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BORDERS -- Call for Workshop Proposals

VIII Conference on Cultural Studies
December 3−4, 2015, University of Oulu, Finland

The 8th Conference on Cultural Studies in Finland will take place on December 3−4, 2015 at the University of Oulu. The theme of this year’s conference is Borders. The conference discusses and problematizes the meanings and manifestations of various kinds of borders, both concrete and more metaphorical or symbolic by nature. Borders can mark distinction and otherness, wherein exclusion is made on grounds of gender, ethnicity, class, culture, or language, for instance. On the other hand, borders can be crossed and blurred, as for example in multidisciplinary research of which Cultural Studies itself is a good example. Borders can also function as an inclusive construction, in which case their significance lies in their ability to connect. However, defining borders is often more or less an artificial act, as for example the discussion concerning imagined communities has demonstrated. Therefore borders can also be deconstructed and made open to negotiations.

We are now inviting workshop proposals on topics related to the theme of the conference. An abstract (max. 300 words) should be sent to rajat@oulu.fi no later than March 31, 2015. The workshop chairs will be notified of the approval by April 15, 2015. The workshops can be held in Finnish, Swedish, Sami or English. Upon submitting your proposal, please inform the committee which of the conference days (Thu, Fri, or both) is best suitable for your workshop.

The conference is organized by the Society for Cultural Studies in Finland and the University of Oulu.

Welcome to Oulu!

Organizing Committee of Borders − The 8th Conference on Cultural Studies in Finland
Society for Cultural Studies in Finland

For more information, visit http://kultut.fi

What: Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy Scholars
When: June 25, 2015
Where: On a Cruise Ship from Turku to Mariehamn, en route to Archipelacon

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 April, 2015 (at 23:59).

 

This summer Archipelacon – The Nordic Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in Mariehamn brings together a wide range of scholarly perspectives on the speculative and the fantastic during its Academic Track. Presentations of papers span over three days, participating in the discussion on the many ways which genres such as fantasy, science fiction, and horror take its readers, users, and consumers beyond the boundaries of the actual.

The Archipelacon Academic Track takes the place of the traditional, annual conference of science fiction and fantasy scholars, which is usually hosted in conjunction with Finncon. However, The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (Finfar) also organises a more casual workshop for students and scholars of all levels on board the cruise ship from Turku to Mariehamn on Thursday 25 June – en route to Archipelacon!

The workshop is for all kinds of scholars focusing on science fiction and fantasy who want peer support and expert comments – whether you are working towards a seminar essay, article, MA thesis or a PhD.

Due to the participatory nature of the workshop and limitations on time and space, the workshop is open only for the participants and designated commentators.

The commentators at the workshop will include Dr Merja Polvinen from the University of Helsinki and Ph.L. Hanna-Riikka Roine from the University of Tampere.

Please send your 300-word abstract describing the content of your proposed paper, and a few words about yourself and your studies by 15 April, 2015 to hanna.roine(at)uta.fi with title “SHIP WORKSHOP 2015 ABSTRACT [YOUR NAME]”. The final paper should be 10,000–15,000 characters in length. You can submit a paper either in Finnish or English.

Selection will be made and further instructions sent in early May.

Please note that it is possible to take part in the workshop without attending Archipelacon: you can board the cruise ship from Turku in the morning and, once we arrive in Mariehamn, take another ship straight back to Turku, arriving just after 7 p.m. on the same day.

Welcome to the fantastic workshop!

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact either Merja (merja.polvinen(at)helsinki.fi) or Hanna (hanna.roine(at)uta.fi).

For further information on Finfar and Archipelacon:

The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
Archipelacon