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Pirkko Koski

Pirkko Kaarina Mirjami Koski
Born 22 December, 1941, Rural Municipality of Jyväskylä.

Librarianship qualification, 1963, University of Tampere.
Master of Political Science, 1964 (Literary History) and Master of Philosophy, 1980 (Comparative Literature, specialising in drama), University of Tampere.
Licentiate of Philosophy, 1989 (Comparative Literature, Drama), University of Turku.
Doctor of Philosophy (Theatre Studies) 1992, University of Helsinki.

Docent and Emerita 2008-, University of Helsinki.
Docent, School of Arts and Design 1998–2007.

Associate professor of Theatre Studies and Drama (fixed term) 1989–95, associate professor 1995–98 and professor 1998–2007, University of Helsinki.

Until 1979 librarian and research assistant for various employers; Acting director, Finnish Federation of Theatre Companies (3 years), 1977–84; Director, Theatre Museum 1981–88; theatre critic for Demari newspaper 1979–91

Publications, research projects and other academic activities
Research interests: Finnish theatre and theatre history, performance research and analysis, theatre and society

Awards and special achievements
Finnish Performing Arts, Gold Medal, 2001
First Class Knight of the White Rose of Finland, 2002

Written by Pirkko Koski and Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta (ed.)
Translated by John Calton

My Best Memories from the University of Helsinki

One of my best memories is from the Spring 2007 Conferment Ceremony, which would be my last before retiring at the end of the year. During the spring, MA students in theatre studies had gathered weekly in my thesis seminar. Our shared goal was that everybody would graduate and we would celebrate together at the ceremony. Therefore everyone was intensely supportive of each other and the last theses were finished in the eleventh hour. After the graduation ceremony, we gathered for a photograph on the steps of the Old Student House after midnight, much to the astonishment of a group of Japanese tourists. The University Chancellor also happened by, and was included in our photo.

Another memory is associated with a teaching situation. In the Advanced Studies Methodology seminar, two students always introduced two recent articles which the whole group had read for that session. Jutta Junnikkala and Misa Palander had been assigned Elin Diamond’s article collection Performance and Cultural Politics. The text was difficult, and included a feminist performance study. The students showed that they had read it carefully: they started the presentation by standing up and slowly opening their dark cardigans in unison. Underneath they were wearing identical T-shirts with the words Diamond Girls written in gold letters on the front--they had found them by chance in a department store. Their insightful performance relaxed everyone, including themselves, and perhaps made it easier for everyone to deal with the material.


Translated as coursework by Sara Jormakka, Saana Kallioinen, Tanja Koski, Suvi Lehikoinen, Tuomas Mäenpää, Emilia Mäkinen, Emma Niemi, Eerika Norja, Anu Piippo, Riina Vepsä, Saara Viitanen, Marilena Constantinou, Liisa Eloranta, Teemu Heikman, Marika Holmberg, Cecilia Ihatsu, Juliette Lempinen, Elviira Mattila, Sinimarja Niironen, Milla Rautio, Riikka-Liisa Salomaa, Sebastian Wandao & Elina Virros.

Revised by Nely Keinänen & John Calton

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