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New publication by university researcher Frank Möller
"Peace," in Visual Global Politics, edited by Roland Bleiker (London and New York: Routledge, 2018)
This book offers the first comprehensive engagement with visual global politics. Written by leading experts in numerous scholarly disciplines and presented in accessible and engaging language, Visual Global Politics is a one-stop source for students, scholars and practitioners interested in understanding the crucial and persistent role of images in today's world.
17.-18.10. Dr. Juan Diaz-Prinz guest lecturer at TAPRI/Peace
TAPRI and the Peace programme were happy to welcome back Dr. Juan Díaz-Prinz as he returned to teach the first part of his intensive course on Peace Mediation and National Dialogues. The course is split into two sessions this year, with the first focusing more on introduction to the topic of mediation, conflict analysis and negotiation, and the other more on mediation and dialogue. As always, the course was interactive, with role-plays and simulations, and with interesting examples from the field and personal stories. Dr. Juan Díaz-Prinz will be back to TAPRI to teach the second part of the course on the 14th and 15th of November.
TAPRI Student blog updated
TAPRI's former Master's student Albert Borrell posted a new blog post on the Catalonian referendum on Tampere Peace Students' Blog. Link to the blog post can be found here.
TAPRI's visit to Sweden
TAPRI’s Master’s and Doctoral students led by Marko Lehti, together with students of International Relations and lecturer Hannes Peltonen, visited several Swedish institutions connected to peace and conflict on the 21st and 22nd of September. Our first stop was Folke Bernadotte Academy, Swedish governmental agency for peace, security and development. We were presented with a wide scope of work done by the agency, such as educational courses and training, research, advisory work; as well as information on their grants and peace archive. We heard in more detail about their project on rule of law in public administration in Ukraine, and their work revolving around UNSCR 1325.
This was TAPRI’s first visit to SIPRI, and we hope not the last! Deputy Director Jakob Hallgren introduced the general activities of SIPRI (divided in three areas: Armament and disarmament, Conflict and peace and Peace and development), in addition to presenting information about the SIPRI publications, databases and research opportunities. Moreover, Amiera Sawas and Pieter D. Wezeman, two of SIPRI’s researchers, presented their work in areas of security and environment and monitoring of military expenditure, arms procurement and transfers.
The final place we visited on Thursday was Uppsala’s Department of Peace and Conflict Research. There we met with Professor Isak Svensson, who presented the main activities of the Department. He introduced the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes, current research activities and areas of interest and information on their Conflict Data Program (UCDP), a free and accessible program with data on armed conflict that can easily be used by our students.
On Friday, our first stop was visiting the House of Peace, located in Uppsala’s Castle. Their director Jesper Magnusson presented the many activities this NGO is conducting. Some of them involve integration projects with asylum seekers; workshops about intolerance, racism, human rights in different schools; promoting dialogue and tolerance through art and sports. House of Peace is emphasising peace pedagogics in their work, as a way of starting the process of change towards more peaceful societies.
After House of Peace, we visited the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. We spent most of our time there discussing the life of Dag Hammarskjöld, as well as the still unresolved details surrounding his death, a topic that seemed to intrigue our students the most. Henning Melber, Director Emeritus, talked about how Hammarskjöld was raised within a tradition that put public interest over corporate one, and he continued this philosophy while serving as Secretary-General. He put the values of the UN Charter above interests of individual states, taking up the cause of smaller and less powerful states, and will be remembered for “speaking truth to power”.
Our last visit in Uppsala was reserved for Hugo Valentin Centre, an inter-disciplinary unit at the Department of History. Deputy Director Roland Kostic introduced us to the Master's Programme in Holocaust and Genocide Studies conducted by the Department. The two main areas of interest when it comes to research within the Centre are issues of minority rights and culture within Scandinavia, and holocaust and genocide, more precisely the impact of violence, trauma, transitional justice, cultural memory and so on.
Before leaving back to Finland, we attended the lecture of Ambassador Jan Eliasson, former Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, titled “Human Rights in a Time of Global Insecurity”. Eliasson based his lecture on connecting issues of peace, development and human rights, pointing out that one cannot exist without the other.
New publication by university researcher Élise Féron
"Wartime sexual violence against men: Why so oblivious?"
