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Lieven Ameel

Born 9.11.1978, Hasselt (Belgium)

Doctor of Philosophy 2013 (Finnish Literature, Comparative Literature), University of Helsinki & JLU Giessen (Germany)
Master of Arts 2006 (Finnish Language and Culture), University of Helsinki
Master of Arts 2000 (English and Dutch Philology), University of Ghent

Postdoctoral Researcher 2013–2016, University of Helsinki (funded by the Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation and the Kone Foundation)
Junior researcher/doctoral student 2008–2013, University of Helsinki, Finnish Literature
Translator and teacher 2001-

Recent publications, projects and other scientific activities
Research interests: City in literature, parkour, narrative planning

Helsinki Literature and the City Network founder and coordinator
Finnish Society for Urban Studies board member

Written by Lieven Ameel (Tomas Sjöblom, ed.)

My best memories from the University of Helsinki

As far back as I can remember, I always have been involved with the University of Helsinki – at least during my Finnish years. First as an exchange student, then as a majoring student, at some point as a teacher, a junior researcher, and currently as a doctoral researcher. I have met many of my best friends directly or indirectly through the University.

The day of my doctoral defence is one of the greatest memories I cherish, but there are others, too: my theatrical exploits at the Thespians Anonymous’ Midsummer Nights’ Dream and my other activities within various student organizations.  And then there are those small, but gratifying, moments when during teaching, everything falls into place. I have also cherished the little discussions during coffee breaks at symposia, when the seeds are laid for unforeseen cooperation that turns into friendship and new academic insights years later.

Some of the most inspiring moments at the University have been during activities of the Helsinki Literature and the City Network, a research network which I co-founded in 2011 and in which I act as coordinator. More recently, I have been involved in an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Helsinki with ‘urban layers of meaning’ as working title. Working together with people from different backgrounds is one of the most rewarding parts of a researcher’s job.

Photo: Mika Federley.​
Photo: Mika Federley.​


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