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Autumn 2017

Monthly Talks:

Monthly Talks bring researchers from different fields together to discuss about their latest research interests and results. After the presentation, there is time for informal discussion and refreshment. On the The presentations will be held in the Janus-auditorium and the Tempo-seminar room in Minerva, (Kaivokatu 12, Turku). On the campus map, Minerva is marked with T52, and Janus is located between T52 and T53.


9.10. Tempo-seminar room, Georges Kazan (Archaeology): TBA

24.11. Janus-auditorium, Hanna Salmi (English)Konfliktipuheen piirteitä keskiajan ja uuden ajan alun englanninkielisessä kiistarunoudessa



Narrating the Middle Ages: An Interdisciplinary Seminar on Medieval Literature and Its Modern Applications

Tuesday 19 September 2017, University of Turku, Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

In our culture, the Middle Ages is often seen as an era of great narratives. From Chrétien de Troyes’ Arthurian romances to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a large number of medieval texts have survived to our day, while the Middle Ages and its stories are constantly being reinterpreted in contemporary fiction (e.g. Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, HBO’s hugely popular Game of Thrones, and role-playing games set in pseudo-medieval worlds, to name but a few). Offering a rich array of genres and styles, the textual practices of the Middle Ages are a fundamental building block of modern literature. As Judith Ferster (1986) puts it, ‘We create our own Middle Ages, but not solipsistically, because it has created us.’

In the interdisciplinary seminar ‘Narrating the Middle Ages,’ we will focus on medieval narratives and their contemporary as well as modern significance. How were stories experienced in the Middle Ages, and how did they reflect cultural and ideological values? Did medieval literature justify or challenge the status quo? How and why are medieval narratives still present in our culture today?


The seminar is free of charge and open for everybody!

For the coffee, we kindly ask for a registration by the 11 of September in the Konsta-system


10.00 Welcome - Aloitussanat (Hanneli, Erika ja Miika)


Session 1: Medieval Narratives: Self and Others - Keskiaikaiset kertomukset: minä ja muut 

Chair: Hanneli Seppänen

10.15 Päivi Kosonen: Omaelämäkerrallinen kertomus keskiajalla  

10.45 Erika Pihl: The Mirour of His Mynde: Representations of Interiority in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde

11.15 Miika Norro: The book - a gateway to the past? Arthurian romances and history

11.45 Jari Nummi: Trubaduuri Jaufré Rudelin rakkaustarina kirjallisuudessa ja taiteessa


12.15 Lunch - Lounastauko


Session 2: New Readings of Medieval Narratives - Uusia tulkintoja keskiajan kertomuksista

Chair: Miika Norro

13.00 Annette Volfing: Re-writing Wolfram: Albrecht’s Der Jüngere Titurel and Muschg’s Der Rote Ritter

13.30 Kendra Willson: A saga king in a Finnish Peking opera

14.00 Stefan Schröder: The Long Shadow of the Crusading Past: The Changing Narratives of the Conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 from Medieval to Modern Times

 14.30 Hanneli Seppänen: Power and importance of Arthurian ladies as construction of contemporary authors


15.00 Coffee - Kahvitauko


Session 3: For Profit and Pleasure: Ideology and Edification in Medieval Narratives - Hyödyksi ja huviksi: opetusta ja ideologiaa keskiajan kertomuksissa

Chair: Erika Pihl 

15.15 Bo Pettersson: In Defence of “Comun Profit”: What Chaucer’s “The Parliament of Fowls” Can Teach Us Today

15.45 Teemu Korpijärvi: “Thus Does Riga Always Water the Nations!” Use of Past to Justify the Future During the Medieval Conversion of Livonia

16.15 Antti Ijäs: 'Liber vetustissimus': Erään keskiaikaisen miekkailuoppaan reseptiohistoriasta

16.45 Mikko Kauko: Naantalin luostarin kirjaan sisältyvien kertomusten anti keskiajalla ja nyt


17.15 Closing Discussion - Loppukeskustelu


The seminar is organized in collaboration with the Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (TUCEMEMS). 

Organising committee:

MA Miika Norro, Cultural History, University of Turku 

MA Erika Pihl, Literary Studies, University of Tampere 

Lic. Phil. Hanneli Seppänen, Studies of Religion, University of Helsinki


Spring 2017


Architecture, Archaeology and Contemporary City Planning 

The 5th workshop of AACCP, Turku, Finland, May 15th–18th, 2017

Reformation, regeneration and revitalisation’ 

Venue: Geotalo / Geohus / Geohouse, Akatemiankatu 1 / Akademigatan 1, 4th floor

Registration via Konsta by the 7th of May.


