Hengen ja Tiedon Messut

March 25 2017
Sammonkatu 2

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo gives a presentation on the uncanny phenomena researched in this project. The presentation will be held in Finnish and is titled Kummat kokemukset ja nykypäivä.

For more information on the event, please see the programme.

Think Corner

February 23 2017
Aleksanterinkatu 7

Our research project will host an event at the Think Corner, organized by the University of Helsinki. We will be discussing uncanny phenomena and especially voice hearing in the everyday life of ordinary Finnish people, in historical context and as an artistic process. Our researchers and affiliates will give three concise speeches on these subjects and to conclude there will be a lengthy public discussion in which the audience may take part.

For more information, see here.

The Science Forum 2017

January 12 2017
The University of Helsinki Main Building
Lecture hall 12

The research project is attending the largest public science festival in Finland with a panel discussion in Finnish on the uncanny. The panel is titled Vapaus kokea vailla häpeää – kummat kokemukset voimavarana ja taakkana and it will feature four short speeches from our researchers on different aspects of the uncanny and a closing discussion that focuses on the societal level of the phenomena.

For the abstract of our session (in Finnish), click here.
For more information on the Science Forum 2017, please see here.

MIND: Final Seminar

December 1-2 2016
Paasitorni, Paasivuorenkatu 5A

The final seminar of the Human Mind Academy Programme in Helsinki is organized by the Academy of Finland. On Thursday Professor Milena Žic Fuchs will give a keynote speech titled Repositioning Pragmatics in the Context of Cognitive Linguistics and Interdisciplinary Research. The second keynote held by Dr Jonathan Heron on Friday is titled Undisciplined squads of emotion: critical interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinary pedagogy.

Professor Marja-Liisa Honkasalo will be representing the research project Mind and the Other in the event and gives a presentation on the project and its key findings on Thursday December 1.

For more information, please see the programme of the event.

Mielen salat – Discussion

November 23, 2016
Gaudeamus Kirja & Kahvi
Vuorikatu 7, Helsinki

The authors of Mielen salat will be discussing their papers in Gaudeamus Kirja & Kahvi. Marja-Liisa Honkasalo will talk about uncanny experiences and her chapter in the book titled Kumman varjo.

For more information,  click here.

Mielen salat: Näkymättömän varjo

Helsinki Book Fair9789524954075-196x300
October 28, 2016

Professor Marja-Liisa Honkasalo discusses uncanny experiences and the stigmatizing nature of these experiences at the Helsinki Book Fair. Honkasalo will be attending the event as part of the publication of the multidisciplinary collection of articles Mielen Salat (2016). She will be interviewed by Leena Vähäkylä.

For more information about the event, visit this page
For further details on the fourthcoming publication, click here

The 20th anniversary celebration of the Finnis
h folk healing society

October 22, 2016

Professor Marja-Liisa Honkasalo gives a ceremonial speech in the event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Finnish folk healing society.


Kummat kokemukset. Mieli ja toinen -projektiin tulleet kirjeet.

Hengen ja Tiedon Messut
October 15, 2016

Dr. Susanne Ådahl introduces the letters that the research project spontaneously received from the public. She discusses the uncanny experiences described in them and takes a closer look on the letters as unique research material.

For more information, please see this page.

Huikee idis! Tietysti tutkijaksi

Turku Fair Center
September 30, 2016

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo and Lauri Nummenmaa discuss about their academic careers and the life of a researcher at the Turku book fair with Sinianna Kailajärvi, a high school student from Turku.

For further information, please click this link.

