“Life – A Tree with Three Intertwined Branches”

(Recording available on YouTube)

All life-forms on Planet Earth have a common evolutionary origin, but diverged rather early into two independent branches, bacteria and archaea, joined later by a third, eukaryotes, that began as a coalition of the other two. Eukaryotes have a more complex cellular organization, contain genomes that can accommodate huge amounts of information, and possess subcellular compartments called organelles, which are descendants of the ancient bacterial coalition partner. Some eukaryotes later evolved into multicellular organisms – the plants and animals that we are all familiar with. In this lecture I will look at how evolution has led both to diversity and to extreme conservatism of life-forms, allowing successful organisms to thrive. I will then look in more detail at the special properties of the organelles that I study, the mitochondria, which perform vital energy-related functions for virtually all eukaryotes. As an ancient relic that is vital for cell survival, mitochondria constrain the evolution of the eukaryotes that can be said to host them.

Howy Jacobs is currently the Director of the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki, and holds a professorship in Tampere. Trained in Cambridge, Glasgow and Pasadena, he has been in Finland since 1996, studying the relationship between mitochondrial dysfunction, aging and disease, and promoting new concepts that may one day have a relevance in medicine. He is a member of EMBO, Europe’s life sciences academy, a frequent contributor in the print and broadcast media in Finland and beyond, and has been recognized by many awards, both for his scientific and communications activities.



“Art in Becoming, Welcome to the Bureau of Poetics”

We are a counterforce to what bureaucracy has become in contemporary society. Bureaucracy risks closing down “becoming” by stopping the poetic processes and rejecting art as a part of life. In working towards our aim, we have created an unbureaucratic bureau: the Bureau of Poetics. The ideas behind this bureau originate in the phenomenological spirit of Gaston Bachelard, who already in the 1940s emphasized the importance of energizing human action through daydreaming and poetics. Bachelard showed that work that originates in daydreaming enables action that departs from the multitude of thousands of images and a will to act which also distances itself from instrumental repetition in life. The question is, how can this be played out in everyday life. Our mission in the Bureau of Poetics is to re-search and support the right to and possibility for daydreaming.

Pierre Guillet de Monthoux is Professor of Philosophy and Management at Copenhagen Business School, where he equally is Director of the CBS Art Initiative. He has initiated the CEMS schools faculty group for integrating Humanities and Arts in business education and is currently engaged in liberal art-based management research as a professor affiliated to Uppsala University Campus Gotland and to the Center for Art, Business and Culture at the Stockholm School of Economics. In his research, he focuses on making aesthetic philosophy and contemporary art bridge business and society, and on rethinking business education as critical curating facilitating art as experience. This made him co-found the Nomadic University at Åbo Akademi and conduct executive experimental art-based leadership workshops through ECAM, the European Center for Art and Management in Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Belgium.

Jenny Helin is Associate Professor at the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University in Sweden. Working in the areas of organization studies and philosophy, her current research investigates a poetic understanding of organized activities. Starting with her doctoral study, entitled Living Moments in Family Meetings, Helin has in different ways explored the interconnections between a becoming ontology and organizational life. She was one of the editors of the Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy & Organization Studies and she is passionately inquiring into generative ways of developing collaborative research methods and academic writing practices.


FRIDAY 25.8.

“The Author as a Norn – Becoming All-powerful while Battling Monsters”

(Recording available on YouTube)

A writer is a creator of worlds – a fantasy writer doubly so. Like the Norns of old Norse mythology the fantasy writer weaves the threads of life for humans and gods alike. How does one become a Norn? How does one take that step, claim that space, navigate between the monsters barring the way? What are the best tools to slay the beasts of self-doubt, self-awareness and idealization? What to do when the compass is broken and all the paths through the woods have disappeared and the sign-posts are painted by madwomen? And can you ever say you have become a writer or is it an eternal process?

Maria Turtschaninoff was born in 1977 and has been writing fairy tales since she was five. She is the author of six novels about magical worlds. She was awarded the Finlandia Junior and the Swedish YLE Literature Prize in 2014 and she is a two-time winner of the Society of Swedish Literature Prize. She has also been nominated for the 2013 and 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal.