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Save the date! Seminar: Literature without borders 18.3.2016

The Nordic countries are becoming more and more multilingual, and many writers living in the Nordic countries are writing in other languages than the Nordic ones. The increasing multilingualism of the North brings new possibilities, but also challenges to the field of literature. What is the position of the writers writing in other languages than the national ones within the literary field and how does literature travel across language and national borders in the Nordic countries?

The aim of the seminar Literature without borders is to examine the literary field from a multilingual perspective and to find new approaches and solutions to the problems that these writers are facing in the field of Nordic literature.

Time and place

The seminar will take place in the Nordic Culture Point in Helsinki 18.3.2016 at 9.00-18.00. The day will continue with multilingual literature club in the International Cultural Centre Caisa at 19.00. Final program and the enrolment for the seminar will be announced on 1.12.2015.


Confirmed speakers are e.g. Inger-Mari Aikio (FIN), Manal Al Sheikh (NO), Kerstin Bennett (Kulturrådet, NO), Heidi Grönstrand (the project Multilingualism in Contemporary Literature in Finland), Vuokko Hirvonen (Sámi allaskuvla), Anisur Rahman (SWE), Jesper Söderström (Författarfond, SWE) and Thomas Wallgren (SDP).


The languages of the seminar are Scandinavian languages and English. Scandinavian languages will be interpreted into English.

For whom?

The seminar is open for everyone working in the field of culture and interested in literature.


The seminar will be organized in cooperation with Culture for All Service, The Finnish Critics' Association, The Finnish Reading Centre, Finnish PEN, The International Cultural Centre Caisa, The Nordic Culture Point and Sivuvalo project.

More information

Rita Paqvalén
Project manager, Culture for all
+358 (0)40 674 3528

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