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Professor Hanna Meretoja, PhD

Hanna Meretoja is Professor of Comparative Literature, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, and Director of the research centre SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory . She runs (together with Eneken Laanes) the international research network Narrative and Memory: Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics (2017-2019) and was the Project Leader of Ethics of Storytelling and the Experience of History (2013-2016, Emil Aaltonen Foundation).  Meretoja has been a visiting scholar at the University of Tübingen (2002-2003), Sorbonne Nouvelle (spring 2004) and Uppsala University (spring 2008) and a Visiting Professor at the American University of Paris (2013-2014). In 2014-2015, she was the first Director of the research centre Narrare: Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies (University of Tampere).
 
Meretoja is particularly interested in the interrelations between literature, philosophy and history. Her areas of expertise also include literary theory and the philosophy of literary studies; interdisciplinary narrative studies; philosophical and narrative hermeneutics; the intersections of ethics and aesthetics; cultural memory studies; 20th and 21st century narrative fiction in French, German and English; the socio-critical dimension of literature (e.g. issues of contemporary consumer culture); and the study of subjectivity, identity and experientiality.

In her research monograph The Narrative Turn in Fiction and Theory: The Crisis and Return of Storytelling from Robbe-Grillet to Tournier (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Meretoja explores the philosophical and historical underpinnings of the postwar crisis and return of storytelling and shows their relevance for the ongoing debate on the significance of narrative for human existence. By bringing theory and fiction of the narrative turn into a dialogue, she proposes a framework for a historically sensitive study of the philosophical (ontological, epistemological, ethical, aesthetic) dimensions of different conceptions of narrative and suggests how to tie more intimately narrative theory to the study of narrative in literary history.

In The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History and the Possible (Oxford University Press, 2018), Meretoja develops narrative hermeneutics as a theoretical-analytical framework for exploring narratives as ethically complex cultural practices and models of sense making, which have both ethical and violent potential. She proposes a hermeneutic narrative ethics that differentiates between six dimensions of the ethical potential and dangers of narratives by inviting us to examine whether or not they 1) cultivate our sense of the possible, 2) contribute to self-understanding, 3) enable understanding other lives non-subsumptively in their singularity, 4) create inclusive narrative in-betweens, 5) develop our perspective awareness, and 6) function as a form of ethical inquiry. In dialogue with narratives by Julia Franck, Günter Grass, Jonathan Littell, and David Grossman, Meretoja explores how it is as dialogic storytellers, fundamentally vulnerable, interdependent, and implicated in violent histories, that we become who we are as individuals and communities.
 

Selected publications and presentations 

Monographs, edited books and special issues of journals

Hanna Meretoja: Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History and the Possible. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 

Hanna Meretoja & Colin Davis (eds). Storytelling and Ethics: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature and Visual Arts. London & New York: Routledge, 2018.

Markku Lehtimäki, Hanna Meretoja, Arja Rosenholm (eds): Veteen kirjoitettu. Veden merkitykset kirjallisuudessa [Written in the Water: The Meanings of Water in Literature]. Helsinki: SKS, 2018.

Hanna Meretoja, Saija Isomaa, Pirjo Lyytikäinen, Kristina Malmio (eds): Values of Literature. Leiden & Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2015.

Hanna Meretoja, The Narrative Turn in Fiction and Theory: The Crisis and Return of Storytelling from Robbe-Grillet to Tournier. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Hanna Meretoja & Aino Mäkikalli (eds), Romaanin historian ja teorian kytköksiä [Intersections of the History and Theory of the Novel]. Helsinki: SKS (Finnish Literature Society), 2013.

Hanna Meretoja & Aino Mäkikalli (eds), Historia kertomuksen tutkimuksessa [History in Narrative Studies]. AvainFinnish Review of Literary Studies, 2013/4.

