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Space and Political Agency

SPARG organizes seminars, lectures and meetings with its collaborates under variable themes.

Seminars in Finnish

Forthcoming events

Intimate politics in public space (August 2017)
Cultural feminist geographer Banu Gökarıksel from the niversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will keynote this oneday seminar. Her talk is based on a chapter in the new book by Duke University Press, Freedom without Permission (eds. Frances S. Hasso and Zakia Salime), titled Intimate Politics of Protest: Gendering Embodiments and Redefining Spaces in Istambul's Gezi Park and the Arab Revolutions. Commentaries and short papers are invited from the participants (call launched in May).
Details: Kirsi Pauliina Kallio

Recent events

Taking practices seriously – Methodological challenges in studying social practices, RELATE CoE workshop (September 2016)
29.-30.09. 2016, University of Tampere. The theories of practice are not singular but rather a family of conceptions which have emerged from a bundle of writings authored during the last century. However, what merges the various approaches is the priority given for practices as central aspects of social life. Practices are considered as the smallest and the principal unit of analyses through which other social phenomena and entities can be understood and scrutinized. The idea of this workshop is to discuss the methodological and conceptual challenges and possibilities of studying practices. Special attention is given both to the practices of doing practice theory driven research and to the potential implications of practice thinking to the current geographical discussions on territorial/relational and topographical/topological spaces. Keynote lecturer is professor Theodore R. Schatzki, College of Arts & Sciences, Philosophy, University of Kentucky (USA).
Details: Juho Luukkonen, Pia Bäcklund, Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen

Methodology seminar: Use of policy documents as research data (October 2016)
RELATE CoE and The School of Management will organize a methodology-oriented two-day seminar 4.-5.10. 2016. The seminar will concentrate on interpretive policy analyses and use of policy documents as research data in the fields of, for instance, urban planning, participation, public management and governance.
Keynote lecturers are professor Hendrick Wagenaar (Univ. Sheffield), Professor Eija Vinnari (Univ. Tampere) and Dr. Vivi Niemenmaa, Pricipal Performance Auditor at the National Audit Office of Finland, currently Seconded National Expert at the European Court of Auditors. Program.
Details: Pia Bäcklund, Markus Vinnari, Eija Vinnari 

Subject formation and agency in intergenerational encounters, RELATE CoE workshop (October 2016)
The workshop brings together scholars from different disciplines and research areas, to engage with distinct perspectives related to intergenerationality, subject formation and active agency. Conceptual, methodological as well as empirically grounded presentations are welcome. It is also possible to participate in the workshop without a presentation, as a discussant or as part of the audience (registration still needed). Program.
Details: Kirsi Pauliina Kallio

Visiting scholar Dr. Ann E. Bartos (September 2016)
Guest lectures:
"Exploring possibilities for a food sovereign New Zealand", POLEIS research seminar, September 13, 9.30–11.30, Pinni A, seminar room 3020.
"Inequality, power, anxiety: exploring the political geographies of care", PERLA research seminar, September 16, 10.00–12.00, Linna, seminar room 5101
Details: Kirsi Pauliina Kallio

Possibilities of 'data' in social research - Summer School for Doctoral students (August 2016)
In this summer school, we make 'data' unfamiliar. Through interdisciplinary engagements we interrogate what we do / can consider as [good] data in the context of social research: definitions, enactments and treatments of data. We think this is an important issue in research at a time when data has gained the status of 'hard data' supplying 'hard evidence' and when the concept of data in many research projects is still treated as taken-for-granted. Organisers Zsuzsa Millei and Antii Saari (School of Education, University of Tampere). Program. Blog.
Details: Zsuzsa Millei

New perspectives on the government of the everyday in/through crises, conflicts and (contemporary) colonialism, RELATE CoE workshop (May 2016)
Research workshop in Tampere, 16.-17.5.2016. Organiser Mikko Joronen. Preliminary program.
Details: Mikko Joronen

