Conference Program

Gender Studies 2019 Conference: On Violence 24.10.-26.10.2019

The conference is located at the City Center Campus of the University of Helsinki. The main events are held in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3) and the Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33). In addition, workshops are in Language Centre (Fabianinkatu 26) and Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40). All these buildings are close to each other. You can find information on the City Center Campus and the Campus map here.

The full program of the conference is now published! You can download the program HERE.

Please note that the program is subject to change.

Conference program

Wednesday 23.10.2019

15.00 - 19.00 Registration open at Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3) 

Thursday 24.10.2019

08:30 -            Registration

09:30-11:30   Workshops I

12:30-13:15   Opening of the Conference (Porthania I, Yliopistonkatu 3)

Opening words by Elina Penttinen, main organizer of the conference
Greetings from SUNS, the Association of Gender Studies in Finland by Salla Tuori
Speech by President Tarja Halonen 

13:30-15:00   Keynote 1: Swati Parashar (Porthania I, Yliopistonkatu 3)

Ordinary Lives and the Certitudes of Violence: Rethinking Accountability and Justice

Chair: Tuija Pukkinen, Professor, University of Helsinki
Discussant: Elina Oinas, Professor, University of Helsinki

15:00-16:00   Coffee break: Porthania Hallway, Yliopistonkatu 3

Meet the editors of NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research is hosted by Tampere University from 2019 till 2020. During the coffee break there is an opportunity to meet one of NORA's three Editors-in-Chief Tiina Suopajärvi, the Book Review Editors Ville Kainulainen and Luca Tainio and the Editorial Secretary Pieta Hyvärinen. This is an informal meet-and-talk session with no pre-set agenda: you can ask questions about publishing in NORA, hear about editorial team members' experiences, and learn what it is like to work inside academic publishing in gender studies.

Meet & greet: International Feminist Journal of Politics 
International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP) is the leading source of cutting-edge research at the intersection of global politics, feminist, gender and queer scholarship, and activism. Developed and led by a team of prominent feminist scholars, this journal brings together some of the most influential figures in the field to build a global community of critical and engaged writers and readers. It also seeks to provide a platform for voices from around the world that have not found genuinely open spaces for expression and engagement. 

16:00-18:00   Workshops II

19:00-             Helsinki City Reception (Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13)


Friday 25.10.2019

08:00 -           Registration continues

08:00-10:00   Workshops III

10:15-11:45   Keynote 2: Sima Shakhsari (Porthania I, Yliopistonkatu 3)

Violence of Freedom: Loaned Life and Rightful Killing

Chair: Katja Kahlina, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Helsinki 

Discussant: Anitta Kynsilehto, University Researcher, Tampere University

12:00-13:00   Lunch: University’s Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

13:00-14:00   Self-care activities

Gentle Hatha Yoga (instructor Nicole Betita)

Art Historical Tour: Come and have a closer look at the architecture and art of the University of Helsinki with an art history student as your guide!

Get creative by collaging: Get relaxed and inspired by exercising your creativity! Take a break to have some fun with images and texts. Cut, tear, clue, and paste, absolutely no previous experience in visual arts is needed. All the materials are provided. The session is hosted by Saara Särmä.

14:00-16:00   Workshops IV

16:00 -           Coffee break: University’s Main Building Hallway on 2nd floor

16:30-18:00   Panel discussion at Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4)

Climate Change and Violence: Recognizing and Fighting Injustices


Petra Laiti, Chairperson, Suomen Saamelaisnuoret ry, Sámi activist

Violeta Gutiérrez Zamora, University of Eastern Finland

Sari Rautio, Director for the Unit for Security Policy and Crisis Management at the Foreign Ministry of Finland

Kadri Aavik, University of Helsinki

Moderator: Sonja Nielsen, activist, Ilmastoveivi2019 climate campaign

19:00-            Conference dinner and evening party, SUNS master’s thesis award (Unioninkatu 33)


Saturday 26.10.2019

10:30-12:00   Keynote 3: Kathy Sanderson (University’s Main Building, Room 1, Fabianinkatu 33)

Coercive Control in the Workplace: Repositioning Ostracism and Emotional Abuse in a Violence Framework

Chair: Elina Penttinen, Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki
Discussant: Marjut Jyrkinen, Associate Professor, University of Helsinki

12:00-13:00    Coffee break: University's Main Building

13:00-15:00   Workshops V

15:15-16:00   End of conference, music performance (University’s Main Building, Small Hall, Fabianinkatu 33) 

Closing statements: Elina Penttinen and Tuija Pulkkinen

Tia Svanberg, soprano

Anu Pulkkinen, mezzo-soprano

Olga Sidorova, violin

Juha Hurskainen, piano

Thank you and Farewell