Hanna Meretoja & Aino Mäkikalli (eds), Kirjallisuuden(tutkimuksen) merkitys nykymaailmassa [The Significance of Literature and Literary Studies in the Contemporary World]. AvainFinnish Review of Literary Studies, 2013/2.

Hanna Meretoja & Aino Mäkikalli (eds), Affektiivisuus ja ilmaisumuodot [Affectivity and Forms of Expression]. AvainFinnish Review of Literary Studies, 2013/1.

Hanna Meretoja & Aino Mäkikalli (eds), Tulkintojen aika. Kirjoituksia ajallisuudesta kirjallisuudessa [The Time of Interpretations: Temporality in Literature]. Turku: Utukirjat, 2012.

Lotta Kähkönen & Hanna Meretoja (eds.), Muistijälkiä. Esseitä saksankielisestä nykykirjallisuudesta [Memory Traces: Essays on Contemporary German-Language Literature]. Helsinki: Avain / BTJ Finland, 2010. 

Hanna Meretoja: The French Narrative Turn. From the Problematization of Narrative Subjectivity in Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Dans le labyrinthe to its Hermeneutic Rehabilitation in Michel Tournier’s Le Roi des Aulnes. Annales Universitatis Turkuensis B 329. Turku: University of Turku, 2010.

Tarinoiden paluu. Esseitä ranskalaisesta nykykirjallisuudesta [The Return of Stories: Essays on Contemporary French Literature]. Helsinki: Avain, 2008.

Journal articles and book chapters in English

"From Appropriation to Dialogic Exploration: A Non-Subsumptive Model of Storytelling." – Hanna Meretoja & Colin Davis (eds), Storytelling and Ethics: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature and Visual Arts. London & New York: Routledge, 2018.

Hanna Meretoja & Colin Davis: "Intersections of Storytelling and Ethics." – Hanna Meretoja & Colin Davis (eds), Storytelling and Ethics: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature and Visual Arts. London & New York: Routledge, 2018.

"On the Ethical Significance of Encountering the Otherness of Literary Worlds." – Kuisma Korhonen, Arto Haapala, Kristian Klockars & Sara Heinämaa (eds), Chiasmatic Encounters. Series editor Hugh J. Silverman. Lexington Books, 2018.

"Narrative Hermeneutics and the Ethics Potential of Literature." - Jakob Lothe (ed.), The Future of Literary Studies. Oslo: Novus Press, 2017, 147-159.

“On the Use and Abuse of Narrative for Life: Towards an Ethics of Storytelling.” – Brian Schiff, A. Elizabeth McKim & Sylvie Patron (eds), Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

"Exploring the Possible: Philosophical Reflection, Historical Imagination, and Narrative Agency." Narrative Works 6 (1), 2016.

"For Interpretation." Storyworlds 8 (2), 2016, 97–117.

“History, Fiction and the Possible: Jonathan Littell’s Les Bienveillantes.” Orbis Litterarum 81 (5), 2016, 371–404.


 “A Sense of History – A Sense of the Possible: Nussbaum and Hermeneutics on the Ethical Potential of Literature.” – Hanna Meretoja, Saija Isomaa, Pirjo Lyytikäinen & Kristina Malmio (eds), Values of Literature. Leiden & Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2015, 25–46.

Hanna Meretoja & Pirjo Lyytikäinen: “Why We Read: Plural Values of Literature.” – Hanna Meretoja, Saija Isomaa, Pirjo Lyytikäinen & Kristina Malmio (eds), Values of Literature. Leiden & Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2015, 1–22.

Jens Brockmeier & Hanna Meretoja: “Understanding Narrative Hermeneutics.” Storyworlds 2/2014. 1–27.

"Narrative and Human Existence: Ontology, Epistemology, and Ethics." New Literary History 54 (1), 2014, 89-109.

