Programme – ETMU 2018

15th ETMU Conference: Vulnerability, Resilience and Resistance in Diverse Societies

15–16 November 2018

 Arken, Åbo Akademi University, Tehtaankatu 2, Turku


Wednesday, 14 November

14:00-18.00        Pre-Conference workshop:

Quirks of academic publishing. A workshop for PhD students


Professor Suvi Salmenniemi, Professor of sociology, University of Turku, editor in chief of Acta Sociologica

Ruth Illman, docent of comparative religion, director of the Donner Institute for Research in Religion and Culture

Thursday, 15 November

9:30–10:00        Registration, coffee and tea

10:00–10:30      Opening remarks: 

Åbo Akademi University Chancellor Ulrika Wolf-Knuts

Professor Elina Pirjatanniemi, Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University

Associate Professor Magdalena Kmak, Minority Research Profile, Åbo Akademi University

Chairperson Johanna Leinonen, Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration

10:30–11:30        Keynote 1

Sexual and gender-based violence and refugees: vulnerability, resilience and resettlement

Professor Jenny Phillimore, University of Birmingham, UK

11:30–12:30        Keynote 2

“We the Resilient”: Colonizing Indigeneity in the Era of Trump

Professor Julian Reid, University of Lapland, Finland

12:30–14:00       Lunch break

14:00–15:30       Workshops I

15:30–16:00       Coffee and tea

16:00–17:30        Workshops II

19:00                      Conference dinner (Restaurant Koulu, Eerikinkatu 18)


Friday, 16 November

 9:00–9:30            Coffee and tea

9:30–10:30           Keynote 3

At the intersection of concern and suspicion: Children in the asylum process

Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor Rebecca Stern, Uppsala University, Sweden

10:30–11:30          Panel discussion: Ethics of Researching Vulnerability

Chair: Postdoctoral Researcher (Academy of Finland), Eveliina Lyytinen, Migration Institute of Finland


Professor Laura Assmuth, University of Eastern Finland

Professor Sari Pöyhönen, University of Jyväskylä

Researcher Minna Viuhko, The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI)

Doctor Ibrahim Özdemir, Åbo Akademi University

11:30–11:45               Announcement of the recipient of the ETMU Award 2018

Chairperson Johanna Leinonen, Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration

11:45–14:00                Lunch break

14:00–15:30               Workshops III

15:30–15:45              Coffee and tea

15:45–17:15               Workshops IV

You can find the workshops and their respective description here. The exact schedule will be announced soon.

Exhibition: Death in Finnish North America

Please also note that an exhibition created by Samira Saramo titled “Death in Finnish North America” will be held in the neighboring University of Turku from Monday 12.11 to Friday 16.11, between 08:00 and 18:00 (10:00 to 18.00 on Monday only).

The exhibition will be located in the main hall of the Publicum building in University of Turku.

Publication Opportunities

Dear Conference Participants,

A special issue based on selected papers presented at the ETMU Days will be edited for the peer-reviewed open access journal Approaching Religion, published by the Donner Institute for Research in Religion and Culture, Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Guest Editors: Johanna Leinonen, Migration Institute of Finland & ETMU and Elina Pirjatanniemi, Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University.

You find the journal website at: 

The website of the Donner Institute:

AR is open access and has a wide readership among academia (download rates over 1000 per article). It is indexed in some of the largest scientific databases in the world (DOAJ, EBSCO, ATLA, ERIH Plus, Web of Science), as well as Google Scholar. Thus, the journal articles are searchable at more than 90 % of the world’s universities. AR is primarily a channel for publishing presentations given at conferences that DI has been involved in, and scholars from a wide range of fields have published with us – not just scholars of religion as the title might suggest.

After the conference, we cordially invite you to submit manuscripts for this special issue (Vol. 9/1), to be published in the spring of 2019.

The submissions will undergo peer review. You can find editorial policies, guidelines for authors as well as information on the review and publication processes on the journal website.

Publication Schedule:

Submission of articles for peer-review: 15.12. 2018
Response from reviewers: 15.2 2019
Final submission: 15.3 2019
Publication: 15.5 2019

We hope you will keep this publication option in mind when preparing for the conference and look forward to receiving your manuscripts.

Dr. Ruth Illman
Editor of Approaching Religion
Director, the Donner Institute


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