HANNAH ARENDT WORKSHOP

 

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The workshop will explore Hannah Arendt’s thinking particularly from the perspective of life narratives. The day will consist of a lecture by Professor Maria Tamboukou (University of East London) and other presentations by scholars working on Arendt. Workshop will be followed by book launch event.

Date & Venue: Tuesday 17 October 2017 at 11-15, Hovi, Artium

Please register for the seminar by sending an email to Nena Mocnik, nena.mocnik@utu.fi, by 13 October 2017.

PROGRAMME

11.00 Opening of the day (Hanna Meretoja and Maarit Leskelä-Kärki)

11.15-12.45 Prof. Maria Tamboukou (University of East London):

‘Who are you?’: narrative traces of uniqueness and plurality

12.45-13.30 Light lunch will be offered

13.30-14.10 Hanna Meretoja: Arendtian storytelling as a mode of non-subsumptive understanding

14.10-14.50 Aki-Elmeri Hyvönen: Understanding experience:  the limits and indispensability of narrative representation

At 15 Janus Hall: Book launch event

Kaisa Kaakinen: Comparative Literature and the Historical Imaginary: Reading Conrad, Weiss, Sebald. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Maarit Leskelä-Kärki: Toisten elämät. Kirjoituksia elämäkerroista. Avain, 2017.

Hanna Meretoja & Colin Davis (eds), Storytelling and Ethics: Literature, Visual Arts and the Power of Narrative. Routledge, 2017.

Nena Močnik: Sexuality After War: From Narrative to Embodied Research. Routledge, 2017.

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WITH LOVE, SELMA

I met Selma in spring, six years ago.  It was merely seven in the morning, and she was stirring dark and thick Turkish coffee in her tiny kitchen, while I quickly refreshed my face after a long night ride. An hour and a half later, I was about to meet a group of war rape survivors for a workshop.

As I was naive and enthusiastic about social change and active political participation, I was not exactly aware what I was going for. I met Selma for her story, instead I got her memory. And this memory is devastating; her testimony revealing too much of what in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina has been suppressed, denied and politically abused, that I was never able to call her by her real name in public. I substituted her name with what appears as one of the most common female names among Muslim community in the country, and only later I learnt that its origin comes from Arabic ‘salim‘ meaning peace. But there is nothing like peace in her life, in her mind, in her body. Every time we drink coffee we talk about garden and her grandkids. Because she has no words, and no language to describe what happened to her. “Nothing can describe the emotional heaviness but my body,” she would repeat again and again, “because the body, not the words, the body is where the battle was performed”. This memory of her was for me the invitation to start exploring and working with those telling bodies of survivors to find the words, and perhaps – how ambitious I was! – to develop a language that would capture their stories as they live and feel them. And they want them to be heard.

Six years ago I planned a quick stop, to collect the evidence about the mass war rapes that were happening in Balkans during the war in the 90s, to have a story to tell and perform afterwards. Weeks and months and years passed without me realizing I have never really left. The more time I spent with those women, the more I read and experienced, the more their traumatic memory imperceptibly embedded in my body too. But at one point, my body was full. There was no room left to witness another story. Survivors’ testimonies of abuse started to impact my visions, my mistrust in the world, the fear and the disgust. I needed to find the extension to my memory, to my body, the storage, where those stories would remain alive and heard. My initial despair transformed over time into engaged resistance to break down those toxic narratives that continuously, subconsciously but incredibly effectively contribute to damaging generations of girls and women around the world.

It’s July 2017, Finland is pleasant, green and warm, and I am writing an email to Selma. Still full of excitement about all the new around me, I am explaining her about my move to far North, away from never-ending conflict to almost-absolute peace. I am writing her how I finally found a word – experientiality! – that describes how to make sense of all those stories and memories I collect every time when I meet with her and the group. She comes back to me in her typical, sweet-bitter and cynical but motherish voice:

You see, you ran away from us, but Selma is after you! I told you, once you are dragged in, you can never escape from this. We are poisonous! Take care my dear, and come visit us soon again,

With love, Selma.

I will, dear Selma, because next year will just be full of stories to make new memories! And experientiality? This I need to learn.

Nena Močnik is the first post-doctoral researcher at the Selma Centre. She is an author of »Sexuality after War Rape: From Narrative to Embodied Research« (Routledge 2017). During her time in Finland, she works on her new research »I will not raise my child to kill your child: Motherhood, collective memory and the continuum of sexual violence in the aftermath of war In Fall Semester 2017 she is teaching the course Social Justice and Critical Performative Dialogues that combines experiential body-based learning, critical pedagogies and liberal arts. The social art projects designed by students will be presented in the frame of TransEuropa festival, October 21st, 2017 in Turku.

