Upcoming Events




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

A Conversation with Martin Winckler (author)

For the last seminar of this season, we will be in conversation with French/Canadian author and physician Martin Winckler. We will talk about reproductive rights, writing, and the intersections between medicine and literature.

Martin Winckler is a French M.D. and short story, novel and essay writer. His novels and essays address the French medical system, the relationships (and power struggles) between caregivers/physicians and patients, patient rights, and women’s health. Among his published works by P.O.L. are: La Vacation (1989); La Maladie de Sachs (1998, published in English as The Case of Dr Sachs, Seven Stories Press 2000); Les Trois Médecins (2004); Le Chœur des femmes (2009); En souvenir d’André (2012); L’Ecole des soignantes (P.O.L, 2019). His essay Les Brutes en Blanc (2016, “Brutes in white coats”) called out the institutionalized brutality of medical practice in France, which enraged the French medical establishment to the point that the “Ordre des médecins” (France’s medical regulatory board) issued a statement to condemn the book as “a caricature of reality”. Since then, many other publications have confirmed his descriptions and analyses. He is also the author of Contraceptions mode d’emploi (2001, 2003 and 2007) and most recently C’est mon corps. Tout ce que veulent savoir les femmes sur leur santé (L’Iconoclaste 2020). He writes on martinwinckler.com and tweets at @MartinWinckler.

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


11 – 12th November, Enviromental Narratives: History, Memory, Trauma – CALL FOR PAPERS!

University of Turku

Environmental Narratives: History, Memory, Trauma is a two-day symposium of presentations and discussions on experiencing, narrating, and remembering places in natural environments. The symposium’s theme is closely related to the interdisciplinary research conducted in SELMA, which explores the interrelations between storytelling, experientiality, and cultural memory. We are especially interested in contributions examining traumatic histories of natural sites, people’s ways of experiencing and narrating specific places in nature, memories of water, forests and other natural environments, water and forests as poetic spaces of mind and memory, and representations of nature and the environment in literature and other media, and of the environmental change in the age of the Anthropocene. The concepts we are interested in exploring range from Simon Schama’s “landscape and memory” to Timothy Morton’s “ecological trauma”. We invite papers on these and related topics in fiction and non-fiction, film, poetry, cultural narratives, history, and folklore.

The symposium’s keynote speaker is Dr Helena Duffy (University of Wrocław, Poland/University of Warwick, UK) and the title of her talk is “We Are Not out of the Woods Yet: The Forest as a Site of Polish Holocaust Memory in Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida”.

  • Please send your abstract (200–250 words) for a 20-minute paper and a short bio (50–100 words) to Markku Lehtimäki (markku.lehtimaki@utu.fi) by 31 August 2022.