TUCEMEMS organises scholarly events and activities for its members as well as for the public. Our activities and events are open to anyone who is interested. TUCEMEMS activities comprise monthly talks, the Studia Generalia lecture series, scholarly conferences, and workshops. In addition, the centre organises different types of events with its partner institutions, both locally and nationally.

The core of the activities of the research centre consist of monthly presentations, which introduce the latest research projects and research areas. The presentations are followed by discussion and provide an occasion to catch up in a casual setting.

The research centre organises an annual lecture series called Studia Generalia in which current themes are discussed by researchers from different fields of study. The Studia Generalia lectures have addressed topics such as materialistic culture and religion, physicality and sexuality in history, life in manors, the significance of pictures in different religious traditions, vernacular and literary production, and the significance of the reformation. The most recent topic of the lecture series centered on Enlightenment and its various influences. The public lecture series are very popular events.

To advance the research aims and publications of Pre- and Early Modern studies, TUCEMEMS brings researchers together through numerous conferences and workshops. The topics of these events vary according to the interests of the hosting members. The purpose of these events is to provide a forum in which researchers from different fields of study, universities, and institutes can gather and discuss the latest research.

Upcoming events

Mothly Talks, Spring 2023

The TUCEMEMS Monthly Talks in Spring 2023 will be replaced by the Studia Generalia lecture series. See more information on the series below.

16.1.–15.5.2023 Studia Generalia Lecture Series

In Spring 2023 TUCEMEMS organizes an open and free lecture series Studia Generalia. The theme of the series is time. The lectures are held at the lecture hall Tauno Nurmela on Mondays from 17:00 to 19:00.

The series is held in Finnish, and more detailed information on the lectures will be updated on the Finnish event page.

What is time? How do we experience it? How has time been perceived and measured in different times and places? The lecture series approaches these questions through the lenses of philosophy, history, linguistics and literature. The themes include the conceptualization and visualization of time, and above all, how humans speak and have spoken of time. 

The lecturers are Valtteri Arstila (Philosophy, University of Turku), Aino Liira and Matti Peikola (English, University of Turku), Aino Mäkikalli (Literary Studies, University of Turku), Minna Sandelin (Scandinavian Languages, University of Turku), Tanja Toropainen (Finnish Language, University of Turku) and Charlotta Wolff (Finnish History, University of Turku).

16.1. Valtteri Arstila: ”Mihin taas hujahti viikonloppu?” ja muita ajan kokemiseen liittyviä arvoituksia
20.2. Aino Liira ja Matti Peikola: Taulukoista aikajanoihin – visuaalista kronologiaa varhaismodernin ajan englanninkielisissä kirjoissa
20.3. Aino Mäkikalli: Onko aika vain rahaa ja valtaa? Ajan käsittämistapoja Daniel Defoen romaaneissa
17.4. Minna Sandelin ja Tanja Toropainen: Vanhat almanakat ajan hahmottajina
15.5. Charlotta Wolff: Ajanlaskun ja ajan mittaamisen historia Euroopassa

26.1.–20.4.2023: Book reading circle on Aristotle: What Is Good Life?

In Spring 2023 Åbo Akademi, TUCEMEMS, and the Turku Cathedral congregation will organize a reading circle on Aristotle. The meetings and discussion are held in Finnish.

The subject of the series is good life and happiness: What is good life? What is happiness? What are virtues? What is justice? These questions are approached via reading Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, a book at the foundation of Western ethical thought. It has also greatly affected the Christian mindset.

The meetings are held at the Turku Cathedral. A commentary by Thomas Aquinas will act as a guide to the Aristotelian world. Every meeting will begin with a introduction to the text at hand.

No previous knowledge on Aristotle is needed for participating, and everyone is welcome to join! The Finnish translation by Simo Knuutila is available in the city libraries.


Thu 26.1. at 17:00: Book I

Mon 27.2. at 17:00: Book II

Thu 23.3. at 17:00: Book III

Thu 20.4. at 17:00: Book IV

19.1.-27.4.2023 TUCEMEMS Book reading club: Early History of the Novel (For members only)

TUCEMEMS organizes a book reading club for its members during Autumn 2022 and Spring 2023. The theme is the early history of prose fiction. The books on the reading list include works from the 2nd century to the beginning of the 18th century.

The club has three meeting in Spring.


Thu 19.1.       Madeleine de La Fayette, La Princesse de Clèves (1678)

Thu 16.3.       Aphra Behn, Oroonoko: or, the Royal Slave (1688)

Thu 27.4.       Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year (1722)