Humanizing the Academy

HIEST Seminar January 18, 2022


Welcome to the first HIEST seminar of 2022. We will be discussing questions of academic work, academic wellbeing and “Humanising the academy”. The seminar will take place in English. For the Zoom link, please contact

Schedule (all times EET):

16.00 Opening words – Taina Saarinen
16.10-16.35 Jenna Cushing-Leubner, Mel M. Engman, Johanna Ennser-Kananen, Nicole Pettitt: Imperial straightening devices in disciplinary choices of academic knowledge production
16.35-17.00 Marko Turk: Life History Experiences of Early Career Scholars During the Professional Socialisation into the Academic Profession

17.00-17.10 break

17.10 – 17.35 Pekka Mertala, Tuomas Tervasmäki and Melina Aarnikoivu: Cruel optimism and academic dehumanisation (working title)
17.35 – 18.00 Taina Saarinen, Hanna Ennser-Kananen, Anu Salpakoski, Minna Tervo, Anduena Ballo: Why should we (not) talk about Academic Wellbeing?
18.00 -18.15 Taru Siekkinen: comments

18.15 – 19 Discussion