Upcoming Events



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

Winning, J. (2020):  Trauma, Illness and Narrative in the Medical Humanities. In C. Davis & H. Meretoja (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma, 266–274. Routledge.

Chair: Hanna Meretoja (Professor, Literary Studies and Creative Writing) & Sanna Salanterä (Professor, Clinical Nursing Science)

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


Tuesday 26 April, 14–16 EET – NORDIC VOICES – Online reading circle: Personal testimonies and museum communication

14:00-14:15 Anne Heimo (University of Turku) and Anne Brædder (University of Roskilde): Welcome and introduction to the NOS-HS network “Nordic Voices: The use of oral history and personal memories in public history settings.

14:15-14:40 Introductory round and 10minutes break

14:40-15:50: Discussion of the two texts, introduced by Iben Vyff (Museums of Elsinore & Roskilde University) and Anne Brædder.

  1. Anette Day (2009) “‘They listened to my voice’: The refugee communities history project and belonging: Voices of London’s refugees” in Oral History vol. 37:1 pp. 95-106
  2. Andrea Witcomb (2019): “Oral history and First-person Narratives in Migration Exhibitions: Tracking Relations Between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’” in Darian-Smith and Hamilton Remembering Migration pp. 203-217.

15:50-16:00 Anne Brædder: Wrapping up and final remarks

The reading circle will take place via zoom. Please register with Anne Brædder by April 22, 2022 if you wish to participate: annebra@ruc.dk.

The zoom-link will be sent to registered participants on April 25, 2022. If you have trouble accessing the texts, please be in contact.


Tuesday 26 April, 16–17:30 EET – SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar – Season 3: (Counter)Narratives of Reproduction

Zaina Mahmoud (PhD Candidate, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, School of Law, University of Exeter), Meera Somji (LSE), & Rhianna Ilube (Associate Director, Coney): “Surrogacy Act!”

Link to registration: https://utu.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5ArcO6pqz4rGN2OHViSSQFtepvLN8-zMiSD




Tuesday 10 May, 15:30h – “Speak Up! Student Round Table” – Kirkjakahvila cafe, Turku

In this Round Table, four Students from different BA and MA will be giving short presentations about their theses and works in progress. They will give a 15-minute presentation each and afterwards, everybody in the audience will be able to participate in an open discussion about the questions and topics presented. Taking place in Kirjakahvila, we will have the chance to enjoy the afternoon also with some coffee or tea.

15:30 – Welcome and short presentation of SELM

15:45 – Presentations by Hilla Pohjalainen, Liisa Merivuori, Lasperii Kainulainen and Marta Girabal

17:00h – Round table and open discussion

17:45h – Round table finishes.




Wednesday 25 May, 15–17 EET – Cultural Memory and Social Change seminar: “Narrative Warfare: Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory in the Era of a New World Order”

In order to understand how Russia’s war in Ukraine is possible, it is important to analyse what kind of narratively mediated view of reality, conception of history, and national identity the Russian state-owned media has built and sustained for years. Competing narratives also play a central role in other major global crises of our times, such as the pandemic and ecological crisis. Cultural narratives shape social reality and they can be used as a weapon in moulding public opinion.  This seminar explores narrative warfare and the role of narratives as a means of building cultural memory and identity.

The seminar will take place in the Main building at the University of Turku, Lecture Room II, Säästöpankki (1st floor, Main Building, University Hill). For more information and link to registration, please click here.

Tuesday 31 May, 16–17 EET – SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar – Season 3: (Counter)Narratives of Reproduction

Charlotte Jones (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, University of Exeter): “Rethinking the ‘choice’ paradigm: Reproductive support and community solidarities for people with variations of sex characteristics”

Link to registration: https://utu.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5ArcO6pqz4rGN2OHViSSQFtepvLN8-zMiSD



14–17 June IABA WORLD CONFERENCE 2022: Life-Writing: Imagining the Past, Present and Future

On 14–17 June 2022, the 12th International Association for Biography and Autobiography (IABA) World Conference will take place in Turku, Finland. The main organizer is the research centre SELMA – Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory, University of Turku.

The registration for the conference, that was originally meant to happen in June 2020, is now ongoing – please, follow IABA-Turku website to receive the latest news and updates about registration and programme. SELMA warmly welcomes life writing scholars to Turku in Summer 2022!

We are also looking for student volunters aiming to be part of it. Please, find here our open call to apply for these positions.


Tuesday 28 June, 16–17 EET – SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar – Season 3: (Counter)Narratives of Reproduction

Marc Zaffran (Martin Winckler) (author): “TBC”

Link to registration: https://utu.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5ArcO6pqz4rGN2OHViSSQFtepvLN8-zMiSD