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Jakke Holvas

Jakke Mikael Holvas
Born September 16, 1968, Turku

Master of Arts 1996, PhD 2009 (theoretical philosophy), University of Helsinki

FBC morning TV presenter 2011–13
Host of the FBC Radio Finland current affairs programme Ajantasa and FBC Radio 1 morning programme Ykkösaamu 2008–
Journalist for the TV programme T-Klubi 2006-07, Tarinatalo
Columnist 2004-06, Helsingin Sanomat
Journalist, features and Sunday-edition, 2004-06, Helsingin Sanomat

Member of Lektio, a cooperative specialised in organising lectures and producing articles and columns, 2005–

Photo: Jakke Holvas
Written by Jakke Holvas and Tero Juutilainen (ed.)

Translated by Matthew Billington

My Best Memories at the University of Helsinki

My best university memories are related to like-minded friends. We met at the main building hall, went to the canteen together and dug out books to lend to each other from our bags. We wrote about the new theories we had read, typed texts to science and culture magazines under the group name Teoriatehdas, and edited each other’s essays. There was endless pottering around and talking.

Jakke Holvas in one of the HOAS student accommodation houses in western Pasila during his studies.

I also took part in many study groups on Derrida, Nietzsche and Hegel. I even delved into the secrets of ancient Greek.

Arto Noro, a sociologist at the University, has particularly remained in my memory. After I had written a draft for an article, Arto drew large crosses over the first four pages. He then showed me the fifth page and said: “Start from here.” Noro believed in my doctoral thesis. He also told me about the great perch waters around Suomenlinna. One November day at the beginning of the 2000’s a Nietzsche translator and I caught 27 perch (Perca fluviatilis) there.

Herman Raivio and Jakke Holvas of the Teoriatehdas-group in the early 90's.


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