SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar Series. Season 3: (Counter)Narratives of Reproduction

The SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar Series is back with its third season on (Counter)Narratives of Reproduction. Starting on Tuesday 25 January 16 EET.

We have some amazing speakers discussing all things reproduction, including academics, authors, and activists.

Registration link here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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SELMA wishes all of you happy holidays! We look forward to seeing you in 2022. Stay safe and healthy!

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Själö – Island of Souls (2020), by Lotta Petronella

10 December 2021, 16.30–20.15 – Armfelt, Arken (Åbo Akademi)

SELMA is pleased to invite you to the first instalment of Sensing Spaces of Confinement: Själö – Island of Souls by Lotta Petronella

A collaboration between SELMA, Åbo Akademi, Department of Comparative Literature (UTU), Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS), Cultural Memory and Social Change (UTU), and Kulttuurisen terveyden tutkimuksen yksikkö (UTU).

Link to registration


16.30–18.00: film screening: Själö – Island of Souls(dir. Lotta Petronella)

18.00-18.30: Lecture performance by Lotta Petronella

18.45-20.15: Roundtable with Lotta Petronella, Taru Elfving, Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, and Anna Ovaska, moderated by Marta-Laura Cenedese and Avril Tynan

(Coffee, cake and sandwiches will be available to registered attendees)

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Book Launch Week!

9 November, 15.00-16.00, Arcanum, Neuvotteluhuone (A229) and online &
11 November, 16, Arcanum A355/A357 (IN FINNISH)

Book Launch 1:

In this book launch event, the editors and contributors of the two recent edited volumes on engaging with trauma will present the books and discuss recent developments in trauma studies.

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma (ed. Colin Davis & Hanna Meretoja, 2020, Routledge)

Literary trauma studies is a rapidly developing field which examines how literature deals with the personal and cultural aspects of trauma and engages with such historical and current phenomena as the Holocaust and other genocides, 9/11, climate catastrophe or the still unsettled legacy of colonialism.

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma is a comprehensive guide to the history and theory of trauma studies, including key concepts, consideration of critical perspectives and discussion of future developments. It also explores different genres and media, such as poetry, life-writing, graphic narratives, photography and post-apocalyptic fiction, and analyses how literature engages with particular traumatic situations and events, such as the Holocaust, the Occupation of France, the Rwandan genocide, Hurricane Katrina and transgenerational nuclear trauma.

Forty essays from top thinkers in the field demonstrate the range and vitality of trauma studies as it has been used to further the understanding of literature and other cultural forms across the world.

Engaging with Historical Traumas: Experiential Learning and Pedagogies of Resilience (ed. Nena Močnik, Ger Duijzings, Hanna Meretoja, Bonface Njeresa Beti, 2021, Routledge)

This book provides case-studies of how teachers and practitioners have attempted to develop more effective ‘experiential learning’ strategies in order to better equip students for their voluntary engagements in communities, working for sustainable peace and a tolerant society free of discrimination.

All chapters revolve around this central theme, testing and trying various paradigms and experimenting with different practices, in a wide range of geographical and historical arenas. They demonstrate the innovative potentials of connecting know-how from different disciplines and combining experiences from various practitioners in this field of shaping historical memory, including non-formal and formal sectors of education, non-governmental workers, professionals from memorial sites and museums, local and global activists, artists, and engaged individuals. In so doing, they address the topic of collective historical traumas in ways that go beyond conventional classroom methods.

Interdisciplinary in approach, the book provides a combination of theoretical reflections and concrete pedagogical suggestions that will appeal to educators working across history, sociology, political science, peace education and civil awareness education, as well as memory activists and remembrance practitioners.

Book Launch 2:

Uuden etsijät -hanke kutsuu juhlistamaan vuosien tutkimustyön tulosta Turun yliopiston Historian, kulttuurin ja taiteiden tutkimuksen laitokselle torstaina 11.11.2021 klo 16.15. Paikkana on Arcanumin kolmannen kerroksen seminaaritila A355/A357 (Arcanumin katuosoite on Vatselankatu 2).

Uuden etsijät. Salatieteiden ja okkultismin suomalainen kulttuurihistoria 1880-1930 on ilmestynyt Teos-kustantamolta.

Samaan aikaan on ilmestynyt myös suomalaisen spiritualismin keskeisen vaikuttajan Helmi Krohnin elämäkerta Into-kustantamolta.Tervetuloa kanssamme juhlistamaan!
koko hankkeen ja molempien kirjojen kirjoittajien puolesta,parhain terveisin,Maarit

Tilaisuudessa kirjoja on myös rajallinen määrä myynnissä (käteisellä) – lisäksi Uuden etsijät-teoksesta on julkkariviikon ajan 8.11.-12.22. Teoksen verkkokaupassa tarjoushinta (25 e):

Helmi Krohnin ihmeellinen elämä -teosta on myynnissä Innon verkkokaupassa:

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On Monday 20 September, Prof. Rita Felski (University of Southern Denmark and University of Virginia) will give the online lecture “On Resonance” at 14 EEST (7 EDT, 12 BST, 13 CEST).

For an abstract of the lecture see here.

Attend on Zoom by following this link (Meeting ID: 676 4435 4625).

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We hope you had a lovely summer! 

SELMA welcomes you back for a semester full of exciting events! More information on the programme is available here.

You are invited to follow us on our Facebook page. The thematic collaboration Cultural memory and social change tweets at @UTU_cmcsSELMA Medical Humanities Seminar Series tweets at @SELMAMedHums

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The new SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar launches at the beginning of February!

The first series will deal with “Narratives of Illness”. The seminar is completely online and begins on 2 February at 16 EET. Prior registration is required.

For more information on the Seminar series, read here.

You can find more information on the programme and a link to register here.

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Seminar of Cultural Memory: Mediated Memory of Responsibility

18 November, 3–5pm (GMT)

For more information see here

All are welcome to attend this free event. Places are limited so please register in advance online. Registration is open here.

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30 October, 10 am (online Zoom event)

In this presentation, France Grenaudier-Klijn (Massey University, New Zealand) will discuss examples of the strategies, imagery, and rhetorical devices Anna Langfus has recourse to in her survivors’ narratives, which are all three centred around the question of post-Holocaust identity.

For more information on the talk and for the Zoom meeting details, see here.

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After an abrupt end to our activities during the spring, we are happy to be back with a very exciting series of events.

See the FALL 2020 PROGRAMME here.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook​ for regular updates!

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