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Annual Minority Seminars

Minority Seminar 2019: Writing In, Writing Out – Historicizing Agency, Mobility and Positionality

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?

REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR (DEADLINE 11 APRIL 2019):

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SEMINAR PROGRAM 25.4.2019

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

9:30–10 Registration and coffee

10:00–10:15 Opening of the seminar: Professor Holger Weiss (Åbo Akademi)

I session

Chair: Pamela Slotte (Åbo Akademi)

10:15–11 Milinda Banerjee (LMU Munich), Subaltern Fragments, Minority Optics, and ‘Humanity’: Theorizing the Democratic Political from Eastern India

Short break

11:05–11:50 Mona Oraby (Amherst College), Regulating Difference: Religion, Bureaucracy, and the Law

Lunch

II session

Chair: Magdalena Kmak (Åbo Akademi)

13:00–13:45 Dorottya Szikra (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Inclusionary and Exclusionary Processes in Pre-war Hungarian Family Policies: Ethnicity and Class Revisited

13:50–14:35 Daniel Blackie (University of Oulu), Disability and Identity in Victorian Britain

Coffee break

III session

Chair: Ann-Catrin Östman (Åbo Akademi)

14:50–15:35 Miika Tervonen (Migration Institute of Finland), Whitewashed History? Minorities and National Gaze in Finnish Historiography

Short break

15:40–16:25 Gunlög Fur (Linnaeus University), Challenging Agency and Masculinity? Indigenous People and National Historiography

Closing of seminar

Speaker Abstracts and Bios Minority Seminar 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS: PhD WORKSHOP

WRITING IN, WRITING OUT: HISTORICIZING AGENCY, MOBILITY AND POSITIONALITY

Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, April 26th 2019

We invite papers for the PhD Workshop organised in conjunction with the Åbo Akademi’s annual seminar in the minority research taking place on April 25th.

Seminar rationale:

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 seminar speakers are:
Milinda Banerjee (LMU Munich), Daniel Blackie (University of Oulu), Gunlög Fur (Linnaeus University), Mona Oraby (Amherst College), Dorottya Szikra (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Miika Tervonen (Migration Institute of Finland).

Speakers will also act as commentators at the doctoral workshop.

The organizers invite doctoral researchers approaching histories and historiographies of minority position from diverse disciplinary angles to submit paper proposals critically exploring dominant and marginalized minority narratives, subjectivities and identities they produce/have produced and resistance they engender/have engendered.

Interested PhD students can submit abstracts not exceeding 500 words by January 31st to both magdalena.kmak[at]abo.fi and pamela.slotte[at]abo.fi . Selected speakers will be asked to submit full papers of approx. 3000 words by March 30th.

The organizers are not able to pay for travels or accommodation of selected workshop speakers.

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WRITING IN, WRITING OUT: HISTORICIZING AGENCY, MOBILITY AND POSITIONALITY
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 (LMU Munich), 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), Challenging Agency and Masculinity? Indigenous People and National Historiography.

Mona Oraby (Amherst College), Regulating Difference: Religion, Bureaucracy, and the Law

Dorottya Szikra (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Inclusionary and Exclusionary Processes in Pre-war Hungarian Family Policies: Ethnicity and Class Revisited

Miika Tervonen (Migration Institute of Finland), 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 (separate call for papers).

 

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 17.4.2019