The Finnish Society for the Study of English

FINSSE-8: What's in a Century?   
Biannual Conference for Scholars of English in Finland        The River Aura

7-9 June 2017, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University       

In celebration of the fact that 2017 marks the centenary of Finland’s independence and the fifth centenary of the Reformation, the FINSSE-8 conference will open up avenues for discussing these landmark events, as well as other aspects of periodization within English Studies.

English Studies in Finland began as early as 1830 with the appointment of John Wellmer as a lecturer in the University of Helsinki, but it was Uno Lindelöf, the holder of the first Anglicist PhD in Finland (1890), who consolidated the subject’s position: taking on the post of Professor extraordinary in English in the same institution in 1907 and occupying the first Chair when it was established in 1921.

Since then, English Departments have been created in eight universities in Finland, with 2016 marking the 70th anniversary of Y.M. Biese’s appointment as the first Professor of English Language in the University of Turku and 2017 falling 80 years after the establishment of Finland’s second Professorship in the subject: the J.O.E. Donner Chair in English Language and Literature at Åbo Akademi University, held first by H.W. Donner.

The eighth FINSSE conference is organized jointly by the two English Departments in Turku (UTU and ÅAU), and it is open to members of the Finnish Society for the Study of English and other interested individuals.


Conference registration has ended. If you still wish to register, please contact the organising committee.
Please note that cancellations made after 4 June 2017 will not be refunded.

Early bird registration
    Deadline 13 April
    Regular fee 70€, students and postgraduate students 40€

Late bird registration
    Deadline 8 May
    Regular fee 80€, students and postgraduate students 45€


The conference is jointly organised by the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. The buildings Arken (ÅAU), Rosetta and Signum (UTU) can be found on the campus map (Å22 Arken, T9 Rosetta, T10 Signum).

If arriving by car, please note that you need to pay a short-term parking fee if parking in the University of Turku campus area. However, there are free parking spaces available around the Arken building.


Keynote speakers

Professor Erzsébet Barát (Szeged)
Professor Lynne Pearce (Lancaster)
Professor Nike Pokorn (Ljubljana)

Programme (pdf, updated 24 May)

Book of Abstracts (pdf, updated 24 May)

Campus Map: University of Turku & Åbo Akademi University
Åbo Akademi University Campus Map


The conference dinner venue is the restaurant boat Svarte Rudolf.

The price of the dinner is EUR 47 per person.

Conference dinner menu in English
Conference dinner menu in Finnish  


Printable invitation (pdf)

We welcome all PhD and MA level students attending FINSSE to an informal get-together on Wednesday the 7th of June, hosted by ÅboutU, a group for PhD students at the English departments of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi.


When & where?:

- Wednesday June 7th, at 14-16

- we start in Westermarck, Arken, Åbo Akademi, but if the weather is nice we can move outdoors and make it a picnic


Why should you come?:

- a great opportunity to meet your fellow PhD students before the conference in a relaxed informal get-together--get to know who is who and what their research interests are!

- if you want to complain about your upcoming conference presentation, chat about your research, or just whine about the woes of life as a PhD student in general,  here's your "support group"!

- we also offer some free snacks and drinks :)

- no presentations or other expectations from you on this day, just fun under the sun with academic minded individuals!


Please send an e-mail to semaki (at) by June 1 to let us know if you are coming. Hoping to see you all there!


-Susanna Mäkinen and Gabriel Jay Rauhoff

ÅboutU Chairs and Organizers of the 2017 FINSSE Students’ Day Event

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