[Ura-list] CFP: Finnish working-class literature

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at
Mon Jan 28 07:05:46 EST 2019

Again, something to forward to your literature buddies!
Univ.Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL)
Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
Campus AAKH Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7
A-1090 Wien
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Journal of Finnish Studies

Call for Conference Papers: Working-Class Literature in Finland and Finnish America

In 2019, September 20–22, the site for FinnFest USA is Detroit, Michigan, the United States capital of the automobile industry. People of Finnish origin have been a part of this industry, creating a significant Finnish community in Detroit between the 1920s and the 1950s. Even today, Detroit remains one of the largest metropolitan regions in the United States for people of Finnish origin. Finnish Americans were an integral part of the industrial history of the United States and deeply engaged in urban America and its factory work.

As part of the FinnFest USA 2019 conference (https://finnfest.us), the Journal of Finnish Studies will organize sessions on Finnish and Finnish American labor literature. The first strand of talks will consist of research on Finnish or Finnish American literature; the second strand will consist of readings by Finnish or Finnish American novelists and poets of their recent work having to do with the Finnish or Finnish American working classes. We now invite abstracts from researchers and writers, both from Finland, North America, and elsewhere, to be considered for inclusion in these sessions. The Journal of Finnish Studies plans to publish a peer-reviewed special issue based on the conference topics, and presenters will be invited to submit their papers for this refereed collection.

The themes of the proposals for 20-minute papers would ideally relate to working-class life and culture or life in cities and in factories, but we welcome proposals on all topics concerning Finnish-related creative writing or its research.

For your work to be considered for inclusion, please submit an anonymous abstract of up to 500 words (word-count not including the bibliography) by March 15, 2019. Send proposals to jofinnishstudies at gmail.com. Include your name, affiliation, and contact information in the body of your e-mail. The presenters selected will be notified by March 31, 2019. Papers not selected for these FinnFest sessions may still be considered for inclusion in the refereed JoFS issue.

For questions on research paper proposals, contact Helena Halmari (halmari at shsu.edu); for questions on creative writing proposals, contact Scott Kaukonen (kaukonen at shsu.edu).

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