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Full Title: GENESIS – Helsinki 2017: Creative Processes and Archives in Arts and Humanities

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Start Date: 07-Jun-2017 - 09-Jun-2017
Contact: Hanna Karhu
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Meeting Description: The Finnish Literature Society (SKS) and ITEM – Institut des textes & manuscrits modernes will organise an international and interdisciplinary conference GENESIS – HELSINKI 2017: Creative Processes and Archives in Arts and Humanities in Helsinki, 7-9 June 2017.

Plenary speakers include:

- Paolo D’Iorio (ITEM, Paris)
- Irène Fenoglio (ITEM)
- Daniel Ferrer (ITEM)
- Claire Doquet (Université Paris 3)
- Dirk Van Hulle (Centre for Manuscript Genetics, Antwerp)
- Ineke Huysman (Huygens ING, The Hague and Amsterdam)
- Wim Van Mierlo (Loughborough University).

GENESIS – Helsinki 2017 will be the first broad conference on Genetic Criticism in the Nordic countries. Genetic Criticism (critique génétique) is a discipline that explores writing processes and other creative work. Its central research corpora comprise various archival sources from writer’s notes to drafts, and manuscripts.

Genetic research can reveal, for instance, how a writer has outlined, developed and revised a literary work regarding its structures, topics, themes, symbols and style. Thus, genetic research can enrich interpretations of literature. In addition to writing, genetic critics have been interested in other creative processes such as cinema and architecture.

GENESIS – HELSINKI 2017 conference aims to gather scholars and students from various disciplines interested in creative processes, such as Literary Criticism, Linguistics, Didactics of Writing, Translation Studies, Musicology, and Art History. One goal of the conference, is to acquaint Finnish teachers and pedagogues with means by which the results of genetic research can be applied in school teaching. Participating in the conference or submitting a paper proposal does not require prior knowledge of the theoretical discussions of Genetic Criticism. The working language of the conference will be English.

The conference is organised by the Finnish Literature Society – SKS ( and ITEM ( in cooperation with several institutional partners:

Cardiff University
Centre for Manuscript Genetics, Antwerp
Huygens ING, The Hague and Amsterdam
Jean Sibelius Works, Helsinki
Loughborough University
Université Paris 3
University of Helsinki
University of Turku.

Organising Committee:

Hanna Karhu (University of Helsinki / Finnish Literature Society – SKS / ITEM)
Sakari Katajamäki (Finnish Literature Society – SKS / Edith – Critical Editions of Finnish Literature)
Christophe Leblay (University of Turku / ITEM)
Veijo Pulkkinen (University of Helsinki)
Sakari Ylivuori (Jean Sibelius Works).
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Translation; Writing Systems
LL Issue: 27.3969

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