NB! The publisher Osuuskumma and The Finnish Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association will be selling their books near lecture hall D10b on Thursday!

Thursday 4 April (OPEN FOR ALL), Place: Main building, lecture hall D10b, 0 floor


Registration, lunch and coffee for registered participants


Welcoming words and introduction by The Monster Network & Dr. Toni Lahtinen


Session 1 - Storytelling Practices

Keynote: Author Laura Gustafsson: Are words enough to change the world?

Respondent: Dr. Toni Lahtinen (Tampere University)


Coffee break


Session 2 - Weird Ecologies

Keynote: Author Johanna Sinisalo: Nature as Mother and the Other

Respondent: Dr. Aino-Kaisa Koistinen (University of Jyväskylä, The Monster Network)


Buffet dinner at Restaurant Telakka

Only for registered participants taking part in Friday’s programme and invited guests.

Courtesy of Stavanger University.


Weird ecologies and storytelling practices

PUBLIC EVENT with Johanna Sinisalo and Laura Gustafsson, chaired by Dr. Ingvil Hellstrand from The Monster Network, at bar Telakka, address Tullikamarin aukio 3 (OPEN FOR ALL)

Friday 5 April (REGISTRATION REQUIRED), Place: Pinni B building, room B1029-30, 1st floor




WORKSHOP – Writing the posthuman ...

with feminist Professor Emerita Nina Lykke (Linköping University)

The workshop will introduce  you  to  ways of writing the posthuman other – in terms of writing from embodied subject positions which might seem unfamiliar, ”alien” to the traditional outlook of the human ”I”. What does it for example mean to write from the position of an algae? a bush of heather? a cat? a stone? Or???? Against the background of some of my own poetic texts, and reflections on posthuman phenomenology, I will pose questions around modes, meanings and eco-ethics of writing from posthuman subject positions and from an ontology of vibrant and spirited matter (Bennett 2010, Anzaldua 2015). Moreover, I will invite you to do some writing exercizes prompting you to experiment with poetic explorations of transcorporeal touching, and to share and discuss your texts with each other.


Nina Lykke, Dr. Phil., Professor Emerita, Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden. Has for over four decades contributed to the building of Feminist Studies in Europe, Denmark and Sweden, in particular. Co-founder of Queer Death Studies Network, and Network for Ecocritical-Decolonial Research. Current research: queering of cancer, death, and mourning in queerfeminist materialist, posthuman, decolonial and eco-critical perspectives; autophenomenographic and poetic writing. Some recent publications, related to creative and autophenomengraphic writing: Writing Academic Texts Differently (Routledge, New York 2014); Queer Widowhood,  Lambda Nordica 2015: 4; When death cuts apart, in: Juvonen & Kohlemainen: Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships. Routledge, New York 2018


Coffee break


Session 3: Storytelling and Activism

Artist-researcher Henna Laininen (Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki): Writing with the climate change

Caroline Suinner and Meriam Trebalsi (Pehmeet collective / Brown Girls Media): The agenda behind taking space with marginalized bodies

Response from Dr. Line Henriksen, The Monster Network


Lunch and discussion


Session 4: Weird Ecologies and Bioart

Artist-researcher Shreyasi (Bioart Society & Aalto University): Weaving Ecological Narratives

Dr. Marietta Radomska (Linköping University & University of Helsinki): Storying terminal ecologies for the non/living earth

Response from Dr. Sara Orning, The Monster Network