European Review of International Studies, 2017, 4(1): 60-74.
This article explores understandings of, and narratives on, wartime sexual violence against men, as well as some of the questions they raise. Based on interviews conducted since 2009 with male survivors of wartime sexual violence in Burundi and Eastern Congo, the article argues that gender representations that are dominating at local, national but also international levels hinder the acknowledgement of the existence of male survivors of sexual violence, and thus obscure our understanding of the underlying mechanisms sustaining wartime sexual violence. The article explores what accounts for such a silencing at the local, national and international levels, from stories of sexual violence where men always stand as perpetrators, to patriarchal cultures associating masculinity with strength, protection and invulnerability, and to (post)colonial representations of violence and masculinity in the developing world.
New publication by university researcher Frank Möller
Witnessing violence through photography
Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought (Routledge) published online August 31, 2017
In this article, I think about photojournalists and citizen photographers as, respectively, political and moral witnesses to violence, the one testifying to what it is like, the other showing what it feels like to live in extraordinary circumstances. This distinction is Avishai Margalit’s, developed in his work on bearing witness to twentieth-century totalitarianism. To explore the potentialities of citizen photography decoupled from established photojournalistic discourses on documentation and verifiability, I think with Margalit, but in a different context, about what it means to be a photographic witness to violence. Focusing on what it feels like to be exposed to extraordinary circumstances and thus emphasizing the affective dimensions of being a witness makes us understand that the victim’s truth need not reflect objective, empirically measurable and realistically photographable facts. It can be photographed in other ways, especially if photographed by citizen photographers who qualify as moral witnesses. Citizen photography is called upon to contribute to a politics of testimony to violence by utilizing its own capacities instead of copying photojournalism’s operating procedures.
I suggest capitalizing on the combined strengths of citizen photography and professional photojournalism in order to take advantage of all the possibilities photography offers when bearing witness to violence.
New publication: Teemu Palosaari: Climate change and natural resources in the Arctic
Torino World Affairs Institute, T.Note N.28
New publication by university researcher Frank Möller
Art as a Political Witness
Edited by Kia Lindroos and Frank Möller
Opladen, Berlin, Toronto: Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2017
The book explores the concept of artistic witnessing as political activity. In which ways may art and artists bear witness to political events? The contributors engage with dance, film, photography, performance, poetry and theatre and explore artistic witnessing as political activity in a wide variety of case studies.
The book engages with the conceptual and theoretical dimensions of its general theme – art as political witness – and presents a wide variety of theoretically reflected case studies. The understanding of art is not limited to fine art but open to various forms of artistic expression including popular culture. In the social sciences, the concept of witnessing has widely been used in connection with memories of tragic and traumatic events such as the Holocaust. The book acknowledges a certain expansion of the concept in recent scholarly work, decoupled from tragic events and increasingly applied to the everyday. A witness is a spectator, observing a scene, but a witness is also someone who observes a scene indirectly, mediated through representation including artistic representation. Art witnesses, and makes others witness, politics. The individual chapters, while exploring dance, film, photography, performance, poetry and theatre as political witness, acknowledge, engage with and build upon the existing literature thus enhancing our understanding of the interrelationship between art and politics.
List of contents:
Kia Lindroos (Jyväskylä) and Frank Möller (Tampere) Witnessing in Contemporary Art and Politics
Louie Palu (Toronto)
Image Control in the Age of Terror
Dana Mills (New York)
The Body Remembers: Dance, Discourses of Citizenship, Phenomenology and Memory
Kia Lindroos (Jyväskylä)
Chris Marker as Cinematic Witness
Sally Butler (Brisbane) and Roland Bleiker (Brisbane) Embodied Witnessing: Indigenous Performance Art as Political Dissent
Cynthia E. Milton (Montreal)
Art as Remembrance and Trace in Post-Conflict Latin America
Bruno Lefort (Montreal)
Achrafiyeh Invaded – The Politics of Fear in a Visual Representation of the Lebanese Factionalism
Tommi Kotonen (Jyväskylä)
Witnessing Language: Charles Bernstein and 9/11
Suvi Alt (Groningen)
Bearing Witness and Playing in Ruins: On the Onto-Poetics of Abandoned Places
Susanna Hast (Helsinki)
Children Witnessing War: Emotions Embodied in the Theatre Play Wij/Zij
Frank Möller (Tampere)
The Violence of Witnessing
For more information, please contact the editors or visit the book's website
TAPRI is now a member of OSCE Network of Think Thanks and Academic Institutions. Contact person university researcher Marko Lehti
Global rise of populism in “the ‘West’ and the ‘rest’”
Panel discussion organised by Tampere Peace Research Institute TAPRI in collaboration with the Finnish-Philippine Society
Time: Thursday 26 January 2017, 16.00–18.00
Place: Linna-building, K113, Kalevantie 5, University of Tampere
In the dawn of 2017, populist politics influence the world, taking distinct forms in different countries and regions. This panel discussion brings together three perspectives on populism, from the revival of the anti-liberal West in the form of Trumpism, to radical right-wing populism in Western Europe, to the Philippines’ populist moment under President Rodrigo Duterte. What have these, often nationally or regionally specific phenomena to do with one another? How do they differ – and how does that very difference shape global politics? Come listen, and join the discussion.
