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​In the Research Seminar, researchers can meet and discuss their articles, dissertation chapters and other papers.

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 1516 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) 


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