Nena Močnik will give the first SELMA lecture this autumn, entitled “I will not raise my child to kill your child.” Motherhood, collective memory and the continuum of sexual violence in the aftermath of war” (Thu 7.9. at 2 pm, Minerva, Art History seminar room E221) 

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SELMA’s Autumn 2017 programme

You are warmly welcome to attend SELMAs seminars, workshops and other events – information will be updated and you will find the most updated programme here

SELMAs panel Travelling texts at Aboagora in June 2016

Thu 7.9. at 2 pm, Minerva, Art History seminar room E221 (Univ. of Turku Sirkkala campus)
Lecture: Dr. Nena Mocnik (TIAS, SELMA; Turun yliopisto): “I will not raise my child to kill your child.” Motherhood, collective memory and the continuum of sexual violence in the aftermath of war

The lecture focuses on the questions of collective trauma in war-rape survivors’ families and its impact to reconciliation processes in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina. The initial premise is built on the current marginalized socio-political status of women survivors, now-mothers, and investigates how their testifying, or sharing their violent past through their storytelling might impact the ideas, perceptions, behavioral patterns and understanding of gender-based violence, cultural scripts of sexuality and violence among descendants and how this furthermore affects also unsuccessful reconciliation and peace-building in the region.

Ti 26.9.2017 klo 17-18.30, Turun kaupunginkirjaston pääkirjaston tietotori

Turun filharmonisen orkesterin Change2017-sarjaan kuuluva luento:

Trauma, muisti ja taide – kohtaamisen tiloja. Satyagraha

Lisätietoja: http://www.tfo.fi/fi/change2017

Vapaa pääsy

Akhlad Al-Mudhafar, runoilija
Aziza Hossaini, ohjaaja-käsikirjoittaja
Päivi Kosonen, kirjallisuustieteen dosentti, kirjallisuusterapeutti
Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, kulttuurihistorioitsija, dosentti
Hanna Meretoja, yleisen kirjallisuustieteen professori
Laura Sillanpää, nukketeatteritaiteilija, sanataiteilija

Tue 17.10. at 11am – 16pm (Sirkkala campus, location TBA)
Hannah Arendt Workshop

The workshop will explore Hannah Arendt and her thinking particularly from the perspective of life narratives. The day will consist of a lecture by professor Maria Tamboukou (University of East London) and other presentations by scholars working with Arendt. Further information will be updated during September.

Maria Tamboukous lecture is entitled ‘Who are you?’: narrative traces of uniqueness and plurality

Extra reading for the workshop (related to Tamboukou’s lecture in particular):

  • Kristeva Julia: ‘Life is a Narrative’. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001.
  • Arendt 1968: Men in Dark Times. New York: Harvest Books (the preface and the section on Rosa Luxemburg and Isak Dinesen are particularly relevant)

1.11. Tutkimustapaaminen yhteistyössä sosiaalitieteiden laitoksella toimivan “Kulttuuri ja vuorovaikutus” -tutkimusverkoston (KULTVA) ja Kulttuurin ja terveyden tutkimusyksikön (KTT) kanssa. Yhteisen seminaarin aiheena on kokemus ja kerronta.

Fri 17.11. 12 pm
Workshop: Historical Imagination, Futurity and Narrative Form

Dr. Kaisa Kaakinen (Comparative Literature, University of Turku): “Historical Biographies and Relational Imagination in Contemporary Literature”

Dr. Natalya Bekhta (Comparative Literature, University of Helsinki): “Imagining Alternative Futures: Ghosts and Saviours in Post-Soviet Fiction”

Round-table discussion:
After their individual lectures, Kaisa Kaakinen and Natalya Bekhta will discuss current methodological challenges in the comparative analysis of literary form and cultural imaginaries. The following topics will be addressed in the discussion, in dialogue with the questions from the audience: how historical narration and memorial forms intersect in literary narratives with emerging ways to imagine the future, how we should take into account both local and global contexts of literary production and reception in the age of globalization, and how we should respond to challenges of scale and (semi-)periphery in comparative studies.

 

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Lecture: Dr. Nena Mocnik (TIAS, SELMA; University of Turku): “I will not raise my child to kill your child.” Motherhood, collective memory and the continuum of sexual violence in the aftermath of war

Thursday, 7.9. at 2 pm, Minerva, Art History seminar room E221

Dr. Nena Mocnik, SELMA’s first postdoctoral researcher working at TIAS, focuses in her lecture on the questions of collective trauma in war-rape survivors’ families and its impact to reconciliation processes in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina. The initial premise is built on the current marginalized socio-political status of women survivors, now-mothers, and investigates how their testifying, or sharing their violent past through their storytelling might impact the ideas, perceptions, behavioral patterns and understanding of gender-based violence, cultural scripts of sexuality and violence among descendants and how this furthermore affects also unsuccessful reconciliation and peace-building in the region.

