ABOAGORA 2020: Water


19.8.2020 at 12.30 - 21.8.2020 at 18.00
The Five Rings: Water
Online & Sibelius Museum, Åbo

ABOAGORA – Between Arts and Sciences is an annual symposium, bringing together various aspects of academia, arts, and society. This year, ABOAGORA dives into the world of water! The Symposium will be held both at the Sibelius Museum as well as online on August 19–21, 2020.

Water is the beginning of life according to numerous mythological and religious cosmologies. God “made from water every living thing,” as this nomadic conception is formulated in the Qur’an. This is a point scientific theories of evolution and religious narratives agree: water is the primordial element. Up to 60 % of the adult human body is water, which makes it a vital aspect of medical and physiological research. However, water is rapidly becoming one of the most contested natural resources of our time. Will the basic human need for water cause wars and conflicts in the future, or will it serve as a uniting element that opens our eyes to our common humanity and the need to work together across borders of states, creeds, and ideologies to secure clean water supplies for all in the future? Will water, in the end, prove to be thicker than blood?

ABOAGORA consists of keynote lectures, workshops, and diverse artistic interventions. This year’s presentations will deal with the element of water through multi-disciplinary discussions with e.g. marine biologists and archaeologists, but also engaging fields such as environmental history, fine arts, architecture and urban planning, literature, music and cinema.

In 2020, ABOAGORA cooperates closely with the multidisciplinary Strategic Research Area Havet/Meri (The Sea), which is carried out as a collaborative effort between the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. This opens up aspects to water relating not only to ecology and maritime biology but also to the sea as a lived environment and a site of governance, commerce, philosophy and ethics.

Additional information

Liisa Lalu