10th Anniversary of Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies; 20.10.2011, Helsinki

10th Anniversary of Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
HCAS celebrates its 10th Anniversary on Thursday 20 October

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Thursday 20 October
What’s the Use? The Human Sciences in Contemporary Society
Venue: Unioninkadun juhlahuoneistot, Unioninkatu 33, Helsinki

09:30 Refreshments
10:00 Welcome words by Chancellor Ilkka Niiniluoto and Director Sami Pihlström

Discussion: ”What’s the Use of the Human Sciences?”
Chair: Sami Pihlström

Professor Paavo Hohti, CEO, Council of Finnish Foundations
Professor Marja Makarow, Chief Executive, European Science Foundation 

12:00 o’clock  Lunch break

2:00 p.m. Teach in: "Putting Use into Action: Research done by Collegium Fellows"

5-minute short presentations by HCAS fellows
Chair: Anne Birgitta Pessi

William van Andringa: Religion and Integration: Learning from the Roman Empire Experiences
Kathryn Edwards: The Science of Spirits
Pentti Haddington: Conversation Analysis and Traffic Safety
Maijastina Kahlos: Outsiders and Human Rights - The Heritage of Late Antiquity Sari Kivistö: Johann Balthasar Schupp and a Seventeenth-century Satirical Utopia of Useful Knowledge
Nikolay Koposov: History and Democratic Citizenship
Rogier De Langhe: Understanding the Nature of Mankind's Most Valuable Economic Resource: Knowledge
Alejandro Lorite Escorihuela: Our Laws over Animal Life: Thinking the Global Dominion
Kirill Postoutenko: Social Asymmetries: What They Are, And How They Shape Our Lives.
Simon Rabinovich: Setting and Navigating the Boundaries of Religious Autonomy in the Modern State (tbc)
Peter Swirski: Two Cultures... and the Twain Shall Never Meet
Thomas Wallgren: Search for Truth as Search for Oneself: Socrates and Gandhi on the Unity of Philosophy and Politics
Sirpa Wrede: Professionalism as an Inequality Regime in Globalising Care

3:30 p.m. Coffee break

4:00 p.m. Concluding discussion