Monday 15th

14–17 Excursion in the old part of Turku 
Visit to Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova  -museum  
Meeting point in the front of Turku cathedral)

19.30–21 Social programme: get-together / icebreaker 
Restaurant 3. Linja, Linnankatu 88 / Slottsgatan 88
Meeting point in front of Turku Castle 


Tuesday 16th

9.00–9.15 Registration

9.15–9.30 Opening of the workshop 
Hannu Salmi & Liisa Seppänen, University of Turku, Finland

9.30–10.00 Operations in palimpsest and collage: Site, city, history 
Thomson Korostoff, University of Pennsylvania, US

10.00–10.30 Formation of urban identity and understanding the cultural her-itage in Bozcaada (ancient Tenedos)
Seda Sakar & Serkan Gokalp 
Mersin University Faculty of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Turkey 

10.30–10.50 Coffee

10.50–11.20 Architecture, planning and the relation to the past: Examples from Sweden and Italy
Per Cornell, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

11.20–11.50 Bolderaja and Hallonbergen, a comparison of culture and identity 
Anna Frank, Tengbom, Sweden

11.50–12.20 Cemeteries revitalised by local communities - local communities revitalised by cemeteries in the post migrant territories of Poland. A mutual relation of heritage and society.
Małgorzata Zawiła
Institute for the Study of Religions, Jagiellonian University, Poland

12.20–13.30 Lunch (restaurant Hus Lindman)

13.30–14.00 Meaning and use of transformations in an industrial archaeology context in Morelos, Mexico 
Marco Hernández-Escampa & Daniel Barrera-Fernández
Autonomous University Benito Juárez of Oaxaca. Faculty of Architecture C.U. Mexico

14.00–14.30 Working class heroes – the industrial in the urban. A case study of the city of Drammen, Norway
Cornelis Horn Evensen, Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research, Norway

14.30–14.45 Coffee

14.45–15.15 Opposites attract – or don’t? Aspects related to reformation, regeneration and revitalization of two squares in Turku 
Liisa Seppänen, University of Turku, Finland

15.15–15.45 Who owns the landscape by night?
Taneli Pyysalo, University of Turku, Finland            

15.45–16.00 Discussion, end of first seminar day 

16.00–17.30 City walk: destruction, modernization and preservation (free)

19.30–20.00 Visit to a Chapel of Holy Spirit  

20.00–  Dinner (restaurant Tårget, Linnankatu 3 / Slottsgatan 3)


Wednesday 17th

 9.15–9.45 Gothic, Frankish or Crusader? Reconsidering the origins of Gothic architecture
Alessandro Camiz
Department of Architecture, Girne American University / Faculty of Architecture, Design & Fine Arts, Girne American University, Turkey

9.45–10.15 Maya settlement organization in Late Postclassic and Colonial Periods. Time and space in the case of the Ecab.
Per Cornell, Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden       
Adriana Velazques M., INAH-Quintana Roo, Mexico

10.15–10.40 Coffee

10.40–11.10 The Roman villa of San Vincenzino and the “Zuccherificio”: The revival  of forgotten heritages, useful to a community development 
Marcello Casini, Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere, Pisa University
Francesco Maria Listi, DIDA Dipartimento di Architettura, Florence University
(Presenter: Matteo Scamporino)

11.10–11.40 A rewritten city – memories, stories and homes in the Finnish city renewal during 60`s and 70´s
Hannele Kuitunen 
University of Tampere, Finland

11.40–12.10 Regeneration from the Red Tower: a case study of 'who', 'how' and 'why' within the context of locality
Katrina Foxton, University of York, UK 

12.10–13.15 Lunch (restaurant Gustavo, Linnankatu 1 / Slottsgatan 1)

13.15–13.45 Photogrammetric survey at the urban scale of Livorno’s fossi
Matteo Scamporrino, Antonio Mati & Laura Montioni, University of Florence 
Giulio Mezzetti, University of Bologna 

13.45–14.15 Preserving the heritage from the great urban transformations with the View Management methods and 3D GIS tools. The case of the Livorno’s Fortezza Vecchia 
Matteo Scamporrino, University of Florence 
Antonio Mati, University of Florence 
Alessio di Donato, University of Florence 

14.45–15.00 Coffee

15.00–15.30 The Hadrian'villa as a place of re-reading' a never lasting challange enters the digital age
Giorgio Verdiani, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy 

15.30–16.00 The ancient sewer system in Florence from Beccaria Square to Macinante    Channel: Emissario Poggi. An urban infrastructure from the period of “Firenze Capitale” 
Giorgia Ceccato, University of Florence, Italy

16.30–c.19.00 City excursion: Kakola: old prison area - new residential area

c. 19.00– Dinner at Kakolanruusu (Rose of Kakola) in the old prison area


Thursday 18th 

Excursion to Helsinki 
c. 9.00 – 19.00

Visit to Helsinki Art Museum – Modern Life! exhibition. 

Visit to Helsinki City Museum including discussions with archaeologists and curators on building protection. 

Possibility to visit Ateneum (Alvar Aalto exhibition)


The seminar is free of charge and coffee & refreshments are on the house. 

You may participate all activities or select the parts you are most interested in. 

To ensure your seat and service we kindly ask you to register by the 7th of May. 

Please, register at  


For further information, please, contact,

Liisa Seppänen


10.3. Half-day Seminar Troubled Waters. The Mediterranean in the Early Middle Ages

The Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (TUCEMEMS) organises a half-day seminar on the history of the Early Middle Ages on Friday 10 March 2017 at 2.15 PM in the Janus-auditorium (Kaivokatu 12, Turku).

