March 9, 2006

Chairs of the Government of Finland and David and Nancy Speer Visiting Professorship

List of Chairs of the Government of Finland and David and Nancy Speer Visiting Professorship, University of Minnesota

1992 (Spring) Pertti Pesonen (1931-2005) (Political Science, University of Tampere)
1992 (Fall) Aulis Aarnio (Law, University of Tampere)
1992 (Fall) Raimo Väyrynen (International Politics, University of Helsinki)
1994 (Spring) Elina Haavio-Mannila (Sociology, University of Helsinki)
1994 (Fall) Kaarle Nordenstreng (University of Tampere)
1996 (Winter) Clas Zilliacus (Literature, Åbo Akademi University)
1996 (Fall) Risto Alapuro (Sociology, University of Helsinki)
1998 (Winter) Max Engman (History, Åbo Akademi University)
1998 (Winter) J.P. Roos (Sociology, University of Helsinki)
1998 (Spring) A. William Hoglund (History, University of Connecticut)
1998 (Fall) Hannu Nurmi (Political Science, University of Turku)
1999 (Winter) Eero Tarasti (Music Science, University of Helsinki)
1999 (Spring) Marjatta Hietala (History, University of Tampere)
2000 (Spring) Leena Ahtola-Moorhouse (Art History, Ateneum Museum)

Full Academic Years:

2003-2005 Pauliina Raento (Geography, University of Helsinki)
2005-2006 Juha Suoranta (Sociology of Education, University of Tampere)

See also:

March 7, 2006

Suomen kielen ja kulttuurin professuuri Tarton yliopistoon

University of Tarto, Estonia, has decided to establish a Professoriship in Finnish Language and Culture August 1, 2006.

Tarton yliopistoon perustetaan Suomen kielen ja kulttuurin professuurin ensi syksystä alkaen. Professuuri täytetään yhteistyössä Kansainvälisen henkilövaihdon keskuksen CIMOn kanssa, joka osallistuu viran palkkakustannuksiin. Suomi on lähettänyt Suomen kielen ja kulttuurin lehtoreita Tarton yliopistoon vuodesta 1989.

Tarton yliopiston rehtori Jaak Aavisoo ja CIMOn johtaja Ulla Ekberg allekirjoittivat professuuria koskevan yhteistyösopimuksen 25. tammikuuta 2006 Suomen Tallinnan suurlähetystössä. Professuurin perustamisen taustalla on Viron Suomen suurlähettilään Jaak Jõerüütin ja varatuomari Esko Ollilan vuonna 2003 tekemä selvitys Viron ja Suomen välisestä kulttuuriyhteistyöstä ja sen suositukset.

Viron opetus- ja tiedeministeriön perustama professuurin täytetään 1. syyskuuta 2006 alkaen. CIMO julistaa tehtävän haettavaksi Suomessa.

Suomen kielen ja kulttuurin professorin tehtävänä on organisoida oppiaineen opetus ja tutkimus. Lisäksi professori antaa opetusta ja ohjausta erityisesti maisteri- ja jatko-opintotasoilla. Professuuri sijoitetaan humanistisen tiedekunnan viron ja suomalais-ugrilaisen kielitieteen osastoon.

February 27, 2006

What is Needed for the Website?

The Finnish Studies in the Web

1. The Aim of the Project:

The aim of the project is to create "Finnish Studies in the Internet" with needed materials and intellectual resources serving regional, national and worldwide interests in Finnish studies, and related fields. Scientific communication has moved from material spaces to virtual spaces, and current software offers easy-to-use ways to build a Finnish studies community in the Internet serving.

Thus this website is not only for 'marketing', or general information, but also -- and even primarily -- for teachers' and students' use, a (hopefully useful and powerful) tool for research, teaching, and information in the area of Finnish Studies and related fields.

2. General & Elementary Questions:

-Technical resource, who's going to be hired to do the website? Where's the money for it?
--> Klaas and I discussed hiring a student to design a new website over the summer. I have a student in mind that I'll contact. As for the funding, this can be brought up as an agenda item to the GOFDANS committee.

-From where the project gets continuing support for technical solutions and updates?
--> The website should be designed in such a way that it's easy to update, either Klaas or I, or the current GOFDANS holder can update it.

[ I think we should reach for the website that could be totally wiki-based for the easy up-dates (I don't think it's a good idea to think that you should take the task of up-dating all the possible materials). Instead, as wiki "ideologue" goes, everyone with proper ID and password could have an access and possibility to edit the pages.]

3. Website "philosophy":

-Interactive approach (wiki-based option for inside and outside contributions)
--What would be alumni Finnish Chairs' options to contribute?
--- What’s the recent policy with visitors Internet ID’s for blogs, and websites?

--> My opinion is that simplicity should be a top consideration in both the design and maintenance of the website. We will have to research the policy with respect to former GOFDANS holders access to the website, if we want to include that.

4. Website Contents:

-Links to the following (and other sites):

--Finnish courses in UMN
--Finnish Studies elsewhere (i.e.

--> I have a list of where Finnish is taught in the US and Canada.

--Finnish community (and others):

-Data-base for articles, course materials etc. in Finnish studies and related fields
--Immigration History Research Center at

-Finnish language resources on the Internet

-News-site for upcoming events (with an easy option to add an event [wiki-based?])
-->Yes, this should be easy to update.

-Podcasting (Finnish language studies)

--> Can this be subsumed under upcoming events above in a single category?
[This entry (should it be [?] study materials) refers to actual papers, audio lectures, even lectures with moving images (see i.e. MIT's webpage, see, which can be downloaded from the web.]


-An edited e-journal (?) (or more mildly working papers e-series)