Today’s Literature, Tomorrow’s Literary History: Do Immigrant Authors Transform Finnish Literature?

Preliminary Programme


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  

          Olli Löytty

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?   

          Chair: tba

16:30-17 Screening short writer interviews and final remarks   

          Daniel Malpica

17- Wine and snacks


The seminar, which is a part of the project “Toward More Inclusive Finnish Literature,” ( 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.

Please register to the seminar by 19th October here.