Pre-symposium participants presenting their work at the ABOAGORA 2022 main event “Wind”. Photo: Pekko Vasantola.

The ABOAGORA Pre-symposium is a research retreat for Doctoral Researchers in all fields and MA Arts Students. It offers a momentary pause in habitual patterns and processes of practice – to share, listen and reflect attentively together. It implies also retreat from the conventions of boundary-making between disciplines and epistemologies, in order to nurture an ecology of practices. It is a great opportunity to converse with artists and researchers from different fields and backgrounds, and a prospect for new collaborations!

The 2023 Pre-symposium invites Doctoral Researchers in the arts, humanities and sciences and MA Arts Students to reflect together on the theme of Void on 21–23 August.

The main event, ABOAGORA: “Void” will be held on 24–26 August 2023 in Turku. The Pre-symposium participants will discuss their work in a joint panel session at the Symposium.

Call for Applications

The call for applications will open in February 2023. More information will be available on this page and on our social media channels as the call opens.


The Pre-symposium research retreat is directed by curator and researcher Taru Elfving (CAA Contemporary Art Archipelago). The programme includes presentations and workshops that offer scientific and artistic insights into the theme. The participants are also invited to contribute their own questions to the programme.

The Pre-symposium retreat is free of charge and it includes:

  • transport between Turku city center and the retreat location (TBA)
  • lodging during the Pre-symposium
  • coffee, snacks and lunches during the Pre-symposium and ABOAGORA: “Void”
  • free admission to the ABOAGORA: “Void” Symposium
  • accommodation in Turku during the ABOAGORA: “Wind” Symposium (August 24–26)

Participants will discuss their work in a joint panel session on August 25 at the ABOAGORA: “Void” Symposium at the Sibelius Museum in Turku. The Symposium brings together viewpoints from social sciences, cultural studies, natural sciences and the arts to explore both literal and metaphorical voids around us and within us.


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