Annual Minority Seminars

Minority Seminar 2019


Åbo Akademi University, April 25th 2019

The annual seminar of the Åbo Akademi University minority research profile will explore histories and historiographies of minority positions. It will trace 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?

Confirmed speakers are:

Milinda Banerjee (Presidency University), Minority Questions, Subaltern Fragments, and Political Theologies: Eastern Indian Optics on Community and Class

Daniel Blackie (University of Oulu), Disability and Identity in Victorian Britain.

Gunlög Fur (Linnaeus University), title TBC

Mona Oraby (Amherst College), title TBC

Dorottya Szikra (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Inclusionary and exclusionary processes in pre-war Hungarian family policies. Ethnicity and class revisited

Mika Tervonen (University of Helsinki), Whitewashed history? Minorities and national gaze in Finnish historiography

Place: Stora auditoriet, ASA-building, Åbo Akademi University, Fänriksgatan 3, Åbo/Turku.

The seminar will be followed by a workshop for PhD-students on April 26th. A separate call for papers is forthcoming.


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 7.12.2018