The panelists and presentations include:
"The revival of anti-liberal West: A new struggle within the West and its implications to the rest"
Docent Marko Lehti (TAPRI, University of Tampere)
"Radical right-wing populism in Western Europe"
Prof. Elina Kestilä-Kekkonen (Faculty of Management, University of Tampere)
"The Philippines' populist moment under president Duterte"
Dr. Bonn Juego (Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä)
Further information: Tiina Vaittinen (tiina.vaittinen at uta.fi)
New Publication by University Researcher Frank Möller
“Colonial Wars and Aesthetic Reworking: the Artist as Moral Witness,”
Arts and International Affairs (Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 2017), pp. 13–44, online
ABSTRACT In this article, I analyze Manuel Botelho’s post-factum work on the Portuguese colonial wars and ask whether the artist qualifies as a witness, a political witness or even a moral witness as defined by Avishai Margalit. First, I sketch the historico-political context of the colonial wars and their commemoration in monuments in Portugal.
Secondly, I discuss Botelho’s aesthetic engagement with soldiers’
subject positions during the wars. Thirdly, I review Margalit’s approach to being a moral witness. Finally, I think about both Botelho’s work in light of Margalit’s approach to being a witness and Margalit’s approach to being a witness in light of Botelho’s work. I argue that Botelho, without being himself a moral witness as defined by Margalit, is an intermediary between the moral witness and the moral community, present and future, helping the members of this community to move from what it is like to what it feels like to live in extraordinary conditions. Extending the understanding of being a witness by decoupling it from co-presence and contemporaneity will enlarge knowledge and help better understand what it means to witness such highly complex and ambivalent forms of social interaction as independence wars.
New Publication by University Researcher Frank Möller
'Visualizing Political Thinking on the Screen: A Dialogue between Von Trotta's Hannah Arendt and Its Protagonist' by Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen (University of Jyväskylä) & Frank Möller (University of Tampere), Journal for Cultural Research, now available online at
08.12.2016: University Researcher Élise Féron and workgroup are allocated 220.000€ by KONE Foundation for their project "Regional Challenges to Multilateralism"
The project (2017-2020) focuses on the destructive dynamics of regionalism and the deepening crisis of multilateralism. It aims to determine the scope and depth of political cleavages between regional blocs, and to analyze how and to what extent do the political discourses between competing blocs actually exacerbate differences.
Workgroup members: Élise Féron, Gabriel Rached, Julia Eder, Jyrki Käkönen, Karim Maiche, Karstein Volle, Marko Juutinen, Terry McDonald, Tuomo Melasuo.
5.12.2016: New publication by Post-doctoral researcher Teemu Palosaari
'From "Thin" to "Thick" Foreign Policy Europeanization. CFSP and Finland'. European Foreign Affairs Review 21(4), 579-599.
29.11.2016: An article by Romashov & Rytövuori-Apunen has been included in an article collection by Routledge
The article "Russia’s Karabakh policy: new momentum in regional perspective" from Caucasus Survey has been included in the Routlege latest article collection showcasing research on the Soviet Union, to mark 25 years since its collapse. This extensive collection explores the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia, and all of the included articles are free to access until the end of June 2017.
