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About the blog

The Practical Humanities blog explores the uses of research and knowledge in the humanities for problem-solving outside academia.

About me

My name is Maija Urponen, and I am currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, and the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT.

I am an academic professional with a PhD in Gender Studies and 15+ years of experience in academic and research administration (see my profile in LinkedIn). I am passionate about advancing the societal impact of the humanities and supporting researcher careers beyond academia.

About the project

The blog is a diary of a project that deals with the societal impact of the humanities. Solutions to complex global challenges require collaboration and exchange of knowledge between researchers from different disciplines, various types of stakeholders, relevant businesses and other organizations outside academia. Through interviews and ethnographic observation I am looking to understand the practice of collaboration and what kinds of services would be best suited to support it. In a word, how to better facilitate practical humanities?

The project is supported by the ASLA-Fulbright Mid-Career Professional Development Grant, co-funded by the Fulbright Finland Foundation and the University of Helsinki as my home institution.


Obviously, the views presented in the blog and on this website are my own and do not represent the Fulbright Program nor my host or home institutions.

Terms and conditions

If you would like to refer the blog posts in your own work, please use the following reference:

Maija Urponen, [insert title of the blog post], Practical Humanities, [insert link]. Last retrieved [insert date].

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