FinnForum XI: Transnational Finnish Mobilities

28th September – 1st October 2016, Turku, Finland
Address: Migration Institute of Finland, Eerikinkatu 34; Åbo Akademi, Arken, Tehtaankatu 2; more “tba”.

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International migrations have created new types of connections between sending, receiving and third countries and have created many transnational practices and linkages. The mobility of individuals and groups, and their associated cultural practices and institutions have been and still are widely debated in migration scholarship. Questions relating to migrant integration in a new social context are again acute due to the growth of international mobility.
Finns in Finland and elsewhere have had their own share of these phenomena in the remote past, as well as in the present day. The largest waves of emigration from Finland were to North America at the turn of the 20th century and to Sweden during the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, Finns have increasingly moved to new destinations in Europe and worldwide. The backgrounds and experiences of Finnish migrants have been diverse.

The Finn Forum XI conference will target these issues from multiple perspectives, including:

  • transnational connections and practices
  • governmental policies and legal regulation
  • migrant integration and social institutions
  • experiences of different migrant groups, including language groups (Finnish, Swedish, Sami), minorities (e.g. Roma) and social classes (e.g., farmers, workers, scholars, sportsmen, missionaries)
  • migrant media
  • generational differences
  • transnational memories and narratives
  • mixed ethnic identities

The aim of the conference is to gather scholars, experts, and others interested in the destinies and experiences of Finns and Finnish related people in North America, Northern Europe, and other regions where Finns have settled. We welcome contributions from various disciplines, including cultural and art studies, geography, history, linguistics and sociology.

The series of FinnForums started in 1974 in Duluth, Minnesota. FinnForum XI is organized jointly by the Migration Institute of Finland, the John Morton Center for North American Studies and the Department of European and World History at the University of Turku, and the Åbo Akademi University.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Thomas DuBois, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "Recalling—Reconstituting—Migration: Sami Americans and The Immigrant Experience"
  • Professor Marlou Schrover, University of Leiden: "Transnationalism: theory and Practice from a Historical Perspective"
  • Director General Jussi Nuorteva, National Archive of Finland: "In Search of Eldorado - What Archives Tell about The Finns Looking for a better future from abroad"
  • Professor Timothy Heleniak, Nordregio, Stockholm, "The Cool Embrace: Recent Migration Trends into the Nordic Region"

Conference Price:
Regular: 200 euros

Student: 120 euros

Fees include the following:

  • reception and get-together
  • keynote speeches, sessions and presentations
  • conference program
  • abstract book
  • coffee and lunches (on Thursday and Friday)
  • conference dinner (not for free student participants)

How to get to Turku

Accommodation possibilities

For conference information and the program, please contact: Mr. Jari Nikkola, e-mail:


Postal address: FinnForum XI c/o Migration Institute of Finland, Eerikinkatu 34, 20100 Turku, Finland

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