Past Events

FALL 2018

22 November, 13-18


Miten elämästä tehdään fiktiota? Saako elämästä ylipäätään tehdä fiktiota ja kenen ehdoilla se tapahtuu? Mikä on eettinen vastuumme menneisyyden ihmisistä tehdessämme heistä taidetta? Minkälaiseksi elämän ja fiktion välinen suhde muotoutuu autofiktiossa, entä omaelämäkerrassa, päiväkirjassa, romaanissa tai vaikkapa kirjeenvaihdossa? Tässä iltapäiväseminaarissa pohdimme elämän ja fiktion suhdetta niin eri kirjoittamisen muodoissa kuin taiteen (kuten teatterin ja elokuvan) tekemisen prosesseissa. Puhujina on niin tutkijoita kuin eri taiteenalan tekijöitä.
Päivä päättyy Ooppera Skaalan Monologi-koneoopperaan, tulkintaan runoilijan elämästä, teoksessa Edith Södergran – Vierge Moderne, Aurinkobaletin tiloissa klo 19 (lipun hinta 30/20 e, varaukset ilmoittautumisen yhteydessä.)

Voit ilmoittautua tapahtumaan ja varata itsellesi lipun illan esitykseen 9.11. mennessä täältä

13.15 Avaus, elämäkertatutkija, kulttuurihistorian dosentti Maarit Leskelä-Kärki
13.30 “Näytelmän henkilö – historia, aika, esitys”, dramaturgi Seppo Parkkinen
14.30 “Pitsihattu likalätäkössä”, taiteilija-tutkija, filosofian tohtori Elina Saloranta
15.15 Kahvitauko
15.45 “Autofiktio, Knausgård ja meidän Knasu”, kirjallisuusterapeutti, kirjallisuudentutkimuksen dosentti Päivi Kosonen
16.30 “Eläytyminen kirjailijan metodina. Ellen Thesleffin fiktiivinen päiväkirja”, kirjailija Pirkko Soininen
“Fiktio elämäkertatutkijan välineenä”, tutkija-tietokirjailija Hanna-Reetta Schreck
17.15 “Volter ja Hilja – kirjeistä kirjaksi ja draamaksi”, viulisti, elämäkertatutkija Laura Kokko
19 November 2018, 8.30-17.30, Agora lecture hall XXII (University of Turku)


Co-Organized by Turku Institute of Advanced Studies 
This one-day symposium brings together researchers of future narratives from across disciplines. Its focus is on representations of city futures across a range of genres, from literary fiction to futures scenarios, policy, and urban planning. It aims to examine the language, narrative frames, and metaphors with which future cities are told, and the implications of such discursive strategies.
09.00-09.10 Welcome & introduction
09.10-10.10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Paul Dobraszczyk
Paul Dobraszczyk is a teaching fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. His most recent book project is Future Cities, Architecture and the Imagination (Reaktion, 2019). He has published widely on visual culture and the built environment, with recent books including The Dead City: Urban Ruins and the Spectacle of Decay (IB Tauris, 2017); London’s Sewers (Shire, 2014); and Function & Fantasy: Iron Architecture in Long Nineteenth Century (Routledge, 2016). He is also a visual artist and photographer.
Forecasting to ensure the safety of society, Vesa Valtonen   
Ecological city visions and their impact on the development of Chinese cities, Outi Luova   
Zoning Versus Private Action: Planning Texts and Urban Futures in St Louis and Houston, 1910–1960, Jason Finch  
Future visions of the region Kotka-Hamina, created during the planning of the master plan , Kaisa Granqvist
11.45-13.00 LUNCH
Thirty Years of Imaginary Los Angeles. Climate Change and the Retrofitted Megalopolis in Blade Runner (1982) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Kimi Kärki    
Reading for Ruins: On the Post-Apocalyptic Tense and Context, Jouni Teittinen 
The flood of 1862 in Viennese humorous magazines: Jokes and cartoons about natural catastrophe as means of urban improvement, Heidi Hakkarainen
Participatory design fiction and future cities, Johanna Ylipulli   
Agency in Urbanizing Finland, Hanna Heino   
From co-creation to agency in urban futures, Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé  
Agency, Voices and Visions for Preferable Futures: Ethnographic research on the World Heritage Site Suomenlinna, Pauliina Latvala-Harvilahti
‘Small Island States and their Little Capitals: Lessons for Climate Resilience?’, Milla Vaha                                                          
Methods, approaches and things ahead in Imagining City Futures across Disciplines
Please register by 12.11. via this link.
Organizer: Lieven Ameel / /
Should you request more information about the event, please contact directly the coordinator, Lieven Amel (
7 November, 10-15, University of Turku (10-14: E225 & 14-16: E119, Minerva, Kaivokatu 12)


by Colin Davis, Royal Holloway, University of London & University of Turku
While ‘trauma’ once referred to a physical wound requiring medical treatment, the term has now mutated and spread so that our entire global culture is sometimes characterized as traumatic or post-traumatic. Modern trauma theory grew out of the medical and legal concerns of the nineteenth-century industrial revolution, but in the twentieth century it became increasingly psychological as trauma was theorized in response to the experiences of soldiers returning from the two World Wars and the Vietnam War. In the humanities, trauma theory is linked to the effort of literary critics and theorists, such as Cathy Caruth and Shoshana Felman, to show that poststructuralist and psychoanalytic practices could elucidate experiences and works which are of the most raw ethical importance, such as those referring to the Holocaust or other cases of terrible historical suffering. There is, though, no easy consensus about the history, causes, meaning and applicability of the theory of trauma.