"The Philosophical Underpinnings of the Narrative Turn in Theory and Fiction." – Mari Hatavara, Lars-Christer Hydén & Matti Hyvärinen (eds), The Travelling Concepts of Narrative. Amsterdam & New York: John Benjamins, 2013, 93-117. PDF

"An Inquiry into Historical Experience and its Narration: The Case of Günter Grass." Spiel: Siegener Periodicum for International Empiricist Literary Scholarship. Editors of the Special Issue "Auf dem Weg zu einer Narratologie der 'Geschichtsschreibung': Towards a Historiographical Narratology": Julia Nitz and Sandra Harbart Petrulionis. Vol. 30 (1), 2011, 51-72. PDF

Alain Robbe-Grillet: balises pour le XXIe siècle. Ottawa & Paris: Presses de l'université d'Ottawa & Les Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2010, 331-341.

"Against Pre-Established Meanings: Revisiting Alain Robbe-Grillet´s Relation to Phenomenology." –  Carole Bourne-Taylor  and Ariane Mildenberg (eds), Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010, 123-164.

"Rethinking Narrative Subjectivity: Paul Ricoeur's Hermeneutics of the Self and Siri Hustvedt's What I Loved." – Jan Kucharzewski, Stefanie Schäfer and Lutz Showalter (eds), 'Hello, I Say, It's Me.' Contemporary Reconstructions of Self and Subjectivity. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (WVT), 2010, 129-149.

"Robbe-Grillet’s Ethics of Non-Narrativity in the Post-War Context (Sartre, Levinas, Barthes)." – Kuisma Korhonen & Pajari Räsänen (eds), The Event of Encounter in Art and Philosophy: Continental Perspectives. Helsinki: Gaudeamus Helsinki University Press, 2010, 97-124.

"Hermeneutics of Narrative Identity in Michel Tournier's The Erl-King." – Birgit Neumann, Ansgar Nünning & Bo Pettersson (eds), Narrative and Identity. Theoretical Approaches and Critical Analyses. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2008, 73-86.

"Language - a Bridge or a Barrier? Hermeneutic and Post-Structuralist Views on the Possibility of Rational and Ethical Communication." – Jón Ólafsson and Juha Räikkä (eds), Rationality in Global and Local Contexts. Turku: Reports from the Department of Philosophy, 2007, 105-120.

"The Narrative Turn in the French Novel of the 1970s." – The Travelling Concept of Narrative. Ed. Matti Hyvärinen, Anu Korhonen & Juri Mykkänen. COLLeGIUM: Studies across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Helsinki: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2006, 97-117. [ pdf]

re el potencial crítico y emancipador de la hermenéutica gadameriana desde la perspectiva de los estudios literarios." [Translated from the manuscript "On the Critical and Emancipatory Potential of Gadamerian Hermeneutics from the Perspective of Literary Studies" by Gorka Fernández Villarón.] – Endoxa: Series Filosóficas. No 20. Hans-Georg Gadamer: El Lógos de la era hermenéutica. Ed. Teresa Oñate Zubía, Miguel Angel Quintana Paz & Cristina García Santos. Madrid: UNED, 2005, 379-404.

"The Ethical Ambiguity of the Monster: Good and Evil as Human Possibilities in Michel Tournier's Le Roi des Aulnes." – Paul L. Yoder and Peter Mario Kreuter (eds), Monsters and Monstrous. Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2004, 215-229.

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Book review

"Narratives of French Modernity: Themes, Forms and Metamorphoses. Essays in Honour of David Gascoigne (review)." French Studies: A Quarterly Review. Vol. 66 (2), 2012, 278-279.

Articles and book chapters in Finnish

Veteen kirjoitettu. Veden merkitykset kirjallisuudessa [Written in the Water: The Meanings of Water in Literature]. Helsinki: SKS, 2018.

"Kertomusten eettinen potentiaali ja vaarat: kuusi mittapuuta." Kirjallisuudentutkimuksen aikakauslehti Avain: Finnish Review of Literary Studies,1/2018.

