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Joint Sessions of Workshops, Mainz, Germany, 11–16 March.  
  • “Disclosing Possibilities, Illuminating the Future: Political Temporality Through Arendt”. Finnish Political Science Association Annual Conference, Rovaniemi, 7–8 March.
  • “Muisti, ajattelu, ajallisuus”. Muisti: Suomen filosofisen yhdistyksen kollokvio. Tampere,  8 January.

2012

  • “Political Thought as Response to Crises: An Arendtian Exploration”. Politics of Crises: Democracy, Political Thought and Policy-Making in the Era of Uncertainty. POLITU doctoral course, Paris, 16 October.
  • ”Illuminating the Present Through Past: Pathways from Arendt”. Politics of Experience: Theorizing the Politics of the Past. The Fifth Doctoral Symposium on the Politics of the Past, Finnland-institut in Deutschland, Berlin, Germany, 11 October.
  • ”Tentative Lessons of Experience: Re-reading Hannah Arendt on Statelessness”. Finnish Political Science Association Annual Conference, Turku, Finland, 9 March.