This workshop addresses some of the questions that trauma studies currently faces from different directions. Trauma studies has been accused of privileging a naively literal view of trauma’s psychic imprint and neglecting competing theories; by focussing on the impasse of the individual psyche it risks entailing a withdrawal from the social field; by its focus on catastrophic events, much of trauma theory seems to ignore the traumatizing processes and structures to which women, various ethnic groups and other underprivileged people are subjected to on a daily basis; by stressing the unspeakability of traumatic may devalue the endeavors of those who have an urgent story to tell and overlook the possibility of empathy; it can be seen to encourage a victim culture; and it seems to be fixated on melancholia and the endless repetitiveness of acting-out rather than the healing processes of mourning and working-through. Moreover, with its foundation in the medical and legal concerns of the industrialized West during a particular period of its development, can it then be applied to other periods and cultures, or do such periods and cultures call into question the universalizing inclinations of some work in trauma studies? What are the benefits and limits of the concept of trauma in addressing legacies of violence in the contemporary world? How should we rethink the notion of trauma in the light of recent debates on the inadequacy of the perpetrator–victim binary in dealing with these legacies?

The workshop explores the current state of trauma studies, its challenges and its potential, and its future directions, in dialogue with other interdisciplinary fields of research such as cultural memory studies and narrative studies. We invite both theoretical papers and critical discussions of particular applications of trauma theory.

The workshop is meant for MA students and researchers of all stages, including PhD students. In Comparative Literature, the workshop fits the study module “Cultural Memory and Trauma Studies” and PhD studies.

Registration for this event is now closed.
6 November 2018, 14.30-16.15, University of Turku (E225, Minerva, Kaivokatu 12)


This kick-off event will introduce and discuss SELMA’s new Academy of Finland project IDENTITY WORK: NARRATIVE AGENCY, METANARRATIVITY AND BIBLIOTHERAPY, which is part of the Consortium INSTRUMENTAL NARRATIVES.  The sub-project of the team in Turku focuses on the uses and abuses of narrative in the construction of lives and identities. Over the past few decades, the notion of “finding one’s own narrative” has pervaded the culture at large. In response, contemporary narrative fiction has increasingly come to reflect on the problematic uses of narrative in identity work. Our team brings into dialogue contemporary story-critical fiction and the broader uses of narrative in contemporary consumer culture in which narrative identity is often understood in narrow, limiting, and commercially motivated ways. It examines the relationship between narrative and identity from two interlaced perspectives: in relation to 1) metanarrativity and 2) the uses of narrative in promoting wellbeing.
The project will be introduced by the PI of the Turku team, Hanna Meretoja, and the sub-projects of the teams in Tampere and Helsinki will be briefly introduced by their PIs, Maria Mäkelä and Merja Polvinen. After the introductions, the aims and key issues of the Turku team will be discussed in a roundtable by the project members Marta Cenedese, Colin Davis, Johanna Kaakinen, Eevastiina Kinnunen, Päivi Kosonen, Anu Laukkanen, Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, Nena Mocnik and Jouni Teittinen.
Read more about the project on our webpage.
30 October 2018, 9-16, Janus (University of Turku, Minerva, Kaivokatu 12)


Co-Organized by Turku Institute of Advanced Studies 
The workshop addresses the emotional and psychological impact that conducting field research in contexts that go “under the skin” of a researcher, because they come so very close to one’s own difficult experiences, or they involve severely traumatized participants. Recording and analyzing such evidence may be traumatizing and have adverse effects upon the mental health of researchers in social research. As opposed to clinicians (psychotherapists, social workers) and personnel professionally trained in coping with trauma, field researchers in social/anthropological research are rather poorly equipped to cope with the overwhelming traumatic narratives from their research group.This workshop brings together various experts, scholars and practitioners with the background in social and anthropological research to share first-hand experiences from the field and to brainstorm and collect ideas, and suggestions to develop techniques to assist in preventing or minimizing the trauma transfer.
9.00-9.15 (Janus) Opening & Welcome
9.15-10.00 (Janus) Leaving the pain behind: Field work research in sensitive settings /key address by prof. Helena Ranta/
10.15.-11.15 (E123 & E323) Navigating professional & personal: Secondary trauma & preventive measures /workshop/
11.15-11.45 Coffee break
11.45-12.45 (Janus) Surviving field research: Dangers, risks, challenges /round table with Satu Lidman, Elise Feron & Panu Pihkala; moderated by Nena Močnik/
13.00-14.00 (E121 & E323) Self-care & coping with secondary trauma /workshop/
14.00-15.00 Concluding remarks & reception (hall in front of Janus)
The call for journal articles is now open. Please see more informationCall for Journal Articles.pdfhere.
Workshop is free, but places are limited (up to 50 participants). Please register by October 21st 2018 here​. Light refreshments will be served. All participants are welcomed to join the reception after the event.


11. MAY
A JOINT SYMPOSIUM ON STORYTELLING & ETHICS, in collaboration with the Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London.

This symposium will mark the UK launch of six new books. From war photography to literature, to everyday lived experience, to Holocaust testimony, each of these books deals with questions of the relationship between ethics and storytelling, be it in real or fictional contexts. Analyzing how narratives enlarge or diminish the spaces of possibilities in which we act, think, and re-imagine the world together with others, these books explore the ethical potential and risks of storytelling.

