SELMA’s directors Hanna and Maarit


Hanna Meretoja, Comparative Literature, University of Turku

Vice Director:

Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, Cultural History,  University of Turku


Marta-Laura Cenedese, TIAS and Comparative Literature, University of Turku

Steering group:

Lieven Ameel, TIAS, University of Turku

Helena Duffy, TIAS, University of Turku

Pertti Grönholm, European and World History, University of Turku

Ira Hansen, English, University of Turku

Anne Heimo, Folkloristics, University of Turku

Kaisa Ilmonen, Comparative Literature, University of Turku

Päivi Kosonen, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Literature Therapy, University of Turku

Sanna Salanterä, Nursing Sciences, University of Turku

Karoliina Sjö, Cultural History, University of Turku

Kirsi Tuohela, Finnish Literature/Cultural History, University of Turku

Avril Tynan, TIAS, University of Turku


Jason Finch, English Language and Literature, Åbo Akademi

Liisa Lalu, Cultural History, University of Turku

Kati Launis, Finnish Literature, University of Turku

Tiina Lintunen, Contemporary History, University of Turku

Tiina Mahlamäki, Comparative Religion, University of Turku

Marjo Nieminen, Education, Faculty of Education, University of Turku

Tutta Palin, Art History, University of Turku

Niina Repo, Creative Writing, University of Turku

Anna Sivula, Cultural Heritage Studies, University of Turku

Elina Valovirta, English, University of Turku

Susanna Välimäki, Musicology, University of Turku

International Advisory Board:

Molly Andrews, Professor of Political Psychology, Co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London

Timothy Ashplant, SRF of the Centre for Life Writing Research, King’s College, University of London

Mieke Bal, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Professor, University of Amsterdam

Clare Brant, Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Department of English, King’s College London

Jens Brockmeier, Professor of Psychology, The American University of Paris

Colin Davis, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Holocaust Research Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London

Mark Freeman, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society, College of the Holy Cross

Liesbeth Korthals Altes, Professor of General Literature, University of Groningen

Leena Kurvet-Käosaar, Associate Professor of Literary Theory, University of Tartu / Eesti kirjandusmuuseum, Estonian literary archives

Eneken Laanes, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Tallinn University

Maria Mäkelä, Comparative Literature, University of Tampere

Birgitte Possing, Professor, National Archives, Denmark

Anna Reading, Professor of Culture and Creative Industries, King’s College London

Ann Rigney, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Utrecht

Michael Rothberg, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles

Brian Schiff, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the George and Irina Schaffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights, and Conflict Prevention at the American University of Paris

Maria Tamboukou, Professor of Feminist Studies, Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London