During the restless centuries of the Early Middle Ages, the Vikings were feared not only in the northern parts of Europe, but as far as in the Mediterranean. They raided the Iberian Peninsula and attacked Italy, the North Africa and perhaps even Byzantium. At the same time, what had once been the centre of the civilised world, Rome, went through a political turmoil, navigating the rough storms of the period in search of a new direction.

The half-day seminar organised by TUCEMEMS proposes two presentations on Early Middle Ages by two leading experts on the period. Students can have two notes to their participation/academic pass. Welcome all!


14.15 Prof. Ian Wood: The Transformation of the Roman World, from Empire to Ecclesiastical States
15.15 Coffee
16.00 Dr. Ann Christys: Vikings in the South

Welcome all!


Reformation shaping culture and society in the past and in the present 15–16 March 2017

TUCEMEMS, together with the Finnish Society of Church History and the Historical Association of Turku, organise a two-day seminar on the history and the significance of the reformation for the contemporary culture and society. The first day of the seminar is in English, and the second in Finnish.The seminar is free, welcome!


The seminar can be attended freely, but we kindly ask for a registration for those who want to participate to the coffee (free of charge). The registration is done in the Konsta-system


N.B.! The guided tour on Wednesday 15th is for a maximum of 40 persons. Registration for the tour is compulsory and can be done via Konsta registration for guided tour.


Venue: Lecture hall II, University of Turku main building, 1. floor, Yliopistonmäki.


Programme – Ohjelma


WEDNESDAY 15.3.2017

Session 1: The roots and reasons of the reformation

11.00 Welcome to Turku

11.05 Professor emeritus Bertil Nilsson (University of Gothenburg): Church before the reformation in the Northern Countries 

12.00 PhD Ilmari Karimies (University of Helsinki): Medieval Augustinian theology and the Reformation.

12.40 Lunch 

Session 2: Christian sources of national identities

14.00 Professor Kurt Villads Jensen (Stockholm University): Christianity and Cultural encounters in the North during the Middle Ages and in the Reformation era. 

14.45 Professor Jason Lavery (Oklahoma State University): Agents of the National Project? Historians and Finland's Reformation.

15.45 Coffee

Keynote lecture

16.00 Professor Margot Kässmann (Special Envoy of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) for the Anniversary of the Reformation 2017): The significance of the reformation today  

17.00 Ending discussion

17.15 Excursion: Turku – a city of Reformation (visit to the Turku Cathedral and a short walk in Turku).  PhD, Adjunct Professor Liisa Seppänen (University of Turku) 


TORSTAI 16.3.2017 

Sessio 3: Reformaatio, kieli ja kansallinen identiteetti

09.30 Tervetulosanat

09.35 Professori emerita Kaisa Häkkinen (Turun yliopisto): Suomen kirjakielen synty reformaation aikana 

10.20 FT Kaius Sinnemäki (Helsingin yliopisto): Suomi – Pyhä kieli? 

10.50 FT Anneli Portman (Helsingin yliopisto): Suomi tsaarien suussa – luterilaisen kansallisen identiteetin rakentumisesta 1800-luvulla 

11.30 Lounastauko

Sessio 4: Luther ja luterilaisuus – näkökulmia 

12.30 Tervetuloa

12.35 Professori Antti Laato (Åbo Akademi): Toledot Jeshu -traditio ja Lutherin juutalaisvastaiset kirjoitukset 

13.05 TT, dosentti Niko Huttunen (Helsingin yliopisto): Luterilaisen esivaltaopin kehitys Suomessa

13.35 TM, tohtorikoulutettava Sini Mikkola (Helsingin yliopisto): Moninainen naiseus Lutherin ajattelussa

14.05 Kahvi

Sessio 5: Uudelleen järjestyminen kirkossa ja yhteiskunnassa

14.30 FT, dosentti Liisa Seppänen (Turun yliopisto): Reformaation vaikutus Turun kaupunkikuvaan 

15.00 Emeritus arkkipiispa Jukka Paarma: Reformaation tuomat muutokset Suomen kirkolliseen elämään

15.30 FT Virpi Mäkinen (Helsingin yliopisto): Reformaation merkitys köyhäinhoidon uudistamisessa Euroopassa

16.00 Loppukeskustelu, seminaarin päätös


Further information: Miika Norro, mmonor(at) 


Spring 2016

Monthly Talks 

Monthly Talks bring researchers from different fields together to discuss about their latest research interests and results. After the presentation, there is time for informal discussion and refreshment. On the Autumn term, we will have the pleasure to hear four interesting presentations. The presentations will be held in the Janus-auditorium (Kaivokatu 12, Turku). Janus is on the campus map, between T52 and T53.


15.1 Kalle Knaapi (Classics): Teatteria Komnenosten ajan Bysantissa? Theodoros Prodromoksen Katomyomakhia
(Theater in the Byzantium during the reign of the Komnenos'? The Katomyomakhia of Theodore Prodromos)

19.2 Mari-Liisa Varila (English language): Tieteellisten tekstien transmissio 1500-luvun englanninkielisissä käsikirjoituksissa ja painetuissa kirjoissa 
(Transmission of scientific texts in 
16th century english​ manuscripts and printed books)

18.3 Meri Heinonen (Kulttuurihistoria): Mustaa, valkoista vai harmaan sävyjä
Uskonnollisten naisten ja miesohjaajien suhteet myöhäiskeskiajan Saksassa.