The afternoon will combine panel presentations, author Q & A, and open discussion, and will conclude with a reception.

Ma 28.5.2018
Turun yliopiston Janus-Sali, Sirkkala (Kaivokatu 12)
Tapahtuma Facebookissa

17. APRIL, 12-16, E225, Minerva 2. krs (Kaivokatu 12)
METODOLOGINEN TYÖPAJA: Muistin tutkimus – Muistitietotutkimus – Oma/elämäkerrallisuus
Muistia, muistoja ja muistamista tutkitaan monilla tieteenaloilla siinä määrin, että muistamiseen liittyvä tutkimus on eriytynyt etenkin kansainvälisillä tutkimuskentillä omiksi tutkimussuuntauksiksi: Memory Studies, Oral History ja Life Writing. Vaikka näillä tutkimussuuntauksilla on monia yhtymäkohtia, ne ovat kaikki syntyneet eri aikoina toisistaan erillään ja hyvinkin eri lähtökohdista. Tutkimussuuntausten erot ovat synnyttäneet tilanteen, jossa eri tutkimussuuntauksia edustavat tutkijat kohtaavat harvoin. Tilanteen korjaamiseksi on viime vuosina ryhdytty saattamaan näitä eri tutkimussuuntauksia edustavia tutkijoita yhteen pohtimaan, mitä voisimme oppia toisiltamme.
Tutkitko sinä aihetta, jossa nämä eri tutkimussuuntaukset risteävät? Mietityttääkö sinua esimerkiksi yksityisen ja julkisen muistin kohtaaminen? Onko sinulla käytössäsi tutkimusaineisto, jonka käsittelyyn toivoisit uusia näkökulmia? Tervetuloa keskustelemaan SELMAn metodologiseen työpajaan.
Tilaisuus jakaantuu kahteen osaan. Aluksi Suomen Akatemian tutkijatohtori Ulla Savolainen (Helsingin yliopisto) johdattelee meitä aihepiiriin vierailuluennollaan. Työpajan jälkimmäisessä osassa keskustelemme aihepiiristä omien tutkimuskohteittemme pohjalta.
12.15–12.30 Anne Heimo, Turun yliopisto: Avaussanat
12.30–13.30 Ulla Savolainen, Suomen Akatemia/Helsingin yliopisto: Omakohtaista ja jaettua – Metodologisia pohdintoja muistitiedon ja kulttuurisen muistin tutkimuksesta
13.30–14.00 Kahvi
14.00–16.00 Keskustelua
Tilaisuus on avoin kaikille kiinnostuneille, mutta kahvituksen järjestämiseksi toivomme, että ilmoittaudut etukäteen Anne Heimolle (anheimo@utu.fi13.4.2018 mennessä. Samalla voit kertoa, jos sinulla on mielessä jokin tietty aihe tai kysymys, josta erityisesti toivoisit keskustelua työpajassa.
Ulla Savolainen:
Omakohtaista ja jaettua – Metodologisia pohdintoja muistitiedon ja kulttuurisen muistin tutkimuksesta Esitelmässään Ulla Savolainen käsittelee muistitietotutkimuksen ja kulttuurisen muistitutkimuksen ominaispiirteitä, yhteyksiä ja eroja tiedon tuottamisen näkökulmasta sekä pohtii tutkimussuuntausten lähentymisen ja yhdistämisen mahdollisuuksia ja reunaehtoja. Näitä metodologisia näkökulmia tarkastellaan tapaustutkimuksen kautta, joka keskittyy Suomessa toisen maailmansodan jälkeen internoitujen henkilöiden haastatteluissa tuotettuun puheeseen sekä internointien julkisen muistamisen prosessiin. Ulla Savolainen työskentelee Suomen Akatemian tutkijatohtorina Helsingin yliopistossa, kulttuurien osastossa. Hänen folkloristiikan alan väitöskirjansa (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015) käsitteli Karjalan entisten lapsievakkojen muistelukirjoitusten poetiikkaa. Väitöksen jälkeisessä tutkimuksessaan (2015–2017) Savolainen tarkasteli Suomessa tapahtunutta Saksan ja Unkarin kansalaisten internointien (1944–1946) muistamista. Tutkimus oli osa kansainvälistä ”Livingmemories”-tutkimushanketta (ERA-NET RUS Plus-ohjelma). Savolaisen käynnissä oleva Suomen Akatemian tutkijatohtori-hanke (2017–2020) ”Kahlitsematon muisti” tarkastelee inkeriläisten ylirajaista muistelmakirjallisuutta. Hän on työskennellyt vierailevana tutkijana Frankfurtin Goethe-yliopistossa Frankfurt Memory Studies Platformissa (2016) sekä Tarton yliopistossa etnologian laitoksella (2017).
 23. MARCH
Knausgård workshop
16. & 17. March
COMICS & SOCIETY (University of Turku/Nordic Summer University)
What are comics and what is their role in society? Once regarded as silly entertainment or a cause for juvenile delinquency comics have today made their way to the museums, schools and academia as a form of cultural heritage, subject of education, and interest of critical inquiry. The interdisciplinary symposium will explore how comics take part in making sense of societies, social phenomena, and societal changes in the Nordic region and beyond. The symposium includes a keynote lecture, academic presentations, and an artist round table with Finnish comics artists at the city library
Keynote lecture by Dr. Rebecca Scherr (University of Oslo): “Graphic scenes from Juarez: Representing sexual violence in Phoebe Gloeckner’s La Tristezza
Artist round table “History and Conflict in Comics” with Ainur Elmgren, Reetta Laitinen, Mika Lietzén, and Hanneriina Moisseinen
Thematic sessions on various topics including “Understanding History through Comics”, “Political Imagination” & “Empowerment and Social Participation”
Please see the complete programme here.
You are all warmly welcome! Students can receive 3-6 ECTS by taking part in the symposium.
8.-11. MARCH
The third symposium of the research network NARRATIVE AND MEMORY: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics (University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, see details).
15. FEBRUARY, E223 (Kaivokatu 12, Minerva) 13.00-14.30
by prof. Ann Rigney (University of Utrecht)
In this paper, which is part of a larger project on the cultural memory of protest, prof. Rigney challenges the primacy of the traumatic paradigm in cultural memory studies by highlighting the role played by memory in social movements and in the transmission of hope for a better future. She makes her argument with special reference to the long term commemoration of the Paris Commune of 1871, particularly in the decades following its defeat.
Ann Rigney is Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University and founder of the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies  She has published widely in the field of nineteenth and twentieth century memory cultures, including most recently The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move (Oxford UP, 2012). She is co-editor of Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory (De Gruyter 2009; with A. Erll), Commemorating Writers in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Palgrave, 2014; with J. Leerssen) and Transnational Memory: Circulation, Articulation, and Scales (De Gruyter, 2014; with C. De Cesari). She has recently started a new project on cultural memory and protest movements.
16. FEBRUARY, E221 (Kaivokatu 12, Minerva) 10.00-12.00
By prof. Libora Oates-Indruchová (University of Graz)
The lecturer will present a series of photographs that was created as a result of the search for a productive method of analysing and representing research data from a project on a politically and emotionally sensitive topic. In other words, visualisation was used as an aid to develop a method of research writing. The project concerned scholarly censorship, self-censorship and publishing under the repressive conditions of Central European state socialism between 1969 and 1989. Semi-structured interviews with scholars active both then and at the time of the interviews (2003-2009) lay at the core of the research. The interviews were emotionally charged, filled with tensions and contradictions, and in the current social atmosphere also controversial. These complications presented an ethical issue of how to represent the narrators, while preserving the polyphonic quality of the interview material. The process of coming to grips with the data and their problems involved engaging myself with the materiality of the transcripts and treating them as physical story elements. Prof. Oates-Indruchová created visual compositions centred on the transcripts that foregrounded the research process and its relation to storytelling. Afterwards she took the concept as the premise for representing the narrators in the written output, in which she drew on narratology, feminist methodologies and grounded theory. The resulting text, accompanied by the photographs, consists of dramatised „imagined conversations“ structured loosely as a quest narrative that tells the story of a research „quest“ to understand the intricacies and dilemmas of individual academic lives under state socialism through the haze of memory, pain and vested interests.
 Libora Oates-Indruchová is Professor or the Sociology of Gender at the University of Graz in Austria. Her research on late state socialism covers gender and social change, discourses of gender, the body, gender history, history of social sciences and censorship was published, among others, in the Slavic Review, Signs, Men & Masculinities and Europe-Asia Studies. She co-edited the volume The Politics of Gender Culture under State Socialism: An Expropriated Voice (Routledge 2014) that was awarded the BASEES Women’s Forum Book Prize.


