New research fellows appointed at IASR

Submitted on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 15:00

Rector Liisa Laakso has appointed the new Research Fellows for fixed-term periods at the Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) of the University of Tampere.

This year, the number of applicants rose by twenty-one. In all, 138 applications were submitted within the application period. The rise from the previous year was mostly due to the fact that fellowships were also available in the category of Professorial Fellows unlike last year.

The numbers of applications in each category:
- Category I, Professorial Fellow: sixteen applications (of which one, i.e. 6 per cent from international applicants)

- Category II, Senior Research Fellows: forty applications (of which nine, i.e. 23 per cent from international applicants)

- Category III, Postdoctoral Fellow: eighty-two applications (of which thirty-six, i.e. 44 per cent from international applicants)

In 2018, the members of the committee preparing the appointments consisted of professors Risto Heiskala (Chair, IASR), Jouni Häkli (Faculty of Business Studies), Mikko Lehtonen (Faculty of Communication Sciences), Pirjo Markkola (Faculty of Social Sciences) and Pirkko Pitkänen (Faculty of Education). Research Secretary Marjukka Virkajärvi acted as the secretary of the committee.

The committee decided to send the applications to six international experts who were asked for their opinion on the lists of the best applicants prepared by the committee. The lists of the best applicants included five applications in Category I, sixteen applications in Category II and nineteen applications in Category III. The referees were asked to provide shortlists of two in Category I and six in both Category II and III.

The overall assessment of the panel of referees reflects the perception that the level of the top ranked applicants is either very high or outstanding.

The new Research Fellows:

Category I, two one-year research posts:
Mäyrä, Frans: Empowerment and exclusion – Meaning and agency in contemporary game cultures
Väyrynen, Tarja: Corporeal peace. Bringing feminist theory to the study of peace
Reserve places:
1. Pösö, Tarja: Adrift with no protection from parents or the state: a critical case for children’s rights
2. Laitinen Arto: Social pathologies of robotization
3. Vinnari, Eija: Constructing accountability in CSR communication: Actors, mechanisms and moral landscapes

Category II, unrestricted area of research, a two-year fixed-term post from 1 August, 2018:
Ojala, Hanna: Biopolitics of ageing male body in the global North
Reserve places:
1. Vuolanto, Pia: Power dynamics and strategies of legitimation in the academisation of complementary and alternative medicine
2. Korpela, Mari: Expatriate childhood: Identities, agencies and mobility studies
3. Snell, Karolina: Moral (de)contextualization of health data use

Category II, Kone Foundation’s Senior Research Fellowship to engage in comparative or transnational study on the societies of the Baltic Sea region, two-year fixed-term post from 1 August, 2018:
Newby, Andrew G.: “Psychological proximity” and overseas aid during Finland’s Great Hunger Years c. 1856-1868
Reserve places:
1. Heikkilä, Heikki: Banal surveillance and the privacy paradox
2. Vuolanto, Pia: Power dynamics and strategies of legitimation in the academisation of complementary and alternative medicine
3. Korpela, Mari: Expatriate childhood: Identities, agencies and mobility studies

Category II, unrestricted area of research, one-year fixed term posts from 1 August, 2018:
Heikkilä, Heikki: Banal surveillance and the privacy paradox
Reserve places:
1. Vuolanto, Pia: Power dynamics and strategies of legitimation in the academisation of complementary and alternative medicine
2. Korpela, Mari: Expatriate childhood: Identities, agencies and mobility studies
3. Snell, Karolina: Moral (de)contextualization of health data use

Category III, unrestricted area of research, two-year fixed-term posts from 1 August, 2018:
Kaukko, Mervi: Educational research through the eyes of a refugee child
Pellander Saara: Family reunification and the intimate geographies of bordering
Vuorelma, Johanna: Moralising impulse in the language of foreign policy and its analysis
 Reserve places:
1. Gaweda, Barbara: The ‘double-beating’ of gender equality: colluding nationalist and neoliberal discourses in Eastern European politics
2. Menard, Rusten: Governing equality in the nation: Corpus-driven and critical discourse analyses of representation and identification on and around ‘equality’ in Finnish parliament plenary sessions from 2008-2016
3. Tynan, Avril: Without words: Understanding Alzheimer’s disease
4. Syväterä, Jukka: Authority of science in parliamentary policymaking: An epistemic governance perspective
5. Aaltonen, Mari: The changing care systems and the challenge of dementia and increasing longevity

Category III, unrestricted area of research, one-year fixed-term post reserved for an international researcher:
Gaweda, Barbara: The ‘double-beating’ of gender equality: colluding nationalist and neoliberal discourses in Eastern European politics
Reserve places:
1. Menard, Rusten: Governing equality in the nation: Corpus-driven and critical discourse analyses of representation and identification on and around ‘equality’ in Finnish parliament plenary sessions from 2008-2016
2. Tynan, Avril: Without words: Understanding Alzheimer’s disease
3. Kedra, Joanna: Students’ visual literacy skills across disciplines in Finnish higher education

In addition to the aforementioned researchers, the following fellows continue to work at IASR based on decisions made in the academic year of 2017-2018:
Category II.
- Ahva, Laura until 31 May, 2020
- Goings, Aaron until 31 July, 2019
- Mutman, Mahmut 30 October, 2020
- Schoenborg, Benedict until 31 July, 2019
- Yegenoglu, Meyda until 31 December, 2019
Category III until 31 July, 2018
- da Costa Custódio, Leonardo
- Könönen, Jukka

Four Permanent Fellows who do not receive a salary from IASR are also working with the Research Fellows: Jorma Sipilä, Pertti Alasuutari, Pirjo Nikander and Risto Heiskala.

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