Conference: Wild or Domesticated – Uncanny in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives to Mind

An interdisciplinary conference organized by Mind and the Other Research Project
Helsinki, Finland (The House of Science and Letters)
September 20-22, 2016

Keynote speakers:

Professor Tanya Luhrmann, University of Stanford: Knowing God: how local theory of mind helps us to explain supernatural experience

Professor Simo Knuuttila, University of Helsinki: Demons, odd experiences and Galenist medical philosophy

Assistant professor Diana Espirito Santo, The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile: Trickster spirit ethnographies in rethinking concepts of belief and representation

For further details, please visit the conference webpage: Wild or Domesticated

Wild or Domesticated kuva

Symposium: Esoteerisuus ja kummat kokemukset – Toisia todellisuuksia tutkimassa

An interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Turku, April 29, 2016.

For futher details, please visit the symposium webpage: Toisia todellisuuksia tutkimassa

Symposium: The Limits of Mimesis

An interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Helsinki, April 29, 2015

Commentator of the papers:

Michael Taussig (Columbia University, USA)

For further details, please see the attached program: The Limits of Mimesis

Seminar: Alterity as a theoretical and methodological challenge for field work

An interdisciplinary workshop at the University of Turku, February 18-20, 2015.

Keynote speakers:

Jon P. Mitchell (University of Sussex, UK)
Maja Petrović-Šteger (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia)

For further details, please see the attached program: Alterity

Conference: Images of Afterlife

An international conference at the University of Turku, October 22–24, 2014.

Images of death and afterlife are rich and manifold in various religious contexts, as well as in artistic, media and other symbolic expressions. Representations of afterlife reflect cultural values, fears and hopes. In the contemporary West collective religious representations are challenged and completed by individual conceptions and beliefs, which, in turn, derive from various cultural sources. How has afterlife – the life and existence of souls and minds (or bodies) after death – been imagined in different contexts and how is it imagined today? What are the contexts in which these images are expressed? Where do afterlife conceptions come from and what is their significance in the societies of the living?

Keynote speakers:

Tony Walter (University of Bath)
Altti Kuusamo (University of Turku)
Jussi Kotkavirta (University of Jyväskylä)
Laura Huttunen (University of Tampere)

For further details, please visit the conference website: Images of Afterlife

Seminar: Interdisciplinarity – possibility and challenge

An international seminar in Helsinki, September 12, 2014.

The seminar was organized in collaboration between Mind and the Other project and the Human Mind research programme of the Academy of Finland.

Workshop facilitators:

Angela Woods (University of Durham)
Mary Robson (University of Durham)

Keynote speakers:

Veronica Strang (University of Durham)
Jussi Pakkasvirta (University of Helsinki)

For further details, please see the following documents: seminar description, seminar schedule

Seminar: Limits of and Beyond Experience

An interdisciplinary seminar organized by the ‘Mind and the Other’  project
University of Turku, April 10–11, 2014

The aim of our international seminar is to discuss the theoretical and methodological possibilities of studying human experience that is at the limit of our understanding or perhaps beyond it. With plenary lectures given by Prof. Robert Desjarlais (Sarah Lawrence College, NY, USA) and Prof. Ülo Valk (University of Tartu, Estonia) this seminar aims at opening up this problem area from a theoretical and methodological perspective and creating a dialogue regarding the understandings of and practices related to human experience that is at the limit of our understanding. It seeks to further conversations and research on topical and vexing questions of the boundary experience especially in relation to recent medical, cultural, political and social developments. Following the lectures, the themes are elaborated upon and discussed in two afternoon workshops.

The guest lecture and the plenary lectures are open for all. Preliminary registration is required for the workshops. For further details, please see the attached program: Limits of and beyond Experience.

April 9, 2014

Guest lecture 16–18 (Sirkkala campus, Janus-hall)

Robert Desjarlais: Hitchhiking Beatitudes:  A Personal Cultural History of Rough Travel

Organized by Cultural History, University of Turku

April 10, 2014

First day plenary 10–12 (Sirkkala campus, Janus-hall)

Robert Desjarlais: Strangeness at the Mouth of Death

April 11, 2014

Second day plenary 10–12 (Sirkkala campus, Janus-hall)

Ülo Valk: Narratives of ghosts in contemporary post-soviet Estonia

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