Upcoming events:

NPVN Workshop

10am – 4pm
University of Helsinki

To initiate the network, we are hosting a one-day workshop at the University of Helsinki. The workshop will include talks from invited guest speakers as well as working in small multidisciplinary groups to set an agenda for the network. The workshop aims to explore the following themes:

  • dysfunctional, distressing, and destructive human actions in diverse institutional settings
  • identification and naming of non-physical violence
  • the concrete patterns and forms of non-physical violence and their meanings in abusive interpersonal relationships
  • the cultural or communal beliefs and values related to non-physical violence
  • normative aspects of non-physical violence
  • relations of power and institutional structures connected to non-physical violence
  • ethical issues pertinent to research (incl. researcher’s well-being)
  • new methodologies

Working languages of the workshop are Finnish and/or English. Online participation is available in the morning hybrid session.  We have some funding available for travel bursaries for junior scholars to attend the workshop.

The workshop is invitation only, for more information email us at:

Workshop details:

9:30 am             Meet and greet, coffee available 

10:15-12 am     Morning session • Hybrid • In English and/or Finnish

  • Network introduction
  • Oula Silvennoinen, expert, Tutkijoiden ja asiantuntijoiden sananvapauden tukeminen 
  • Aini Linjakumpu: Hengellisen väkivallan tutkimus
  • Natalie Kouri-Towe: Transformative Approaches to Addressing Power and Violence in the Classroom

12 – 1pm           Lunch and coffee (included)

1 – 4 pm            Afternoon session • In-person • In English and/or Finnish

  • Small group work & Conclusion

4pm-          Afterwork meet and greet