Where Are the Borders? Registration now open

VAR GÅR GRÄNSEN? UTMANINGAR I NORDISK MUSEOLOGI 30.8.–1.9.2018 HELSINGISSÄ (in English below)

Konferenssin ilmoittautuminen on avattu. Ilmoittaudu täällä.

Konferenssin teema on museotyön rajat. Rajoilla tarkoitetaan niin valtiollisia, kulttuurisia, kielellisiä ja etnisiä kuin sukupuoleen liittyviä rajoja. Mitä ne merkitsevät tämän päivän museotyölle ja millä tavoin ne näkyvät museoissa? Miltä näyttää tulevaisuuden museo?

Keynote-puhujat ovat tutkija Áile Aikio Siidasta, Nordiska museetin johtaja Sanne Houby-Nielsen ja professori Simon Knell Leicesterin yliopistosta.

Konferenssiohjelmaan voi tutustua lähemmin täältä.
Olemme myös Facebookissa.

Konferenssin järjestävät Nordisk museumsförbund Finland ja museologian oppiaine Helsingin yliopistosta yhteistyössä Ateneumin taidemuseon ja Helsingin kaupunginmuseon kanssa. Konferenssia ovat tukeneet Svenska litteratursällskapet ja Tieteellisten seurain valtuuskunta.

Konferenssikielet ovat skandinaaviset kielet ja englanti.

Early Bird -hinta 90 euroa on voimassa 11.6.2018 asti. Yhdistyksen jäsenille hinta on 70 euroa ja perustutkinto-opiskelijoille 30 euroa.

Lämpimästi tervetuloa!

 


WHERE ARE THE BORDERS? CHALLENGES IN NORDIC MUSEOLOGY 30 August – 1 September 2018 IN HELSINKI

Registration is now open. Please register here.

The themes of the conference are the different borders in museums work. We have national and cultural borders, ethnic borders, language and gender. What do these borders and relations mean for museum operations and collections? What does futures museum look like?

Our keynote speakers are curator Áile Aikio from Siida, the National museum of the Finnish Sámi, museum director Sanne Hoyby-Nielsen, Nordiska museet, Stockholm and Professor Simon Knell, University of Leicester, UK.

Read more about the program here.
You can also follow the conference on Facebook.

The conference is co-organized by Nordisk museumsförbund Finland, Museum Studies, University of Helsinki, Ateneum Art Museum and Helsinki City Museum and funded by Svenska litteratursällskapet and the Federation of Finnish learned societies.

Early bird fee 90 € is valid until 11 June 2018. Reduced fee (the members of the association) is 70 € and reduced fee (MA students) is 30 €.

Museologian kesäkurssit – ekskursioita ja asiantuntijaluentoja

Miltä kuulostaisi veneretki Svartholmaan tai bussimatka Kankaisten kartanolinnaan? Avoimen yliopiston monitieteisillä kesäkursseilla pääset lähestymään keskiaikaa ekskursioiden ja asiantuntijaluentojen merkeissä.

Näkökulmia keskiajan ilmiöihin, teemana Kaakkois-Suomi –kurssin ekskursiolla vieraillaan muun muassa Svartholman merilinnoituksella, jonne siirrytään avomoottoriveneellä, sekä Sipoon ja Pernajan kirkoilla. Kurssin asiantuntijaluennoilla käsitellään esimerkiksi keskiajan maaseutua, keskiaikaista asutusta ja keskiaikaisia pyhimyskultteja. Kurssilla luennoiva Tuuli Heinonen kuvailee kurssin sisältöjä osuvasti seuraavasti:

Omasta mielestäni kurssi on kaikkiaan todella mielenkiintoinen tilaisuus päästä tutustumaan yliopistolla harvemmin esiin nostettuun Kaakkois-Suomen keskiajan historiaan, eli odotan sitä ainakin itse innolla! Omalla luennollaan Tuuli pyrkii nostamaan esiin etenkin tuoreeseen tutkimukseen perustuvia näkökulmia Kaakkois-Suomen keskiaikaiseen asutukseen.

Kartanoläänejä ja kirkkoja Varsinais-Suomessa –kurssilla puolestaan tehdään bussimatka ja tutustutaan muun muassa Louhisaaren kartanoon, Kankaisten kartanolinnaan sekä Raision ja Maarian kirkkoihin. Kurssin luennoilla pohditaan esimerkiksi avioliittojen yhdistämiä ja valtataistelun erottamia aatelisia mahtisukuja sekä rahankäyttöä keskiajalla.

Molempien kurssien suoritustapoina ovat vapaaehtoinen ekskursio, luennot (5*3h) ja essee. Esseen aihe valitaan sen mukaisesti, mihin aineeseen jakson suorittaa. Esseiden aiheet sovitaan luennon aikana ja tarjolla myös valmiita aiheita.

Ilmoittautuminen opinto-ohjelmissa:

Tervetuloa opiskelemaan!

