Annual Conference

The 4th Annual Conference for the Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change and the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences, University of Helsinki.

Time: 24-25 October 2017
Venue: Metsätalo, Unioninkatu 40

Keynotes by

Professor Stephen Turner: What is Real? Three Methods and Their Limits
Professor Mette Marie Roslyng: Uncertain Facts and Scientific Social Imaginaries

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Metsätalo, hall 6

9:00-9:30 - Coffee

9:30-11:00 – Tuesday Keynote

Opening of the conference, Professor Sarah Green, Director of the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences

Plenary session: Professor Stephen Turner: What is Real? Three Methods and Their Limits

11:00-12:00 - Lunch


Workshop 1:
Politics and History in Central and Eastern Europe (hall 7)
Chair: Marina Vulovic
Irina Khaldarova: Brother or Other? Transformation of visual representation of Ukrainians in the Russian television news during the Ukrainian crisis.
Anna Kutkina: Meaning of Lenin: the ‘Leninfall’ of post-Euromaidan Decommunization
Miwako Okabe: The uncertainty and value of the Secret Police’s file in former communist states: The case of the German Democratic Republic
Kristiina Silvan: World Festival of Youth and Students: Reviving a Cold War era mega-event in today’s Russia
Jana Lainto: Scandinavian Horizons: Arnošt Kraus and Czech Cultural Relations with the Scandinavian Countries, 1892 – 1939
Commentator: Jouni Järvinen and Ira Jänis-Isokangas

Workshop 2:
Inequalities and the Welfare State (hall 8)
Chair: Janne Mikkonen
Antti Kaihovaara & Zhen Im: Explaining the anti-immigrant attitudes of the retired in 13 Western European countries
Tuukka Niemi: Which future scenarios can affect retirement timing and the outcome of pension reforms? A Finnish case study
Tellervo Nenonen et al: Cultural activities during and after Paltamo Full-employment project: a qualitative study on effects on mental health, well-being, empowerment and entrepreneurship
Petri Roikonen: A Kuznets Rise and a Piketty Fall: Income Inequality in Finland, 1865–1926
Hannu Lahtinen: Do surveys underestimate socioeconomic differences in voter turnout? Evidence from administrative registers
Commentator: Anne Kouvonen

14:30-15:00 - Coffee


Workshop 3:
Uncertain Identities (hall 7)
Chair: Zhen Im
Cai Weaver: “I’m Gay, but I’m not like those perverts” – Negotiating issues of belonging, community, and activism among homosexual Russian men
Chi Tran: Faith or Poverty? The mass child ordination and Buddhist activism in Southeast Asia
Sonja Laukkanen: Holy Heritage: Identity and Authenticity in Shangri-la
Niklas Söderman: Reifying Narratives in World Politics: When Social Instability Leads to a Rise in Nationalism
Commentator: Josephine Hoegaerts

Workshop 4:
Communities and Inclusion (hall 8)
Chair: Johanna Nurmi
Bjørn Sjødin: Moral experimentation amongst South African aspiring entrepreneurs
Ilona Steiler: Not quite like in Strömsö: on uncertainty and authority in the field of work
Marko Stenroos: Distinctive Finnish Roma power structures and its implications for social inclusion and integration
Petra Malin: Arts-based Methods in Social Work as Means for Inclusion and Democracy
Commentator: Ilse Julkunen

17:00-18:30 – Reception, lobby of Metsätalo

Wednesday, October 25, 2016, Metsätalo, hall 6

9:00-9:30 - Coffee

9:30-11:00 Wednesday Keynote

Opening words, Professor Anja Nygren, Director of the Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change.

Plenary session: Ass. professor Mette Marie Roslyng: Uncertain facts and scientific social imaginaries

11:00-12:00 - Lunch


Workshop 5:
Digital Trends and Methods (hall 7)
Chair: Petra Malin
Sami Koponen: Blog performances and the transforming standards in the upmarket field of dining out
Kazimuddin Ahmed: Across  Platforms  and  Disciplines:  Combining  Digital  Methods  and Participatory Ethnography in Social Research using WhatsApp
Johanna Nurmi et al: Why group based comparisons in trials tell us little about the actual intervention impact on individuals and how it can be better tested with the N-of-1 method
Commentator: Krista Lagus

Workshop 6:
Politics and Expert Discourses (hall 8)
Chair: Roope Kaaronen
Laura Nordström: Power of Knowledge in EU - Networks of decision-making and consultancy in the European debt crisis
Joonatan Virtanen: Luther Gulick as a Classical Author on Coordination in Public Administration
Mervi Katainen: Distrust between Politicians and Civil Servants – Lack of Reverence or Struggle for Power?
Jaana Helminen: Analyzing global goals in different regional contexts: Discourses of environmental sustainability in the Olympics in the 2010’s
Karoliina Isoaho & Kamilla Karhunmaa: How have framing and discourse approaches contributed to analysing sustainable energy transitions? A critical review of empirical cases
Commentator: Tuomas Ylä-Anttila

14:30-15:00 - Coffee


Workshop 7:
Science, Truth and Democracy (hall 7)
Chair: Joonatan Virtanen
Laura Sibinescu: A Pessimistic Turn? Exploring the Parallel Evolution of Concepts and Topics in Democracy Research 1990-2016
Katri Kostamo: Frames and critical incidents triggering adolescents' physical activity change
Roope Kaaronen: Exploration and Exploitation in Scientific Discovery: Steps Towards a Society of Explorers
Hannele Isola-Miettinen: The Social Science Methods and Knowledge: Uncertainty in Legislative Decision-Making
Commentator: Niilo Kauppi