19 May: Interfaces between Language, Literature and Culture

What: a one-day symposium called Interfaces between Language, Literature and Culture:  Research at Department of Modern Languages

When: on Monday 19 May 2014 from 9:15 am to 5 pm.

Where: in Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40), 3rd floor, Room 6

Metsätalo, photo by Eeva Anundi

Metsätalo, photo by Eeva Anundi

Department of Modern Languages has a broad array of research interests including language, translation, literature, culture and digital humanities, often in combination. In order to make the research done at the department better known both at University of Helsinki and beyond, we are arranging a one-day symposium.

Since the symposium is open to all, please feel free to attend the entire symposium or any session you might find interesting. Most talks are in English.

In order for us to know how much coffee and tea to have at hand at the coffee break in the afternoon, please register for coffee/tea by Thursday 8 May by using this link: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/50841/lomake.html



9:15–9:20 Bo Pettersson (chair), Opening Words

9:20–9:25  Ulla Tuomarla, Greetings from the Department Head


 9:25–10:20 Timo Honkela: “Digital Preservation and Computational Modeling of Language and Culture: Some Philosophical and Empirical Aspects”

Variations of English: Major Projects

10:20–10:40 Terttu Nevalainen, “What’s New in Varieng (Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English)”

10:40–11:00 Minna Palander-Collin, “Language Practices and Social Meanings in the History of English”

11:00–11:20 Minna Nevala, “Language of Evaluation: Constructing the Social Margins in England 1650–1900”

11:20–11:40 Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen, ”Kielitaidon tasot: Edistyneiden kielenoppijoiden suullinen ja kirjallinen kielitaito”

11:40–11:50 Anna Mauranen, “ChangE Project: How does ELF change English?”


11:50–13:00 (lunch is not included in the event)

Language, Culture and Style

13:00–13:20 Eva Havu, “Presentation of the Research Community CoCoLaC (Contrasting and Comparing Languages and Cultures)”

13:20–13:35 Juhani Härmä, “Studying 19th-Century Finnish Letters Written in French”

Translation in Various Languages and Media

13:35–13:50 Svetlana Probirskaja ja Päivi Pasanen, ”Sodankäynnin tuntemattomat käännöskulttuurit”

13:50–14:05 Kristiina Taivalkoski-Shilov, ”Sexe=sukupuoli, sukupuolisuus ja/tai/vai seksi? Kaisa Siveniuksen Foucault-suomennoksen vastaanotosta”

14:05–14:20 Olli Philippe Lautenbacher, “Cohesive Structures (and Redundancy) in Subtitled Films”


14:20–14:45 (Please remember to register so we can prepare the right amount of coffee and tea.)

Literary Studies: Russians and Foxes, Native Americans and Shakespeare

14:45–15:00 Tomi Huttunen, “Research in Russian Literature and Culture”

15:00–15:15 Bo Pettersson, “What Does the Fox Say?”

15:15–15:30 Mark Shackleton, “Native North American Writing”

15:30–15:45 Nely Keinänen, “Shakespeare in Finland”

Computers, Language, Culture

15:45–16:05 Krister Lindén, “FIN-CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure): A Research Infrastructure for the Arts”

16:05–16:20 Graham Wilcock, “WikiTalk: Wikipedia-Based Open-Domain Conversations with Humanoid Robots”

16:20–16:35 Georg Gimpl, “Culture, History and Collective Memory: Virtual Museum Russbach – A Microstudy”

Discussion and closing of the symposium