GENESIS – HELSINKI 2017: Creative Processes and Archives in Arts and Humanities

Helsinki, 7th – 9th of June 2017


The Finnish Literature Society (SKS) and ITEM – Institut des textes & manuscrits modernes will organise an international and interdisciplinary conference GENESIS – HELSINKI 2017: Creative Processes and Archives in Arts and Humanities in Helsinki, 7th – 9th June 2017.

Keynote speakers and plenary panelists include:

  • Paolo D’Iorio (ITEM, Paris): What is a (Digital) Genetic Edition?
  • Claire Doquet (Université Paris 3): Textual Genetics at School: Reading Pupils’ Writings
  • Irène Fenoglio (ITEM): Text Genesis and the Processes of Conceptualisation: The Gesture of a Linguist Writer as an Epistemological Tool (Genèse du texte et processus de conceptualisation: Le geste du scripteur linguiste comme outil épistémologique)
  • Daniel Ferrer (ITEM): New Perspectives for Genetic Criticism
  • Hans Walter Gabler (London University): On Interdependencies between Genetic Criticism and Genetic Editing [CANCELLED]
  • Dirk Van Hulle (Centre for Manuscript Genetics, Antwerp): Cognition Enactment: Genetic Criticism and the Pentimenti Model
  • Ineke Huysman (Huygens ING, Amsterdam): Early Modern Epistolary Culture: Socio-Historical Aspects, Materiality, Production and Reception
  • Wim Van Mierlo (Loughborough University): Where Is the Archive in Genetic Criticism?
  • Carrie Smith (Cardiff University): Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters: An Archive of Writing
  • Juha-Heikki Tihinen (Pro Artibus Foundation): How to Speak about Non-Existent Works?
  • Sakari Ylivuori (Jean Sibelius Works): Avant-Texte without the Text – Reading Sketched Emendations in Unpublished Autographs.

GENESIS – Helsinki 2017 will be the first broad conference on Genetic Criticism in the Nordic countries. Genetic Criticism (critique génétique) is a discipline that explores writing processes and other creative work. Its central research corpora comprise various archival sources from writer’s notes to drafts, and other types of manuscripts.

Genetic research can reveal, for instance, how a writer has outlined, developed and revised a literary work regarding its structures, topics, themes, symbols and style. Thus, genetic research can enrich interpretations of literature. In addition to writing, genetic critics have been interested in other creative processes such as cinema and architecture.

GENESIS – HELSINKI 2017 will provide an international and interdisciplinary forum for the theory and practice of Genetic Criticism from various angles.

Programme and Abstracts

Updated Programme


Keynotes and Plenary Panel Papers Online

Some of the keynotes and plenary panel papers are available online.


The conference fee is 35 €. To register for the conference, please complete the registration form.

Reception at the Embassy of France

Participants are kindly invited to the reception at the Embassy of France (Itäinen Puistotie 13) on Wednesday evening, 7th of June at 6:00 p.m. The option to sign up for the reception will be offered on the online registration form. Due to limited capacity of the reception, early registration is recommended.

Conference dinner

The Conference Dinner will take place on Thursday evening, 8th of June, in Restaurant Savu (in Tervasaari, Helsinki). If you wish to attend the conference dinner (45 € per person), please fill the required fields on the registration form.

Conference Venues

All conference venues are within walking distance of the Finnish Literature Society (Map).

  • Finnish Literature Society, Great Hall (Hallituskatu 1)
  • University of Helsinki, Main building, 3rd floor, Lecture Rooms 7 and 8 (Fabianinkatu 33)
  • Reception at the Embassy of France in Helsinki (Itäinen Puistotie 13)
  • Conference Dinner in Restaurant Savu (Tervasaari Island, Helsinki)

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Organisers and Partners in Cooperation

The conference is organised by the Finnish Literature Society – SKS ( and ITEM ( in cooperation with several institutional partners: Ambassade de France en Finlande; Cardiff University; Centre for Manuscript Genetics, Antwerp; Finnish National Agency for Education; Huygens ING, Amsterdam; Jean Sibelius Works, Helsinki; Loughborough University; The National Library of Finland; The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland; Université Paris 3; University of Helsinki (Finnish Literature / Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies; French Philology / Department of Modern Languages), and University of Turku – School of Languages and Translation Studies.

The conference has been supported by The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies and Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

Organising Committee

Hanna Karhu (University of Helsinki / Finnish Literature Society – SKS / ITEM), Sakari Katajamäki (Finnish Literature Society – SKS / Edith – Critical Editions of Finnish Literature), Christophe Leblay (University of Turku / ITEM), Veijo Pulkkinen (University of Helsinki), and Sakari Ylivuori (Jean Sibelius Works).