Studies (and Languages)


PhD, UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKIAesthetics, 2009. Learning from Venice: What a Unique City Can Teach About the Aesthetic. Supervisors: Arto Haapala & Ossi Naukkarinen. Opponent: Arnold Berleant. Secondary assessment: P. T. Karjalainen.

Licentiate of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, Aesthetics, 2003. Richard Shustermanin pragmatistinen populaaritaiteen estetiikka. [The Aesthetics of Popular Art of Richard Shusterman.] Assessment: Ilona Reiners & Simo Säätelä.

MA (& BA), University of Helsinki, Aesthetics, 1999.  Populaaritaiteen teorian esteettinen käänne. Alempien taiteiden filosofian synty. [The Aesthetic Turn in Popular Culture Studies. The Birth of the Philosophy of the Lower Arts.]

Major for BA and MA: Aesthetics (Arto Haapala). Minors: Semiotics (70 credits, Eero Tarasti) & Philosophy (Swedish, the department leaning towards idea history, 35 credits).


Research Visits and Exchange Studies

Richard Shusterman at TEMPLE UNIVERSITY Philadelphia US 2002 Spring semester, Visiting scholar. Grant: Academy of Finland.

UNIVERSITY OF PISA 1998-1999 Winter semester, Erasmus.

UNIVERSITY OF UPPSALA 1997 Spring semester, Nordplus.


Later Additions

2012-2015 60 credits of studies in Art University Pedagogy at AALTO UNIVERSITY.

2005-2007 25 credits (basic studies) of TAIKOPEDA pedagogical studies for art university teachers.

2009 Basic Studies (25 credits) in Museology and Material CultureUNIVERSITY OF TURKU (Open University).



1999 (6-7) Trainee: FINNISH-INSTITUTE AT LONDON UK. Supervisor: Jali Wahlsten.



FINNISH: My mother tongue and the main language of my everyday.

SWEDISH: My mother is a native Swedish speaker, I partly grew up in Sweden (Rinkeby Stockholm, Upplands Väsby, Haparanda) and I studied one term in Uppsala (1997), but still the language is and is not mine. It warms up my world but I make some mistakes in it. Close to native anyway.

ENGLISH: I work 90% in English, I did my MA trainee period in London (Finnish-Institute) and studied one term in Philadelphia (Temple, PhD studies), so I am used to work in English even if I need someone to do a language revision for my articles.

ITALIAN: I am partly specialized in Italian philosophy (Eco, Vattimo) and I studied one term in Pisa. I manage verbally and I read philosophy without any problems.

FRENCH: I lived one winter in Paris (2000-2001) but I cannot speak French. I read it, though, partly following my ability to read Italian. I cannot read Kristeva or Derrida, but I manage Liberation and books on idea history.

SPANISH: Studied Spanish in the early 2010s to the level that I was able to read Ortega y Gasset and Unamuno, though it was hard work. American Airline’s customer magazine did not pose any problems, though. I would need to brush up my skills if I had to get back reading in Spanish.

ESTONIAN: In the early 2000s I studied Estonian to the level that I could read a research article and a detective book in Estonian. Would need some practice to get back to that level though.

GERMAN: I have studied German a bit, and with the help of Swedish I manage to read philosophical or simple fictional texts, although it takes time.

DANISH: It is easy to learn to read Norwegian and Danish if you speak Swedish. I trained myself to do that at some point and I have read books in both languages.

NORWEGIAN: The same as with Danish…

LATIN: I studied latin 3 years as a hobby, and finished with an ability to at least slowly reading a bit of Gallic Wars.

HINDI: I am finishing my 2nd year of hindi now – and I am slowly being able to have small chats with simple sentences with my teacher, and sometimes to understand a sentence or two, or a signpost in Hindi language movies.

OTHER: I have studied Chinese (3 years), Japanese (intensive basics for Japanologists) and Russian (2 years). I have done  basic course in Somali language (2019).

WHEN RETIRED, I think I could work on Ancient Greek, Arabic and Hebrew.


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