18. JANUARY, 14.00-16.00, E325 (Minerva, Kaivokatu 12)
Jason FINCH: “Mediations and Representations of Mass Housing: Visions versus Phenomenologies?”
Lieven AMEEL: “Narrating Urban Futures: Cities at the Water in Fictional and Non-fictional Texts.”

A vital dimension of contemporary literary studies is increased engagement with real-world issues such as social policy and planning. Practitioners including urban historians and policy-makers gain understanding of aspects of human experience not readily available otherwise in collaboration with literary scholars. Also, techniques originating in literary studies can be used productively to read texts not conventionally labelled literary, including municipal plans and oral histories preserved in archives. On 18 January, SELMA presents two speakers with links to the Centre who work in this interdisciplinary area, and on the frontier dividing academic and extra-academic social analysis. Lieven Ameel and Jason Finch are founder members of the Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS), the most recent international conference of which was ‘(Im)Possible Cities’ (University of Tampere, 2017). They have jointly edited two volumes arising from the work of the Association and are editors of the Palgrave series Literary Urban Studies (

Jason Finch’s paper reports on research into English cities often seen since the mid-twentieth century as being in post-industrial decline or crisis. The contemporary United Kingdom is characterized by extreme inequality of regions, reflected in public health statistics and voting patterns. Public housing is most often now viewed as a space of failure, whether design flaws or politicized neglect are blamed. But it could be rethought via the interaction between literary and urban studies as  the heart of a rejuvenated city. The urban regions in focus are those with Liverpool and Birmingham as their head cities. Instead of working via city novels, these urban regions are examined through diverse textual materials. The focus is on two different periods: both immediately preceding and immediately succeeding that of mass council housing in the UK (1970s-2000s). Books published between the 1910s and 1960s and authored by the City of Liverpool showcased its achievements providing public housing and, ultimately, shaping the city in a much more profound way. These are the visions. The experiences are the work of a writer (Lynsey Hanley) and a photographer (Rob Clayton) about peripheral council estates in the Birmingham city region. The paper negotiates boundaries and trajectories both historical and topographical, bridging the gulf between top-down and bottom-up views of the city.

