AUTUMN SEMESTER 2021
Tuesday 14 September, 16–17 EEST
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
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
TEACHERS’ READING MEMORIES AS A BASIS FOR PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATIONS – TWO PERSPECTIVES (IKI-TARU-PROJECT) 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
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
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
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.
23 November, 16–17 EET
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)”
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.firstname.lastname@example.org).
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).
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
PASSION AND POLITICS IN THE FINNISH UNION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS (SUOMEN TEINILIITTO), 1960S TO 1980S 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
SPRING SEMESTER 2021
Wednesday 18 August, 19–21 EET, Sibelius Museum, Turku and online
“D/Other,” Astrid Swan and Hanna Meretoja Aboagora – Between Arts and Sciences
Medical Humanities Seminar Series
Season 1, “Narratives of Illness”
More information here
Narrating Violence: Making Race, Making Difference 15–17 March, University of Turku and ONLINE 29–31 March, American University of Paris and ONLINE
14 January 2021, 7pm CET (8pm EET)
Pandemic Storytelling, event series organized by ACCELS (Aachen Centre for Cognitive and Empirical Literary Studies)
- Stefan Iversen (Aarhus University): Kategoria and Corona: Accusations as Narrative Rhetoric
- Hanna Meretoja (University of Turku): Pandemic Storytelling and Agency
The 90-minute event takes place live via Zoom and consists of 60 minutes reserved for the two presentations, followed by a 30 minute Q&A discussion round afterwards. You can find more information and abstracts of both talks here.