JMC Events - 2019

The Politics of Hate: Education and Strategies of Exclusion

Guest Lecture

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 14.15–16.00
Place: Publicum (Assistentinkatu 7), Seminar Room 126 (ground floor)

Politics of Hate

The event was organized in collaboration with the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) and it was part of the “Celebrating Rainbow History Month” Colloquium, a joint initiative of TIAS and the UTU School of History, Culture and Arts Studies’ Gender Studies Programme.


American Voices XXVII


Date: Friday-Saturday, October 11–12, 2019
Time: Friday 14:00–17:45, Saturday 10:00–13:30
Place: University of Turku, Publicum (Assistentinkatu 7), Pub3

"American Voices" provides an opportunity to learn about various aspects of U.S. society and culture through the experiences of American Fulbright grantees currently in Finland. The seminar is organized each year by the UTU North American Studies Program and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.

American Voices XXVII

Up in Arms: Making Sense of Gun Culture in the United States

Current Issues Seminar

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019
Time: 9:15–17:00
Place: UTU, Calonia (Caloniankuja 3), Lecture Hall Cal1

JMC Seminar Up in Arms

From the Everyday to the Radical: Finnishness in the Americas

Seminar & Pub Night

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Time: 12:15-16:00 & 19:00-22:00
Place: UTU, Educarium, Lecture Hall Edu2 & Bar Kuka (Linnankatu 17)


UTU Educarium, Edu 2

Dr. Samira Saramo (JMC): “From the Everyday to the Radical: Dimensions of Finnishness in the Americas”
Dr. Saijaleena Rantanen (UNIARTS): “The Power of Music: Songs of Finnish North Americans as Social and Ideological Mediators at the Turn of the 20th Century”
Dr. Aleksi Huhta (ÅAU): “The Blue Blouses of the Bronx: Finland-Swedish Radicalism in Depression-era New York”
Dr. Anne Heimo (UTU): “‘I am Thankful for My Heritage:’ Finnish North American Heritage Work on Social Media”
Dr. Tuomas Hovi (UTU): “‘Where Everyone is a Finn:’ Finnish Festivals in the United States”
Views of Finnish Heritage in Argentina and Paraguay

Bar Kuka (Linnankatu 17)

Jimmy Träskelin ja Tallari – Lähtölaulu
The “Lähtölaulu” [Departure Song] concert is built on Simo Westerholm’s 1983 Finnish immigrant songbook, collected from archives in Finland and the United States. Westerholm’s Lähtölaulu made a significant contribution to restoring U.S. Finns’ historic musical tradition. The songs tell familiar stories of departure, settlement, work life, and homesickness, but also rarer depictions, such as of immigrant life in the city. “Lähtölaulu” is performed by Jimmy Träskelin and Tallari members Sampo Korva and Katri Haukilahti. The “Lähtölaulu” performance is part of the Finnish Folk Music Institute’s (Kaustinen) project to broaden, translate into English, and re-release Westerholm’s collection.


Cuba-US in the Post-Cold War Era: History and Complexity of a Relation & Cuban Economic Actors and their Dynamic

Current Issues Lectures

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 14:15-16:45
Place: UTU, Educarium (Assistentinkatu 5), Edu2 (2nd floor)