Aboagora 2011: Rethinking Enlightenment

Aboagora began in Turku in 2011 during the city’s European Capital of Culture Year, as a joint effort by the Turku Music Festival, the Department of Cultural History at the University of Turku, and the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History at Åbo Akademi University. The inaugural symposium was held on August 15-18 at the Sibelius Museum and the Old Academy Building under the theme “Rethinking Enlightenment.”


Monday 15.8.2011

12:00– Registration at Donner Institute
19:00 Reception at Hus Lindman
22:00 Concert: Photography Concert

Tuesday 16.8.2011
Sibelius museum

9:00–9:30 Introductory statement byYehuda Elkana: Rethinking Enlightenment
9:30–11:30 Workshop 1 (Yehuda Elkana with Giovanni Frazzetto, Timothy Joseph Senior, Jean-Louis Fabiani): Rethinking Enlightenment

11:30–12:30 Lunch at Hus Lindman

12:30–14:30 Workshop 2 (Helga Nowotny with François Taddeï, Ariel Lindner): The Power of Ideas and Their Limitations
14:30–15:00 Coffee
15:00–17:00 Agora: Ilkka Niiniluoto: Progress by Enlightenment: Fact or Fiction?

18:00 Concert: Sleepless night
19:00 Concert: Sense of sensibility
21:00 Concert: Sleepless night

Wednesday 17.8.2011
Sibelius museum

5:47–6:30 Concert in Samppalinna swimming stadium: At sunrise

9:30–10:00 Coffee
10:00–11:30 Workshop 3 (Hannu Salmi with Jean-Louis Fabiani, Helmi Järviluoma-Mäkelä and Teemu Taira): Rethinking the Notion of Culture

11:30–13:00 Lunch at Hus Lindman

13:00–14:30 Workshop 4 (Janne Tunturi with Asko Nivala, Heli Rantala and Charlotta Wolff): Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment and Its Heritage: Young Historians’ Perspective
14:30–15:00 Coffee
15:00–17:00 Agora: Dan Sperber: Culture and Minds

18:00 Quantum circus

Thursday 18.8.2011
Academy Hall

9:00–11:00 Workshop 5 (Ruth Behar with Måns Broo, Giovanni Frazzetto and Tage Kurtén): Between Art and Research: Rethinking Professional Borderlands
11:00–11:30 Coffee
11:30–13:00 Workshop 6 (Ruth Behar with Anitta Kynsilehto, Kati Vierikko and Björn Vikström): Research and Personal Engagement: Rethinking Objectivity

13:30–14:30 Lunch at Hus Lindman

14:30–16:30 Agora: Ruth Behar: The Death of the Angel. Reflections on the relationship between enlightenment and enchantment
in the 21st century

16:30–17:00 Coffee
17:00–17:30 Concluding statement by Helga Nowotny
17:30 Gathering in Governor’s Magazine/ The Night of Science and Arts

23:00 Concert: Bach in Candle Light / Karina Gauvin, Topi Lehtipuu, Riku Pelo