”Kirjallisuus historiantulkintana, mahdollisen taju ja Jonathan Littellin Hyntahtoiset.” Kirjallisuudentutkimuksen aikakauslehti Avain: Finnish Review of Literary Studies, 2/2015.

 “Nussbaum, hermeneutiikka ja kirjallisuuden eettinen potentiaali.” [Nussbaum, Hermeneutics, and the Ethical Potential of Literature.] Ajatus 70, 2014, 113–147.

Richardson John, Välimäki Susanna, Heinonen Yrjö, Jytilä Riitta, Meretoja Hanna, Torvinen Juha: Ääni. [Voice.]  – Yrjö Heinonen (ed), Taide, kokemus, maailma: risteyksiä tieteidenväliseen taiteiden tutkimukseen [Art, Experience, World: Crossroads to Interdisciplinary Arts Studies]. Turku: UTUkirjat, 2014, 21–76.

Hanna Meretoja, Katri Tanskanen & Liisa Steinby: “Draaman ja teatterin avantgardet.” [Avantgardes of Drama and Theatre.] – Liisa Steinby & Aino Mäkikalli (eds), Johdatus kirjallisuusanalyysiin [Introduction to the Analysis of Literature]. Helsinki: SKS, 2013, 281–287.

Romaanin historian ja teorian kytköks [Intersections of the History and Theory of the Novel]. Helsinki: SKS (Finnish Literature Society) 2013, 51–82.

Hanna Meretoja & Aino Mäkikalli, "Romaanin historian ja teorian monimutkainen vuorovaikutus antiikista nykypäivään." [The Complex Interaction between the History and Theory of the Novel from the Ancient Greece to the Present.] – Hanna Meretoja & Aino Mäkikalli (eds), Romaanin historian ja teorian kytköksiä [Intersections of the History and Theory of the Novel]. Helsinki: SKS (Finnish Literature Society), 2013.

Hanna Meretoja & Aino Mäkikalli, "Ajallisuus kirjallisuudessa kulttuurisena, historiallisena ja filosofisena kysymyksenä." – Hanna Meretoja & Aino Mäkikalli (eds.), Tulkintojen aika – kysymyksiä kirjallisuuden ajallisuudesta [The Time of Interpretations – Questions of Temporality in Literature]. Turku: Utukirjat, 2012.

"György Dragomán ja pääkallokasvoinen sosialismi." [György Dragomán and Skull-Faced Socialism.] – Juhani & Olga Huotari (eds), Ristiaallokoissa. Esseitä unkarilaisesta nykykirjallisuudesta. [Essays on Contemporary Hungarian Literature.] Helsinki: Avain/BTJ Finland, 2012, 109–119.

"Ymmärryskäsitykset ja toisen kohtaamisen ongelma." [Conceptions of Understanding and the Problem of Encountering the Other.] – Helena Siipi & Valtteri Viljanen (eds.), Ymmärrys [Understanding]. Turku: Department of Philosophy, 2012.

"Günter Grass ja muistamisen etiikka." [Günter Grass and the Ethics of Remembrance.] – Medeiasta pronssisoturiin - Kuka tekee menneestä historiaa?  Historia Mirabilis 6. Ed. Pertti Grönholm & Anna Sivula. Turku: Turun Historiallinen Yhdistys, 2010, 158-188.

Lotta Kähkönen & Hanna Meretoja, "Muistijälkiä – menneisyyden käsittely saksalaisessa nykyproosassa." [Memory Traces. Confronting the Past in Contemporary German Prose Fiction.] – Nuori Voima 4/2010, 2–5.

"Kertomatta jääneet tarinat jotka on kerrottava: Julia Franck ja Keskipäivän haltija." - Nuori Voima 4/2010, 60-63.

"Gunter Grass ja syyllisyys kerronnan moottorina." [Gunter Grass and Guilt as the Motor of Narration] - Lotta Kähkönen & Hanna Meretoja (eds.), Muistijälkiä. Esseitä saksankielisestä nykykirjallisuudesta. [Memory Traces: Essays on Contemporary German-Language Literature.] Helsinki: Avain/BTJ Finland, 2010, 103-117.