"Russia’s Karabakh policy: new momentum in regional perspective", the third most read article of Caucasus Survey, can be directly accessed at
"From Aftermath to Peace: Reflections on a Photography of Peace" Global Society: Journal of Interdisciplinary International Relations (Vol. 31, No. 3, July 2017), published online 3 November 2016
28.11.2016: Book launch event and seminar on migration: Politico-corporeal struggles: solidarities, sovereignty and political community
Thursday, the 12th of January, 12:00-18:00
Linna, room 5026-5027
Sign up for the seminar by 7th of January 2017: https://elomake3.uta.fi/lomakkeet/18198/lomake.html
Director of legal service and country information unit, Finnish Immigration Service
Researcher at Border and Cost Guard Academy, Finnish Border Guard
Academy researcher, University of Tampere
Postdoctoral researcher, Tampere Peace Research Institute
Legal adviser, Amnesty International
Senior Officer, National Rapporteur's Office on Trafficking in Human Beings, Office of the Ombudsman for Minorities
The seminar addresses human mobility and migration both as experimental phenomena and from the perspective of states. The seminar is related to the publication of Eeva Puumala's book " Asylum seekers, sivereignty and the senses of the international: A politico-corporeal struggle" (with Routledge, Dec. 2016). In her book, Puumala focuses on the moving body, its engagements and relations through wich she examines different ways of thinking about and sensing the struggle between asylum seekers and sovereign practices. The overarching themes of the seminar are the challenges that migratory movement and migrant agencies pose to the ways of governing, practicing and thinking about political community. The main topics of the seminar are human rights, ways of belonging and the responses that human mobility evokes in terms of governance, resistance and solidarity. Invited presenters are asked to reflect upon such questions as: how can the migration crisis that faced Europe in 2015 be understood in hindsight and what can we say about the ways in which Europe/Finland responded to the crisis? Are conventional methods of governing, regulating and administering increased forms of mobility in trouble and what are the alternatives? How does governance materialize in the lives of asylum seekers and refugees and what kind of ethical and legal challenges are related to governance? Of particular importance are also questions related to migrant integration and practices of solidarity and agency that emerge through the everyday. Through the presentations, multiple perspectives are gained to the practices of engagement, resistance and governance. The audience will also have a possibility to participate in the conversation and present their views and questions to the presenters.
12:15-12:30 Opening words
12:30-14:00 Session 1: Perspectives into borders and governance (Minna Jokela, Hanna Helinko and Venla Roth)
14:00-14:30 Coffee break ( sponsored by Dwellers in Agile Cities project)
14:30-16:00 Session 2: Advocacy, solidarity, and belonging in focus (Anitta Kynsilehto, Susanna Mehtonen and Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen)
Students in Tampere Peace Research Institute's (TAPRI) Master's Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research can get 2 ECTS credits by participating in the seminar, reading the book Asylum seekers, sivereignty and the senses of the international: A politico-corporeal struggle and writing a 5 page reflexive academic essay.
For more information, please contact:
Eeva Puumala (postdoctoral researcher)
+358 (0)50 318 6758
28.11.2016: New publication by university researcher Marko Lehti
”Rappion viehätys ja sivilisaatioajattelun paluu 2000-luvulla” (The allure of decay and the return of civilizational identity in the 21st century), in Jukka Jouhki & Henna-Riikka Pennanen (eds.), Länsi. Käsite, kertomus ja maailmankuva (The West: Concept, narrative and world view). Historiallisia tutkimuksia 272. Suomen Kirjallisuuden Seura 2016, pp. 41-62.
23.11.2016: New publication by university researcher Benedikt Schoenborn
B. Schoenborn and G. Niedhart, "Erfurt and Kassel, 1970", in K. Spohr and D. Reynolds (eds), Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-1990 (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), 15-42.
This book is a major multinational study, based on archives from both sides of the "Iron Curtain". It highlights the contribution of international statecraft to the peaceful dissolution of Europe's bipolar order by examining pivotal summit meetings from 1970 to 1990. The opening chapter by Schoenborn and Niedhart analyses the first meetings of West German and East German governments in 1970 and interprets these summits from a long-term perspective of East-West reconciliation.
