Queering the international through collages: steps toward an epistemology and pedagogy

One of the questions that our research project Spaces of Justice across the East-West Divide seeks to tackle is: How can we imagine and analyze spaces of justice across the Finnish-Russian border without falling into the trap of methodological nationalism? In this blog post, we reflect on the promise of the collage methodology in cultivating “queer intellectual curiosity” (Weber 2016b), which disturbs the coherence of sovereign states and international orders, and therefore enables the foregrounding of relational spaces of justice. We report our experiences of organizing experimental workshops where university students produced collages alongside academic lectures, discussions and readings regarding politics of gender and sexuality and politics of space

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Preview observations of the 57th Venice Biennale

Viva Arte Viva! The 57th edition of the oldest and most prestigious contemporary art biennial opened in Venice in May. This year nearly 90 countries participated in the Biennale with their own national pavilions. We had the opportunity to attend the preview days and observe the dynamics that were unfolding. An article about the politics of the preview days of the 57th Venice Biennale was recently published in the Politiikasta webjournal. This blog post focuses on presenting visually the buzzling scene of the Biennale’s preview days.

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Objectivity, art and optical illusions: filmmaking in university teaching

The connections between filmmaking, spaces of justice and feminist epistemologies were explored at a seven-day art-research workshop “Politics of Sexuality and Gender” organized by the Kone foundation funded research project Making Spaces of Justice Across the East-West Divide at the University of Tampere. The workshop was also a site to experiment with filmmaking as a university pedagogical method.

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No Man Is An Island – We Are Interconnected, 3 June-3 July 2017

Marja-Liisa Torniainen with the inhabitants of the Tampere Reception Centre: No Man Is An Island – We Are Interconnected, 3 June – 3 July 2017
Nykyaika Gallery, Kauppakatu 14, Tampere, Finland

The inhabitants of the Tampere Reception Centre are modeling in the photographs of Marja-Liisa Torniainen. In these works, children play the most important role.

No man is an island makes a statement for families. On a TV monitor, pictures of the asylum seekers themselves are displayed.

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Migration of memory — memory of migration (in Russian)

23 – 24 марта 2017 года
в Хельсинки состоялась международная научно-практическая конференция «Память миграции – Миграция памяти»


Предметом обсуждения стали вопросы связи времен, важности сохранения исторической памяти и трансформации памяти в творчестве русской эмиграции Финляндии; артефакты семейных хроник, передача традиций из поколения в поколение; праздники, которые отмечают мигранты из России; культура как еда, предметы и вещи в иммиграции; художественные и non foction тексты русской эмиграции; образы заграницы в воспоминаниях соловецких узников; возможности интеграции мигрантов из республик СССР и другие.

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Tampere, December 3-4, 2016: Masculinities on Borders: Films and Talks on Male Realities and Images in Finland and in Russia


The research project “Making Spaces of Justice Across the East-West Divide” organizes an event on masculinity together with University of Tampere, and the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. “Masculinities on Borders: Films and Talks on Male Realities and Images in Finland and in Russia” takes place 3-4 December in the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and Lenin Museum.

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