News (updated 7 March 2017)

1. FINSSE 8 2017 Call For Papers

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What's in a Century? Biannual Conference for Scholars of English in Finland

7-9th of June 2017, University of Turku and Ňbo Akademi University, Finland


In celebration of the fact that 2017 marks the centenary of Finlandís 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 LindelŲf, the holder of the first Anglicist PhD in Finland (1890), who consolidated the subjectís 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. Bieseís appointment as the first Professor of English Language in the University of Turku and 2017 falling 80 years after the establishment of Finlandís second Professorship in the subject: the J.O.E. Donner Chair in English Language and Literature at Ňbo Akademi University, held first by H.W. Donner.


The eighth FINSSE conference is organized jointly by the two English Departments in Turku (UTU and ŇAU), and it is open to members of the Finnish Society for the Study of English and other interested individuals. We welcome papers that approach the theme of the conference understood in a broad sense as well as other topics involving the study of English.

Possible topics could include rethinking the roles of different historical periods, theories and practices of periodization within specific areas of the subject as well as their resonance within English Studies in Finland and developments in particular fields: such as linguistics, literary studies, translation studies and cultural studies.


300-word (max.) abstracts should be sent to the conference organizers by 9 January 2017 at:
Selected p
apers will be considered for a refereed publication.

Abstracts are invited for:

         Individual papers (20 min + 5 min discussion)  

         Workshop sessions of three papers on a specific topic. Suggestions should include abstracts for each paper.

     Poster presentations which are especially recommended for graduate students.

Keynote speakers:

Lynne Pearce (University of Lancaster, UK)

Nike Pokorn (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Erzsťbet BarŠt (University of Szeged, Hungary)


The regular participation fee is 70 Ä and 40 Ä for graduate/postgraduate students. The fee includes two lunches and coffees/teas.  On Thursday, a Conference Dinner (payable on registration) will be served. Graduate students, researchers and higher education teachers of English are warmly recommended to join FINSSE, and other researchers may also apply.


Organizing committee:

Joel Kuortti, FINSSE president (UTU), Jason Finch (ŇAU), Anthony Johnson (ŇAU), Sirkku Ruokkeinen (UTU), Elina Valovirta (UTU), Mari-Liisa Varila (UTU), NN (ŇAU).

Further information: joel.kuortti at