In August 2019, the project Northern Neighbours travelled to Joensuu to present their research topics at the 21st Conference of Scandinavian Slavists. The project organized a panel entitled “Environment and Modernization in the Literatures of the Russian Arctic”. The project participants gave four presentations in the panel:
- Kuikka, Eeva. "From modernist exploitation to animistic posthumanism: human-animal relations in Yuri Rytkheu’s prose works".
- Lappela, Anni. "Urban Arctic: City of Salekhard in Iulia Nikitina’s graphic novel Polunochnaia zemlia".
- Lukin, Karina. "Socialism in Terms of Northern Nature. Environmental Metaphors in the Novels of Nikolai Vilka".
- Perkiömäki, Mika. "Between Pomor Traditions and Arctic Modernities. Boris Shergin's Northern Text".
The project leader, Tintti Klapuri, acted as a discussant, commenting on the presentations. A large audience actively participated in the debate and raised new perspectives for the researchers to consider.