"Miten kirjoittaa Auschwitzin jälkeen? Eri sukupolvet toisen maailmansodan trauman työstäjinä." [How to Write after Auschwitz? Different Generations in Coming to Terms with the Past.] - Lotta Kähkönen & Hanna Meretoja (eds.), Muistijälkiä. Esseitä saksankielisestä nykykirjallisuudesta. [Memory Traces: Essays on Contemporary German-Language Literature.] Helsinki: Avain/BTJ Finland, 2010, 21-39.

Hanna Meretoja & Lotta Kähkönen, "Kirjallisuuden uudistuminen murrosten keskellä: Saksojen yhdistymisen jälkeisten kirjallisuuskiistojen uudelleenarviointia."  – Lotta Kähkönen & Hanna Meretoja (eds.), Muistijälkiä. Esseitä saksankielisestä nykykirjallisuudesta [Memory Traces. Essays on Contemporary German-Language Literature]. Helsinki: Avain/BTJ Finland, 2010, 40–51.

"Caryl Phillips: jäljittämässä erilaisuuden pelkoa halki historian." [Caryl Phillips: Tracing the Fear of Difference Through History.] – Päivi Kosonen, Päivi Mäkirinta & Eila Rantonen (eds), Imperiumin perilliset. Esseitä brittiläisestä nykykirjallisuudesta [Essays on contemporary British Fiction]. Helsinki: Avain, 2009, 125-138.

"Inhimillisen todellisuuden narratiivisuus epistemologisena ja ontologisena kysymyksenä." [The Narrativity of Human Reality as an Epistemological and Ontological Question.] – Samuli Hägg, Markku Lehtimäki & Liisa Steinby (eds.), Näkökulmia kertomuksen tutkimukseen [Perspectives on the Study of Narrative]. Helsinki: SKS, 2009, 207-237.

"Ihmissuhteet kulutussuhteina Michel Houellebecqin romaanissa Oikeus nautintoon." [Human Relations as Relations of Consumption in Michel Houellebecq’s novel Plateforme.] – Jussi Ojajärvi & Liisa Steinby (eds), Minä ja markkinavoimat. Yksilö, kulttuuri ja yhteiskunta uusliberalismin valtakudella [Me and the Market Forces: The Individual, Culture and Society in the Era of Neo-Liberalism] Helsinki: Avain, 2008, 256-286.

"Michel Tournier – myyttien uudelleentulkitsija." [Michel Tournier – a reinterpreter of myths.] – Päivi Kosonen, Hanna Meretoja & Päivi Mäkirinta (eds), Tarinoiden paluu – Esseitä ranskalaisesta nykykirjallisuudesta. Helsinki: Avain, 2008.

"Michel Houellebecq – myöhäismodernin kulutusyhteiskunnan kuvaaja." [Michel Houellebecq – depicting late modern society of consumption.] – Päivi Kosonen, Hanna Meretoja & Päivi Mäkirinta (eds), Tarinoiden paluu – Esseitä ranskalaisesta nykykirjallisuudesta. Helsinki: Avain, 2008.

"Ranskalainen uusi romaani avantgardekirjallisuuden suuntauksena." [The French New Novel as a Movement of Avantgarde Literature.] – Sakari Katajamäki & Harri Veivo (eds.), Kirjallisuuden avantgarde ja kokeellisuus [The Avantgarde of Literature and Experientiality.] Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 2007, 183-205.

"Kysymisen taito. Hermeneutiikka kriittisen kulttuurintutkimuksen lähtökohtana." [The Art of Questioning: Hermeneutics as a Basis for Critical Cultural Studies.] – Kulttuurintutkimus 21 (3). Urpo Kovala & Eeva Peltonen (eds), 2004, 3-9.