Lieven Ameel will presents the research project he is embarking on at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (2018-2020). The project analyses narratives of the post-industrial urban waterfront from two distinct, but intermingling perspectives. A first point of focus is on how narrative fiction frames the experience of the waterfront in transformation, and how literature presents possible futures and alternative courses of action in the face of crises. Second, the project will analyse how, in planning and policy documents of the waterfront, the simultaneous possibility of alternative storyworlds structures the way planning narratives are shaped. This research project is interested, in particular, in how competing alternative storyworlds organize the narrative dynamics in both contemporary literary narratives and policy documents, juxtaposing desirable with undesirable storyworlds, and identifying moments of agency – the possibility to act towards a particular future. Three case studies will be addressed: the development of post-industrial waterfronts in Antwerp (Belgium), Helsinki (Finland) and New York City (US) in the period 1990–2040. Drawing on methodologies from literary and narrative studies, the analysis of crisis narratives in the context of three post-industrial harbours will gain new understanding of how urban crises and their solutions are couched in narrative terms. The specific emphasis on storylines related to the threat of rising sea levels in both sets of data adds further focus and, in terms of impact, further urgency.

Jason Finch is Assistant Professor of English Literature at Åbo Akademi University and adjunct professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Turku. He is the author or editor of six books including most recently Deep Locational Criticism (Benjamins, 2016) and, co-edited with Lieven Ameel and Markku Salmela, Literary Second Cities (Palgrave, 2017). Jason’s interdisciplinary research takes a topographic and materialising view of cities in modernity and since, as mediated through texts and images. At present he is writing on London slum fictions of the 1880s and accounts of life experience post-1970 in UK public housing.

Lieven Ameel is Senior Research Fellow at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies. He holds a PhD in comparative literature and Finnish literature (JLU Giessen & University of Helsinki), and is adjunct professor in urban studies and planning methods (Tampere University of Technology). He is the co-editor (together with Jason Finch, Eric Prieto, and Markku Salmela) of the Palgrave Literary Urban Studies Series. Recent book publications include Helsinki in Early Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) and the co-edited Language, Space and Power: Urban Entanglements (2012); Literature and the Peripheral City (2015) and Literary Second Cities (2017), the last two together with Jason Finch and Markku Salmela. Research interests include encounters in public space, city literature, urban futures, and narratives in urban planning.


Fri 17.11. 12 pm, Tempo room (Minerva, Sirkkala)

Workshop: Historical Imagination, Futurity and Narrative Form


design for aDr. 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.

Picture: Design for a Constructivist stage setting by Alexandra Exter from Victoria and Albert Museum webpage


maanantaina 4.12. klo 16–18, Minerva, 3. krs. (E321)

ellis island

Selman elokuvaillassa syvennetään syyskuista Change-tapahtumaa (Trauma, muisti, taide) katsomalla yhdessä Georges Perecin ja Robert Boberin tekemän dokumenttielokuvan ensimmäinen osa (53 min.): Récits d’Ellis Island. Histoires d’errance et d’espoir. 1. Traces (1979)

(Kertomuksia Ellis Islandista. Tarinoita harhailusta ja toivosta. Ensimmäinen osa: Jälkiä.)

Elokuvassa puhutaan ranskaa ja englantia.

Päivi Kosonen on suomentanut Perecin elokuvaprojektia ja muistia käsittelevän esseen perec(Parnasso 6–7/2017) ja johdattelee katsojat sen pohjalta ajankohtaiseen ja koskettavaan dokumenttiin, jossa ellisislandilaisten perilliset tutustuvat hylättyyn maahanmuuttokeskukseen vartijaoppaan johdolla.

Elokuvan jälkeen yleisöllä on mahdollisuus keskusteluun.

Tervetuloa päättämään SELMAn syyskausi yhteiseen illanviettoon!

Kuvat: Cinematek

1.11.2017 Tervetuloa kuulemaan kokemuksen ja kerronnallisuuden tutkimuksesta!

Iltapäiväseminaarin järjestävät yhteistyössä tutkijaverkosto KULTVA, tutkimuskeskus SELMA sekä Kulttuurin ja terveyden tutkimusyksikkö. Seminaari järjestetään 1.11. klo 12-16 Uno Harva –salissa (Publicum 4. krs, Assistentinkatu 7).

Tiedekuntarajat ylittävä seminaari pureutuu ihmisyydelle ja ihmistieteille keskeisiin teemoihin: kokemukseen ja kertomukseen. Alustajina toimivat verkostojen tutkijat yhteiskuntatieteistä ja humanistisista tieteistä. Esityksissä kokemuksellisuutta ja kerronnallisuutta lähestytään monipuolisesti niin metodologisista kuin empiirisistäkin näkökulmista.



