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Liisa Byckling, Doctor of Philosophy

1984 …2023

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Curriculum vitae


BA, University of Helsinki 1970.  

MA, University of Helsinki 1975.

Doctoral student, Leningrad, Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema,

Research Institute, 1976 - 78.


Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Slavonic Studies, University of Helsinki 2000.



Teaching and research

Teacher of Russian drama and theatre, University of Helsinki, 1981, 1985, 1997; University of Turku 1982; Theatre Institute, Helsinki, 1984, 1991.

Assistant in Russian language and literature, University of Helsinki, 1982 – 83, 1985 - 96.

Researcher, Department of Theatre Research, University of Helsinki, 1997 - 98.

Researcher and teacher, Renvall Institute, University of Helsinki, 2002; 2006 - .

Docent in Russian Cultural Studies, 2009.

Head of research project St.Petersburg – Helsinki, 2010 (Academy of Finland).

Researcher, Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki, 2011-2012.


Work abroad 

Visiting Scholar, The W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, Columbia University in the City of New York, 1986.

British Academy Visiting Fellow, Honorary Lecturer, University of Bir­mingham, Depart­ment of Drama and Theater Arts, 2007.

Visiting Scholar, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, 2008 - 2012.

Lectures on in English and Russian on Russian theatre and drama, especially the Russian actor and teacher of acting Michael Chekhov, Anton Chekhov, and Finnish theatre, at international conferences and seminars in Europe, Russia and the United States, 1992-.


Fields of Science

  • 613 Arts
  • Russian theatre
  • Émigré culture
  • Russian literature
  • Finnish-Russian cultural contacts
  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • History of Russian Theatre in Helsinki
  • History of Helsinki University

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.