"Tarinoiden hajottajista toisin kertojiin. Kirjailijan yhteiskuntakriittisestä tehtävästä eksistentialismin jälkeisessä Ranskassa." [From Dismantling Stories to Telling Otherwise: On the Social-Critical Function of the Author in Post-Existentialist France.] – Tuomo Lahdelma, Risto Niemi-Pynttäri, Outi Oja & Keijo Virtanen (eds), Laji, tekijä, instituutio. Kirjallisuudentutkijain seuran vuosikirja 56. Helsinki: SKS [Finnish Literature Society], 2004, 121–150.

"Itseymmärryksen kulttuuris-historiallinen välittyneisyys Gadamerin ja Ricoeurin hermeneutiikassa." [The Cultural-Historical Mediatedness of Self-Understanding in Gadamer’s and Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics.] –  Sakari Ollitervo, Jussi Parikka & Timo Väntsi (eds), Kohtaamisia ajassa. Kulttuurihistoria ja tulkinnan teoria. Turku: k&h, 2003, 58–86.

"Tarujen hirviön harteilla: myytit todellisuuden hahmottamisen välineinä Michel Tournierin Keijujen kuninkaassa." [On the Shoulders of the Ogre: Myths as Means of Shaping Reality in Michel Tournier’s Le Roi des Aulnes.] – Liisa Saariluoma (ed.), Keijujen kuningas ja musta Akhilleus: myytit modernissa kirjallisuudessa. Helsinki: SKS [Finnish Literature Society], 2000, 191–226.


A Study Guide

Lotta Kähkönen, Hanna Meretoja & Aino Mäkikalli, Ideasta tutkielmaksi. Opas kirjallisuustieteellisen tutkielman tekijöille [From an Idea to a Thesis. A Guide to Writing a Thesis in Literary Studies]. University of Turku: Comparative Literature, 2010.


Papers in international conferences

"Ontological, Epistemological, Ethical and Aesthetic Assumptions in Narrative Studies", The International Conference on Narrative, McGill University, Montreal, 21-23 April 2018.

"Rethinking Philosophies of Trauma", The Annual Conference of American Comparative Literature Associaton (ACLA),University of  California, Los Angeles, 29 March - 1 April, 2018.

"Narrative as a Structure and as a Practice." ENN5: The Biannual Conference of the European Narratology Network, Praha, 15-17 September 2017.

"The Ethics of Engaging with the Perpetrator: Perspective-Taking, Implication, and Jonathan Littell's Les Bienveillantes", The Annual Conference of American Comparative Literature Associaton (ACLA), Utrecht, 7-9 July 2017.

"Travelling Stories: Refugee Crisis, Arts and Engagement" (a panel with Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, Kaisa Kaakinen, Anna Reading and Erkki Sutinen), IABA Europe 2017 (International AutoBiography Association), King's College London, 7-9 June.

"The Ethics of Storytelling", The International Conference on Narrative, Lexington, Kentucky, 23-26 March 2017.

"From Appropriation to Exploration: A Non-Subsumptive Model of Storytelling", Transcultural Memorial Forms: The first symposium of the research network Narrative and Memory, Tallinn University, 17-19 March 2017.

"Reflections on the Narrative In-Between", SELMA workshop Narrating the Migrant Crisis, "Brexit" and the Future of the European Project, University of Turku, 31 August 2016.

"Exploring the Possible: The Ethics of Storytelling", Narrative Matters 2016, 20-23 June 2016, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada (keynote).

"Hermeneutic Narrative Ethics", International Conference on Narrative, 16-18 June 2016, University of Amsterdam.

"Narrative Hermeneutics and the Ethical Potential of Literature",  The Future of Literary Studies, 14-15 June 2016, University of Oslo (invited talk).

"The Ethical Potential of Narrative Fiction: Nussbaum, Hermeneutics and Perspective-Taking." Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, 17-20 March 2016, Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University.

