Research projects related to SELMA

Instrumental Narratives (Academy of Finland, 2018-2022)

in a Consortium with Tampere and Helsinki
The new Academy of Finland project “Instrumental Narratives: The Limits of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory” develops ideas and analytical instruments that will equip researchers, professional groups and non-academic audiences to navigate today’s social and textual environments that are dominated by storytelling. We put contemporary literary fiction in dialogue with the manipulative stories that spread around the internet, in order to reveal the dubious relationship that some narratives have with identity, truth, politics, and complex systems such as climate change. In order to confront these issues, we reveal the sophisticated story-critical ideas and
techniques offered by works of contemporary fiction. The project brings together the nationally leading and internationally renowned scholars of narrative at the Universities of Tampere, Turku and Helsinki. The Turku team, hosted by SELMA, focuses particularly on identity work, therapeutic uses of literature, and story-critical metanarrativity in contemporary fiction. Its Principal Investigator is Hanna Meretoja, and the research team includes Marta Cenedese, Colin Davis, Johanna Kaakinen, Päivi Kosonen, Anu Laukkanen, Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, Nena Mocnik, and Jouni Teittinen.

#NeverAgain: Teaching Transmission of Trauma and Remembrance through Experiential Learning

Funded by European Commission (Europe for Citizens – European Remembrance Strand)
In September 2018, SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory at the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies (University of Turku) will launch an interdisciplinary project “#NeverAgain: Teaching Transmission of Trauma and Remembrance through Experiential Learning,” a Europe wide initiative funded by the European Commission (Europe for Citizens – European Remembrance Strand). Over the next 18 months, the project aims to address the concealed hatreds, prejudices and normalized oppressions that are learnt through the unhealed and transmitted traumas perpetuated in our everyday lives through seemingly harmless everyday practices. The project partners from Finland, Denmark, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and Italy will develop and deliver 4 clusters of local events within their communities to test experiential learning tools (ELT) in order to experience the harmful effects of transmitted collective traumas and how they impact the continuation of hatreds and vengeance today. The project’s events will bring together around 450 students and teachers and additional 500 community members as invited audiences and will influence numerous other individuals by using event hashtags on the social media and online platform. The processes and outcomes will be presented at “#NeverAgain: Teaching Transmission of Trauma and Remembrance through Experiential Learning”, a workshop-based conference in June 2019, hosted by University of Turku, where we aim to attract between 50-100 professionals and young people from across Europe, from a variety of disciplines and fields of work, such as universities, NGOs, and public bodies like museums and memorial houses. In the dissemination phase, we will develop and launch a transnational blended education platform, offering different in-class experiential didactic methods and online webinars and didactic videogames. The Project Leader is Professor Hanna Meretoja (Director of SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory) and the Project Manager is Dr Nena Močnik (SELMA Postdoctoral Researcher).

Uuden etsijät. Esoteerisuus ja uskonnollisuuden murros suomalaisen sivistyneistön parissa 1880-luvulta 1930-luvulle, led by Maarit Leskelä-Kärki

The Experience of History and the Ethics of Storytelling in Contemporary Arts (2013-2015, funded by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation) led by Hanna Meretoja

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