12:15-12:20: Alkusanat ja KULTVAn, KTT:n ja SELMAn esittäytyminen

12:20-13:00 Anna Ovaska: “Kerronnallinen lääketiede, kertomus ja empatia”

13:00-13:40 Tero Pajunen: “Esteettisen pääoman tilanteisuus: subjektiivisten kokemusten vaikutus ulkonäön arvoon vaihdon välineenä”

13:40-14:00 Kahvi

14:00-14:40 Tuire Niinimäki-Silva: “Perheenyhdistämisen läpikäyneiden pakolais- ja maahanmuuttajaperheiden perhesuhteet ja kokemukset kotoutumisesta”

14:40-15:20 Hanna Meretoja ja Maarit Leskelä-Kärki: “Kokemus, kertomus ja SELMA”

15:20-16:00 Päivi Kosonen: “Hoitava lukeminen ja kirjoittaminen”


KULTVA Kulttuurisen vuorovaikutuksen tutkijaverkosto / Cultural interaction researcher network


Kulttuurin ja terveyden tutkimusyksikkö:


SELMA Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory:


Iltapäiväseminaari on avoin kaikille kokemuksen ja kertomuksien tutkimuksesta kiinnostuneille. Opiskelijat saavat tilaisuudesta merkinnän luentopassiin. Kahvitarjoilun vuoksi tilaisuuteen toivotaan ennakkoilmoittautumista, ilmoittautumiset KULTVAn koordinaattorille Emma Lambergille osoitteeseen 25.10. mennessä.



Sat, 21.10. at 11am – 21pm

TRANSEUROPA OPEN FESTIVAL: Cha(lle)nging the Other 

Join us to explore the various facets of imagining, narrating and physically manifesting ‘the Other’ in contemporary European context in order to cha(lle)nge the hateful and dividing spirit. By the use of different community art tools we invite our audience to challenge the topics of social injustice and inequality in everyday narratives and practices and encourage them to rewrite, reconstruct and finally to draw the concrete plans for transformations and changes in a form of live community dialogue. With the event we want to promote and encourage academic dialogue outside of the academic space and therefore to engage and mobilize broader audiences in important social matters of troubled Europe of today.

11:00-14.00 The West & the Rest, workshop (Mediatutkimus harjoitusteatteri, UTU).
15:00 Imagining, Narrating, Embodying the Other, round table with Ahmed Zaidan, Marja Susi, Rose Pietola (Kuvateatteri)
16:00 Louders Unheard, an interactive text game (Naruteatteri)
16:00 Today I am me: A story of gender, exhibition opening (Naruteatteri)
16.30-17.00 Coffee & Cakes
17:00 War, displacement and resettlement, movie projection & discussion (Kuvateatteri)
18:30 Chasing White, performance (Kuvateatteri)
20:00 Imaginary Me, semi-fictional poetic dialogue with music (Kuvateatteri)

*Please, note that the programme is subject to change; any changes will be communicated in advance.

For details about the program & venues, visit the FB page!


Tue 17.10. at 11am – 16pm

Hannah Arendt Workshop Hovi lecture Hall (V105)

Please register for the seminar by sending an email to Nena Mocnik (inform us also about any food allergies),, by 13 October 2017.

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.

During the workshopWho are you? Narrative traces of uniqueness and plurality“, prof. Tambouku will look at entanglements between narratives and the political in Hannah Arendt’s thought. She will particularly present, explicate and discuss three important notions in her work: action in concert, uniqueness and plurality and will make connections with her take on narratives as tangible traces of the human condition. Besides, she will flesh out these concepts drawing on Arendt’s own work in engaging with ‘the lives of others’ through the connections she has made between biographical writing and historiography.

Recommended 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)


Maria Tamboukou (BA, MA, PhD) is Professor of Feminist Studies at the School of Social Sciences, University of East London, UK.  She has held visiting research positions in a number of institutions and is currently Affiliated Professor in Gender Studies at Linnaeus University Sweden, Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Educational Research at Griffith University, Australia and member of the Scientific Board of the ‘Hannah Arendt’ Centre for Political Studies at the University of Verona, Italy. Maria’s research activity develops in the areas of philosophies and epistemologies in the social sciences, feminist theories, narrative analytics and archival research. In her work, she has drawn particularly on the works of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Hannah Arendt. She is the author of 7 monographs, 2 co-authored books, 3 co-edited volumes on research methods and more than 70 articles and book chapters. Writing histories of the present is the central focus of her work, currently configured as an assemblage of feminist genealogies. Her most recent on-going projects deal with Numbers and Narratives: a feminist genealogy of automathographies. She is also part of a COST-project New Materialism. Networking European Scholarship on ‘How matter comes to matter’.

Hanna Meretoja is Professor of Comparative Literature, Director of SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory, and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Turku in Finland. Her research is mainly in the fields of narrative theory, narrative hermeneutics, and narrative ethics. Her publications include The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible (Oxford University Press, 2017), The Narrative Turn in Fiction and Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Values of Literature (Brill, 2015, co-edited) and Storytelling and Ethics: Literature, Visual Arts, and the Power of Narrative (Routledge, 2017, co-edited).

Aki-Elmeri Hyvönen (MSS) will defend his doctoral thesis Illuminating Political Experience: Exercises on Hannah Arendt´s Thought on 27 October 2017 at the University of Jyväskylä. Hyvönen specializes in democracy and political theory, and his doctoral thesis analyses representations of political experiences. His publications include “Invisible Streams: Process-thinking in Arendt” (European Journal of Social Theory, 2016) and “Tentative Lessons of Experience: Arendt, Essayism, and ‘the Social’ Reconsidered”(Political Theory, 42/5, 2014). He has been a visiting fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College, and a visiting researcher at Tampere Peace Research Institute.


