Professor or Assistant/Associate Professor of Comparative Literature (Rank Open)

University of Helsinki | Vacancy

The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world.

We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits.

The Faculty of Arts ( of the University of Helsinki is Finland’s oldest institution for teaching and research in the humanities and the largest in terms of the structure and range of disciplines. It is also a significant international community fostering research, education and cultural interaction.

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the position of 


The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage.

The field of the position is fiction and its history across genre, language and cultural boundaries. The focus areas of the discipline include both the theories and methods of comparative literature as well as literature’s relationship with other arts and society. The appointee is expected to consolidate and promote research and instruction in the discipline as well as public engagement. The appointee must provide instruction related to their research topics, supervise final theses, master’s theses, research conducted by postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, lead research projects and promote the social impact of research results in their field. The applicant’s wide-ranging theoretical, historical and geographical expertise is considered an asset, as are diverse language skills. The position emphasises the interaction between literature, arts and cultures. 

The professor or assistant/associate professor will work at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies of the University of Helsinki. The group of disciplines includes comparative literature, aesthetics, musicology and theatre research.


An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor within the tenure track system shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. In addition, applicants for assistant/associate professorships shall demonstrate their capability and motivation as regards an academic career through publications and other means.

An appointee to a full professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and possess top-level scholarly qualifications and experience in the supervision of scientific research, along with the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching as well as to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills necessary to serve as academic leaders.

When assessing the qualifications of each applicant, attention will be paid to both scholarly and teaching qualifications. Scholarly qualifications include scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience as well as international elected positions. When considering the teaching qualifications of each applicant, attention will be focused on teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills as well as participation in doctoral education. The applicant’s leadership and interaction skills as well as activity in the academic community will also be taken into account.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he/she is expected to acquire moderate proficiency within a reasonable time after the appointment. Support for language studies is offered. 


The salary for the position will be based on levels 8−10 (professor) and 7 (assistant/associate professor) of the requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. Annual gross salary for a full professor varies between 64,000 and 96,000 euros, and for an assistant/associate between 50,000 and 68,500 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. Standard Finnish pension benefits and occupational health care are provided for University employees.


Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications a single PDF file that includes the following documents in English:

1) A curriculum vitae
2) A report (max. 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise
3) A report (max. 5 pages) on the applicant’s research activities (including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)
4) A report (max. 2 pages) on how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and focus his or her activities, if appointed
5) A numbered list of publications.

For instructions see…. 

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the Faculty may request them to submit up to 10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors.

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal


Further information on the position and the working environment may be obtained from Paavo Pylkkänen, Head of Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, paavo.pylkkanen(at) Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from Hanna Lotti, HR Specialist, hanna.lotti(at)

For information on the University of Helsinki as an employer and a description of the tenure track system please see .

In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment(at)

Due date

03.07.2019 23:59 EEST

Doctoral School Arts, Humanities and Law: ‘Human Action between Satisfaction and Obligation’

Ghent | 10-11 June 2019

Action is a key dimension of the human being. Situated beyond the mere adaptive or instinctive behavior characteristic of most animals, human action is crucially mediated by language. In this regard, the question on action can be formulated as follows: are the main reasons that lead people to act imaginary, symbolic, or grounded in the “real” world? Can we talk about conditions of possibility for human actions as such? To what extent are duty, social responsibility, pleasure and enjoyment constitutive to human action? What does it mean to say that the surrounding world mobilizes us for acting? In order to give an answer to these questions a multi- and  interdisciplinary approach is needed. This course offers PhD-students the possibility of acquiring knowledge and methodologic strategies from different disciplines in order to grasp the complexity of human action.

The programme also features a public lecture by Peter Goodrich (Cardozo Law School, New York), titled ‘Retinal Justices: Rats, Maps and Masks’. More information is available here.

Call for Papers: Memory, Word and Image: W.G. Sebald’s Artistic Legacies

Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture
12-14 December 2019, University of Amsterdam

Artists tend to work across disciplines and “art cannot be disciplined” (Hito Steyerl). Taking the case of W.G. Sebald’s interdisciplinary word and image practice on memory and presences of (migratory) lives as touchstone for our discussions, this conference seeks to foster academic, professional, artistic and public scholarship by exploring cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, findings, techniques, practices and theoretical advances in the areas of memory, word and image. Which role do art and literature play in this regard? The conference turns to a fascinating author, whose work resonates with questions of memory, interdisciplinarity and related artistic practice. Sebald was engaged with the “enigmatic difference” between material truth and historic truth that Jacques Derrida notes in Archive Fever. His literary prose, which exists in the interspace of poetry, novel, essay, (auto)biography, Shoah memorial and travelogue, contains meticulous reflections on non-human entities and natural phenomena. Sebald’s writing generates peculiar relationships between the world of words, objects and the world of images, manifested in his specific practice of embedding images into the tissue of the text. It is not surprising that artists have been among his most prolific interpreters. Sebald’s work serves as a model for current “writing with images” (Elkins) and interdisciplinary projects on the present-day aftermath of wars, as well as today’s plight of migrants and refugees. Exhibitions gathering Sebald’s artistic legacies multiply issues of memory and heritage relevant to this conference theme.

