Today’s Literature, Tomorrow’s Literary History: Do Immigrant Authors Transform Finnish Literature?
10:15 Opening and poetry reading
Mehdi Ghasemi and tba
10:30–11 The Finnish Literature Society (SKS), its Archives and the question of non-dominant languages
Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen and Katri Kivilaakso
11-12 The project Toward a More Inclusive Finnish Literature, followed by a comment and prose reading
Mehdi Ghasemi and Joop Wassenaar
12-13 Lunch (at your own cost)
13:15-14 Keynote: The Status of Language Diversity in Finnish Literary History Today
14-14:30 Panel debate: Reflections on Multilingualism in Today’s Finnish Literature and Culture
Chair: Rita Paqvalén, participants tba
14:30-15:15 Poetry reading by Ye Yint and coffee break
15:15-16 Short Presentations: Culture for All, Sivuvalo, Globe Art Point, Mutanttikieltä
Rita Paqvalen, Polina Kopylova, Tomi Purovaara, Daniel Malpica
16-16:30 Open Discussion: How to Make Most of the Immigrant Authors’ Potentials in Finland?
16:30-17 Screening short writer interviews and final remarks
17- Wine and snacks
The seminar, which is a part of the project “Toward More Inclusive Finnish Literature,” (https://research.uta.fi/plural-en/projects/) aims to gather immigrant authors, residing in Finland, along with scholars, researchers and anyone engaged in literature produced by immigrant authors. The seminar not only provides the ground for all participants, especially immigrant authors, to engage in mind-provoking speeches, panels and discussions and exchange their own experience and expertise with regard to multilingualism, translation and publication but also enjoy listening to some poetry and prose readings by authors.