Conference programme

The Annual Conference of the Westermarck Society

5th and 6th March 2015

University of Helsinki, Finland

Conference programme

THU, 5.3.2015

10.00-12.15      Registration opens (University of Helsinki, Main Building,  Entrance Lobby)

12.15-12.30      Welcome (Porthania, Lecture Hall PI, 1st floor):

  • Director of the Social Research Department, Keijo Rahkonen (University of Helsinki)
  • Chair of the Westermarck Society, Professor Terhi-Anna Wilska (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Chair of Sociology Days 2015 organising committee, Assistant Professor Lena Näre (University of Helsinki)

12.30-14.30      Keynote lectures (Porthania, Lecture Hall PI, 1st floor):

  • Prof. Lisa Adkins (University of Newcastle, Australia): Speculative Futures in the Time of Debt

Chair: Professor Elina Oinas (University of Helsinki)

  • Prof. Nicholas Gane (University of Warwick, UK): Sociology and Neoliberalism: Three
    Cycles that Open onto the Present

Chair: Professor Ilkka Arminen (University of Helsinki)

14.30-15.00      Break
15.00-18.00      Workshops
19.00                   Reception by the University of Helsinki (Main Building, Teachers’ Lobby)
20.00                   Conference Dinner: Restaurant Pörssitalo (Fabianinkatu 14)

FRI, 6.3.2015

9.00-12.00       Workshops
12.00-13.00     Lunch Break
13.00-13.30     The Westermarck Society- spring meeting (Main Building, Lecture Hall 1)
13.30-13.50     Westermarck Thesis Award (Main Building, Lecture Hall 1)
14.00-16.00     ’Ajan merkit ja sosiologin tehtävä’ -Panel Discussion

(Main Building, Lecture Hall 1)


  • Assistant Professor Lena Näre (University of Helsinki)


  • Student representant Jutta Harjunen (University of Helsinki)
  • Director Riikka Heikinheimo (Academy of Finland)
  • Professor Juho Saari (University of Eastern Finland)
  • Professor Pekka Sulkunen (University of Helsinki)
  • Professor Soile Veijola (University of Lapland)
  • Executive director Juhana Vartiainen (Government Institute for Economic Research)

16.00–17.00 Ending of Sociology Days

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