"Fiction, History and Truth: Exploring Past Worlds as Spaces of Possibilities", Historical Fictions Research Network Conference, 27-28 February 2016, Cambridge.

"Narrative Hermeneutics: Storytelling, Ethics and a Sense of the Possible." Invited talk in the Seminar Intersections of Storytelling, Experientiality  and Cultural Memory. Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London, 14 December 2015.

”Longing for a narrative sense of belonging in Julia Franck’s Die Mittagsfrau”, Longing and Belonging: Biannual Conference of the European Network of Comparative Literature, Dublin, 25.-28.8.2015.

“Welcome Address: Imagining the Possible”, Ethics of Storytelling: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature, Media and Visual Arts, Turku, 4.-6.6.2015.

“Narrative Hermeneutics and a Sense of the Possible”, Conference of the European Narratology Network, Ghent, 13.-18.4.2015.

“Narrative Hermeneutics: Ricoeur, History, Ethics”, International Conference on the Study of Narrative, Chicago, 5.-8.3.2015.

“The Logic of Global Capitalism in Michel Houellebecq's Plateforme and La Possibilité d'une île”, Colloquium of the Society for 20th and 21st century French and Francophone Fiction. New York, 4.-7.3.2014.

“Beyond ‘live or tell’: narrative hermeneutics, experience and dialogue”, The 7th Narrative Matters Conference: Narrative Knowing, Paris VII, 24.-29.6.2014.

“The Nouveau Roman and the Dream of the New Man”, Utopia: Fourth Bi-Annual Conference of the Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, Helsinki, 30.8.2014.

“Ethics of Narrative Imagination and Contemporary Perpetrator Fiction”, Worlds, Meanings and Markets of Fiction, Joensuu, 7.11.2014.

“Welcome Address: Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies Today.” Opening Symposium of the Research Centre Narrare: Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies Today, Tampere, 8.10.2014.

“Sense of the Possible: Narrative Hermeneutics, the Ethics of Storytelling and Contemporary Perpetrator Fiction”, Centre for Modern European Literature, University of Kent, 30.10.2014.

”Trauma, History and the Ethics of Storytelling”, Trauma, Fiction, History, Royal Holloway, University of London, 5.3.2013.

“Narrative Hermeneutics and the Experience of Time: Challenges and Insights from 21st Century Novels”, Experiences of Time in Literature, Helsinki (Finnish Literature Research Society), 7.-8.5.2013.

“Au milieu du monde: On the Narrative Ambiguities of Houellebecqian Social Criticism”, Narrative Minds, Virtual Worlds, University of Tampere, 22.–23.5.2013.

“Literature, ethics and a sense of history”, Literary Fiction and Rationality, Tampere, 30.-31.5.2013.

“For and Against Narrative: On the Philosophical Assumptions Underlying the Debate”, Narrative Conference, Manchester, 26.-28.6.2013.

“’Zarathustra of the Middles Classes’: Michel Houellebecq as a Social Critic”, Society for French Studies Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, 1.-3.7.2013.

“Comparative Literature at the Crossroads of Philosophy and History”, Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association: Comparative Literature as a Critical Approach, Sorbonne IV, Paris, 19.7.2013.

"Reshaping Our Spaces of Experience: On the Ethical Potential of Historiographical Literature", Values in Literature and the Value of Literature,  University of Helsinki, 12.–14.9.2012.

"Experimentation for its Own Sake? Intertwinement of Material and Meaning in the Nouveau Roman", Material Meanings, University of Kent, 7.–9.9.2012.

"The Ethics of Narrative Memory: From Benjamin and Arendt to Julia Franck", Narrative Matters: Life and Narrative, American University of Paris, 28.5.–1.6.2012.

"Crossings of Narrative Theory and Fiction: Towards Dialogical Narrativity." Crossings, Frictions, Fusions: 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies: International Colloquim, Long Beach, California, 28.3.–1.4.2012.

