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PREMIS 10 April: Sven-Johan Spånberg

You are most welcome to attend the second last PREMIS seminar of the year on Wednesday 10 April (16-18 in Panorama, Arken) when  Sven-Johan Spånberg, Professor Emeritus of English at Umeå University, will come and give a lecture on Walt Whitman (1819-1892), in particular his personal background as well as issues related to the political context of his works and the many editions of his Leaves of Grass. Promises to be an excellent introduction to the author for anyone interested! Please see the poster for the event here.

PREMIS 3 April: Pia Ahlbäck

You’re very welcome to join the next PREMIS seminar on Wednesday 3 April, 16-18 in Panorama, Arken! Pia Ahlbäck from the Comparative Literature department will come and give a talk with the title “Competing Temporalities. Chrononormativity in 21st Century
Finland-Swedish Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture”. She will share about a project funded by the Swedish Literature Society in Finland, “Competing Temporalities”. The project emphasizes the need to re-think time and temporality in the present historical
context of climate change, and in her talk, Pia will introduce some of its key concepts and materials. You can view the poster for the event here.

Doctoral defence, 27 April 2019: Petter Skult

FM Petter SKult Öhman from English Language and Literature, Åbo Akademi University, will defend his doctoral thesis on Saturday, 27th April, at 13 in Auditorium Armfelt, Arken (Fabriksgatan 2 / Tehtaankatu 2).

The thesis is entitled: The End of the World as We Know It: Theoretical Perspectives on Apocalyptic Science Fiction.
The opponent is Professor Adam C. Roberts (Royal Holloway, University of London). Custos is Professor Anthony Johnson.

Apart from the lectio praecursoria in Swedish, the defence will take place in English.

PREMIS 21 November: Guy Gunaratne

Welcome to the November PREMIS seminar where author Guy Gunaratne will be speaking with the title “The Englishness of Street Verse”! See the poster here.

Guy will also host a seminar on Contemporary London Literature with Jason Finch on Tuesday 20 November 16-18, to which all students, staff, and researchers are welcome. Please sign up by Monday 12 November by sending an e-mail to aihaataj@abo.fi. On 13 November a text for discussion in the seminar will be circulated to those who have signed up.