The Finnish Society for the Study of English
FINSSE-8: What's in a
Biannual Conference for Scholars of English in
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
REGISTRATION AND FEES
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
Early bird registration
Deadline 13 April
Regular fee 70€, students and postgraduate
Late bird registration
Deadline 8 May
Regular fee 80€, students and postgraduate
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.
Professor Erzsébet Barát (Szeged)
Professor Lynne Pearce (Lancaster)
Professor Nike Pokorn (Ljubljana)
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.
June 7th, at 14-16
start in Westermarck, Arken, Åbo Akademi, but if the
weather is nice we can move outdoors and make it a picnic
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
- we also
offer some free snacks and drinks :)
presentations or other expectations from you on this day, just
fun under the sun with academic minded individuals!
send an e-mail to semaki (at) utu.fi
by June 1 to let us know if you are coming. Hoping to
see you all there!
Mäkinen and Gabriel Jay Rauhoff
Chairs and Organizers of the 2017 FINSSE Students’ Day Event
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