The sixth meeting in the international seminar series Finland in Comparison, organised by the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Historical Research, will explore and discuss national histories in comparative perspective. The special theme of the 2017 conference is the role of alternative histories in explaining the past. The topics include contrafactual history, narratives as alternative histories, alternative approaches (queer/gender history, minorities, forgotten and unknown history), the relationship between history and popular history, the relationship between history and mass communication.
Overall schedule and sessions [updated Nov 14, 2017].
Abstracts [Updated Nov 6, 2017].
Each speaker will have 20-30 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion, depending on the number of speakers in each session (2 hours). As the auditoria are equipped with a computer and a projector, the speakers are encouraged to present their key points on Powerpoint slides.
Auditoria and where to find them
109 is located on the ground floor of Virta Building. Access the building from Sumeliuksenkatu Street and follow the signs.
120 is located on the ground floor of Virta Building. Access the building from Sumeliuksenkatu Street, and find the room in the lobby right in front of you.
243 is located on the second floor of Virta Building. Access the building from Sumeliuksenkatu Street, go to the hallway on your right hand side and take the lift to the second floor. Go in through a glass door with a text "Faculty of Education / Administration". The room is round the corner on your right hand side.
352 is located on the third floor of Virta Building. Access the building from Sumeliuksenkatu Street, go to the hallway on your right hand side and take the lift to the third floor. Go in through a glass door with a text "Faculty of Education". The room is round the corner on your right hand side.
4013 is located on the fourth floor of Linna Building. Take the lift to the fourth floor and head left towards a lobby with sofas and tables. Room 4013 is in the lobby on your right hand side.
K104 (Väinö Linna Auditorium) is located on the ground floor of Linna Building.
K106 is located on the ground floor of Linna Building.
K107 is located on the ground floor of Linna Building.
Conference material (name tag, lunch coupons, guest internet accounts) will be available on Monday, November 13, 9.30-12.00 on the ground floor of Linna Building, close to auditorium K104, and on Tuesday, November 14, 9.30-12.00 in Virta Building, close to auditorium 109.
Getting to Tampere
Transport from Tampere-Pirkkala Airport: Tampere Public Transport. Service 1A operates between the airport (=Lentoasema in Finnish) and the city centre (bus stop "Koskipuisto C", very close to the hotel). The fare, 5,00 € (single ticket), is paid to the driver in cash. The trip takes approximately 30 minutes. There is also a taxi station at the airport.
Transport from Helsinki Airport: You can take a local train (P) from Helsinki Airport to Tikkurila railway station and change there to a long-distance train to Tampere. Similarly, when returning to Helsinki Airport, you can take a long-distance train to Tikkurila and change there to a local train (I) to Helsinki Airport. More information on Helsinki Airport railway station can be found here. More information on the long-distance trains is provided by the VR. Please note that tickets are not sold on the train but must be purchased in advance at the railway station (ticket machine) or online.
For more information on Tampere, see the official tourist guide.
Those speakers and CoE members who have requested accommodation in Tampere have been informed about their hotel reservations. Our conference hotel is Scandic Tampere City on the main street (address: Hämeenkatu 1). Please note that there are two Scandic hotels close to each other: Scandic Tampere City and Scandic Tampere Station - the former is the right one.
Suggested walking route from the hotel to the University area: Rautatienkatu (uphill) - Kalevantie bridge, ca. 600 m.
University of Tampere is connected to Eduroam. If you are an employee or a student of a connected university, you can use the internet for free at the University of Tampere through your Eduroam account. Please observe that you should be in the network of your home organisation when first signing up to Eduroam.
The University has also a wireless network of its own. Guest accounts will be available during the conference.
Lunch will be served at Restaurant Aleksis at 12:00 on both days. The restaurant is located on Kalevantie Street, close to Linna Building. The participants will be provided with lunch coupons, which will be given to the cashier upon entering the restaurant. The tables marked with the text "University of Tampere" are reserved for us. The lunch includes salad, a selection of main courses, bread, dessert and coffee.
The conference dinner, served for the speakers and the CoE members, takes place at Restaurant Tampella on Monday at 19:00. The restaurant is located in the premises of an old cotton mill by Tammerkoski Rapids. The restaurant has been informed about special dietary needs.
Coffee and tea will be served in the mornings near the auditoria.
University of Tampere, Finland.
Finland in Comparison I, October 29–30, 2012, University of Tampere.
Finland in Comparison II, October 7–8, 2013, University of Tampere.
Finland in Comparison III, October 27–28, 2014, University of Tampere.
Finland in Comparison IV, October 12–13, 2015, University of Tampere.
Finland in Comparison V, October 24–25, 2016, University of Tampere.
For more information, contact johanna.annola[at]uta.fi.