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Today’s Literature, Tomorrow’s Literary History: Do Immigrant Authors Transform Finnish Literature? seminar at the Finnish Literature Society (SKS)

The seminar, which is a part of the project “Toward More Inclusive Finnish Literature,” aims to gather immigrant authors, residing in Finland, along with scholars, researchers and anyone engaged in literature produced by immigrant authors. 

The seminar provides the ground for all participants, especially immigrant authors, to not only engage in mind-provoking speeches, panels and discussions and exchange their own experience and expertise with regard to multilingualism, translation and publication but also enjoy listening to some poetry and prose readings by authors.

Time: 26.10.2018 / 10-17h

Place: Finnish Literature Society (SKS), Great Hall, Hallituskatu 1, Helsinki. The entrance for the disabled is via the front door on the Mariankatu side of the SKS buiding.

The seminar is free of charge (lunch not included).

Please register to the seminar by 20th October.


10:15h Opening and poetry reading

Mehdi Ghasemi and Carina Chela

10:30–11h The Finnish Literature Society (SKS), its Archives and the question of non-dominant languages

Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen and Katri Kivilaakso

11-12h The project Toward a More Inclusive Finnish Literature, followed by comments and prose reading   Mehdi Ghasemi and Joop Wassenaar

12-13h Lunch (at the attendees own cost)

13:15-14h Keynote: The Status of Language Diversity in Finnish Literary History Today

Olli Löytty

14-14:30h Panel debate: Reflections on Multilingualism in Today’s Finnish Literature and Culture

Hussein Muhammed, Tanya Tynjälä and Sirpa Kähkönen. Moderator: Rita Paqvalén

14:30-15:15h Poetry reading with Ye Yint Thet Zwe

Coffee break     

15:15-16h Short Presentations: Praxis on the Lit ground 

Culture for All (Rita Paqvalén), Sivuvalo (Zoila Forss), Globe Art Point (Kemê Pellicer) & Mutanttikieltä (Daniel Malpica)

16-16:30h Open Discussion: How to Make Most of the Immigrant Authors’ Potentials in Finland? Moderator: Kari Tulinius

16:30-17h Screening: Interviews with writers 

90th anniversary of the Finnish PEN

Final remarks: Daniel Malpica

17h Wine and snacks

In cooperation with SKS, PoDoCo - Post Docs in Companies, Culture for All, Globe Art Point, Mutanttikieltä project (supported by Koneen säätiö), Suomen PEN and Sivuvalo.

For more information and how to register see Finnish Literature Society's website.

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