Ethnography in times of global awareness and mobility (May 2016)
Creative efforts have already extended the range of existing ethnographic methods to accommodate the complexities of different kinds of movements, flows and circulations across the planet. These creative approaches are enhanced by the combination of ethnographic observation with other ways of generating social knowledge — for example with those of political economy, social theories and art. To study phenomena related to education in this context means to think anew about space, place, scale and time, and the ways in which we conceptualize movement. Organizers Zsuzsa Millei togehter with Nelli Piattoeva (School of Education, University of Tampere). Preliminary program.
Details: Zsuzsa Millei

Visiting Scholar Anne Harju (June 2016)
Research seminar in Tampere, 3.6.2016. Invitation.
Details: Zsuzsa Millei

Government, topologies, practices (May 2016)

Research seminar and workshop in Tampere, 3.-4.5.2016, with Prof. Anna Secor (University of Kentucky). Invitation.
Details: Sami Moisio, Jouni Häkli

Mobile Geographies of Learning (March 2016)
Panel at the112th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, California. Organizers
Jennie Germann Molz (College of the Holy Cross, USA) and Zsuzsa Millei. Session description.
Details: Zsuzsa Millei

Migrant protests and political mobilization in North Africa and the Mediterranean: spaces, infrastructures, and embodied experiences of migrant political agency (March 2016)
Panel organized at the 8th Conference of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO), University of Catania, Italy, 17-19 March 2016. Organizers: Elisa Pascuci, Cristina Brovia (University of Turin) and Marta Scaglioni (University of Milan - Bicocca). Workshop description.
Details: Elisa Pascucci

Nation and Childhood(s): The Cultural Politics of the Borders of Childhood (December 2015)
Workshop at the BORDERS - VIII Conference on Cultural Studies - December 3−4, 2015, University of Oulu, Finland. Organized by Zsuzsa Millei, Robert Imre and Kirsi Pauliina Kallio. Session description.
Details: Zsuzsa Millei

Soft and hard planning in the city-regions: spatialities, territorialities and governmentalities (October 2015)
Session at the Annual Meeting of Finnish Geographers, October 29 2015, University of Tampere, Finland. The session explores the novel theoretical and practical developments in planning at the city-region level, both formal and informal, from multiple viewpoints. The scope of the papers ranges from politics of knowing, geopolitics and region formation to plan rhetorics and local adaptations. Organised by Pia Bäcklund, Vesa Kanninen (Aalto University) and Simin Davoudi (Newcastle University).
Details: Pia Bäcklund

Methodologies for the Liminal, the Excluded, and the Mobile, RELATE CoE workshop (October 2015)
Research workshop in Tampere, 7.-8.10.2015. Organisers Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen and Lauren Martin. Preliminary program.
Details: Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen

The Annual Meeting of Finnish Geographers 2015: Ecologies of Change (October 2015)
The Annual Meeting of Finnish Geographers 2015 takes place under the general theme "Ecologies of Change", addressing the multiple ways in which contemporary geographies, environmental change and political impacting intertwine. The meeting is held on 29.–30.10.2015 at the University of Tampere, Pinni B building, and it is accompanied by an intensive course for PhD students in geography and neighboring disciplines. Invited keynote speakers are Simin Davoudi, Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning in Newcastle University, Global Urban Research Unit (GURU), and Clive Barnett, Professor of Geography and Social Theory at the University of Exeter.
Details: Webpage and Coordinator

Research with children and young people: Thinking through empathy, being, enchantment and ethics (June 2015)
In contemporary geographical and youth research, children and young people are often seen as active agents with whom researchers hope to conduct their studies, not of them. The idea of children and young people as co-researchers has also been developed methodologically. This means that the knowledge and capacities of young people are valued as such. In this workshop we wish to discuss the multiple roles and positions of researchers working with children and young people. We elaborate how thinking, doing and being with children and young people constitute geographical knowledge of (inter)subjective daily encounters. The workshop will take place at the University of Helsinki, 15.6.2015. Organisers: Sirpa Tani and Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen. Programme.
Details: Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen

