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
In 2013 the Finnish Literary Research Society
a conference in cooperation with the Finnish Doctoral Programme for
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.
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. https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/ymparistot2017/call-for-papers/cfp
Information about the events and activities
organized by the Society is available for all members on the mailing
list KTS(at)uta.fi. 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]gmail.com.