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Lars-Folke Landgrén

Walter Lars-Folke Landgrén
Born April 18, 1951, Helsinki.

Master of Arts, 1979, Licentiate of Philosophy, 1982, Doctor of Philosophy (Finnish and Nordic History), 1995, Master of Theology, 1996, University of Helsinki
Docent, Finnish and Scandinavian History, University of Helsinki, 1996-

Head of the Department of World Cultures 2010–, University of Helsinki
Vice-dean (with responsibility for societal impact) of the Faculty of Arts 2014–15, University of Helsinki
Head, Renvall Institute (for area and cultural studies) 2004–9, University of Helsinki
University Lecturer (Nordic Studies) 2001–4, Renvall Institute
Head Archivist 1998–2001, Brages Pressarkiv
Acting amanuensis 1995–6, Renvall Institute
Project planner, NOS-H funded research network, ”Nation-building in the North and the Problem of Borders in the Arctic Periphery”, 1993–5
Assistant, Scandinavian History, Renvall Institute, 1992–3, 1996–7

Researcher, Helsingin Graafisen Klub (Helsinki Graphic Club) funded Kirjapainotaito itsenäisessä Suomessa (Book design in independent Finland) project, 1986–92
Researcher and secretary of editorial board, J.V. Snellman’s collected works, 1983–6
Researcher, Academy of Finland-funded project on history of Finnish press, led by Professor Päiviö Tommila, 1980–8

Publications, research projects and other academic activity

Photo: Mika Federley
Written by Lars-Folke Landgrén (Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta, ed.)
Translated by John Calton

Department head, both fast and fair

Lars-Folke Landgrén is a Helsinki man, born and bred, whose family can be traced back on his mother’s side right back to the old town of the sixteenth century. His outlook on life is that of a humanist and democrat. As head of department his watchwords are equality, fairness and justice. Under his leadership the Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies was awarded in 2007 the University of Helsinki’s Maikki Friberg Award for equal opportunities.

Since 2010 Landgrén has served as the Arts Faculty’s head of the Department of World Cultures. The job entails management of personnel and budget and overall leadership of the department. In addition he has acted as vice-dean for the faculty with responsibility the University’s community relations, so-called ‘yhteiskunnalliseen vuorovaikutus’ or YVV. In these positions he has been a member of the Faculty Council and working group as well as many of the Faculty and vice-dean’s networked YVV initiatives. He is also a member of the University’s equality committee and on the executive board of the Eurooppa research network.

In his spare time Landgrén is a keen sports spectator and marathon runner. He has run marathons every year for 31 years, clocking up over 60 runs, more than half of them abroad. As for team sports, he is a die-hard supporter of HIFK (Helsinki), be it , ice hockey, football, bandy or handball.

Lars-Folke Landgrén is an enthusiastic marathon runner.​
Lars-Folke Landgrén is an enthusiastic marathon runner.​


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