15.4 (Esitelmä Osmo Järvi -salissa) Juha Ruohonen (Arkeologia):​

Research Seminar

The Tucemems -research seminar is open to both post-graduate students and post-doc researchers. The aim is to discuss together the research themes of the participants through papers (worksheets, articles, parts of doctoral thesis, etc.) We want to create a multidisciplinary and dialogic seminar, where scholars of medieval and early modern studies can meet and help each other in their research work. The discussion is in English or Finnish (or both). TUCEMEMS' research seminar meets during the autumn term on Tuesdays, 12-14 in the seminar room Litzen (Kaivokatu 12, Minerva, 1st floor). If you want to present your paper, come to the first meeting or contact Meri Heinonen​, meri.heinonen(at) Welcome!

NB! During February, we meet in the seminar room Jäntere (E121, Minerva 1st floor).

2.2. Miika Norro: research plan for dissertation (seminar room Jäntere)
16.2. Tiago Silva: conference paper (seminar room Jäntere)
1.3. Sirkku Ruokkeinen: conference paper
8.3. Rose-Marie Peake: plan for post-doc research
15.3. Tupu Ylä-Anttila: chapter of dissertation
5.4. Meri Heinonen: article manuscript
26.4. Kendra Wilson: article manuscript

Autumn 2015

Monthly Talks 

Monthly Talks bring researchers from different fields together to discuss about their latest research interests and results. After the presentation, there is time for informal discussion and refreshment. On the Autumn term, we will have the pleasure to hear four interesting presentations. The presentations will be held in the Janus-auditorium (Kaivokatu 12, Turku). Janus is on the campus map, between T52 and T53.

25.9 Kirsi-Maria Nummila (Finnish language): Turun keskiaikaisen kaupunkinimistön arvoituksia: Kinhästagatan (Mysteries of the urban nomenclature of medieval Turku: Kinhästagatan)

30.10 Mia Korpiola (Law history)

24.11 Thomas Devaney (Rochester University/ Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies): “Indescribable Joy”: The Romería of Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza as Emotional Experience.

18.12 Marja Hartola (European ethnology): Joulukauden ruoat Agricolan aikana  (Dishes of the Christmas season in the time of Agricola)

Research Seminar

The Tucemems -research seminar is open to both post-graduate students and post-doc researchers. The aim is to discuss together the research themes of the participants through papers (worksheets, articles, parts of doctoral thesis, etc.) We want to create a multidisciplinary and dialogic seminar, where scholars of medieval and early modern studies can meet and help each other in their research work. The discussion is in English or Finnish (or both).
TUCEMEMS' research seminar meets during the autumn term on Tuesdays, 12-14 in the seminar room Litzen (Kaivokatu 12, Minerva, 1st floor). If you want to present your paper, come to the first meeting or contact Meri Heinonen​, meri.heinonen(at) Welcome!


22.9. Regina Büdi

6.10. Saara Penttinen

20.10. Kendra Willson

27.10. Miika Norro

3.11. Maria Kallio

10.11. Miika Norro

17.11. Marika Räsänen

24.11. Tupu Ylä-Anttila

1.12. Saara Penttinen                                                                                          

We will have a joint seminar with the Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Trivium in Turku on 30 November. If you want to present your paper in the seminar, contact Meri Heinonen as soon as possible!

Seminars and Workshops

Languages in the Lutheran reformation

Date: 23–24 October 2015


    On Friday: University of Turku, Janus Auditorium (address: Kaivokatu 12)

    On Saturday: University of Turku, Fennicum, Lecture hall 100 (address:     Henrikinkatu 3, ground floor, left wing)

Organised by the linguistics working committee of Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (TUCEMEMS), University of Turku, with support of TUCEMEMS


Friday, 23 October 2015

14.15     Opening

14.30     Mikko Bentlin (Greifswald): Traces of Low German influence in the Finnish texts of Michael Agricola?

15.00     Robert Dittmann (Prague): Czech language in confessional clashes of the 16th century

15.30     John L. Flood (London): ‘Quae pestis unquam tam perniciosa invasit gregem Christi?’ The reception of Lutheranism in England

16.00     Coffee

16.30     Jonatan Pettersson (Stockholm): In search of a language: Biblical texts on the brink of a New Time

17.00     Elise Kleivane (Oslo): The infant Jesus and his mother in Late Medieval and Early Modern Scandinavian book culture

17.30     Break

17.45     Dainora Pociūtė (Vilnius): The Concept of medicine and the representation of diseases in the oldest Lithuanian Lutheran texts (16th Century)

18.15     Kristiina Ross (Tallinn): About the fate of some linguistic ideas of the Reformation and the 17th century in the genesis of literary Estonian

Saturday, 24 October 2015

09.30     Sebastian Seyferth (Görlitz): Frühneuzeitliche Summarien – erbauliche, laienexegetische Bibelberichte als narrative reformatorische Plattform? Ein Vergleich Stephan Rodts Übertragung der neutestamentlichen Summarien Johannes Bugenhagens mit denen Veit Dietrichs

