Narrative Warfare: Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory in the Era of a New World Order


In order to understand how Russia’s war in Ukraine is possible, it is important to analyse what kind of narratively mediated view of reality, conception of history, and national identity the Russian state-owned media has built and sustained for years. Competing narratives also play a central role in other major global crises of our times, such as the pandemic and ecological crisis. Cultural narratives shape social reality and they can be used as a weapon in moulding public opinion.  This seminar explores narrative warfare and the role of narratives as a means of building cultural memory and identity.

The seminar is organized on Wednesday 25th May 2022 at 15–17 in the Main building at the University of Turku, Lecture Room II, Säästöpankki (1st floor, Main Building, University Hill)


Opening words
Professor Hanna Meretoja
Department of Comparative Literature, University of Turku

Weaponized news: Russian television, strategic narratives and conflict reporting
PhD Irina Grigor
Media and Communication Studies, University of Helsinki
Panel discussion
Chair, Professor Hanna Meretoja 
PhD Irina Grigor
Doctoral Researcher Zoe Allen-Mercier
Department of Philosophy, Contemporary History and Political Science, University of Turku
University Teacher Pertti Grönholm
Department of European and World History, University of Turku

Professor Anne Heimo
School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Turku
Professor Mia Korpiola
Faculty of Law, University of Turku
Professor Suvi Salmenniemi
Department of Social Research, University of Turku
Coffee and tea will be served after the event. 

Please register by 20.5.2022. Link to the online participation will be sent before the event by email. The event will be held in English.

The seminar is organized by Cultural Memory and Social Change thematic collaboration and Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory (SELMA).

Created 03.05.2022 | Updated 25.05.2022