Conference programme

The Annual Conference of the Westermarck Society

17th and 18th March 2016

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

THURSDAY, 03/17/2016

9.30-12.00 Registration opens (Agora-building, Entrance lobby)

12.15-12.45 Welcome (Ag, Auditorium 1)

  • Professor Markku Lonkila, head of the organizing committee & Dean Terhi-Anna Wilska, president of the Westermarck Society
  • Vice-Rector Helena Rasku-Puttonen
  • Sociology award 2014-2015

12.45–14.45 Keynote presentations (Ag, Auditorio 1)

  • Associate Professor Brooke Harrington (Copenhagen Business School)

Methodology and Globalization: For a Sociology of the Local-Global Encounter

  • Senior Scientist Marja Ylönen (VTT)

Black swans, resilience and sociological imagination

  • Professor Petri Ylikoski (University of Helsinki)

Social mechanisms and the new challenges for the sociological imagination

14.45-15.00 Break

15.00-18.00 Workshops

18.30 Reception by the faculty: Ruusupuisto (Alvar Aallon katu 9)

20.00 Conference Dinner: Aalto-sali (Väinönkatu 7))


FRIDAY 03/18/2016

9.00-12.00 Workshops

12.00-13.00 Lunch Break

13.00-13.30 The Westermarck Society- spring meeting (Ag, Auditorium 1)

13.30 to 13.50 Westermarck Thesis Award (Ag, Auditorium 1)

14.00-16.00 ‘Sociology and Immigration’ Panel Discussion (Ag, Auditorium 1)

Chariman: Tapio Litmanen, University of Jyväskylä


  • Outi Fingerroos, University of Jyväskylä
  • Päivi Pirkkalainen, University of Jyväskylä
  • Lena Näre, University of Helsinki
  • Pasi Saukkonen, City of Helsinki Urban Facts

16.00-17.00 Ending of the Conference (Agora-building, Entrance lobby)

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