Past Minority Research Events

Past Lunch Seminars

November 21st, 2018

Waheeda Amien, Associate Professor and Deputy-Dean of Internationalisation and Outreach, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, visiting fellow at Åbo Akademi University: Incorporating Muslim Family Law into Secular Legal Frameworks

October 24th, 2018

Mikaela Heikkilä and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso, RELAY Project, Åbo Akademi University: Who is in and who is out? On the different understandings of vulnerability.

September 19th, 2018

Hasan Habes, Åbo Akademi University: The Attitudes toward Sexual Minorities (homosexuals) in Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnia

Heidi Katz, Åbo Akademi University: Exploring opportunity and wellbeing of minorities in American and Finnish school systems

Michel Rouleau-Dick, Åbo Akademi University: Safeguarding the rights of environmentally displaced persons: a worst-case scenario approach

May 16th, 2018

Hilda Ruokolainen, Åbo Akademi University: Misinformation as a barrier to social inclusion in the context of asylum seekers in Finland

April 18th, 2018

Wilhelm Barner-Rasmussen, Åbo Akademi University: Minority and Diversity in International Business

March 28th, 2018

Maïmouna Jagne-Soreau, University of Helsinki: Postmigration literature in the Nordic countries

March 21st, 2018

Emmanuel Acquah, Åbo Akademi University: Increasing Diversity in Finnish Classrooms: Are Teachers Prepared for the Task Ahead?

January 17th, 2018

Erna Bodström, University of Helsinki: “General and unspecified”: Argumentation and intertextuality in asylum decisions 

November 15th, 2017

Maria Hokkinen, Åbo Akademi University: Rebuilding a life from zero – consumer identity and vulnerability in the context of refugees living in Finland

Linda Hyökki, Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul: Finnish Convert Muslim Experiences on (Mis-)recognition and Islamophobia

October 18th, 2017

Johan Bastubacka, University of Helsinki and Åbo Akademi University: Tolerance, oppression and misunderstandings: An Orthodox perspective on ecclesiastical law and -administration in Karelia during the Swedish Great Power Era

September 20th, 2017

Rusi Jaspal, De Montfort University and Åbo Akademi University: Managing and reconciling minority identities: insights from social psychology

May 16th, 2017

Karen Fisher, University of Washington and Åbo Akademi University: The Za’atari Refugee Camp Cookbook: How space, gender and time affect information behavior

April 19th, 2017

Aminkeng Atabong Alemanji, University of Helsinki/University of Turku: Antiracism education in and out of school in Finland

TEMREN-network meeting, the three assistant/associate professors in minority studies at ÅAU presented their ongoing projects

March 15th, 2017

Johannes Heikkonen, University of Turku: Religious freedom – a right for minorities?

February 15th, 2017

Ahmed Al-Nawas, Pauline Hortelano, Katarina Jungar, Faith Mkwesha and Christopher Wessels, Åbo Akademi University: The Children’s Library Project 

January 18th, 2017 

Minja Westerlund, Åbo Akademi University: The role of emotion regulation strategies on intolerant attitudes toward minorities

Marlijn Meijer, Åbo Akademi University: Young Adults and Their Experience of Multiple Discrimination in Relation to Sexuality, Religion and Gender: Identity Configurations and Intersectionality

Emma Audas, Åbo Akademi University: Re-thinking Marriage Ideals and Authority in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

Other Past Minority Profile Events

Conference: ETMU-Days 2018: Vulnerability, Resilience and Resistance in Diverse Societies 15-16 November 2018

The conference’s goal was to reflect on the meanings, effects and resistances towards vulnerability in the context of mobility, migration and minoritization. Vulnerability, understood as both a universal and constant aspect of everyday life and a particular predicament of differently resilient individuals, having recently become an important concept within migration and minority studies. The keynote speakers were Dr. Jenny Phillimore (University of Birmingham, UK), Dr. Julian Reid (University of Lapland, Finland), and Dr. Rebecca Stern (Uppsala University, Sweden).

The conference was organised by the Minority Research Profile and the Institute for Human Rights at the Åbo Akademi University and the Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU), in cooperation with the Migration Institute of Finland, the Turku Network for Research on Multiculturalism and Societal Interaction (Turku McNet) at the University of Turku, and the Donner Institute. http://blogs2.abo.fi/etmublog2018/

Guest lecture: Quelle démarche ethnographique dans la recherche en contexte de minorisation? 13 September 2018

Speaker: Dr. Samuel Vernet, Université Grenoble-Alpes. The event was organized together with the subject French language and literature at the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology, Åbo Akademi.

Workshop: Ethnographic research methods, 30 August 2018

The minority profile workshop for doctoral students was led by Karen Fisher, Professor at Information School at University of Washington, Consultant for UNHCR Jordan, Visiting Professor at the Open Lab, Newcastle University, U.K., and Adjunct Professor at Åbo Akademi University.

