Past Lunch Seminars
October 23rd, 2019
Ruth Illman, Åbo Akademi: Researching Jewish Everyday Life Today: the Minhag Finland Project
September 18th, 2019
Jan-Eerik Leppänen, Åbo Akademi: Being Deaf in Hong Kong
May 15th, 2019
Mikaela Björklund, Åbo Akademi: DivEd – Diversity in Education
March 20th, 2019
Kalypso Filippou, University of Turku: International Master’s Degree Programmes in Finland: Expectations, experiences and the thesis supervision process
February 20th, 2019
Hanna Lindberg, University of Tampere: Minority citizenship in the Finnish welfare state. Finnish-Swedish deaf persons ca 1950-2000.
January 23rd, 2019
Marja Tiilikainen, Abdirashid Ismail and Johanna Hiitola, Migration Institute of Finland: Family Separation, Migration Status and Everyday Security: Experiences and Strategies of Vulnerable Migrants
December 12th, 2018
Yunus Dumbe, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Religious Studies Department, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, visiting fellow at Åbo Akademi University: Neglected Youth, Vulnerability and Islamic Radicalisation in Ghana
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
Research seminar 23 October 2019
Speaker: Visiting Professor Julia Shaw (De Montfort University Leicester). The event was organized by the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi.
Marginality and Centrality in Contradictory Discourses of Religious and National Belonging 18-19 October 2019
The conference formed part of the Bremen-Turku-Warsaw-Stockholm Series on Studies in Discourse and Contradiction. It focused on declarations of marginal and central belonging with a particular focus on religion and nationality.
Public Lectures in Minority Studies September 11 and 12, 2019
From Colonialism to Reconciliation? Indigenous Peoples Rights in Taiwan
Speaker: Professor Jolan Hsieh/Bavaragh Dagalomai, a Taiwanese indigenous scholar of the Siraya Nation and head of the Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee’s Reconciliation Subcommittee. Commentator: Academy Research Fellow Inga Saikkonen (ÅA).
Taiwan’s experience in the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights
Speaker: William Hui-Yen Hsu, Professor at National Dong Hwa University (Taiwan)
Research seminar: ”Towards Linguistic Inclusion in International Business” 6 February 2019
Speaker: Visiting Professor Martyna Sliwa (University of Essex). The event was organized by the ÅAU School of Business and Economics (International Marketing) with support by the Minority Profile.
Seminar: Future research on sexual and gender minorities in Finland? 11-12 January 2019
At the seminar, researchers, students, activists and people engaged in NGOs from across Europe explored the issue ‘what are relevant and urgent questions for future research on LGBTiQA+’ from their respective perspectives and horizons, with the goal to nurture thoughts and ideas on new research projects. Main keynote speakers were Dr. Erika Alm, University of Gothenburg, Dr. Rusi Jaspal, De Montfort University, Dr. Tuula Juvonen, University of Turku, Dr. Ruth Pearce, University of Leeds, and Dr. Luca Trappolin, University of Padova.
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.
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.
25 April 2019 Writing In, Writing Out – Historicizing Agency, Mobility and Positionality
The annual seminar explored histories and historiographies of minority positions. It traced practices of exclusion and inclusion, agency and mobility through archives and the materialities of class, race, body, gender and religion. How, what and whose stories are being told and untold – and by whom? How can they be told otherwise? The seminar was followed by a PhD-workshop on 26 April 2019.
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