Kaurismäki Movie Month!
Valhalla Room, Scan. Centre, 5pm.
$5 fee for refreshments and snacks.
Friday, Mar. 17, 2017: TALK: Healing Lament: Or How I Discovered That Finns Are “In To” Emotions These Days
In honour of St. Urho’s Day (albeit one day late), we will be treated to an inspiring talk about the Finnish Lament as an art form, both past and present. Our speaker is Dr. Jim Wilce of the Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University.
Abstract: I cut my anthropological teeth in Bangladesh doing fieldwork on language and emotion. I focused especially on acts of “lament”—ritually obligatory performances of “tuneful, texted weeping,” or “crying songs.” After hearing that—unlike Bangladesh and much of the world—Finland was host to a “revival” of lament, my wife and I made our first visit to Finland in 2003. Revivalists hold courses called Hoitava Itku (“Healing Lament). With National Science Foundation funding, I spent a whole sabbatical year (2008-2009) immersing myself in these classes. As interesting as those courses are, I also became aware that many different kinds of “emotion classes” are springing up in Finland and attracting enough of a response to sustain their growth. My talk will present evidence that contemporary Finland has taken a sharp turn toward emotional self-expression, breaking out of old stereotypes of Finns. I will consider the reasons for, and the significance of, the burgeoning number of “emotion pedagogies” in Finland and around the world.
6:30 pm, Valhalla Room, Scandinavian Centre (739 – 20th Ave. NW T2M 1E2)
Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017: Little Finns
3-5pm, Heritage Room, Scan. Centre.