Upcoming Events



Tuesday 14 September, 16–17 EEST

SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar – Season 2: Indigenous Narratives of Healthcare

Bodil Hansen Blix (Professor, Department of Health and Care Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway): “Playfulness in Narrative Care with Indigenous Older Adults”

Monday 20 September, 14 EEST

A Guest Lecture by Professor Rita Felski, the new Honorary Doctor of the Faculty of Humanities

“On Resonance”

This talk draws out affinities between the ideas of Hartmut Rosa and two novels: Stoner by John Williams and Theory by Dionne Brand. Both novels capture moments when words crackle, reverberate, come alive; they speak to the transformative aspects of intellectual life, while acknowledging the alienating aspects of academic institutions. The idea of resonance, Felski argues, can clarify the force of attachments to both literature and theory; it speaks to the phenomenology as well as sociology of our intellectual commitments.

Rita Felski is John Stewart Bryan Professor of English at the University of Virginia and Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Southern Denmark, and former editor of New Literary History. Her books include The Gender of Modernity (1995), Uses of Literature (2008), The Limits of Critique (2015) and Hooked: Art and Attachment (2020). She is currently writing a book on literary studies and the contemporary Frankfurt School.

Organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities

Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 676 4435 4625


Monday 4 October, 3-4 pm
Cultural memory and social change webinar

Juli-Anna Aerila, 
Senior Lecturer, Didactics of Mother Tongue and Literature
Merja Kauppinen, 
Lecturer, Didactics of Mother Tongue and Literature

Link to Zoom meeting: https://utu.zoom.us/j/67644707870

Tuesday 5 October, 16–17 EEST

SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar – Season 2: Indigenous Narratives of Healthcare

Wasiq Silan / I-An Gao 高怡安 (Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism, University of Helsinki): “Decolonizing Care: Listening to the Voices of bnkis, Tayal Elders”

Wednesday 20 October, 11.30–16.30 EEST

Symposium: “Culture and the Impending Ecocatastrophe: Narratives of Ecology and Sustainable Futures”

Registration (after registering, you will receive an email with the Zoom details)



Monday 1 November, 3–4 pm
Cultural memory and social change reading group

Assmann, J. (1995): Collective Memory and Cultural Identity. New German Critique 65, 125–133.
Chair: Hannu Salmi, Academy Professor, Cultural History and European and World History

Link to Zoom meeting: https://utu.zoom.us/j/66332065657

Tuesday 2 November, 16–17 EET

SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar – Season 2: Indigenous Narratives of Healthcare

Mounia El Kotni (EHESS): “Traditional Medical Knowledge at Risk: The Struggle of Indigenous Midwives and Doctors in Mexico”

Tuesday 9 November, 15.00-16.00, Arcanum, Neuvotteluhuone (A229) and online

Book Launch:

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma (ed. Colin Davis & Hanna Meretoja, 2020, Routledge) & Engaging with Historical Traumas: Experiential Learning and Pedagogies of Resilience (ed. Nena Močnik, Ger Duijzings, Hanna Meretoja, Bonface Njeresa Beti, 2021, Routledge),
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.

Link to join remotely: https://utu.zoom.us/s/61038881808

Thursday 11 November, 16, Arcanum A355/A357 (IN FINNISH)

Book Launch: event by the research project Uuden etsijät. 

Uuden etsijät. Salatieteiden ja okkultismin suomalainen kulttuurihistoria 1880-1930 tells about the hidden cultural history of Finnish esotericism and is published by Teos publisher. 

More information will follow.


Thursday 11 November, 18.00–19.30, Turku City Library, Studio-sali (IN FINNISH)
Miksi kulttuurisella muistilla on merkitystä? -yleisöluento 

Organized by Cultural memory and social change

With Anne Heimo, Tuomas Hussila, Johanna Nurmi, Samira Saramo, Reima Välimäki and chaired by Hanna Meretoja.

More information here and here.

23 November, 16–17 EET

SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar – Season 2: Indigenous Narratives of Healthcare

Emily Kate Timms (University of Vienna): “‘It was as if all that history had never happened at all’: Elderhood, Dementia-Gain, and Indigenous Wellbeing in Witi Ihimaera’s Whanau II (2004)”

Link to registration

Wednesday 24 November, 16–19 EET, Taideyliopiston Kuvataideakatemia (Valkoinen Studio/Studio 7), Sörnäisten Rantatie 19, Helsinki

“Taide ja Tähtitaivas”/ “Art and Hemisphere” (IN FINNISH)

In collaboration with the University of The Arts Helsinki’s Centre for Artistic Research (CfAR). With presentations by cultural historian Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, cosmologist Syksy Räsänen, adjunct professor of astronomy Hannu Karttunen and visual artist Elina Saloranta.

More information here.


Friday 3 December, 10–12, room A229 (Arcanum, 2nd floor, Vatselankatu 2)

Roundtable on Life Narratives, Memory, and History
with Professor Leena Kurvet-Käosaar

Leena Kurvet-Käosaar is Associate Professor of Cultural Theory at the Institute of Cultural Research, University of Tartu. Her research interests include the tradition of Estonian life writing and Post-Soviet life writings, Baltic women’s deportation and Gulag narratives, women’s diaries and family correspondence, and she is specialized in the study of trauma, memory and gender. Her latest publications include Border Crossings. Essay in Identity and Belonging (Routledge, 2020) with Paul Arthur, and a special issue of Folklore on Trauma (2021) with Sergey Troitskiy and Liisi Laineste.

The idea of the roundtable is to come together and discuss past and present life narratives in various research fields from art, cultural and literary studies to history and social sciences. We invite participants to join the discussion and shortly (5 minutes) to present their own research or research interests related to the topic.

To participate please send an email with your name, affiliation and a title of your current research theme / research interest to Maarit Leskelä-Kärki by 1st December (Maarit.leskela@utu.fi).

The roundtable is organized jointly by the department of Cultural History and SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory. Leena Kurvet-Käosaar will give the annual Veikko Litzen –lecture at the Department of Cultural History in the afternoon at 16.15. The title of the talk is: “Vibrant connections: mundanity and self-representational writing”. The lecture is open and free for all interested. More information: https://www.utu.fi/fi/yliopisto/humanistinen-tiedekunta/kulttuurihistoria/litzen-luento

Friday 10 December, 16.30-20.15, Arken, Armfelt (Åbo Akademi)

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: Screening of Själö: Island of Souls (2020), 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)

Monday 13 December, 3-4 pm
Cultural memory and social change webinar

Ville Soimetsä, University Teacher, Contemporary History
Liisa Lalu, Doctoral Student, Cultural History and European and World History

Link to Zoom meeting: https://utu.zoom.us/j/61664985785