The conference invites scholars, artists and other practitioners with a stake in these questions to present papers, posters or workshops, which critically analyze these issues and especially consider the role of interdisciplinarity in their case studies. Topics include, but are not limited to considering memory and interdisciplinarity in relation to:

  • art’s responses to literature
  • politics of memory, identity and cultural imagination
  • writing with images
  • migration and borders
  • museums and (literary) exhibitions
  • politics of intervention and resistance narratives
  • artistic, writerly and scholarly strategies to deal with post-war realities
  • non-human witnesses of trauma
  • crossing disciplines to slow down reception

As keynote speakers are confirmed:

  • Prof.Dr. James Elkins (Chicago)
  • Prof.Dr. Hilde Van Gelder (Leuven)

Tacita Dean’s work on Sebald will be screened.

Convened by:

  • Prof.Dr. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, AHM / Art History, University of Amsterdam
  • Prof.Dr. Leonida Kovač, Academy of Fine Art, University of Zagreb. 
  • Dr. Ihab Saloul, AHM, University of Amsterdam
  • Dr. Ilse van Rijn, UvA, Sandberg Instituut, A’dam

This is the first in a series of AHM conferences on Memory and Interdisciplinarity.

Please send abstracts (250 words max), including a short bio (150 words max), by 20 June 2019 to Registration/coffee: 50 Euro; students 25 Euro




Metamodernism Conference (with a lecture by Will Self)

Radboud University | 3-5 July 2019

The conference is organized by Dr Usha Wilbers ( and Dr Dennis Kersten (, in collaboration with Prof. dr. Antony Rowland of Manchester Metropolitan University. This will be the final event of the Metamodernism AHRC project. For more information, please see

You can register for the conference via the email addresses provided above. We would like to draw special attention to the opening lecture by well-known British author Will Self, which will take place on Wednesday 3 July at 7:30pm in theater room C of the Elinor Ostromgebouw (admission is free).

Summer School ‘Law, Literature and Human Rights’

Groningen | 13-20 July 2019

Are you interested in taking a new perspective on human rights and discovering their hidden meanings in literature and law? Would you like to learn how contemporary interdisciplinary studies such as Law and Literature and Law and Humanities help to unveil the cultural and social message of human rights law? Would you like to spend a week discussing the cutting-edge ideas in the Law and Literature studies focused on dimensions of marginality, relations between human rights and sovereignty, literary meanings and hidden structures of the ECHR jurisprudence?

This summer school aims to engage with law and literature not only to consider how these fields treat human rights and engage in human rights discourse, but also to explore how human rights alter the face of both literature and law, particularly through modifying their aesthetic forms. In this sense, the school strives to shift the accent from a sentimental kind of discourse about human rights within Law and Literature to the comprehension of how we talk about human rights and how this manner of talking strengthens or weakens them.

More information available here

PhD Course ‘Translation and Cultural Transfer’

Ghent and Leuven | 11-13 June 2019

From 11 to 13 June 2019, a PhD course on “Translation and Cultural Transfer” will take place at Ghent University and KU Leuven/Campus Brussels. Keynote lecturers Diana Roig Sanz (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and Petra Broomans (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) will present theoretical models and methods for analyzing intra- and extra-textual aspects of cultural transfer processes in peripheral multilingual contexts.

The course is conceived as an interactive seminar. It is a combination of ex-cathedra lectures, hands-on methodological workshops, tutorials/short presentations by doctoral researchers, discussions, and preliminary reading.

PhD students can apply by 20 May 2019 by sending a 500-word abstract of their presentation to Call, full (preliminary) program and instructions for preparation are available here.

Post-docs and other university staff are welcome to attend lectures and discussions without actively participating. For practical reasons, we kindly ask you to register by e-mailing Anneleen by 20 May.

