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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. http://www.helsinki.fi/russiaeasteurope/research.html


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.

Publications 1984 2018

Avtobiografii Mikhaila Chekhova: knigi 1928 i 1944-45 gg.

Translated title of the contribution: Autobiographies of Mikhail Chekhov: books of 1928 and 1944-45Byckling, L. I., 30 Mar 2018.

Research output: Conference materialsAbstractResearch

Charodei teatra v Helsinki: postanovki Yu. Lyubimova v Finskom Nacionalnom teatre v 1911 i 1992 gg.

Translated title of the contribution: Magician of the theatre: directions of Yu. Lyubimov at the Finnish National Theatre in 1991 and 1992Byckling, L. I., 5 Dec 2018, (Accepted/In press) Yuri Lyubimov. Teatr zhizni. Mezhdunarodnaya koncerenciia k 100-letiyu Yu. P. Lyubimova. Kolganova, A. (ed.). 1 ed. Moscow: Rossiiskaya gos. Biblioteka iskusstv, Vol. 12. p. 110 - 132 22 p. 12

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Helsingin yliopiston professori ja kirjallisuuden kontaktien välittäjä Jakov Grot

Translated title of the contribution: Professor of Helsinki University and creator of literary contacts Yakov Grot Byckling, L. I., 28 Dec 2018, In : Idäntutkimus. 25, 3-4/2018, p. 73-80 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Studii Mikhaila Chekhova v Los-Andzhelese (1949 - 1955)

Translated title of the contribution: Studios of Michael Chekhov in Los Angeles 1949 - 1955Byckling, L. I., 15 Sep 2018, In : Voprosy teatra. 2018, 1-2, 1-2, p. 326 - 352 27 p., 22.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Finliandiia: Teatr

Translated title of the contribution: Finland: TheatreByckling, L., 1 Apr 2017, Bolshaia Rossiiskaia Encyklopediia. V 35 t.. Kravec, S. L. (ed.). 1 ed. Moscow: Bolshaia Rossiiskaia Enciklopediia, Vol. 33. p. 399-400 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia / dictionaryScientific

Activities 1986 2018

Michael Chekhov and Spiritualism in Soviet Russia

Liisa Byckling (Speaker)
30 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Russian National Anthem

Liisa Byckling (Speaker)
14 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Talk on Russian-Finnish cultural relations

Liisa Byckling (Consultant), Mikhail Tolstoy (Consultant)
11 May 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Press / Media

Interview given to Aleksei Razumovskii: Russian theatre in Finland

Liisa Byckling


1 media contribution

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Russian Alexander Theatre in Helsinki 1880´s

Liisa Byckling


1 media contribution

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Michael Chekhov (Interview in Russian)

Liisa Byckling


1 media contribution

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Anton Chekhov in Finnish theatre (In Finnish)

Liisa Byckling


1 media contribution

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Michael Chekhov and his work in the West 1828 - 1955 (in Russian)

Liisa Byckling


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media