The SELMA Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory at the University of Turku, Finland is launching a Medical Humanities seminar series in 2021.

Bringing together colleagues from across Finland and the Nordic countries with international collaborators, this seminar series organizes and supports innovative and interdisciplinary dialogues on the stories, memories and experiences of health and illness. In particular, we are interested in the ways in which experiences of illness and disease shape and are shaped by the interrelations between cultures, persons and environments.

Series 1: Narratives of Illness

2 February, 16–17 EET (14-15 GMT / 9-10 EST)
Anna Ovaska (PhD, M. Soc. Sc., postdoctoral researcher, Narrare, Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies, Tampere University): “Close Reading and Illness Narratives”

2 March, 16–17 EET (14-15 GMT / 9-10 EST)
Deborah Madden (PhD, Principal Lecturer, Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories, University of Brighton): “Anticipatory Grief, Silence and Narrative Medicine: Critical Perspectives on the ‘Narrative Turn’ in End-of-life Care”

13 April, 16–17 EET (14-15 GMT / 9-10 EST)
Linda Nesby (PhD, Deputy Head of Department of Language and Culture/Associate Professor of Scandinavian Literature, The Arctic University of Norway): “Anger and Celebrities in Scandinavian Illness Stories”

4 May, 16–17 EET (14-15 GMT / 9-10 EST)
Laura Piippo (PhD, University Teacher in Literature, Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä): “Poetics of Experimental Literature and Paranoia”

1 June, 16–17 EET (14-15 GMT / 9-10 EST)
Anita Wohlmann (PhD, Associate Professor, Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark): “Metaphor Reconsidered: The Uses of Comparison in Illness Writing”

All events are online and free to attend. Times may show in Eastern European Time (GMT+2).

For more information and to REGISTER, please go to

(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)

If you have any other questions, please contact Avril Tynan ( or Marta-Laura Cenedese (