10.00    Merlijn de Smit (Stockholm): Tradition and reform in Dutch Bible translations of the 1520s

10.30    Tanja Toropainen (Turku): Early Finnish translations of the hymn Te Deum laudamus

11.00    Coffee

11.30    Pēteris Vanags (Stockholm): German influence on the Christian discourse of (early written) Latvian

12.00     Izabela Winiarska-Górska (Warsaw): The spread of Lutheran thought in Prussia and Poland in the 16th and 17th centuries from the perspective of history of Polish language

12.30     Closing discussion​

The abstracts of the presentations can be read here:Abstracts_Languages.pdfAbstracts_Languages.pdf 

For any questions, please contact Dr Tuomo Fonsén, tuofon(at)

The Long Northern Reformation workshop

Date: 8-9 December 2015

Venue: Cal3, Calonia, University of Turku, address: Caloniankuja 3, Turku

The Long Nordic Reformation is an international workshop dealing with the long history of the Reformation in Northern Europe. The sessions are open to public.  

Due to the coffee service we kindly ask you to notify us of your participation by Nov 30 via email (Saara Penttinen, 

Thank you!


Programme in PDF​​​

Tuesday 8 Dec 2015

12 - 12.15  Opening

12.15 - 13 Session I: The Nordic Reformations

                    Otfried Czaika: Reformation in Denmark/Norway

13 - 13.15  Fruit & coffee break

13.15 - 15  Martin Bernstron: Reformation in Sweden

                    Simo Heininen: Reformation in Finland

15 - 15.30   Coffee (Kritiikki ry)

15.30 - 17.30 Session II: Nordic Counter-Reformation(s)

                     Raisa Toivo: Catholic Reformation in Lutheran Finland

                     Anu Lahtinen: Representatives of Pope in Sweden

Wednesday 9 Dec 2015

9 - 11          Session III: Saints, Pictures and Reformation

                     Martin Wangsgaard Jürgensen: Rejuvenated 

                     Martyrs: Sacrifice, Sanctity and Lutheranism

                     Elina Räsänen: ​Iconoclash in Finland. Transformations of the 

                     Catholic Objects

11 - 12.30  Lunch (Macciavelli)

12.30 - 14  Session IV: Monasteries and Reformatio

                     Kirsi Salonen: Escaping from Scandinavian Monasteries 

                      in Early 16th Century. A Sign of Pre-Reformation against 

                      the Church?

                     Johnny G.G. Jakobsen: Dominicans and the Nordic Reformation

14 - 14.15    Fruit & coffee break

14.15 - 15    Marko Lamberg: Relationships between the Religious 

                      Houses and the Lay Community in Stockholm, c. 1475 - 1540.

15 - 16         Concluding Discussion

For more information visit the webpage​ of the event 

or contact Kirsi Salonen ( or Saara Penttinen (​.

Summer 2015

Professor Denis Kambouchner (Paris 1/Sorbonne) will visit Turku Tuesday and Wednesday. He will be directing two seminars on Descartes:

Tuesday 2.6. 2015 14-16:  Reason, faith and love of God

Wednesday 3.6. 2015:  15-17 The soul’s power to act on the body

Place: Seminar room 150.  Department of Philosophy. Publicum.

Book release

The first book in our Crossing Boundaries -series is out. Tom Linkinen's Same-sex Sexuality in Later Medieval English Culture was published officialy in April, but we will have a release event on 2 June 2015 at 3Pm in the Janus-auditorium (Kaivokatu 12, Turku). Welcome!

More information on the book series: publications​

Questions concerning the book release can be send to the research assistant of the Centre, Miika Norro (miika.norro(at)

Spring 2015

Monthly Talks 

Monthly Talks bring researchers from different fields together to discuss about their latest research interests and results. After the presentation, there is time for informal discussion and refreshment. On the Spring term, we will have the pleasure to hear four interesting presentations. The presentations will be held in the Janus-auditorium (Kaivokatu 12, Turku). Janus is on the campus map, between T52 and T53.

23.1 PhD Tom Linkinen (Cultural History, Turku University): Ikuisesti yhdessä? Rakkaus miesten kesken ja naisten kesken keskiajalla ja uuden ajan alussa - ja historian käyttö (Forever together? Love between men and between women in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period - and the use of history.)

27.2 Professor Liisa Steinby (Comparative Literature, Turku University): Herd-erin haaste humanistiselle tutkimukselle (Herder's challenge to humanist research)

27.3 MA Tiina Tuominiemi (French Language, Turku University​): Punahilkka ja Filomela - Perrault'n saduista Ovidiuksen Metamorfoosien valossa​ (Little Red Riding Hood and Philomela - the stories of Perrault in the light of Ovids Metamorphoses)

24.4 MA Visa Helenius (Philosophy, Turku University): Syystäkö vaiko syyttäkö? Riittävän perusteen periaatteen historiaa antiikista uudelle ajalle ja Miletoksesta Turkuun​ (With a cause or without a cause? History of the principle of the sufficient reason from antiquity to the early modern era and from Miletos to Turku)


Professor David Gaimster will give a lecture on Thursday 19 February at 1PM in the seminar room of archaeology (Juslenia, H101) on the subject: Defining modernity: historical archaeology and ceramic research in Northern Europe. Gaimster's biography and bibliography​.