Open lecture: Ethnographic research among minority groups and positions, 30 August 2018

Speaker: Karen Fisher, Professor at Information School at University of Washington, Consultant for UNHCR Jordan, Visiting Professor at the Open Lab, Newcastle University, U.K., and Adjunct Professor at Åbo Akademi University. The

Seminar: Language-group differences in health and social services, 15 May 2018
Seminar organized at Åbo Akademi in Vaasa. Speakers included: Professor Jan Saarela, Language-group differences in health in Finland, Professor Louise Bouchard, French-speaking minority in Canada, and Executive Director Jennifer Johnson, Health and social services for the English-speaking minority in Quebec.

Seminar: Institutional Vulnerability and Legal Frictions: Exploring Gender Identity, Reproductive Technology, and the Children’s Act in Denmark, 2 May 2018

Speaker: Dr. Stu Marvel, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Emory University School of Law & Lecturer in Law at University of Leeds School of Law. The seminar was organized in collaboration with the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University.

Minority Profile Public Lecture 5 April 2018

Niko Pyrhönen, University of Helsinki: Kansallismielisten tarinoiden kaaret uudesta vanhaan mediaan. The lecture, which took place at the Turku City Library, formed part of the ÅA100 celebration events.

Open lectures in Minority Research 19 January 2018

Prof. Karim Murji, University of West London: A theorist-activist: some lessons of Stuart Hall

Docent Nazar Akrami, Uppsala University: On the psychological approaches to prejudice and discrimination

Prof. Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Duke Divinity School: Bodies Matter: Habituation at Odds With Faithful Belief

Prof. Yvette Taylor, University of Strathclyde: The Queer Map, Academia and Me

Minority Profile Public Lecture 13 November 2017

Nazila Ghanea, associate professor of international human rights law at the University of Oxford, lectured on the topic of “Women and Religion: Bridging the Divides?” on the basis of her recent report   Women and Religious Freedom: Synergies and Opportunities (July 2017)

Organised in collaboration with the University of Helsinki, Finnish Ecumenical Council and Felm

Nordic seminar Integration in Cooperation, at Åbo Akademi University 15–16 May 2017

Information studies at Åbo Akademi University arranged a Nordic seminar on Integration in Cooperation, 15–16 May 2017. Seminar presentations and discussions focused on research being conducted on refugee information practices, seeking and use, and on information services for refugees and immigrants.

Key scholars, Professor Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto, Professor Karen Fisher, University of Washington and Professor Annemaree Lloyd, University of Borås, presented their work during the seminar.

The Concept of Tolerance and its Implications in the Humanities and Social Sciences, at Åbo Akademi University 18 May 2017

The departments of French and Russian Languages and Literatures organised a seminar on the concept of tolerance on 18 May, 11-15 o’clock in auditorium Saussure M128, Arken. The call for papers focused on proposals which dealt with a variety of aspects of tolerance/intolerance (tolerance over time, tolerance and gender issue, tolerance in literature, tolerance and its linguistic implications, tolerance in national, cultural and religious conflicts, etc).

Seminar and lecture by Andrzej Rzepliński in collaboration with the Turku University and the University of Helsinki

25 April 2017, 14-16 ‘Murder and its perpetrators in the Polish penitentiary system’ (Faculty of Law, Univeristy of Turku, DataCity, lecture room DC2101)

26 April 2017, 17-19 ‘The Crisis of Constitutionalism’. (Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, room P545, Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki).

Seminar: Criminality of Migrants in Poland in history and in the present, 25 April 2017

Irena Rzeplińska, professor at the Department of Criminology of the Polish Academy of Sciences presented the forthcoming book ‘Criminality of Foreigners: Legal, Criminological and Practical Aspects’.

The seminar took place on 25 April from 10-12 at the Åbo Akademi, Room A309 Agnes Lundell, Fänriksgatan 3, ASA.

Minority Profile Public Lecture 24 April 2017

Andrzej Rzepliński, professor at Warsaw University, President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland from 2010-2016, lectured on the topic of ‘Constitution and Minorities’. Juha Lavapuro, professor of law at the University of Turku acted as respondent. The lecture took place on 24 April 2017, time: 15-17 (A 120 Stora Auditoriet, ASA).

Past Minority Profile Annual Seminars

The minority profile of Åbo Akademi University organises yearly seminars on topical issues, with a focus on complexities involved in the production and construction of minority positions and identities.

8-9 March 2018 Interfacing Minorities: Creative Hybridity and Unexpected Environments

The Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology in conjunction with the Minority Research Profile hosted the interdisciplinary conference in collaboration with the Coimbra Group’s working group in Social Sciences and Humanities.

The emphasis was on positive outcomes, innovations, and solutions arising from the creative friction experienced by minority groups coming into contact with similarly positioned and larger communities. Themes included: ‘Minorities and New Narratives of Belonging’ and ‘Minorities and Commons’.

17 May 2017 What is minority? – Annual seminar in minority studies at Åbo Akademi

The aim of the seminar was to reflect on theoretical and methodological aspects of the concept of minority. It asked the following questions: what is minority? who defines minority? how are minorities constructed? should we define minority? how are minorities positioned?

20 May 2016 Seminar on Åbo Akademi University’s Minority Research

 

Updated 25.11.2018