2010

  • Dec. 9-10, together with the University of Tartu, the project organized a seminar Continuity and Discontinuity of Borders in Narva and Tartu, Estonia. The seminar discussed the social construction, deconstruction and mental and symbolical signification of national borderlands, cultural and linguistic borders in cultural interaction, everyday experiences, narration and in various institutionalized or culturally shared discourses.  Visit the website http://www.ut.ee/folk for more detailed program, or download the program in pdf-format [Program in pdf-format]. Photographs of the seminar are available here.
  • 25.10.2010 Mari Ristolainen introduced the film "Raja 1918" and presented a paper "Borders and Crossovers in the Film "The Border 1918" (Raja 1918)" in the Filmborders – Filmgrenser series in Tromsø, Norway. More information on the Filmborders series.
  • October 13, 2010. Tiiu Jaago presented a paper "Migratsioon ja kohanemine: 1990.-2000. aastatel kirjutatud eluloojutustuste analüüs". Konverents ”Vabatahtlik ja sunniviisiline ränne eesti migratsiooniloos”. Tallinna Ülikool. 12.-13.10.2010.
  • October 6-9, 2010 Mari Ristolainen took a part to a conference Challenging Colonialism and Homogenizing Modernity: Theory, Methodology and Literary Analysis in Tromsø and gave a paper "Russian Border Guards' Self-Writing Online". Programme
  • September 30 - October 2, 2010 Kirsi Laurén participated in the A Borderless Europe? International Conference SDU Sönderborg, Denmark, and presented a paper Experienced and Written Borderlands in a panel: Living (at) borders.
  • September 14 - October 14, 2010 Tuulikki Kurki kept a lecture course "Narrated Culture. Soviet Narratives and Images in Literature" (3 credits) in "Venäjä ja rajatutkimus" studying programme, UEF.
  • September 17, 2010 Mari Ristolainen introduced WCTB research project to the colleagues at the University of Tromsø and gave a paper “Pictures beyond Border Poles: Visual Bordering of North-West Russia in the 1930s” at the Border Aesthetics Reading Group: Manuscript Workshop.
  • Writing competition: Литература без границ ("Literature without Borders"), a writing competition in the Murmansk region organized by the literature portal MurmanLit.ru, the Border Aesthetics project and the University of Eastern Finland research project Writing Cultures and Traditions at Borders - deadline 11 November 2010. Details.
  • Mari Ristolainen is working as a visiting researcher in the Border Aesthetics research project at the University of Tromsø, Norway (1.9.-31.12.2010). Information on Border Aesthetics research project.
  • Tiiu Jaago held a course "Pärimuslik ajalugu (Oral popular history/ Narrated history)" FLKU.04.043, 6 eap, University of Tartu, 1.9.2010-12.12.2010 (16 students).
  • August 17-19 Tuulikki Kurki and Kirsi Laurén presented papers and chaired separate panels in the Book Culture from Below,  the 18th Annual SHARP Conference, Helsinki, 17-20 August 2010. Tuulikki Kurki's paper Writing the Margins in a panel Self-taught readers and writers. Panel chaired by Tuulikki Kurki Authorship on the margins: writing the self and the other. Kirsi Laurén's paper Texts of the Writing Competitions in a panel  Authorship on the margins: writing the self and the other. Panel chaired by Kirsi Laurén Authorship on the margins: class and gender. Programme http://www.helsinki.fi/sharp2010/program.htm
  • August 6 Kirsi Laurén presented a paper in the seminar "Kirjoittajat rajalla - Kahden Karjalan Runous" in Joensuu. The speakers: 1) Arvi Perttu, "Kenelle kuuluu Lönnrotin mänty?" 2) Kirsi Laurén, "Elämää rajalla. Kuinka rajaseudun arjesta kerrotaan ja kirjoitetaan?" 3) Martti Pelvo, "Karjalaisen evakkokirjallisuuden kotiseudut" 4) Kristina Korotkih, "Runoja vieraalla kielellä". Chair: Tuulikki Kurki. Kurki also participated in organizing the seminar. The seminar was part of Kotiseutupäivät which were held in August 5-8 in Joensuu. Kotiseutu-päivät homepage in Finnish.