Professor Elaine Chalus (Bath Spa University, UK) will give a presentation on Wednesday 25 February, at 2PM, in the seminar room Litzen (Minerva Building, 1st floor): Intimacy, Love & Loneliness: Coping with Separation during the Napoleonic Wars - The Fremantle Papers, c. 1801-1814.

Professor Mandel Cabrera gave a presentation on Monday 26 January at 2 PM: Loving the World: A Spinozian Ideal​. Abstract:Cabrera absract.docxCabrera absract.docx

Research Seminar

The Tucemems -research seminar is open to both post-graduate students and post-doc researchers. The aim is to discuss together the research themes of the participants through papers (worksheets, articles, parts of doctoral thesis, etc.) We want to create a multidisciplinary and dialogic seminar, where scholars of medieval and early modern studies can meet and help each other in their research work. The discussion is in English or Finnish (or both).
TUCEMEMS' research seminar meets during the spring term on Tuesdays, 12-14 in the seminar room Litzen (Kaivokatu 12, Minerva, 1st floor). Please find the programme below. If you want to present your paper, just contact Meri Heinonen​, meri.heinonen(at) Welcome!

The programme of the Spring term:
3.2. Elviira Pulli: research plan
6.2. TUCEMEMS visits Trivium in Tampere
10.2. Meri Heinonen: article manuscript
24.2. Reima Välimäki: chapter of dissertation ​
10.3 Anna Oja: research plan
17.3. Aino Liira: oral presentation
24.3. Tupu Ylä-Anttila: chapter of dissertation
31.3. Kendra Willson: presentation of research or article manuscript
14.4. Seppo Eskola: chapter of dissertation
21.4. Regina Bűdi: oral presentation of dissertation theme
28.4. Tiago Silva: seminar presentation
5.5. Anna-Stina Hägglund
12.5. Karin Kukkonen

TUCEMEMS visited Trivium in the University of Tampere on the 6 February. We had a joint seminar in Tampere and visited the new exhibition on pilgrimages in Museum centre Vapriikki.

More information about the exhibition: Vapriikki​​

Autumn 2014

Monthly Talks 

26.9 Veli-Matti Rissanen (classics): Ciceron reseptio keskiajalla ja renessanssin aikana. (The Reception of Cicero in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.)
24.10 Riitta Laitinen (Cultural history): Varkaat, kaupunkiyhteisö ja kaupungista karkottaminen 1600-luvun Turussa. (Thieves, the urban community and relegation from the city in the 17th century Turku.) 
 28.11 Hilkka-Liisa Vuori: Cantus sororum - birgittalaissisarten luostarilauluja keskiajalta. (Cantus sororum - convent songs of bridgettine sisters from the Middle Ages.)
19.12 The fifth anniversary of TUCEMEMS. The programme will be presented later in the Fall period.

 Seminars and Workshops

Linguistics Meets Book History: Seeking New Approaches 
A Pragmatics on the Page Symposium
24-25 October 2014, University of Turku, Finland
Keynote speakers:
  • Daniel Wakelin (University of Oxford, England): Daniel’s research focuses on the material remains of English literature c. 1300-1525, and what they reveal about writing habits and reading habits.
  • Colette Moore (University of Washington, USA): Colette uses methodology primarily from historical pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and stylistics in her research, incorporating manuscript data as well.
  • Jukka Tyrkkö (University of Tampere, Finland): Jukka works on historical corpus linguistics and book history, finding intellectual synergies between the two.
The conference was sponsored by TUCEMEMS. More info on the webpage of the conference:Linguistics meets Book History

Relics of the Saints – Remnants of Papacy in Reformed Churches
31.10. – 1.11.2014


Friday 31.10.2014
Venue: the conference facility “Factory” at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum (Itäinen Rantakatu 4-6, 20700 Turku).​

16.30 II session: Relics in Nordic Countries
Chair: Kirsi Salonen
Christian Lovén – St. Erik of Sweden
Øystein Ekroll – St. Olof of Norway – Whole or Divided? The Fate of a Popular Saint
Jens Vellev – Relics in Denmark

Saturday 1.11.2014
Venue Aboa Vetus

9.00 Keynote: George Kazan – Interdisciplinary Research into Relics: ‘Relics of the Baptist’ Project

10.30 III session: Relics before and after Reformation
Chair: Jussi-Pekka Taavitsainen
Bertil Nilsson – Relics in Sweden
Torstein Jørgensen – Stavanger Relic List
Lars Bisgaard – St. Canute of Denmark

13.00 IV session: Analyzing Relics
Chair: Markku Oinonen
Mark van Strydonck – Dating Saints: A Multi-disciplinary Study of Relics from ’Local’ Belgian Saints
Philippe George – Relics – The Fourth Power
Kirsi Salonen – Where Relics Came from? The Case of Sten Sture

15.00 V session: Old Relics – Modern Tensions
Chair: Kirsi Salonen
Pertti Anttonen – Background
Benito Casagrande / Jussi-Pekka Taavitsainen – Modern Tensions around the Relics of St. Henry of Finland
Kurt Villads Jensen – A Bone of Contention. Theological and Legal Fights about the Relics of St Canute in Denmark in 2009

17.00 Closing the workshop



Simon Forde (Amsterdam University Press) will give a lecture on academic publishing on Wednesday 12 November at 12-2 PM, in the auditorium Janus.