This study is the continuation of the lecturer’s previous work about narratives and social imaginary of war-rape survivors and is captured in forthcoming book “Sexuality after War Rape: From Narrative to Embodied Research” (Routledge, 2017).

(available here: https://www.routledge.com/Sexuality-after-War-Rape-Embodied-Research-in-the-Aftermath-of-Desire/Mocnik/p/book/9781138293694.)

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Seminaari: Kertomusten vaarat ja hyödyt

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Aika: Perjantai 19. 5. klo 11:15-17

Paikka: Turun yliopisto, Sirkkalan kampus / Minerva, Taidehistorian seminaarisali E221, Kaivokatu 12, 2. krs

Ohjelma:

Klo 11.15-12.55

Professori Hanna Meretoja, Turun yliopisto: Avaussanat

Hanna Meretoja: ”Kertomusten hyödyt ja vaarat: kuusi mittapuuta”

Dosentti Maria Mäkelä, Tampereen yliopisto: ”Varo kertomusta: 10 teesiä”

FT Jukka Mikkonen, Tampereen yliopisto: ”Kertomusten hyödyt: tulkinta vs. käyttö”

FM Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen, Jyväskylän yliopisto: ”Kertomukset ja politiikan teoria”

Klo 12.55-13.55 Lounas

Klo 13.55-15.00

FT Laura Karttunen, Tampereen yliopisto: ”Laaja ja kapea instrumentaalisuus Deweylla ja monitieteisessä kirjallisuusopetuksessa”

Ph.D. Kaisa Kaakinen, Turun yliopisto: ”Historiallisesta kerronnasta ja kertomusmuodon haasteista ylirajaisessa kaunokirjallisuudessa”

FM Jouni Teittinen, Turun yliopisto: ”Olipa kerran katastrofi: apokalyptisen fiktion ongelmista ja mahdollisuuksista”

15.00-15.30 Kahvi

15.30-16.30

Dosentti, kirjallisuusterapeutti Päivi Kosonen, Turun yliopisto: ”Kertomus kirjallisuusterapeutin työssä – mahdollisuudet ja vaarat”

Dosentti, erikoistutkija Johanna Kaakinen, Turun yliopisto: ”Kun lukijan sydän hyppää kurkkuun ja silmät pullistuvat päästä. Psykofysiologiset laboratoriomenetelmät luetun ymmärtämisen tutkimuksessa”

FT Anu Laukkanen, Turun yliopisto: ”Kertomukset taiteeseen osallistumisen vaikutusten evidenssinä”

16.30-17.00 Loppukeskustelu

Ilmoittaudu seminaariin 15.5. mennessä sähköpostitse osoitteeseen karika(at)utu.fi.

Järjestäjät: SELMA Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory, Turun yliopisto, ja Narrare: Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies, Tampereen yliopisto

 

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Päiväkirjasymposium

Autenttisuuden jäljillä(kö?): Päiväkirja, minuus ja historia

Aika: Torstai 18.5.2017 klo 9.30–18.00 + illanvietto
Paikka: Turun yliopisto, Sirkkalan kampus / Minerva, Taidehistorian seminaarisali E221, Kaivokatu 12, 2. krs.

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Ohjelma

9.30 Aloitus

9.45–10.45
Professori Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen, Turun yliopisto
Päiväkirjat ja Suomen varhaismoderni historia 1750–1850
Dosentti Anna Kuismin, Helsingin yliopisto
Kalenteri, kronikka ja huolilaulu: päiväkirjan esihistoriaa 1800-luvun Suomessa
FT Juha-Matti Granqvist ja FT Sofia Gustafsson, Helsingin yliopisto
Carl Tersmedenin Lefnadsjournal – faktaa vai fiktiota?

10.55–12.15
FM Topi Artukka, Turun yliopisto
Hovioikeudenneuvos Johan Petter Winterin (1788–1872) päiväkirja
historiantutkimuksen lähteenä
FT Heli Rantala, Turun yliopisto
Tila ja ruumiillisuus 1800-luvun alun nuorten miesten päiväkirjoissa
FM Minna-Liisa Salonsaari, Turun yliopisto
Panelialaisen itsellisen Juho Kustaan päiväkirja 1800-luvun lopulta
FM Taneli Hiltunen, Turun yliopisto
Mahdistisodan (1881–1899) brittisotilaat päiväkirjanpitäjinä

12.15–13.15 lounas (omakustanteinen)