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.

All welcome!

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

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


Thu 7.9. at 2 pm, Minerva, Art History seminar room E221
Lecture: Dr. Nena Močnik (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.

Spring 2017

Pe 19.5.2017 klo 11 (Minerva, Taidehistorian seminaarisali E221)
Symposium: Kertomusten vaarat ja hyödyt / Seminar: The Risks and Benefits of Narratives
Tilaisuus järjestettiin yhteistyössä Tampereen yliopiston Narrare-keskuksen kanssa / in cooperation with Narrare: Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies, University of Tampere

To 18.5.2017 (Minerva, Taidehistorian seminaarisali E221)
Seminaari: Autenttisuuden jäljillä(kö?): Päiväkirja, minuus ja historia / Seminar on diaries as historical sources

Turun yliopiston kulttuurihistorian oppiaine ja SELMA järjestävät symposiumin, jossa aiheena ovat päiväkirjat historiallisina aineistoina ja kohteina. Mitä autenttisuus ja autenttisuuden vaade päiväkirja-aineistojen kohdalla tarkoittavat? Millaisia eettisiä kysymyksiä tulee erityisesti ottaa huomioon? Entä voimmeko ylipäätään tehdä päätelmiä menneisyydestä päiväkirja-aineiston kautta?
Seminaarin CFP on auki SELMAn sivuilla osoitteessa:

To 11.5.2017 (Tieteiden talo, sali 104, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki)
Seminaari: Kasvatuksen mieli ja muistot / Interdisciplinary seminar on the history of education

Kasvatushistorian elämäkerta- ja muistitietotutkimuksen verkosto (KEMU) järjestää yhdessä SELMAn, muistitietotutkijoiden verkoston FOHNin, Nuorisotutkimusseuran, Suomen Historiallisen Seuran sekä Kasvatuksen ja koulutuksen historian seuran kanssa monitieteisen seminaarin, jossa pohditaan kasvatukseen liittyvien muistojen ja kokemusten tutkimuksen lähteitä, metodeita ja näkökulmia. Seminaari järjestetään historiantutkija Saara Tuomaalan muistoksi.
Lisätietoja ja helmikuun loppuun asti auki oleva CFP:

Seminar/guest lecture: Loss in Finnish North American Life Writing
Wednesday 12 April,  14-16, (Minerva, Litzen-sali)

Dr. Samira Saramo (Research Fellow at John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku) presented her research on Finnish immigrants in 1880-1939 North America and the ways in which death and mourning produce ethnicity in everyday practices and personal narrations.

Symposium: Transcultural Memorial Forms: Contemporary Remembrance of War, Displacement and Political Rupture (keynotes by Michael Rothberg, UCLA, and Ann Rigney, Utrecht University)
March 17-19, Tallinn University, Estonia

The symposium launched the cooperation of the international research network “Narrative and Memory: Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics” (2017-2019) funded by the Nordic Summer University ( The three-day event explored the role of transcultural memorial forms in the articulation of memories and contemporary experiences of war, displacement and political conflict.

Hanna Meretojan (Yleinen kirjallisuustiede, Turun yliopisto) professoriluento:

Luento on julkaistu Avain-lehden numerossa 4/2016: Avain2016_4_Meretoja.pdf

Katso videotallenne luennosta:

Seminaari: Näkökulmia kulttuurin ja terveyden tutkimukseen / Perspectives on the study of culture and health

Perjantai 3.2.2017 klo 10-12, Artium, Hovi V105

Prof. Marja-Liisa Honkasalo ja FT Anu Laukkanen esittelivät Turun yliopiston Kulttuurin ja terveyden tutkimusyksikön toimintaa ja sen kosketuspintoja kertomuksen ja kulttuurisen muistin tutkimukseen. Pohdimme yhdessä SELMAn ja Kulttuurin ja terveyden tutkimusyksikön yhteistyömahdollisuuksia. / Prof. Marja-Liisa Honkasalo and Ph.D. Anu Laukkanen introduce their research and the Research Center for Culture and Health at the University of Turku.


Autumn 2016

(Remembering Leonard Cohen. Seminar on songs, memory and remembrance. Together with IIPC (International Institute for Popular Culture)
Pe 16.12.2016
klo 12.00-14.30
Mediatutkimuksen harjoitusteatteri, Minerva E321, Turun yliopisto

Book launch seminar: Biography, Gender, and History: Nordic Perspectives
Fri 9.12.2016
at 13-16
Seminar room Tempo (E211), Sirkkala/Minerva building, Kaivokatu 12, University of Turku, Finland

Seminaari: Teatteri Kolmas Tila – tieteen ja taiteen dialogia etsimässä
(Theatre Kolmas Tila – searching for the dialogue between science and art. Seminar to-gether with the theatre group Kolmas Tila)
Pe 11.11.2016
klo 10-12
Litzen-sali, Minerva, 1. krs

Seminar on refugee narratives, guest speaker prof. Ann Phoenix
Fri 7.10.2016
at 10.15-11.45
Seminar room Hovi, at Sirkkala campus (Artium)

Workshop: Narrating the migrant crisis, “brexit” and the future of the European project
Wed 31.8.2016
at 13-17
Lecture hall Janus

Spring 2016

Workshop at Aboagora: Travelling stories in the shadow of forced migration
Aboagora, Turku

