Upcoming Events


See past events organised in 2023 here.



POSTPONED PhD Roundtable – Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory

2pm, Arcanum

SELMA invites PhD researchers interested in the topics of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory to give short presentations about their PhD projects and experiences as a PhD researcher. This event includes 3 to 5 15-minute presentations by PhD students and a talk by Dr. Kaisa Ilmonen, who will tell us about her experiences working in the academic world.

After the presentations we will continue informal discussion with coffee and some snacks. 

Would you like to participate in the roundtable? Please send our coordinator Liisa (lianme@utu.fi) a short email with your name and the title of your presentation by the 19th of May. We welcome presentations in English and in Finnish. 


5th June, Cultural Memory and Social Change Reading Group

Monday, 5 June at 3–4 pm

Material: Mihai, Mihaela. 2022. “Tracing the Double Erasure.” In Political Memory and the Aesthetics of Care: The Art of Complicity and Resistance, 22–45. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

Chair: Ksenia Fiaduta, Doctoral Researcher in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, Autonomous University of Barcelona

If you would like to participate, please email Ksenia (kfipro@utu.fi) or Jonna Paavilainen (jomanu@utu.fi) for access to the book chapter.

Link to Zoom meeting: https://utu.zoom.us/j/67196078107


5th June, INTERACT seminar: Studying Activism. Activism in Research and Reading

Arcanum A112 and on Zoom, 5 June 2023, 13–17

Originating from the long tradition of Black feminist social movements and literature, intersectionality today is a research tool that conceptualizes multiple, relational and complex workings of power connected to factors that are relevant to our socio-cultural experience. According to Patricia Hill Collins (2016), intersectionality is both a critical inquiry and a critical practice. In this seminar we focus on intersectional practices, activism and the dialogue between academy and activism.
We warmly welcome everybody to join our biannual discussion forum for intersectionality, reading, social justice, and activism. Our project tackles the challenge of inequality by concentrating on intersectional forms of activism and their potential in increasing social justice and educational democracy.

See full programme and links for registration here. The event is for registered participants only, but registration is free of charge.


15 – 17th June 2023,  Narrative Matters Conference 2023. Instrumental Narratives: Narrative Studies and the Storytelling Boom

University of Tampere

Within the project “Instrumental Narratives” we wish to welcome you to the 11th Narrative Matters conference at Tampere. The conference positions narrative scholars in the midst of the storytelling boom. Everyone is urged to share their story today, from consumers to multinational corporations, from private citizens to nation states. Storytelling consultants are thriving in today’s storytelling economy, but where are narrative scholars? Do the professional analyzers and theorizers of narrative have a say in the current storytelling boom? How to engage in a societal dialogue and debate as a narrative scholar?

Pre-conference workshops, hosted by Jens Brockmeier, Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Stefan Iversen & Ann Phoenix, will take place on Wednesday, June 14th. More information on registration and participation will be available by the end of September 2022!

  • Call for papers has ended in October 2022.