Book Reading 27th April: ‘The Impossible City: Writing Home’

On the 27th of April in the City Library of Turku at 17:30 there will be a book reading by the writer, editor, and journalist Karen Cheung from her book The Impossible City: A Hong Kong Memoir. 

The work of nonfiction portraying the younger generation of the city, its spirit and its underground music scene draws on the author’s personal experiences and has been named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and The Economist.

Find additional information regarding the event at the Turku City Library’s website and on Facebook.

SPREMI 20 April 2023: Debopam Das

Welcome to SPREMI on Thursday 20 April, 2023, at 3 pm in Helikon (A202, Arken, Tehtaankatu 2).

The speaker of the day is university lecturer Debopam Das (English Language and Literature, ÅAU).). His topic is “Structuring discourse through discourse relations and relational signals.” The talk combines grammar, text, and discourse as well as semantics.

Further information can be found in the abstract.

The seminar can also be attended online at: (Meeting ID: 663 1270 3059)

Everybody is welcome!

SPREMI 23 March 2023: Janne Skaffari

Welcome to SPREMI on Thursday 23 March at 15.15-17 in Helikon (A202, Arken, Tehtaankatu 2).

The speaker of the day is docent Janne Skaffari (English Department, University of Turku). His topic is multilingualism in written texts, and the title of his talk is “Flags out for multilingualism: managing the ‘other’ language in manuscripts.” Abstract

The seminar can also be attended online at: (Meeting ID: 663 1270 3059)

Everybody is welcome!

PREMIS 28 September: Chris Schimkowsky

Welcome to the first PREMIS seminar of the new academic year!

On 28 September 2022 (16:00-18:00), Dr Christoph Schimkowsky will present his work on ‘The Visual Communication of ‘Correct’ Passenger Conduct: Design Challenges of Transit Etiquette Poster Campaigns by Urban Railway Providers in Tokyo

Details are in the attachment. The seminar will take place in Helikon (A202) (Arken, Tehtaankatu 2)

PREMIS is the literary and cultural research seminar of English Language and Literature at Åbo Akademi University.

All are welcome!

Introductory meetings, Monday 5 September

The new academic year at the department starts with three introductory meetings on Monday 5 September in Källan C201

  • New students, 9.00-9.45
  • Other BA students, 10.00-10.30
  • MA students, 10.45-11.30

The introduction is an important occasion where you will get a lot of essential information concerning your studies. So do come along!

There will be a film screening event on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. We’ll be showing Kiwi Chow’s latest documentary entitled Revolution of Our Times (2021). The film is banned in Hong Kong but has been shown elsewhere in the world, including at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. The film also won best documentary at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards in 2021.

The event takes place at 16:00 in aud. Helikon, Arken.

The film poster and further details can be found here

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Tso, Postdoctoral Researcher, English Language and Literature (

All are welcome! No need to sign up.

SPREMI 7 April: Professor Christopher Schmidt (German, ÅAU)

Welcome to SPREMI on Thursday 7 April, 2022, at 3 pm.

Professor Christopher Schmidt (German Language and Literature, ÅA) will give a talk in English, entitled: “Culture-specific conceptualization in LSP: A cross-cultural study on cognitive models in German and Swedish organizational theory”

The abstract.

The seminar will take place online at: (Meeting ID: 663 1270 3059)