Seminaari: Muistin käsite, alustajana Päivi Kosonen
(Concept of memory)
Pe 13.5.2016
klo 10

Seminaari: Hoitotiede esittelee SELMAan liittyvää tutkimustaan
(Department of Nursing Science will present their research related to SELMA)
Pe 15.4.2016
klo 10

Seminaari: Valokuvaterapia, psykoterapeutti ja psykoterapiakouluttaja Tarja Koffert, haastattelijana Päivi Kosonen
(Therapeutic photography)
Pe 19.2.2016
klo  11.00-12.30
Sirkkalan kampus, Minerva-rakennus, harjoitushuone E223

Seminaari: Aamupäivän teemana pakolaiskriisiin ja pakolaisten kertomuksiin liittyvä kirjoitus- ja mahdollinen tutkimushanke. Niina Repo (luova kirjoittaminen) esittelee luovan kirjoittamisen aiheeseen liittyvää kirjoitushanketta, Ilona Hankonen (maisematutkimus) esittelee toimintaansa, jossa on tutustuttanut pakolaisia suomalaiseen metsään.
Iltapäivällä Lea Rojola (kotimainen kirjallisuus) alustaa kokemuksen käsitteestä.
(Creative Writing, Landscape Studies, and the concept of experience)
Pe 15.1.2016
klo 10-14
E223, Minerva-rakennus

Autumn 2015 

Kokemus-työpaja, yhteistyössä Juno-tohtoriohjelman kanssa
(Workshop on the concept of experience together with a Doctoral Programme Juno)
To 26.11.
klo 12–16
Kokoushuone Tempo, Minerva 2. krs., Kaivokatu 12

Followed by a live gig by Swedish-Finnish artist & singer Anna Järvinen (with Tapio Viitasaari), at Dynamo (Linnankatu 7, Turku)
Fri 11.12.2015
at 10.00-15.15
Janus-hall, University of Turku

Opening workshop
Fri 11.9.2016
at 12-18,
Janus-sali, Sirkkala

Mirka Ahonen
Annie Ernaux – Muistaminen ja arkielämän paikat
Jason Finch
Literary Studies and the Archive: New Ways In and Reasons Why
Heidi Grönstrand
Kielimuistelmat ja -omaelämäkerrat globalisaation “uusina” kirjallisuudenlajeina Suomessa
Pekka Hakamies
Neuvostokokemus, kertomus ja muisti luovutetussa Karjalassa
Kaiju Harinen
Omaelämäkerrallinen performatiivisuus afrikkalaisessa naiskirjallisuudessa
Anne Heimo
Vaeltavia muistoja, ylirajaisia kertomuksia
Kaisa Ilmonen
Alistetusta muistista intersektionaalisuudeksi
Riitta Jytilä
Sukupuoli, muisti ja väkivallan historiat suomalaisessa nykykirjallisuudessa
Niina Oisalo
Transkulttuurinen kokemus pohjoismaisessa nykydokumenttielokuvassa
Kaisa Kaakinen
Historialliset elämäkerrat ja nykykirjallisuus

13.50-14.10 kahvi

Kirsi Keravuori
1800-luvun saaristolaisten kirjeet egodokumentteina
Jaana Kouri
Koettu ja kerrottu ympäristö – autoetnografinen tutkimus kylästä
Päivi Kosonen
Omaelämäkerrallisen kirjoittamisen mahdollisuudet
Niina Koskihaara
Kun suku muistelee – lapsuus- ja nuoruusvuosien muistot sukukirjaksi
Joel Kuortti
Tavallisuudesta poikkeavaa – Tuttuuden haastaminen englanninkielisessä kirjallisuudessa
Silja Laine
Eletyt ja muistetut vuodenajat
Minna Leppäaho-Kotimäki
Historian ja elämän kertomisen problematiikka Claude Simonin tuotannossa
Maarit Leskelä-Kärki
Elämäkertatutkimuksen haaste
Hanna Meretoja
Narratiivinen hermeneutiikka, kulttuuriset kertomukset ja mahdollisen taju
Raita Merivirta
Tutkimuskohteena Irlannin vallankumouksellisten vuosien elokuvallinen muistaminen

16.00-16.20 kahvi

Maria Mäkelä
Kirjallisuustiede, kertomuksen teoria ja yhteiskunnan kokemukselliset äänet (videotervehdys)
Jaakko Oraharju
Omaelämäkerrallisen muistin ja muistamisen teema Raija Siekkisen lyhytproosateksteissä
Anna-Leena Perämäki
Kirjoitettu vaino. Kokemus, kertomus ja muisti nuorten juutalaisnaisten 1940-luvun päiväkirjoissa
Sanna Qvick
Narratiiviset strategiat suomalaisissa lasten satuelokuvissa
Lea Rojola
Kokemuksen käsite nykyisissä kertomuksen teorioissa
Reetta Sippola
Kapteeni Cook ja tutkimusmatkailijan kokemuksen raamit
Kirsi Tuohela
Mahdottoman muistaminen. Lapsuuden ja hulluuden omaelämäkerroista
Susanna Välimäki
Kulttuurinen trauma ja musiikki
Marjo Nieminen
Muistelukerronta ja visuaaliset lähteet yhteisöllistä ja henkilökohtaista muistia tuottamassa
Tutta Palin
Elämäkerrallisuus popularisoituvassa kuvataidejulkisuudessa

18.30 Loppukeskustelu