13.15–14.15
Dosentti Päivi Kosonen, omaelämäkertatutkija, kirjoittajaohjaaja ja kirjallisuusterapeutti
Päiväkirjakirjoittaminen itsestä ja maailmasta huolehtimisen välineenä.
Lajihistoriallinen panoraama

14.30–15.30
FM Karoliina Sjö, Turun yliopisto
Kirjoitettu ja kerrottu minä. Kirsti Teräsvuoren (1899–1988) päiväkirjakertomus
Dosentti Kirsi Tuohela, Turun yliopisto
“Elämän takapihat”. Mielisairaalapäiväkirjat ja historia
FT Katja Hyry, Lapin yliopisto
Tuberkuloosi perhebiografian valossa

15.30–16.00 kahvi

16.00–17.40
FM Susanna Lahtinen, Turun yliopisto
Pelottava pimeys ja kaunis kuutamo – merkitysten ja kokemusten tavoittaminen matkapäiväkirjoista
FM Ritva Larva-Salonen, Turun yliopisto
Vain peruna puuttuu puhtaaksi kirjoitettu suomalainen matkapäiväkirja
1950-luvun Japanista
FM Emilia Syväsalmi, Turun yliopisto
Matkakertomuksista syvimpien tunteiden tulkiksi: Kapteenien vaimojen valaanpyyntialuksilla kirjoittamat päiväkirjat historiantutkimuksen lähdemateriaalina
FM Anna-Leena Perämäki, Turun yliopisto
Vainojen varjossa rakennetut päiväkirjatekstit: Toisen maailmansodan aikaiset nuorten juutalaisnaisten kirjoittamat päiväkirjat (kulttuuri)historiallisen tutkimuksen
lähteenä ja kohteena
Dosentti Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, Turun yliopisto
Päiväkirja lähellä ja kaukana – etiikan ja intiimin rajoilla

Loppukeskustelu

n. klo 18 eteenpäin päiväkirjaklubi ”Soivat tekstit”, vetäjinä Karoliina Sjö ja Lauri Lehtosola, illanvietto (Mediatutkimus harjoitusteatteri E321)

Päiväkirjasymposiumin abstraktit

Ilmoittaudu mukaan symposiumiin perjantaihin 12.5.17 mennessä täällä

Tervetuloa!

Järjestäjät: Kulttuurihistorian oppiaineen Sukupuoli, kirjoittaminen ja tekstuaalisuus -tutkimusryhmä sekä SELMA-tutkimuskeskus

Tapahtuman Facebook-sivut

Symposiumia ennen: “Lukisitko minulle päiväkirjaasi?” keskiviikkona 17.5.2017 klo 17–19 Pienessä Kirjapuodissa (Yliopistonkatu 28, 20100 Turku). Järjestäjänä toimii Suomen Kirjallisuusterapiayhdistyksen Turun aluejaosto. Tapahtuma Facebookissa

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Guest lecture by Dr. Samira Saramo on Loss in Finnish North American Life Writing

Organised by SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory & Research group Gender, Writing and Textuality (Dept. of Cultural History)

All interested warmly welcome!

Students can use their academic lecture pass

12.4., Wed at 14.15-15.45 at Litzen, Minerva, Sirkkala

Guest lecture by Dr. Samira Saramo:

Loss in Finnish North American Life Writing

Life writing has been a primary tool for people to work through loss. In the context of twentieth-century migration, the death or disappearance of a loved one raised questions about a person’s place and sense of continuity, and challenged the process of identity maintenance. Letter correspondence with friends and family in the home community, then, offered a platform for making sense of grief and connection. Engaging in memoir-writing could, even years later, allow life writers to confront the rupture of loss and re-script their experience.

This lecture analyzes diverse narrations of loss in the personal letters and autobiographies of Finnish North Americans from 1900-1960. The studied life writing highlights the emotional, physical, and practical responses to death and loss. Though very intimate, loss often also served to solidify collectives, shaped by ethnicity, gender, and class. The lecture aims to push dialogue on life writing study by questioning why the personal letters of ordinary people have faced an uneasy reception within the field. Bridging personal letters and autobiography, the theme of loss provides an opportunity to critically engage in the form and content of these source types.

BIO:

Dr. Samira Saramo is Research Fellow at the John Morton Center for North American Studies at the University of Turku and holds a Ph.D. in History from York University (Toronto, Canada). Saramo’s multidisciplinary research focuses on ethnicity, gender, emotion, violence, place-making, and social movements in both historical and current contexts. Analyzing personal letters, memoirs, and social media narratives, Saramo is particularly interested in the form and accompanying challenges of life writing research. Her current project, “The End of Life and the Birth of ‘Finnish North America,’” is funded by the Jenny & Antti Wihuri Foundation.

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