Seminar of Cultural Memory: Mediated Memory of Responsibility

18 November, 3–5pm (GMT)

For more information see here

All are welcome to attend this free event. Places are limited so please register in advance online. Registration is open here.

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30 October, 10 am (online Zoom event)

In this presentation, France Grenaudier-Klijn (Massey University, New Zealand) will discuss examples of the strategies, imagery, and rhetorical devices Anna Langfus has recourse to in her survivors’ narratives, which are all three centred around the question of post-Holocaust identity.

For more information on the talk and for the Zoom meeting details, see here.

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After an abrupt end to our activities during the spring, we are happy to be back with a very exciting series of events.

See the FALL 2020 PROGRAMME here.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook​ for regular updates!

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Due to the current epidemic and the closing down of the university from 18 March onward, we have to cancel all SELMA events for this Spring. Since we cannot know for certain how long these measures will last, we are cancelling all the events scheduled for April and May – in accordance with university regulations that have suspended all teaching and events at least until 31 May.

We hope to reschedule the Spring SELMA events to the Autumn, including Rita Felski’s guest lecture. We will inform you about the updated Autumn programme by August 2020 the latest.

Last Friday we decided to cancel the IABA World conference that was due to take place in Turku in June: the conference is now rescheduled for next year, 15-18 June 2021. We will send information to all those who had already registered. We will also open the CFP for a short period in early Autumn. If you are interested in the conference, please follow the IABA webpage and social media channels (FB, Twitter) to get the updated information.

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Gender and blackness in African Francophone autobiographical literature written by Ken Bugul – Kaiju Harinen

Failing in Gender: Narratives of Embodied Vulnerability – Lotta Kähkönen

For more information, see here

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In anticipation of Rita Felski’s honorary doctorate and address at the end of May, SELMA is organizing a ‘Rita Felski Reading Group’, open to all. The reading group will be run by Viola Capkova and Riitta Jytilä, and the first two sessions will be on 3 March and 7 April at 16–18 in the coffee room of literary studies (Artium). The reading group will culminate in Felski’s lecture on 27 May. More details will follow.


5 March, 12–14, Minerva, Jäntere E121 (University of Turku, Kaivokatu 12)

Gender Perspective on Memory and Narrative

With Kaiju Harinen and Lottamari Kähkönen

8 April, 14–16, Minerva, Litzen E117, (University of Turku, Kaivokatu 12)

Reading Seminar in collaboration with ‘Gender and Textuality Seminar’:

Immersions: Reading with water

With Olga Cielemecka and Anastasia Khodyreva


Histories of Death Symposium

19–21 February 2020

Link to the programme here. Individual sessions and keynotes are open to all but there is still time to register as a full participant. For more details and registration see here

Comics, Migration, Minorities

3–5 June, 2020

VENUE: School of History, Culture and Arts Studies at the University of Turku

IABA World Turku 2020
Life-Writing: Imagining the Past, Present and Future

9–12 June, 2020

Registration is open with early-bird fee until 29 February. Final registration by 10 May. Follow this link

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New Year’s Wishes

SELMA wishes you a very happy new year!
We will be back with the spring events programme soon.

Meanwhile, please note that registration for IABA Turku 2020 is open! Follow this link. Also, registration for the ‘Histories of Death Symposium’ (19–21 February) is open here.

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Event organized in collaboration with the Academy of Finland postdoctoral project Memory Unchained (SA 308661)

Oral history refers to a research field that focuses on memory as a subjective, communicative, and social faculty with a radical emancipatory potential. Moreover, oral history refers to practices of generating historical information by means of interviewing and to interpretations of history based on this information. As a field, oral history research has already reached the status of an established multidisciplinary enterprise. Considering the radical and critical roots of oral history, however, critical interrogations of its premises – such as its strong emphasis on verbal and textual dimensions of memory and its position vis-à-vis various other related disciplines (e.g. memory studies, queer history) – remain scarce. This seminar will focus on new perspectives in and on oral history and memory from various methodological and disciplinary perspectives.

Registration for this event is now closed.

More information on the seminar’s schedule and speakers here.

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Event organised in collaboration with Centre for Artistic Research and the History forum (University of Arts), Helsinki

How are we, as researchers, touched by people from the past, and how could we, in turn, touch our audiences? How to transform a monument into a human being, Jean into Janne? And what if someone from the past sent us a letter, what would we reply?

Come to discuss these questions at a salon of artists and researcher at the Theatre Academy on Wednesday, November 13 at 15:00–19:00.

For more information about the programme see the CfAR wepage here

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LECTURE – Queering the Trenches: The Homoerotic Accents in François Ozon’s Frantz (2016)

5 November 2019, 13–15, Hovi V105 (Artium, Sirkkala Campus, Kaivokatu 12)

In her talk ‘Queering the Trenches: The Homoerotic Accents in François Ozon’s Frantz (2016)’, Dr Helena Duffy argues that, by queering death in the treches, French filmmaker Ozon explores both the association between queerness and the negation of reproductive futurism, and the linked conception of the queer as the site of society’s death drive.

More information here

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