Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees, 25-26 May 2017

Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees, 25-26 May 2017
Academic festivities are there for a reason: they help us remember that we are part of a long scholarly tradition which is our cultural and intellectual heritage. That is where we belong. Not to mention the fact that they are extremely fun and enjoyable! 136 young doctors and 12 honorary doctors participated in a two-day ...

Revisiting Galway: Translation Meets Book History

Revisiting Galway: Translation Meets Book History
The English Department seems to be building up a special affinity with Galway. The ESSE conference last August was attended by quite a crowd (see blog post here); earlier last year I had the chance to visit the National University of Ireland in Galway as Moore Institute Research Fellow. And now I am back at ...

There’s a new professor in town: Q&A with Matti Peikola

There's a new professor in town: Q&A with Matti Peikola
Professor Peikola in academic regalia. 1. Tell us a little bit of who you are. I am a 48-year-old Doctor of Philosophy and a lifelong learner. I live in Turku with my wife Kirsi and our Lagotto Romagnolo dog. My academic career has primarily been at Turku, with shorter periods at Helsinki, Münster, Oxford, York ...

Postmodern feminist challenging of dominant discourses: Mehdi Ghasemi’s doctoral defence

Postmodern feminist challenging of dominant discourses: Mehdi Ghasemi’s doctoral defence
The second one of the two doctoral defences at the Department of English in the spring 2016 was Mehdi Ghasemi’s “Quest/ion of Identities in African American Feminist Postmodern Drama: A Study of Selected Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks”. The public examination of the dissertation took place at the University of Turku on 10 June, 2016. The ...

Greetings from Mousehole, Cornwall

Greetings from Mousehole, Cornwall
I am writing this piece after a night of gales and storm over England, Wales and Scotland. The small bedsit I am renting for a writing-cum-walking retreat gives out to the sea (there are seals, I’m told, but I have not managed to see them), which is now surprisingly still. The sun rises beautiful and ...

Happy Holidays!

I would like to wish all our students and staff a very relaxing Christmas break and rewarding New Year. Joel Kuortti Professor, Head of English Department Head of School of Languages and Translation studies

Seven Wonders of the Frankfurt Book Fair

Seven Wonders of the Frankfurt Book Fair
Have you ever considered how brain waves can be transferred into poetry? Don’t worry. The Helsinki-based Brains on Art collective has solved the problem for us. With the help of a tinfoil hat – i.e. a sensor helmet – and computer magic, brain waves create poems. This is first of the wonders I found in ...

To new beginnings!

To new beginnings!
A new term is beginning – for the new arrivals as well as for the returning students and staff. New acquaintances will be made, new faces will become familiar, and old faces will gain new features. There are many new teachers in the staff, who will inevitably bring new ideas with them. We look forward ...

Festschrifts and academic festivities

Festschrifts and academic festivities
One catch-phrase nowadays is that universities are dynamic. Indeed, there are many changes going on during each academic year. But there are also traditions that are valued by the academic community. For instance, the academic year has the opening ceremony in September and the graduation ceremony, publiikki, in June where new MAs are celebrated. In ...

A Day to Remember 1

A Day to Remember
What happens when three professors of the School of Languages and Translation Studies retire at the same and give their valedictory addresses in the same room? There is of course a full house, with colleagues, collaborators, students, friends and family in attendance. The addresses are full of memories from the professors’ long careers, both personal ...