Vadim Chaly (Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University) will give public lectures on The Heritage of Immanuel Kant in Russia

Tuesday, October 21st 2014 at 14 - 16, seminar room 169, PUBLICUM

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014 at 14 - 16, seminar room 150, PUBLICUM



Research Seminar

The seminar's programme:

16.9. Tuomo Fonsén, hankesuunnitelma (project plan)
30.9. Sirkku Ruokkeinen, Sara Norja, Mikko Hiljanen, suulliset esittelyt väitöskirjaprojekteista (oral presentations on the doctoral thesis -projects)
7.10. Miika Norro, pro gradu -työn luku (chapter of MA-thesis)
14.10. Reima Välimäki, väitöskirjan luku (chapter of doctoral thesis)
21.10. Satu Lidman artikkelikäsikirjoitus (manuscript of an article)
28.10. Tupu Ylä-Anttila, väitöskirjan luku (chapter of doctoral thesis)
11.11. Henna Karppinen-Kummunmäki, väitöskirjan luku (chapter of doctoral thesis)
18.11. Teemu Immonen, kirjan luku (chapter of a book)
2.12. Maria kallio, väitöskirjan luku (chapter of doctoral thesis)
9.12. Eleonora Lanza, konferenssiesitelmä (conference presentation) 
We will meet on Tuesdays, 12-14, in seminaarihuone 
Virkkunen E104 (kaivokatu 12, Minerva, 1st floor).

Spring 2014

Visiting Professor

Professor Kurt Villads Jensen from the University of Southern Denmark will visit Turku on the 12.-16.5.2014. Prof. Kurt Villads Jensen will give a lecture on christian attitudes towards muslims in the crusading period. The lecture will be held on Thursday 15 May at 2 pm in the seminar room Litzen (E117), in the Minerva-building (Kaivokatu 12). The abstract of the presentation can be read here: Abstract15.5.2014.docxAbstract15.5.2014.docx

Research Seminar

The shedule of Spring 2014:
15.1. Tiago Silva
12.2. Niina Lehmusjärvi
5.3. Anne Närhi
19.3. Eleonora Lanza
26.3. Teemu Immonen
8.4. Tupu Ylä-Anttila
15.4. Riitta Laitinen
20.5. Reima Välimäki
27.5. Maria Kallio


Monthly Talks 

Programme spring 2014:

24.1. Karin Kukkonen (Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Comparative Literature): "The Long Arm of the Rules: Neoclassical Poetics and the Rise of the Novel."

21.2. Arto Rintala (Comparative Literature)

21.3. FT Liisa Seppänen (arkeologia): ”Oliko keskiajan Turku sittenkään siivoton? - Kaupunkikuvan ja saniteettiolosuhteiden tarkastelua arkeologisen aineiston perusteella”

25.4 Dagmar Neuendorff (Saksan kieli ja kirjallisuus, ÅA): Neljäs Lateraanikonsiili ja sen seuraukset

30.5. Harri Kiiskinen (Cultural History) "Talot, toimijat ja verkostot, eli kerrostaloa rakentamassa 100-luvun Ostiassa"



Sources to Art History. A seminar organized together by TUCEMEMS and Art History. March 27th, 14-18, at seminar room E221 (Kaivokatu12, Minerva-building, 2nd floor.)

What is a source for art history research? 
Primary sources are generally considered to be direct accounts of an event or the actual documents associated with an event. Therefore, primary sources can be found in diaries, memoirs, letters, speeches, autobiographies, treaties, and transcripts of hearings, court cases. However, the source is the product of a precise context, which needs to be interpreted. The focus will be the intertwining between primary and secondary sources and the context in which the image was produced. 

The Seminar will be in Finnish and English. The seminar is open and free to everyone. However, registration via email to TUCEMEMS research assistant Virpi Luoma (vmluom(at) by 24.3 is recommended since after the seminar there will be coffee service. Warmly welcome! 


14.00- 14.15  Prof. Altti Kuusamo, University of Turku
14.15 -15.00  Elina Räsänen, Ph.D. University of Helsinki
Kalannin alttarikaapin myöhempi "elämä": arkistolähteet keskiajan taiteen tutkimuksen apuna / The "afterlife" of the Kalanti altarpiece: archival sources and the art of the Middle Ages in Finland

15.15-16.00  Elina Sopo, Lic. Phil. University of Jyväskylä
Observations on sources related to cultural and museum historical processes between the Russian Imperium's centre and the Western borderland, such as the Grand Duchy of Finland

16.15 -17.00  Tuulikki Kilpinen, Conservator Emeritus Professor 
Abundance and Absence. Sources in the Research Projects of Albert Edelfelt and Isaac Wacklin.