Youthful lived citizenship: imagined politics and political imaginations (June 2015)
Workshop at the nordic Geographers Meeting (NGM), in Tallinn/Tartu, 16.6.2015. Organized by Elina Stenvall, Zsuzsa Millei and Kirsi Pauliina Kallio. Session description.
Details: Kirsi Pauliina Kallio

Are the Social Networking Sites Democratic for the Public?, RELATE CoE workshop (May 26th 2015)
The workshop hosts Dr Norbert Merkovity fromt the University of Szeged, Hungary, beginning with his visiting lecture and continuing with Q&A session and discussion. His talk will introduce findings from a comparativene study, which could prove the emergence of a new logic of MPs on social media. This logic is different from party logic and slightly different from media logic. Its main goal is not to create an alternative ‘public sphere’ but rather to create a ‘lap dog’ media where the politician could have its own media sphere. The workshop will take place at the University of Tampere, Pinni A building, seminar room A5025.
Details: Robert Imre

Liminal spaces, practices of belonging and agency among displaced people (April 2015)
Paper sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), in Chicago. Organizers Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen and Mary Gilmartin.
Details: Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen

Spaces of the geosocial: transnational topologies and topographies (April 2015)
Series of paper sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), in Chicago. Organizers Katharyne Mitchell and Kirsi Pauliina Kallio.
Details: Kirsi Pauliina Kallio

Border enforcement and humanitarianism in North Africa, RELATE CoE workshop (February 18th 2015)
The workshop hosts Dr. Michael Collyer from the University of Sussex, beginning with his visiting lecture and continuing with Q&A session and discussion. Moving from recent debates on the so-called “humanitarian turn” in border management in the Mediterranean region, and based on his current research in Morocco and Sudan, Dr. Collyer’s lecture will focus on the legal, political, and social consequences of humanitarian bordering policies along the externalized Southern European frontier: What are the implications of the new entanglements of border enforcement and humanitarian intervention within North-African states and societies? And what do recent developments entail for the future of humanitarian practice in the region? The workshop will take place at the University of Tampere, Pinni A building, seminar room A5025.
Details: Elisa Pascucci

Workshop with administrative studies, School of Management (October 1st 2014)
The idea is to discuss how to best conceptualize the rationality of public administration in the context of institutional ambiguity.
Details: Pia Bäcklund 

Youthful citizenship: institutional settings, mundane processes (September 18th 2014)
Multi-disciplinary workshop organized in collaboration with the Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research (PERLA), with Bronwyn Wood from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand/Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo as an international quest. Full program.
Details: Kirsi Pauliina Kallio

Relating people in place (May 7th 2014)
Research seminar with Tim Edensor (Manchester Metropolitan University), discussing theoretical perspectives and empirical insights that help us to better understand what kinds of political potentials, constrains, ruptures, continuities and subjects follow from different relations between people(s) and place(s). Full program.
Details: Kirsi Pauliina Kallio

Making political geography (January 28th-29th 2014)
Research seminar on publishing political geography and researching body politics. Keynotes by Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway), Pauliina Raento (University of Helsinki), Taina Kinnunen (University of Tampere) and Eeva Puumala (University of Tampere). Full program.
Details: Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen

Transnational lived citizenship (October 1st–3rd 2013)
Research seminar. Keynotes: Katharyne Mitchell (University of Washington), Lynn Staeheli (Durham University), Ari Aukusti Lehtinen (University of Eastern Finland). Full program.
Place: University of Tampere (Atalpa room 143)
Additional information: Kirsi Pauliina Kallio

Afternoon with Sue Roberts (April 24th 2013)
Visiting lecture by Fulbright Professor Susan Roberts (University of Kentucky) "Geography and the new political economy of US Intelligence"

 
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