  • August 5 Tuulikki Kurki presented a paper in the seminar Takamailla in Joensuu. The speakers were 1) Ari Lehtinen (UEF), "Elävä provinsialismi - ketkä pärjäävät takamaiden etuvartiossa?" 2) Maria Lähteenmäki (UEF), "Karjala - Barentsin alueen takamaa?" 3) Seppo Knuuttila (UEF), "Vapauden pakko ja muita elämisen ehtoja takamailla" 4) Tuulikki Kurki (UEF), "Kotiseutukoodi." Chair: Perttu Vartiainen (UEF). The seminar was part of Kotiseutupäivät which were held in August 5-8 in Joensuu. Kotiseutu-päivät homepage in Finnish.
  • July 26-31 project organized a panel "Writing Cultures and Traditions at Borders" and participated in the ICCEES 2010 World Congress in Stockholm. The panel: 1) Mari Ristolainen, "Drawing Lines: Soviet and Post Soviet Cultural Representations of Borders in the Pskovian Amatuer Art", 2) Tiiu Jaago, "Negotiating Space in Life Stories: Spatial Identity in Estonia", 3)  Tuulikki Kurki "Cultural Signification of the Finland-Russia Borderland in Contemporary Writing". Chair: Tuulikki Kurki. Programme.
  • May 21 Kirsi Laurén presented a paper Kirjoitettujen aineistojen kiehtovuus ja metodinen haastavuus in the seminar Metodit, Suomen Kansantietouden Tutkijain kevätkoulu, Tieteiden talo, Helsinki.
  • In May 2010 project received a grant of the Competence Centre in Russian and Border Studies "Europe Beyond East-West Division" http://www.joensuu.fi/border/ (Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland) for organizing a seminar in December 2010. More information about the seminar will be announced later.
  • April 10, 2010. Tiiu Jaago presented a paper "Death and Illness in Life-Stories" in International Conference of Ethnomedicine and Medical Anthropology. Medica VII. People vs the Natural and the Artificial. Power relations. Eesti Kirjandusmuuseumi Folkloristika Osakond, Eesti Folkloori Instituut, 9.-10.04.2010. Abstract is published: Jaago, Tiiu 2010. Death and Illness in Life-Stories. – Medica VII. People vs the Natural and the Artificial. Power relations. Abstracts & Schedule. April 9-10, 2010. Tartu: Department of Folkloristics, Estonian Literary Museum & Estonian Institute of Folklore, p.10 <http://www.folklore.ee/rl/fo/konve/medicaVII/teesid.html>.
  • 1.4.2010 started Kirsi Laurén's national collection of border narratives organised in cooperation with the Finnish Literature Society. The call in Finnish.
  • WCTB – project description was published in the journal Elore (Finnish Folklore Society). Kurki, Tuulikki, Laurén, Kirsi & Ristolainen, Mari (2010), Rajaseudun kirjoituskulttuurit ja traditiot. Elore, vol. 17, 1/2010, pp. 143-146. The article in Finnish
  • .27.-28.3.2010 Mari Ristolainen participated in the BASEES conference (The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies) and presented a paper in a panel “Empire and Nation in Literary Discourse”. Chair: Katharine Hodgson (University of Exeter, UK); Papers: 1) Julija Snezko (Vilnius University, Lithuania), ‘Imperial and (Proto)-National Semantics in Nikolaj Karamzin‘s Public Discourse‘; 2) Emilie Murphy (University of Nottingham, UK), ‘She Spoke Russian Badly...Or Did She? French Language and Culture in Russian Women's Diaries, 1800-1825’; 3) Mari Ristolainen (University of Eastern Finland, Finland), ‘Virtual Frontiers: Russian Border Guards’ Poems Online’. Programme.
  • 8.-9.3.2010 Mari Ristolainen organised a panel “Border Rhetorics - Rajojen retoriikkaa” in the VIII Symposium for Russian and East European Studies (VIEPÄ) in Helsinki. The panel consisted of the following presentations: 1) Juha Ruusuvuori (University of Eastern Finland): Regional perceptions of cross-border cooperation on the Finnish-Russian border; 2) Kirsi Laurén (University of Eastern Finland): Experiencing and Writing the Eastern Border; 3) Mari Ristolainen (University of Eastern Finland): What Rhymes with Kalashnikov? Russian Border Guard Poems Online. Our discussant was professor Pekka Hakamies from the University of Turku. Programme
  • Project meeting and seminar "Writing at Borders" is at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus, 20.–21.1.2010. Project meeting (20.1.2010), is for the researchers and supervising group of the research project. The seminar "Writing at Borders" (21.1.2010) is an open seminar discussing writing practices on the geographical and national borderlands, and writing that is not recognized by institutional forms of writing (such as literature and scholarly writing). The seminar is also an opening seminar of a research project. Programme