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Finnish Literary Research Society

The Finnish Literary Research Society was founded in 1927. The Society acts as a coordinating association for literary scholars in Finland. It advances the study of literature and promotes general interest in literary research. The Finnish Literary Society is a member of FILLM (The International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures).


The Society coordinates an annual research seminar and publishes the journal Avain – Finnish Review of Literary Studies. The quarterly offers articles, essays, interviews and reviews focusing on literary studies. The Finnish Literary Research Society gathers together scholars, teachers, and students of literature, and welcomes new members to join!

Avain – Finnish Review of Literary Studies

The journal succeeds the Yearbook of Literary Research Society published from 1929 to 2003. The Yearbook was replaced by the journal Avain in 2004. Avain is a peer-reviewed quarterly specializing in comparative and Finnish literary studies. It is a Finnish-language journal but it welcomes contributions in other languages with a specific focus on Finnish or Finland’s Swedish literature.

The editorial board of the journal changes biannually. In years 2016 and 2017 the editors are Kaisa Kurikka from the University of Turku, and Anna Helle from the University of Jyväskylä.


The annual research seminars organized by the Finnish Literary Research Society bring together scholars from Finland and abroad. In addition to keynote speeches and lectures the seminars offer workshops and panel discussion on specific topics. In recent years the seminars have focused, for instance, on the relation between literary and cultural studies; literature and emotions; postcolonial theory; nature, culture, and identity; and the concept of mimesis.

In 2013 the Finnish Literary Research Society organized a conference in cooperation with the Finnish Doctoral Programme for Literary Studies, The Academy of Finland research project "Literature and Time: Time, Modernity, and Human Agency in Literature", and The Emil Aaltonen research project "The Experience of History and the Ethics of Storytelling in Contemporary Arts".The international conference Experiences of Time in Literature took place in Helsinki May 7 - 8 at the House of Science and Letters and at the University of Helsinki.

The conference was organized at the University of Tampere in 2015, and at the University of Åbo and Åbo Akademi in 2016. The next conference will be organized in cooperation with Society for Cultural Studies in Finland. The conference will take place in Jyväskylä, Finland, May 24-26, 2017.



Information about the events and activities organized by the Society is available for all members on the mailing list KTS(at) The mailing list is an important channel for discussions as well as for providing information about forthcoming national and international events within literary studies.

In case you are not a member but would like to become one or post your event on the Finnish Literary Research Society’s mailing list, please write to the secretary of the Society: sihteeri.kts[at]

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