Public event

Revisiting Spatial Studies: Theories and New Directions

Over the last fifty years, theories of space and place have risen from the margins to the forefront of literary and cultural studies. This workshop aims to review some of the most important trends and developments within spatial theory that and the directions in which they have advanced in recent years.

Presenters will focus on one specific approach to spatiality. As the workshop also aims to test the practical validity of these theories, each speaker will briefly present an example or case study from their own research, whose aim is to spark a discussion of the possibilities – and possible limitations of the respective approach.

The workshop is organised by the Research Group on Spatial Studies and Environmental Humanities, Plural Research Centre (COMS) and The Changing Environment of the North: Cultural Representations and Uses of Water (CEN) project.

9:00-10:40  Session 1:
•    Arja Rosenholm: Paikallisuus, geopoetiikka ja kulttuuriset identiteetit: Venäjän pohjoinen ja kulttuurisemiotiikka
•    Elina Arminen: Naisten kokema ja kuvittelema pohjoinen: Valtageometriaa sota-ajan Lappia kuvaavissa historiallisissa romaaneissa
•    Maarit Piipponen: Liikkumisen tutkimus: uusi näkökulma rikoskirjallisuuteen
•    Laura Pihkala-Posti: Embodied Cognition -teoria ja kielenoppijan toiminta virtuaalimaailmoissa

10:45-12:00 Session 2:
•    Markku Lehtimäki: The Flowing Space: New Directions in Ecocritical Narrative Studies
•    Juha Raipola: Planetary Crisis and Scale Critique
•    Eeva Kuikka: Soviet Arctic as a Colonial Space

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:15 Christian Moraru (UNC Greensboro): Contracts of Spatiality after Postmodernism

14:15-15:30 Session 3:
•    Markku Salmela: The past and present of literary urban studies
•    Marjaana Niemi: Negotiated urban spaces: urban governance and spatial development
•    Minna Chudoba: Revisiting modernist spatial theory – Case: the tall building (in urban space)

15:30-15:40 Coffee break

15:45-17:25 Session 4:
•    Hanne Juntunen: Co-Articulation of Time and Space in Spatial Theory
•    Charlotte Coutu & Jenni Ylönen: Practicing and Inhabiting Space
•    James Riding: Writing Place after Conflict: Exhausting a Square in Sarajevo
•    Johannes Riquet: Between Lived Experience and Cartography: Spatial Phenomenology

18:00 Dinner (restaurant to be announced)

To sign up for the workshop, send an e-mail to johannes.riquet [at] by 10 May; please specify whether you will come to the dinner (at your own expense).

Assistant Professor Johannes Riquet, 050 437 7060