Hyvä tietää: Avoimen yliopiston kesäopetus on maksutonta ilmoittautumishetkellä läsnä oleville Helsingin yliopiston perustutkinto-opiskelijoille. (Maksuttomuus ei koske ekskursion materiaalimaksua 15 euroa.) Myös lukuvuosiopetuksessa on maksuttomia kiintiöitä Helsingin yliopiston perustutkinto-opiskelijoille. Tarkat tiedot ja ohjeet löytyvät opinto-ohjelmista. Yhteydenottolomake

#HYAVOIN #OPPIMINENTEKEEHYVÄÄ

Siina Nieminen
Koulutusasiantuntija
Helsingin yliopiston Avoin yliopisto

A Discussion of the Aino Myth, #Metoo and the role of museums

by Mari Viita-Aho

The Finnish national epic, Kalevala, has become a controversial topic during the past winter. Particularly the character of Aino has been in the center of debates inspired or proceeded by the #metoo campaign. The director of the Ateneum Art Museum (Finnish National Gallery) has received emails suggesting the removal of Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s Aino-myth from the exhibition. The Gallen-Kallela Museum, which has been founded to foster the heritage of Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela, considered its duty to take part in this conversation and arranged a discussion on the topic.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Aino Myth, Triptych. 1891. Photo: Kansallisgalleria / Aaltonen, Hannu

Participants had been invited from diverse fields and backgrounds. Present were Collections Management Director of The Finnish National Gallery Riitta Ojanperä, PhD Student of Musicology Sini Mononen, Professor of Folklore from the University of Helsinki Lotte Tarkka and Director of Gallen-Kallela Museum Tuija Wahlroos. The conversation was moderated by Director of the Finnish Museum of Photography Elina Heikka, and it took place at the Gallen-Kallela Museum  in 17th of March.

Tuija Wahlroos started the occasion by presenting the story of Aino as a character in Kalevala, and elaborated Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s relationship to Kalevala. The Aino-myth was Gallen-Kallela’s first major Kalevala painting and it provoked debate already at the time it was first exhibited in 1889. Since then, Gallen-Kallela’s paintings have become probably the most famous depictions of Kalevala in Finland, and they are acknowledged and appreciated widely.

Tuija Walhroos and Elina Heikka. Photo: Salla Tiainen / Gallen-Kallela Museum

One of the central topics of the discussion was the means of art in observing and reflecting society, and the importance of the reflection in itself,  as Riitta Ojanperä pointed out in her opening. Art can be perceived as a common space, in which approaching even the most awkward topics is enabled. Something very similar to this is the idea of the  #metoo-campaign: it aims to create a public space, which would be safe and open for discussion.

In the case of #metoo and Kalevala, Aino and Väinämöinen are treated as stereotypes of feminine and masculine characters in Finnish society. Debate has twirled around the image of Finland as an equal place, and whether this equality is reality or fiction. The character of Aino has been seen, in the #metoo conversation, as evidence of inequality in Finnish society. Tuija Wahlroos noted that Aino is one of the iconic characters in Finnish art history, and opens many doors for discussion. Through #metoo, the character of Aino allows to open up the conversation of equality in Finnish history without personifying it into any actual incident or individual.

Lotte Tarkka, Riitta Ojanperä, Sini Mononen and Elina Heikka. Photo: Salla Tiainen / Gallen-Kallela Museum

It is quite remarkable that Kalevala, which was first published in 1835/1849, still draws attention and stirs emotions, even provokes quarrels. People relate to the characters and their destinies so intensely, that contradictory interpretations can seem obnoxious. It seems, however, that the discussion around Kalevala is not really about the storylines of the characters, but the values in society. Some of the questions #metoo raises are: How do the gender roles of Kalevala relate to our current time? What does the Aino-myth tell about the options women had in the 19th century? And on the other hand, have those options become opportunities or otherwise changed so drastically as we have thought?

Always, when a period of transformation is ongoing in the culture, its elementary values will also be contested, noted Lotte Tarkka. Thus it seems, that we are now living in one of these cultural transformation phases. National myths, and their characters, reflect the values cherished in different eras. In art history, depictions of national epics can be seen as a mirror of society and therefore also tools for scrutinizing the inherent values, on which national identity is based on. Sini Mononen also noted, that if these conversations about the values of the society, happen in a public level, they might finally effect to the legislation. Currently, this is what is happening with #metoo. This seems to be an opportunity for institutions to open up the discussion, or to invigorate it.

Sini Mononen suggested, that the role of institutions is to take part in cultural conversations and therefore also be part of the transformation. It is interesting to observe, which ways museums do find to initiate conversations, launch new openings, and to participate into a defining process of cultural and national identity in the future. Museums are experts of art, culture, and history, and their expertise are valued in many fields of society. At the closure of this conversation, Riitta Ojanperä returned to her observation of art as a reflection of society. It could be worthwhile to imagine novel ways, through which this ability to reflect the society would be utilized.