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Socio-cultural Reality and Language Practices in Late Modern England


Contact information:

Mail: Department of English, P.O.Box 24, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland.

Email:, (for Pahta).

SoReaL seminars

The SoReaL constellation organised biannual interdisciplinary seminars during its first two years. The inaugural seminar was held in the autumn of 2004.

2004, 22 October: Inaugural seminar

Pasi Ihalainen (Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä): "How did the clergy construct, redescribe and redefine English/British national identity by the means of language use in eighteenth-century state sermons?"
Marjo Kaartinen (Department of History, University of Turku): "Ladies' places - Elite London in the eighteenth century".
Päivi Pahta (chair) and Minna Nevala introduced SoReaL, and Minna Palander-Collin and Arja Nurmi introduced some SoReaL research themes.

2005, 22 April: Second SoReaL seminar

Markku Peltonen (Department of History, University of Helsinki): "Politeness and manners in Britain and France in the 17th and 18th century".
Minna Nevala (SoReaL) and Anni Sairio (VARIENG): "Siblings from below: Language in the Clift family correspondence".
Minna Palander-Collin chaired the seminar.

2005, 2 December: Third SoReaL seminar

Petter Korkman (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies): "Reason as a source of right(s) in the early Enlightenment".
Minna Nevala and Minna Palander-Collin introduced linguistic perspectives on Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui's text.
Arja Nurmi chaired the seminar.

2006, 28 April: Fourth SoReaL seminar

Kristiina Taivalkoski-Shilov (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies): "On the Voices of Children in 18th-Century British and French Novels".
Päivi Pahta (SoReaL) (joint research with Arja Nurmi): “Like father, like daughter? On code-switching in the letters of Charles and Fanny Burney”.
Minna Nevala chaired the seminar.

2006, 3 November: Fifth SoReaL seminar

Anna Kuismin (Finnish Literature Society): "The skill of writing and the "common" people in the 19th-century Finland".
Kirsti Salmi-Niklander (Institure for Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki): "Hand-written newspapers as an alternative medium in 19th- and early 20th-century Finland".
Arja Nurmi and Minna Palander-Collin (SoReaL): "Letters as a text type".
Päivi Pahta chaired the seminar.