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8 March I Culture, Sustainability and Social Change

Thematics Talk Together -seminar series addresses topical and interesting themes from the different points of view of the six strategic research and education profiles of the University of Turku. The theme of the seminar series for the academic year 2022–2023 is Sustainability.

The theme of the next seminar is Culture, Sustainability and Social Change. Culture plays a key role in sustainability. Sustainability transformation entails profound changes to the social, political, economic and cultural structures, worldviews, and ways of life. It also requires us to rethink our theoretical models and conceptions as well as their practical implications. How can we move towards more sustainable societies and futures? What kinds of social and cultural changes or preservations do we need in order to live in a more sustainable manner? How should we rethink our conceptions of the “good life”, and the associated institutions and imaginaries, in the sustainability transformation?

Researcher Paavo Järvensivu from BIOS Research Unit will open the event with a keynote speech on Cultural Thinking in a Sustainability Transformation. Järvensivu has written a book which merges economics, ecological and cultural research, called Rajattomasti rahaa niukkuudessa [Endless Money in Scarcity]. At the BIOS Research Unit he has dealt particularly with the practices and developmental paths of public and private economy. 

The seminar will be organised on Wed 8 March 2023 at 14.15–16:00, Main Building, Säästöpankkisali, University of Turku. The seminar is hosted by the Cultural memory and social change -strategic profile.

Everyone interested in the topic is welcome to join!


Opening words
Professor Suvi Salmenniemi, Department of Social Research, University of Turku

Keynote lecture: Cultural Thinking in a Sustainability Transformation
Dr. Paavo Järvensivu, BIOS Research Unit

Panel discussion
Dr. Pauliina Latvala-Harvilahti, The Mire Trend Research Project, University of Eastern Finland
Dr. Karoliina Lummaa, Finnish Literature, University of Turku
Dr. Paavo Järvensivu, BIOS Research Unit
Moderator: Dr. Johanna Raitis, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS)

Coffee and tea will be served after the presentations. 

>> Please register by 6.3.


Event organisers:

Cultural memory and social change is one of the six strategic profiles at the University of Turku. Cultural memory and social change supports extensive, critical and multidisciplinary research on cultural memory and its social connections. Cultural memory refers to the collective practices that societies use to build and uphold their relationship to the past, living in the present, and preparing for the future. Memory lives in the present and defines how we understand ourselves and our place in the world as well as how we imagine and shape the future.

The Steering Group for Sustainable Development at The University of Turku develops, monitors and evaluates the sustainable development activities of the University in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and promotes the realisation of the principles of sustainable development in the practical activities of the University.