Registration Open for UU Humanities Graduate Conference 2019

Utrecht | 11-12 April 2019

The Utrecht University Humanities Graduate Conference 2019, What’s the Point? Impact and the Future of the Humanities, will take place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April 2019. The conference includes the UU Centre for Humanities Discussion on the Future of the Humanities, panels on impact in and outside of academia, and (R)Ma and PhD panels on our conference theme. There will also be keynote talks by Eleonora Belfiore (University of Loughborough) and Simon During (University of Melbourne).

Registration is free and includes lunch on Friday but conference places are limited so sign up fast to avoid disappointment! To do so, simply fill out our form via this link .

Note that the conference is aimed primarily at (R)Ma students and PhD candidates in all subdisciplines of the Humanities but more senior academics and other interested parties are very welcome to attend.

There are also spaces remaining in masterclasses with our keynotes Eleonore Belfiore and Simon During, organized together with NICA. Participating in these also allows you to earn ECTS. For further information on these and how to register, see:

For more information or to contact us, check out our website or email us at

Conference ‘Passing on: Property, Family and Death in Narratives of Inheritance’

Aarhus | 13-15 November 2019

“Passing On: Property, Family and Death in Narratives of Inheritance” seeks to explore the multiple ways in which literature deals with inheritance, from the Early Modern period until today, across national and linguistic borders. One of the conference’s main objectives is to open up for a comparative study of inheritance in literature and to encourage productive exchange between scholars of all forms of literature.

We invite 20 minute paper presentations that examine inherited wealth and other questions of inheritance through a variety of theoretical, thematic, and methodological approaches. Themes and topics might include (but are not limited to):

• Death and inheritance in literary works
• Last wills and testaments as forms of writing
• Inherited objects and heirlooms in literature
•Inheritance and emotion: Family, marriage and literary sentiment
• Heiresses and wealthy widows: Inheritance and gender
• Bastards and foundlings: Literary explorations of illegitimacy
• Inheritance and crime: From forged testaments to poisoned millionaires
• The narrative space of inheritance: Estates, global business and wandering heirs
• Literary explorations of religious and legal meanings of inheritance
• Narratives of inherited wealth, inequality and social mobility
• Politics of inheritance: Royal succession and forms of aristocratic power in fiction
• Rentier culture, patronage and literary production
• Critical and theoretical concepts of literary and cultural inheritance

To apply, please submit an abstract of approx. 300 words and a short biography to no later than 15 May 2019. Participants will be notified of the status of their proposal by 15 June 2019.

The conference is organized by Jakob Ladegaard, Julie Hastrup-Markussen, and David Hasberg Zirak-Schmidt from the research project “Unearned Wealth: A Literary History of Inheritance, 1600-2015” and funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.


More details here: Call for Papers_Passing on

PhD Conference ‘Alternative Geographies: New Perspectives on Art and Literature in a Global Age’

Aarhus University | October 7-9, 2019

Where is the center of the world within our present world order? What do geography and geographical location mean for our understanding of world literature and art? How do new transcultural relations, planetary outlook, new forms of cosmopolitanism and ecocriticism change our understanding of the role of literature and art in a global world? And how do art and literature depict and reflect on the meaning of old and new geographies?

In this graduate seminar we would like to explore a whole range of possibilities and problems related to geographical location and orientation for the study of art and literature. The aim is to tease out and discuss the problems of geography as they appear in art works and literature, to invite a comparative view on this and a methodological discussion on the importance and meaning of geography. We understand ‘art’ in a broad sense to include art, music, film, drama, visual imagery etc.


Confirmed keynote

Chengzhou He, Changjiang Distinguished Professor (Yangtze River Scholar) of English and Drama at Nanjing University.


Paper proposals

Abstracts (200-300 words) should be sent before June 25, 2019 to Karen-Margrethe Simonsen (, He Chengzhou ( and Mads Anders Baggesgaard:


More information: CFP Alternative Geographies

SMART-Workshop | Brain-Culture Interfaces: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Entanglement of the Human Mind and its Cultural Environment

28 February 2019 | University of Amsterdam | Doelenzaal, University Library, Singel 425

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers who work at the inter-section of the humanities, social sciences and cognitive neurosciences in order to systematically reflect on the ways in which we can investigate the shared boundaries – or interfaces, as we suggest to call them – between brain, body and culture. As a result of a paradigm shift in the sciences of brain and cognition in the last twenty years, human minds/brains are now seen by many as porous and intrinsically entangled with their social and cultural surroundings. This raises the conceptual and practical question how the interaction and entanglement of brain and culture can be investigated. We will explore in four panel sessions how researchers from different fields model and approach the entanglements of mind, body and culture and what the concept of brain-culture interfaces can contribute to the interdisciplinary discussion of these interactions.

Download the full programme here: Programme Brain-Culture Interfaces workshop 28 February