Venue for all seminars:
Old Arkadia International Bookshop, Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 9, Töölö.
The seminars are free of charge, no registration necessary. Language: English.
Coffee and green tea will be served for a small donation.

Thursday, 15.11.2012 at 18:00 – Doctor Who? Science Fiction, War & Refugees
Whereas Science Fiction literature has always dealt with serious political and social issues, films tend to be more entertaining, action-laden and playful. But does this mean they’re also less thought provoking? And are ‘real’ refugee films too much hard work to watch? Silke Brandt likes to discuss these and other questions with the audience.
(More detailed description here.)

Thursday, 22.11.2012 between 13:00 and 19:00

13:00 – 14:00
The Situation of Undocumented Migrants in Finland

This discussion is focused on the right to health of undocumented migrants. Karoliina Heikinheimo, a lawyer from the Project for Undocumented Migrants, and a doctor from the Global Clinic are there to tell about the current situation of undocumented migrants in Finland. Global Clinic is run by volunteers in a secret location. The Project for Undocumented Migrants is coordinated by the Refugee Advice Centre.

14:00 – 15:00
Investigative Journalism in Russia today
Investigative journalist Oksana Chelysheva talks about her work concerning Russia and its politics: the lack of freedom of expression and of the press; and a series of new different laws which affect the LGBT community, volunteer workers as well as public meetings and demonstrations. Oksana can draw from years of experience also as a human rights activist and provides rare, detailed insights.

15:00 – 15:30: Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:30
A Treasure box of Identities
British Council: Intercultural dialogue – workshop
How do personal refugee or migration stories or those heard in the family impact the artist? Are some identities or roles imposed on us? The workshop will look into the concept of multiple identities and how they influence the way an artist might start a creative process or how art can be experienced by the spectator. The workshop will involve participative methods.

16:30 – 18:00
Modern Witch Hunts
Witch hunts are still claiming victims in our times, among the countries affected are Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and India. Many regions have independently run refugee camps for women and children persecuted or tortured on witchcraft accusations.
Abel Sunday Ayodeji (AFAES ry) on the perception and reactions of the society to witchcraft in Nigeria and the roles of religion and tradition in this context.
Ida Staffans talks about her work as a human rights lawyer and cases involving witchcraft in national refugee law.
(Check also film programme “Modern Witch Hunts” at SES Auditorio, 25.11.2012 at 17:00)

18:00 – 19:00:
Underground Culture in Iran

Filmjournalist and video artist Luna Shad (France/USA) will discuss the possibilities and problems of artistic expression and Iranian independent culture with other Iranian filmmakers living abroad.
(Check also film programme Opening Night at SES Auditorio, 23.11.2012 at 17:00)

Open discussion possible till the bookshop closes at 20:00.


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