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.

The thesis is available at http://www.doria.fi/handle/10024/168350

PREMIS 6 March: Professor Benoit Doyon-Gosselin

The second PREMIS seminar of the year  will take place Wednesday 6 March 15-17 in Panorama, Arken. Then we will hear a lecture titled ‘Hermeneutic and Fictional Spaces’ from Professor Benoit Doyon-Gosselin (l’Université de Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada), followed by discussion. The talk will be about his work on Canadian literature and particularly the approach he has created for examining fictional spaces such as the house. You are very welcome to join us!

Please note that the seminar is held at an exceptional time, starting already at three. It is done in collaboration with French Language and Literature at ÅAU and The Embassy of Canada to Finland, Helsinki. Here is a poster for the event.

 

PREMIS 27 February: Kevin Doyle

Welcome to the first PREMIS session of the year! On 27 February, we have Kevin Doyle speaking. He is a playwright who is currently Invited Artist at the KONE foundation Saari Residence. He will come and share some of his thoughts on US politics, on his travels  in the US and abroad, and on his work in dramaturgy. We are meeting 16-18 in Helikon, Arken. Please see the poster for the event here.

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.