Keynote-luennot/ Keynotes

The XI Ethnology Days keynote speakers

  • Sarah Pink, professor (Monash University, Australia)
  • Robert Willim, assistant professor (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Minna Ruohonen, FT, Head of Community Engagement (University College London, UK)
  • Sanna Vierimaa, project researcher (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Keynote 1 

Sarah Pink: Uncertain Futures: Emerging Technologies and Speculative Interventions
Discussant: Robert Willim

Contemporary times of crisis in our climate, economies and health call for a new agenda, to shape what ethnology and anthropology can be, and their capacity to participate in our uncertain futures.

 In this talk Sarah Pink and Robert Willim will interweave their experiences and methods for renewing and extending ethnographic practice. The future potential lies in neither esoteric theory, nor unreflexive applied practice. It is to be found in the transformative practices that emerge when scholars dare to move in and out of different contexts and learning from diverse stakeholders. It means getting our hands dirty as well as making space for critical and reflexive practice. By discussing theoretical and critical approaches to dominant futures narratives and emerging technologies Willim and Pink will advocate for a renewed ethnography that blends with creative and speculative practice, and engages diverse different stakeholders in shared journeys.

They will demonstrate this through examples of their own and others’ work with interventions and probes, which transforms how we understand ethnological and anthropological practice.

Sarah Pink

Sarah Pink is Professor and Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University, Australia. She is a Design Anthropologist who undertakes interdisciplinary research focused on understanding and participating in possible futures through experimental and interventional modes of ethnography. Her current projects focus on human experience and societal and environmental and wellbeing in relation to future mobilities, energy, health and emerging technologies of automation.

Robert Willim

Robert Willim is Associate Professor of European Ethnology and Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden. His research primarily deals with how imaginaries and practices are unfolding and changing in relation to emerging technologies, materiality and processes of consumption. He works as an artist, creating ”art probes” to further develop concepts from his research. He is also a member of the coordination group of AI Lund, which is an interdisciplinary network for research, education and innovation in the field of Artificial Intelligence.


Keynote 2

Sanna-Mari Vierimaa and Minna Ruohonen: Connective pedagogy, public engagement and higher education. The case studies from the University of Jyväskylä and the University College London.
Discussant: Outi Fingerroos

We will explore how connective pedagogy and public engagement are visible in the Cultures, communities and change degree programme (JYU) and in some degree programmes at the UCL.

(Longer abstract coming soon.)

Sanna-Mari Vierimaa

Sanna-Mari Vierimaa works as a Project Researcher at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Jyväskylä. She, with the KUMU team, has developed a pedagogical approach for the KUMU and written articles  about connective pedagogy in cultural research. Sanna took the course about developing partnerships between universities and communities at the University of Brighton, UK, while she worked as a Planning coordinator in the Connecting Universities and Communities (KYTKE) – project. Sanna is also a doctoral student in Sociology researching expatriate Finns’ transnational and local organizing process.

Minna Ruohonen

Minna Ruohonen works an Engagement Workstream Lead for UCL East. UCL East is the largest single expansion since UCL was founded nearly 200 years ago. The new campus will be open and dynamic, overcoming the conventional barriers between research, education, enterprise and public engagement, and be innovative in the approaches integrating them. Minna’s role is to manage university’s engagement strategy for this new campus, and to oversee the development of transformative relationships between UCL and the local the community in east London. These relationships represent different aspects of engagement through educational outreach, public engagement, cultural activities and public art, but also to university’s wider impact in east London. Minna has almost 20 years’ experience from this type of university-community engagement, and previously worked at Imperial College London, before joining UCL in 2016.

Outi Fingerroos

Outi Fingerroos is Professor of Ethnology and Anthropology in KUMU Degree Programme at University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She is a founding member of the Finnish Oral History Network and a vice-president of the International Oral History Association IOHA. She has studied death rituals, the meaning of Karelia as a place of memories and as a utopia, and most recently migration and family reunification processes.

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