Venue and Time Schedule: Peace and Understanding: A Ricoeurian View

Peace and Understanding: A Ricoeurian View

September 14-16, 2023

Åbo Akademi University

Turku (Åbo), Finland


Venue: Arken, Faculty of Humanities, Psychology, and Theology, Tehtaankatu 2 (Fabriksgatan 2) View on map!

Time schedule:

Thursday 14th September

Room Westermarck C 101

13.00-13.30 Registration – participants will be guided from the entrance Aula (A on the map) to Room Westermarck

13.30-14.00 Introduction and words of welcome by Björn & Timo; presentation of the Polin-institute by Coordinator Laura Wickström

14.00-16.00 Key note by Dr. Marianne Moyaert ”Ricoeur and a social justice approach to interfaith dialogue” + discussion (chair Björn) Abstract – click here!

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.30 Paper sessions (3 presentations – chair Timo)

The Narrative Identity of Peace: A Ricoeurian aspect on living together in a world of polarized views (Terhi Törmä, Diocese of Tampere)

Ricoeur and the Possibility of Constitutive Ethics as a Path of Peace (Michele Kueter Petersen, St. Ambrose University)

Populist Post-truth Politics, and Ricœur’s Hermeneutics (Patrik Fridlund, University of Lund)

18.30 Light dinner in the Aula of Arken (by the Entrance, A on the map)


Friday 15th September 

Room Voltaire  M 127 (First floor – continue forward when you enter the building: map)

9.00-10.30 Paper sessions (3 presentations – chair Marianne)

Peace in business? Applying Ricœur’s vocabulary of recognition in business ethics
(Anna Seppänen, CoHumans, Strassbourg)

Violence and Narrative in Just Institutions: Ricoeur’s Oneself as Another after Marx
(Michael Deckard, Lenoir-Rhyne University)

The Non-Peace in Self-Affirmation: Occupied Spatiality and the Economic Thing
(Timo Helenius, Åbo Akademi University)

10.30-11.00 Coffee break (outside room Voltaire)

11.00-12.00 Paper sessions (2 presentations – chair Björn)

Doughnut Model by Kate Raworth as a Living Metaphor for Sustainable Future. Some Remarks from A Ricoeurian Perspective (Jari Visto, STEP Education, The Church Resources Agency)

Embodied Peace and the Natural World: Ricoeur’s Phenomenology of Embodiment as an Ecological Maker (Cristina Vendra, University Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Czech Republic)

12.00 Lunch in the Café Arken-restaurant, N on the map

13.00-14.00 Time for recreation, for example a visit to the Cathedral

14.00-15.30 Paper sessions (3 presentations – chair Cristina)

Fragility and fallibility as sources for mourning, reconciliation and hope (Björn Vikström, Åbo Akademi University)

Reconciliation, Ethics, and Mimesis: An Investigation of Swedish Hymns Inspired by Paul Ricoeur (Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson, University College Stockholm)

Refiguration of narrative identity through eschatological perspective (Jonghyuk Chang, Jena University)

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

Room Helikon A 202 (second floor, stairs from the Aula/entrance: map)

16.00-18.00 Key note by Dr Brian Gregor “Peace and Violence in the Ontology of Creation”   + discussion (chair Timo) Abstract – click here!

19.30 Conference dinner in Restaurant Tårget (Linnankatu 3), view on map


Saturday 16th September

Room Helikon A 202 (second floor, stairs from the Aula/entrance: map)

9.00-10.30 Paper session (3 presentations – chair Björn)

Memory Work as a Precondition of Just Society (Dagmar Kusá, Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts)

The memorial writing of W.G. Sebald: a Ricoeurian approach (Marco Franceschina, University of Milan)

Memory and Burial: To make Peace with one’s Past (Karl Racette, Université de Montréal)

10.30 Coffee break

11.00-12.00 Panel discussion lead by Dr Cristina Vendra

12 Conclusion

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