9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:30 Welcome
Tuomas Forsberg, Molly Andrews

9:45 – 11:15 National Narratives

“The Political Epic – Heritage narratives, appropriation and national culture”
Lotte Tarkka, University of Helsinki

“Navigating the past: Examining official narrative of the genocide and the vernacular narratives of Rwandan youth in the diaspora”
David Mwambari, King’s College London

“Memories of political violence: beyond victimhood narratives and governmental reason”
Oriana Bernasconi, Alberto Hurtado University

11:15 – 12:45 Contesting History

Russian Foreign Policy Narratives and the War on Ukraine
Tuomas Forsberg, Tampere University & University of Helsinki

”Multilateralism, migration-mobility, global human identification and the democratic ideal of a border-free world”
Kesi Mahendran, The Open University

“Collective Narratives and the Legacy of the Troubles: Territoriality, Identity, and Victimhood in Northern Ireland”
Neil Ferguson, Liverpool Hope University

12:45-14:00 LUNCH

14:00 – 15:30 Political Imaginaries

“Imagining Indigeneity and the challenge with ‘Indigenous Community’”
Reetta Toivanen, University of Helsinki

“Political Imaginaries, Emotional Governance and Fantasies of Naming and Shaming”
Catarina Kinnvall, Lund University

”Empathic Entanglements: Whom Do Humanitarian Narratives Serve?”
Minou Norouzi, University of Helsinki

15:30 – 17:00 The Politics of Place

“Echoes of the missing: Memory tales of the present absence”
Maryam Adjam, Uppsala University

”Pedagogy of the tired”
Aura Lounasmaa, Tampere University

“Differentiated narratives that make a difference”
Halleh Ghoreshi, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

18:00 Boat to Särkkä, Dinner at Restaurant Särkänlinna




9:30 – 10:00 Coffee

10:00- 11:30 Memory Politics

‘The burden of the recollection’ – collective memory, narratives and re-writing the past in Northern Ireland”
Jim McCauley, University of Huddersfield

“The tale of two ‘crises’: Refugees, racism, and media narratives in Poland”
Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius, University of Helsinki

“Katja Petrowskaja’s Translational Poetics of Memory”
Eneken Laanes, Tallin University

11:30 -13:00 Intergenerational Political Storytelling

“‘I am a child of my time’: The (in)conceivability of a country that is no longer”
Molly Andrews, University College London

“In the shadow of 1968: Fighting over water rights in the 21st century”
Andreas Bieler, University of Nottingham

“Lamenting for Lenin: a case of political ideology in Karelian traditional lament poetry”
Eila Stepanova, Karelian Cultural Society & University of Helsinki

13:00 – 14:30 LUNCH & COFFEE

14:30 -16:00 Family Traces

“That’s me: Personal and Political Memories”
Jens Brockmeier, The American University of Paris

“Border Crossing, Memory and Politics: the story of one family”
Shirin Rai, Warwick University

“Narratives of (un)learning: My (great)grandmothers, my father and a poet laureate of Africa”
Jill Bradbury, University of the Witwatersrand

16:00- 17:00 Closing Discussion

17:00-18:00 Reception

19:00 Conference Dinner: Ateljé Finne
Arkadiankatu 14, 00100 Helsinki