17.15 -18.00  Eleonora Lanza, PhD. Student, University of Turku
“From Venice to Helsinki: sources to outline the history of the Rape of the Sabine Women by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo at the Sinebrychoff Museum”

18.00 Final discussion with coffee




Autumn 2013 

TUCEMEMS Research Seminar 

25.9. Heta Aali
30.9. visit to Tampere/Trivium. Papers of Tupu Ylä-Anttila and Eleonora Lanza. 
2.10. Taina Saarnpää
30.10. Virpi Luoma
6.11. Mari Välimäki
27.11. Henna Karppinen-Kummunmäki

TUCEMEMS Monthly Talks

Programme Autumn 2013:

Fri 20.9: MA Antti Lampinen (classicist): "Daemonum ludificationes”: turba rusticanorum ja kansanomaisen uskonnollisuuden konstruointi myöhäisantiikin ja merovingiajan Gallian kirkollisen eliitin retoriikassa.

Fri 25.10: PhD Ellen Valle (engl.): “The glorious works of the Creator, displayed in the New World”: The intersection of science, commerce and ideology in natural history paratexts in the long eighteenth century.

Fri 22.11: PhD Jarkko Keskinen (Finnish History): ”Yhteisöllinen verkostoanalyysi tutkimuksen apuvälineenä”.

Fri 13.12: Saint Lucy celebration in Aikala -coffeeroom (Kaivokatu 12, Historicum, 2nd floor) starting at 2 pm.  December 13th is a day to celebrate Saint Lucy and have our “end-of-the-season” –party. During the casual celebration members have the possibility to present and sell their books which are published during the year. In addition we have a band called Räikkä playing medieval music. You are all warmly welcome!     

Seminars and Workshops

26.11. Early Modern Professional Women 

Half day seminar organized by the Finnish History Department of Turku University, Anu Lahtinen and TUCEMEMS. The seminar has a pleasure to have prof. Elaine Chalus (Bath Spa University), prof. Åsa Karlsson Sjögren (Umeå University), PhD. Johanna Ilmakunnas (Helsinki University) & dos. Anu Lahtinen (Turku University) as their guests. Programme: early-modern-women.docearly-modern-women.doc 

9.–10.12. ”Religious Reform before the Reformation” –workshop.
The workshop aims to consider the concept of Reformation and to discuss about the causes, influenses and continuity before and after the Reformation. The main guests are prof. Daniel E. Bornstein(Washington University in St. Louis), prof. Constant Mews (Monash University, Melbourne) and PhD Ana Marinković  (University of Zagreb). Programme: Workshop-religious-reform.docWorkshop-religious-reform.doc


Visiting Professors

18.10-8.11. Professor Joseph Almog (UCLA):"The unification of Thinking and Being in Descartes". Lectures on Monday 16-18 and Friday 10-12 in the Department of Philosophy, Publicum sh 150.

The seminar will examine the relation between the two famous propositions “I think” and “I exist”, both in the original Cogito direction-- Cogito ergo Sum-- but also the reversed Cogito -- Sum ergo Cogito. In both examinations, we will analyze  the metaphysics that of relation (act) of thinking and the “ideas” it is said to involve, in a nutshell—what is thinking ? And,  how  is it (or not) connected to perceiving (the world)? 

8.11 Prof. Paul H. LindDarkness in the East? Eastern influence in Scandinavia during the Viking Age and Early Middle Ages.

Seminar room Tempo (Kaivokatu 12, Minerva, 2nd floor.), 12.15-14.00.
Abstract:  Paul.Lind.docPaul.Lind.doc 

19.11. Professor emeritus Paul Strohm (Columbia University): ”The problems of writing a Chaucer-biography”. Seminar room Tempo, 16.15-18.00.
Paul.Strohm.docPaul.Strohm.doc and abstract: Strohm-abstract.docStrohm-abstract.doc
11.12.  Professor Daniel Bornstein"The Body-Snatching Nuns of Corpus Domini" . Seminar room Tempo, 14-16.
15.1-5.2. Professor Deborah Simonton (Professor of British History, University of Southern Denmark) Leisure, Pleasure and Consumption in Eighteenth-century Britain. 15.1-5.2.2014. Simonton speak also of biographical writing in the seminar room Litzen 5.2. at 14-16, (Minerva-building, Sirkkala campus, Kaivokatu 12, Turku).  

Spring 2013

TUCEMEMS Monthly Talks

Location:  Seminar hall Janus, Sirkkala Campus (Kaivokatu 12). Location in theCampus map (T52) 
25 January, 2pm: Hemmo Laiho (Philosophy, University of Turku)
22 February, 2pm: Jaana Vaahtera (Classical languages, University of Turku)
22 March, 2pm: Tiina Miettinen (History, University of Tampere)
26 April, 2pm: Janne Harjula (Archeology, University of Turku)
17 May, 2pm: Minna Sandelin (Scandinavian languages, University of Turku)


18th - 19th January 2013
"Narrative concepts in the study of eighteenth-century literature"
Venue: Lecture Hall Janus, Sirkkala Campus, Sirkkalankatu 1, University of Turku
More information Aino Mäkikalli ( or Liisa Steinby (​