Study Circles Coordinators

Study Circles Coordinators

Activities in NSU revolve around thematic Study Circles that run during a three-year cycle. Each circle has two coordinators who are appointed by participants and are responsible for organising the symposia.The Study Circles generate the academic content of NSU.

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Present Coordinators 2022:

Circle 1: Urban Studies: Between Creativity and Power

Laine Kristberga
Circle 1 coordinator


Anete Ušča
Circle 1 coordinator


Circle 2: Human-technology futures: making art, doing theory, shaking things up (Ad hoc circle 2022)

Eric Deibel
Circle 2 coordinator


Palle Dahlstedt
Circle 2 coordinator


Maru Mushtrieva


Circle 3: Hospitality and Solidarity: Feminist Philosophy in Thought, History and Action

Laura Hellsten
Circle 3 coordinator, NSU Board member 2020-


Nicole des Bouvrie
Circle 3 coordinator, NSU Board member 2019-

the Netherlands

Circle 4: Narrative and Violence

Marta Laura Cenedese
Coordinator Study Circle 4


Helena Duffy
Coordinator Study Circle 4


Circle 5: Racialization, Whiteness and Politics of Othering in Contemporary Europe

Anna Wojtyńska
Coordinator Study Circle 5

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Iceland.

Irma Budginaitė-Mačkinė
Coordinator Study Circle 5

PhD, Lecturer at Vilnius University, Lithuania.

Linda Lapiņa
Coordinator Study Circle 5

cand. psych., PhD, Assistant Professor of Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University, Denmark

Circle 6: Nordic Environmental Ethics

Mikko M. Puumala
Coordinator Study Circle 6


Teea Kortetmäki
Coordinator Study Circle 6


Circle 7: Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia

Heidi Seppälä
Coordinator Study Circle 7

Heidi Seppälä is a dancer, choreographer, dance researcher and pedagogue. 

Born in Finland in 1987 but since lived in 10 countries around the world, Heidi’s artistic work is rooted in multiculturalism and explores the complexities of freedom and imprisonment in both mental as well as societal level. 

Heidi holds a BA in dance pedagogue (Tartu University 2009), BA Dance Theatre (London 2012) and MA in dance anthropology (2019). She is currently a student of Uni-arts Helsinki’s pedagogical studies for teachers in the arts, and runs a new international initiative for de-colonising the art of dance.

Marina Velez Vago
Coordinator Study Circle 7

Dr Marina Velez Vago is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher based in Cambridge. UK. She was born in Argentina, lived in Spain, The Netherlands and the UK and travelled extensively. 

Marina is the founder and organiser of Cambridge Sustainability Residency  and the founder and curator of Sustainability Art Prize at Cambridge School of Art. 

Marina has co-edited two books about art and sustainability, MILK. and ROAR. She is a member of the Dalvazza Group at the Swiss Artistic Research Network and a member of the British Art Network. 

Marina holds a BA, a Masters and a Ph. D.  in Fine Arts and she lectures at Norwich University of the Arts and the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research title is ‘Exploring value, meaning and worth through five art projects in rural Spain’.

Circle 8: Futures of Education, Cultural Diversity, Imaginations and Collective Transformations in Time of the Anthropocene

Jasna Koteska
Coordinator Study Circle 8

Ph.D., Full Professor in Humanities University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia.

Oddbjørn Jensen
Coordinator Study Circle 8

High School Teacher, Hammerfest Videregående Skole, Norway.

Circle 9: Decolonizing social work (Ad hoc circle 2022)

Kris Clarke

Associate Professor, University of Helsinki
Faculty of Social Sciences, Social Work
Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ) affiliate
Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies, Urbaria (Kaupunkitutkimusinstituutti Urbaria)
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science affiliate

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Decolonizing Pathways towards Integrative Healing in Social Work

Circle 10: Art and creative practices as a tool to interpret, redefine and appropriate heritage of the Nordic-Baltic regions (Ad hoc circle 2022)

Svetlana Kondratyeva
Circle 10 coordinator
Alina Kalachova
Circle 10 coordinator

Circle 11: Environmental Aesthetics and Space based ethics of care (Ad hoc circle 2022)

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