Lecture by professor Laura Kolbe: Finland 100

This year Finland is celebrating its 100th anniversary of independence proclaimed on 6th December 1917. As a part of these celebrations a lecture “Finland100 – Myths and Reality in the Building of a Nation 1917-2017” will be delivered by professor Laura Kolbe from the University of Helsinki. The professor, who is one of the leading historians in Finland with an impressive list of academic publications, is coming to the Czech Republic and Slovakia on the invitation of the Finnish Embassy in Prague. Her lecture will take place at Charles, Masaryk and Comenius universities.


THU 9th November 9.00-10.30 Comenius University, Bratislava
Faculty of Arts, Gondova 2, lecture room 236
In Finnish, interpreted into Slovakian.

THU 9th November 15.50-17.20 Masaryk University, Brno
Faculty of Arts, building J, room J22
In English.

FRI 10th November 10.00-12.30 Karlova univerzita, Praha
Faculty of Arts, Hybernská 3, room H303
In English.
The lecture will be followed by a moderated discussion.


Laura Kolbe earned her M.A. in history at the University of Helsinki and in 1989 she completed her Ph.D. Her thesis, Kulosaari – A Dream of a Better Future (1988) dealt with early suburbanization in Helsinki compared to other Scandinavian capitals, London, and Berlin. From 1983 to 1991 Kolbe worked as a curator for Mannerheim Museum in Helsinki and she is a member in the governing body of the museum. In 1994 Kolbe was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Helsinki, teaching urban, social and cultural history as well as the history of ideas. From 2006 she has been holding a position of professor of European history at the University of Helsinki. Throughout her academic career she has pubished extensivelly especially on the history of Helsinki and was a member of the editorial board of the monumental Finnish Cultural History I-V (2002-5).

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