Barents Institute Visiting Professorships

Barents Institute occasionally appoints visiting fellows or professors based on their excellency of research on some of the fields central to the BAI. They are invited to stay at the institute in Kirkenes to do research, to interact with the permanent staff and students of the institute, and to contribute to BAI outreach and consulting business.
The objective of the visiting professorships is to enable distinguished academics to spend one to three weeks at the time at BAI in Kirkenes, with the possibility, if suitable, to return for such periods more than once. The Visiting Professor (VP) will enhance the skills of students present at BAI, contribute to the research and outreach of BAI, and participate in conceiving future research collaboration and proposals of the Institute, often jointly with the VP's home institution. There is no application process; the VP is called on the initiative of the Institute. The over-riding criteria for selection are first the academic standing and achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, secondly the ability to offer strategic research councel and finally his/her potential contributions to extending the networks of the BAI within the Barents Region and internationally.

The Barents Institute opened its series of visiting professorships in the fall of 2007. Dr. Lassi Heininen of the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, is titled Barents Institute Visiting Professor of Northern securities. His initial sojourn at the Institute took place during the first half of December 2007. Heininen is a prominent expert on the geopolitical dynamics of the circum-arctic. His has also contributed for several decades to outreach of arctic research in political and social sciences. He has organised Barents exchange in higher-education and been instrumental in establishing the Northern Research Forum. He has trained many experts through summer schools and in regular university courses in Scandinavia and NW Russia. He is expected to call again at the institute in the future as part of this visiting fellowship. Heininen has collaborated with the BAI even before its inauguration on both research and outreach; in particular the annual Calotte Academy travelling workshops and panel debates, organised by BAI and University of Lapland in recent years. Other joint initiatives include the developing of a new research programme called Northern Securities (NEG), together with the Dept. of political science at the University of Tromsø, the Karelian Institute of the University of Joensuu and the University of Akureyri, Iceland.

The second scholar to be invited as Visiting Professor to Kirkenes is Dr. Alexey Komarov, Head of the Centre for Nordic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Dr. Komarov is a long-standing expert on Scandinavian society, languages and culture. He has extensive experience from collaboration in Nordic research and publishing programmes; in Norway e.g. with the University of Oslo, the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies and in recent years the Barents Institute. Dr. Komarov is likewise a recognised expert on Scandinavia in Russia and widely engaged as lecturer and censor at various universities such as the Murmansk State Pedagogical University and Petrozavodsk State University. He co-organised the programmes of two symposia in Moscow in 2007 in collaboration, among others, with the Barents Institute: an international conference of the Delegation of the European Commission in Russia in March "Russia and EU: Past and Present" and a round table discussion at the Russian Academy of Sciences “Russia a part of Europe” on the occasion of the Norwegian Prime Minister's official visit to Moscow on 7-8th June.
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