"Historical Experience, Historiographic Narrative Studies and the Case of Günter Grass."  Shared Past – Conflicting Histories, University of Turku, 28.–29.9.2011.

A panelist in "Comparative Literature Studies: Debates and Discussions", Literary Studies Now!  Finnish Literary Research Society, Helsinki, 31.5.–1.6.2011.

"Experientiality, Understanding the Past, and Conceptions of Narrative." Teaching Narrative and Teaching Through Narrative, University of Tampere, 26.–28.5.2011.

"Between Power and Autonomy: Rethinking Subjectivity in Terms of Narrative Dialogicality." The Travelling Concept of Narrative II: International and Interdisciplinary Symposium, 11.-13.11.2010, London.

"Literature, Historiography and Ethics: Julia Franck's Die Mittagsfrau." Cultural Histories: Close Readings, Critical Syntheses, 26.-30.5.2010, University of Turku.

"Ethics of Narrative Identity: Power, Autonomy and Regulated Dialogicality." Regulated Liberties, 22.-22.8.2009, University of Turku.

"For a novel of non-comprehension: Robbe-Grillet's ontology, epistemology and ethics." Alain Robbe-Grillet: Balises pour le XXIe siècle, 1.-3.6.2009, University of Ottawa.

"Narrativity of Human Reality: Intertwinement of the Epistemological, Ontological and Ethical dimension." Narrative Across Disciplines. Workshop by James Phelan, 27.10.2008, University of Tampere.

"From Problematization to Rehabilitation of Narrative Subjectivity." (Re)Constructions of Subjectivity in Contemporary Literature and Culture, 3.-4.4.2008, University of Düsseldorf.

"From Formalism to Hermeneutics: A shift in the French debate on the task of literature." Aesthetics and the Aesthetic, 30.5.-1.6.2008, University of Uppsala.

"Against the myth of naturalness: the emancipatory dimension of Robbe-Grillet's novels." Writing in Context/L'écriture en contexte, 1.-3.6.2006, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

"Hermeneutics of Narrative Identity in Michel Tournier's The Erl-King." Narrative and Identities, 3.-4.11.2006, University of Giessen.

"Ethics of Non-Narrativity: Levinas and Robbe-Grillet." Encounters in Art and Philosophy, 9.-10.11.2006, University of Helsinki.

"From positivism to hermeneutics: identity and meaning in Alain Robbe-Grillet's Dans le labyrinthe and Michel Tournier's Le Roi des Aulnes." Discursive Spaces: Identity, Memory and Meaning, 26.-27.5.2005, University of Dublin.

"On the Ethical Significance of Encountering the Otherness of Literary Worlds." Chiasmatic Encounters. 29th Annual Conference of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, 2.-7.6.2005, University of Helsinki.

 "The Ethical Ambiguity of the Monster. Good and Evil as Human Possibilities in Michel Tournier’s Le Roi des Aulnes." Monsters and the Monstrous. Perspectives on the Human Evilness, 10.–12.5.2004, Budapest.

"On the Significance of Literary Worlds for the Ethical Imagination." The Challenge of Pluralism – The Power of Interpretation, 22.–24.10.2004, University of Uppsala.

"The Literary Work as a Discloser of New Possibilities of Being" konferenssissa Ontologies of the Literary Work and the Moving Image, 11.–12.11.2004, University of Oulu.

"The Narrative Turn in the French Novel of the 1970s." The Traveling Concept of Narrative, 3.-4.12.2004, Helsinki Collegium for Advance Studies.

"Language - Bridge or a Barrier? Hermeneutic and Post-Structuralist Views on the Possibility of Rational and Ethical Communication." Rationality in Global and Local Contexts: Rationality and Equalization, 10.-11.12.2004,Tromsø.

"From phenomenology and structuralism to hermeneutics: the problem of subjectivity in Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Dans le labyrinthe and Michel Tournier’s Le Roi des Aulnes." Hermeneutics Today, 30.8.–1.9.2001, University of Turku.

 

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