Sami Sjöberg


I am a researcher, translator and journalist holding a PhD in Comparative Literature, currently working as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki. I am also an Adjunct Professor at the universities of Helsinki and Tampere, and an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Avant-Garde Studies (Brill).

In addition to my research on surrealism and epistemology, I am the principal investigator of the interdisciplinary research group Science, Literature and Research: Avant-Garde Encounters with Biology and Ecology (2019-2022). These projects map alternative modes of knowledge cultivated in the avant-gardes and the continuum of ideas reaching to our contemporary ecological situation.

My research interests and areas of expertise include:

  • Avant-garde theory and experimental literature
  • 20th-century French literature, philosophy and cultural history
  • 20th-century history and philosophy of science
  • Cultural Geography (especially transnationalism and literary history)
  • Artist’s books

My interest in the avant-gardes ranges from individual artists of the late nineteenth century via the historical avant-garde and the neo-avant-gardes of the 1970s to the more recent debates on experimental literature and art. I have published widely on Continental avant-garde literature and its relation to its contemporary cultural context, as well as contemporary European art and the poetics of the avant-garde. My academic articles as well as art essays and criticism have been published in English, French, Swedish and Finnish.