15.11.2016: TAPRI/PEACE guest lecture: SARA KOOPMAN "How racism, sexism and homophobia nearly killed the Colombian peace accords-and how they were salvaged"
Thursday, the 15th of December, 14:00-16:00
In early October the world was shocked when the Colombian people voted against peace. The accords were, amazingly, both feminist and LGBT friendly, and this led to a backslash of homophobic fear mongering from the right that was decisive in the no vote. The vote was also sharply divided by race and class, in one of the most inequitable countries in the world. This talk will discuss how these systems of power shaped the vote against peace, and how a strong popular movement rose up and pushed for the renegotiation of the accords, which was achieved on November 12, and what was changed in the new accords.
About the speaker:
Sara Koopman is a feminist political geographer, peace studies scholar and Colombianist currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Tampere with the Space and Political Agency Research Group, in the School of Management. She lived in Colombia as a small child and has maintained a connection to the country throughout her life and lived there several times since then. Her doctoral research was on internationals doing a form of peace work in Colombia known as international protective accompaniment. Her postdoctoral research looks more specifically at how in Colombia whiteness is entangled with both geographic imaginaries and imaginaries of peace and development.
Pinni A, Paavo Koli-lecture hall
Have you ever wondered what elements a good article manuscript should have? Or how to write a book proposal? What about if you are a young scholar and are thinking of getting your PhD published?
In this open lecture, organized by Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), Oliver Richmond, Professor of International Relations and Peace Studies, offers his top tips.
Over the past ten years Professor Richmond has published six books and 26 peer-review articles. He edits a Palgrave Book Series called Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies. He is a co-editor of the journal Pecebuilding. He is also a member of the editorial boards of several key journals.
The lecture is built around Professor Oliver Richmond’s (University of Manchester) visit to the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and Tampere Peace Research Institute, University of Tampere.
27.9.2016: TAPRI presents the research project "Mundane Practices of Peace"
The new project titled Mundane Practices of Peace is funded by the Academy of Finland and is led by Professor Tarja Väyrynen. Besides Professor Väyrynen, the research group includes Eeva Puumala, Samu Pehkonen, Anitta Kynsilehto, Tiina Vaittinen, and Elina Niinivaara.
The project seeks to to re-theorize peace in ways which defy the non-situatedness and abstractness of peace by locating it within social and political context and by examining the eventness of peace through case studies. This approach differs from the abstract, theoretical and philosophical terms that are traditionally used in peace research.
26.9.2016: New publication by Vadim Romashov and Helena Rytövuori-Apunen
"Russia’s Karabakh policy: new momentum in regional perspective" in Caucasus Survey
Freely downloadable until the end of the year at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23761199.2016.1231491.
14.9.2016: New publication Upcoming Seminar: Contemporary Themes in Peace and Conflict: Critical Theory, Temporality and Global Violence
Thursday, the 13th of October, 14:00-15:45
The seminar is organized by Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI) and built around professor Oliver Richmond’s visit to the University of Tampere.
Chair: professor Tarja Väyrynen (TAPRI, University of Tampere)
Professor Luc Reychler (University of Leuven): "The role of time in conflict and peace dynamics"
Professor Oliver Richmond (University of Manchester): "Peace and the crisis of critical theory and international system"
Doctor Luc Reychler is a former professor of international relations at the University of Leuven and he was a director of the Center for Peace Research and Strategic Studies (CPRS). His research interests include sustainable peace building architecture; planning and evaluation of violence prevention and peace building interventions; comparative evaluation of peace negotiations; and leadership.
Doctor Oliver Richmond is a professor of International Relations, Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of Manchester. His research focus is on peace and conflict theory and its inter-linkages with IR theory; peace formation and its relation to state formation, statebuilding, and peacebuilding
1.9.2016: Upcoming Seminar: War, Body, Gender: New Feminist Approaches to Peace and Conflict
Wednesday, the 14th of September, 13:00-16:00
The seminar is organized by Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI) and it is a part of the theme seminar series organized by the Gender Studies Unit, which aims at bringing together scholars, teachers and students interested in similar issues. In this seminar we will explore the themes of war, violence and peace from gendered perspectives. The seminar is built around doctor Marsha Henry’s (London School of Economics, Gender Institute) visit to the University of Tampere.
