ABOAGORA 2017: Becoming/Verðandi

Aboagora 2017 was held on August 23-25 at the Sibelius Museum in Turku. Via art and various academic disciplines, the Symposium discussed the significance of “becoming,” the idea of incompleteness and being in the making with reference to humanist, scientific, economic, and social aspects. Becoming refers to an unfinished development or an event that is in progress but not accomplished yet, to alteration and to the incompleteness inherent in the present, as well as ‘possibility’ and ‘potentiality.’ Are there any unchangeable, eternal and essential laws or patterns behind the chaos of our contemporary times? Or is the longing for such universal models just a reverie?

   

Agora speakers

Howy Jacobs (Director, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki; Professor, Molecular Biology, University of Tampere), “Life – A Tree with Three Intertwined Branches”

Pierre Guillet de Monthoux (Professor, Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School; Director of CBS Art Initiative) & Jenny Helin (Associate Professor, Business Studies, Uppsala University), “Art in Becoming, Welcome to the Bureau of Poetics”

Maria Turtschaninoff (Author), “The Author as a Norn – Becoming All-powerful while Battling Monsters”

In addition to the keynote addresses and workshops, the Symposium featured a photo exhibition entitled “Nanoq – Imag(in)ing Climate Change” by sociologist Ilona Mettiäinen.