Upcoming Events

FALL 2018

24 September 2018, 14-16, E221 (University of Turku, Minerva, Kaivokatu 12)

Lecture NARRATING TRAUMA – GENRE & THE QUESTION OF TIME

by Anne Freadman, University of Melbourne, Australia
In Time and Narrative, Paul Ricoeur argues that narrative is crucial to the human experience – indeed, the reality – of time. He both does, and does not, take genre into account in this argument, since it rests primarily on the difference between fiction and history. Yet this difference lies in the truth values of the two domains, rather than in the generic specificity of their writing and reading.
The lecture is drawn from lecturer’s long-term study of diaries written in the period of the Holocaust, by French Jews living under the Nazi Occupation. The narrative time of a diary is highly specific – fragmentary and discontinuous, written au jour le jour, with no capacity for foreseeing the future or for constructing the experience retrospectively – it contrasts most notably with memoirs and autobiography. What effect does this have on our understanding of trauma? Is genre epiphenomenal, or does it go to the heart of the matter?
26-28 September 2018, University of Turku

Project kick-off  #NEVERAGAIN: TEACHING TRANSMISSION OF TRAUMA AND REMEMBRANCE THROUGH EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING 

In a new EC Europe for Citizens (European Remembrance) funded project we aim 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. In the next 18 months we 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. Events will bring together around 450 students, teachers and citizens 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 “#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: from universities, NGOs, public bodies like museums and memorial houses, community workers and individuals. 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.
Selma & project partners from from Denmark, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and Italy invite also local collaborators. Please send your inquiries directly to the project coordinator, Nena Mocnik (nena.mocnik@utu.fi).
 30 October 2018, 9-16, Janus (University of Turku, Minerva, Kaivokatu 12)

Workshop THE COST OF BEARING WITNESS: SECONDARY TRAUMA & SELF-CARE IN FIELD-BASED SOCIAL RESEARCH

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.
PROGRAM
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.
6 November 2018, 15-17, University of Turku (Minerva, Kaivokatu 12)

Project launch INSTRUMENTAL NARRATIVES: THE LIMITS OF STORYTELLING AND NEW STORY-CRITICAL NARRATIVE THEORY (2018-2022)

Selma’s new Academy of Finland project will be introduced by the project leader Hanna Meretoja, the aims and key issues of the project will be discussed in a roundtable by the project members Marta Cenedese, Colin Davis, Johanna Kaakinen, Anu Laukkanen, Päivi Kosonen, Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, Nena Mocnik, Jouni Teittinen. Read more about the project here.

7 November, 10-15, University of Turku (venue TBC)

 TRAUMA STUDIES WORKSHOP

by Colin Davis, Royal Holloway, University of London & University of Turku
Workshop is open to MA & PhD students and researchers. More information follows.
19 November 2018, 8.30-17.30, Agora lecture hall XXII (University of Turku)

Symposium IMAGINING CITY FUTURES ACROSS DISCIPLINES

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 the future 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 futures are told, and the implications of such discursive strategies. 
PROGRAM
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.
10.15-11.45 FORECASTING, FUTURE VISIONS, AND PLANNING
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
13.00-14:30 CITY FUTURES ACROSS MEDIA
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   
14:30-16 AGENCY & CITY FUTURES
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                                                          
16.00-17.00 COFFEE & ROUNDTABLE
Methods, approaches and things ahead in Imagining City Futures across Disciplines
Should you request more information about the event, please contact directly the coordinator, Lieven Amel (lieven.ameel@utu.fi).
22 November, 13-18 (venue TBC)

ELÄMÄ JA FIKTIO -SEMINAARI (in Finnish)

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 myöhemmin SELMAn kautta). Seminaarin ohjelma tarkentuu syksyn kuluessa.
24 September 2018 – 10 December, 15-17, Mediatutkimuksen käsikirjasto/Media Studies Library (University of Turku, Minerva, Kaivokatu 12)

KIRJOITUSPIIRI: HUMANISTISEN KIRJOITTAMISEN ULOTTUVUUDET/ WRITING CIRCLE: DIMENSIONS OF HUMANISTIC WRITING (in Finnish & English)

by Niina Oisalo, PhD student and writer
Haluaisitko koetella akateemisen kirjoittamisen rajoja, mutta et ole vielä saanut kerättyä riittävästi rohkeutta? Miten käsitellä muistia, omaelämäkerrallisuutta, kokemusta, affekteja ja muita monitahoisia teemoja kirjoitusprosessissa? Miten löytää oma tyyli akateemisena kirjoittajana?
Kertomuksen, kokemuksen ja muistin tutkimuksen verkosto SELMA järjestää yhteistyössä Junon kanssahistorian, kulttuurin ja taiteiden tutkimuksen oppiaineiden tutkijoille ja maisteriopiskelijoille avoimen kirjoituspiirin, jossa pohditaan humanistisen tieteellisen kirjoittamisen eri ulottuvuuksia ja mahdollisuuksia. Piirin työskentely pohjautuu vertaistukeen ja keskusteluun. Lisäksi teemme yhdessä lyhyitä kirjoitusharjoituksia, joiden avulla etsiä omaa ääntä. Kirjoituspiirin aiheista, työskentelyn kimmokkeena toimivista lukemistoista/muusta materiaalista ja piirin työtavoista sovitaan ensimmäisellä kerralla, joten jos haluat vaikuttaa ohjelmaan, tule silloin paikalle.
Kirjoituspiiri kokoontuu neljä kertaa syyslukukauden aikana:
24 .09, 22.10.,19.11.10.12.

In english: 

Centre for the study of storytelling, experientiality and memory, SELMA, organises, in collaboration with the doctoral programme Juno,organises a writing circle for researchers and Master’s students of the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, who wish to search for new dimensions in their academic writing. The writing circle main methods of working are peer support and discussions. We will also do some short writing exercises during the meetings in order to get new ideas on how to develop your own style as a writer, as well as use inspiring texts/other material to stimulate discussions.
The writing circle meets four times during the Autumn Semester:
24 .09, 22.10.,19.11.10.12.
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