Marsha Henry: “Reimagining Peacekeeping: Gender, Race and Militarisation”
Élise Féron: “Post-structuralist Perspectives on Wartime Sexual Violence against Men”
Tarja Väyrynen: “Bringing Distant Warfare Home: War Veteran’s Body and Touch of War”
Doctor Marsha Henry is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Gender Institute MPhil/PhD programme at London School of Economics. Her research interests focus on three main research areas: gender and development; gender and militarisation; and qualitative methodologies.
Doctor Élise Féron is University Researcher at Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), University of Tampere. Her research interests include diasporas and conflicts; gender-based violence in conflict zones; gender and peace negotiations; and interstate post-colonial relations.
Doctor Tarja Väyrynen is Professor of Peace and Conflict Research and Research Director at Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), University of Tampere. Her research deals with peacebuilding; mediation; gender and war; and identity politics and memory work.
For further information, please, contact Tarja Väyrynen
The Regional Security Puzzle around Afghanistan, Bordering Practices in Central Asia and Beyond, edited by Helena Rytövuori-Apunen (Opladen & Toronto: Barbara Budrich Publishers, May 2016, 340 pages, www.shop.budrich-academic.de
Chapter contributors: Jeremy Smith, Steven Parham, Simbal Khan, Slavomír Horák, Jan Šír, Furugzod Usmonov, Vadim Romashov, Tahir Amin, Mika Aaltola, Juha Käpylä, Dmitry Malyshev, Elnara Bainazarova, Renée Marlin-Bennett, and Helena Rytövuori-Apunen
ISBN 978-3-8474-0789-8, eBook: 978-3-8474-0912-0, gratis open access in pdf format
10.4.2016: New publication by university researcher Frank Möller
"Politics and Art," Oxford Handbook Online Political Science (New York: Oxford University Press, June 2016), http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com
22.3.2016: New publication by university researcher Marko Lehti
M. Lehti, “Monet historiat ja rauhanvälitys”/"Multiple Histories and Peace Mediation", in A. Bläfied (ed.), Historian käyttö ja väärinkäyttö/The Use and abuse of history Helsinki: Siltala 2016, pp. 233-260/234-263 (available in both Finnish and English).
M. Lehti, “Rethinking Identities and Dialogue in Conflict Transformation”, in Samuel Goda, Maksym Khylko and Oleksandr Tytarchuk (eds.), International Crisis Management: NATO, EU, OSCE and Civil Society. Collected Essays on Best Practices and Lessons Learned, Amsterdam, Berlin, Washington, DC: IOS Press 2016, pp. 24-37.
Linna, room 6017
26.4.2016: 12:00-14:00 Maria Mekri (SaferGlobe) "Peace, business and employment-- practical perspectives” http://www.saferglobe.fi/
28.4.2016: 14:00-16:00 Oskari Eronen (CMI) introduces for us recent activity of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) http://www.cmi.fi/en/
3.5.2016: 14:00-16:00 PEACE guest lecture: Leena Vastapuu (University of Turku) “Visual ethnography: researching female war veterans in post-conflict Liberia” https://www.utu.fi/en/units/soc/units/politicalscience/unit/personnel/kotilainen/Pages/home.aspx
The PEACE course on Human Mobility in Peace and Conflict Research tried out a new, societal teaching format, where students had a chance to carry out short practical projects with local actors. Before the practical part of the course, the students learned about multiple perspectives and actors that relate to the question of human mobility. After this, the students were challenged to understand and work with large-scale phenomena in their local manifestations and implications. The practical partners of the course were two emergency shelters for asylum seekers, Mattila – a civic house for men, Kölvi with a focus on immigrant boys and Didar – a project that attends to the questions of honour related violence and cultural dialogue.
More on the projects can be found here (in Finnish): https://www.uta.fi/ajankohtaista/yliopistouutiset/ilmoitus.html?id=114501
Dinner provided a rare photo opportunity: three Tapri’s former and the current director in the same picture. From the left: professors Raimo Väyrynen, Jyrki Käkönen, Vilho Harle and Tarja Väyrynen.
16.9.2015: New publication by university researcher Tarja Väyrynen
The Finnish national identity and the sacrificial male body: war, postmemory and resistance in National Identities is available http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/86aW6K62cWbZUt9CYIVP/full
It discusses post-war national identity politics, memory and art as a means of resistance.