Sami Sjöberg


I am a researcher, translator and journalist holding a PhD in Comparative Literature. My current work as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki is interdisciplinary with a focus on Art Studies.

I am also an Adjunct Professor at the universities of Helsinki and Tampere, and one of the Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Avant-Garde Studies.

In addition to my research on surrealism and knowledge, 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 the alternative epistemologies cultivated in the avant-gardes, which have found fertile ground only in recent critical discussions.  

My main 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)
  • Book Studies and Artist’s books

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.