Aboagora 2019: “Earth” | 21 – 23 August 2019 | Sibelius Museum, Turku

Pre-Symposium for Doctoral Candidates and

Art students 19th and 20 thAugust 2019 



The Earth – Planet Tellus, on which we live – is the centre of human life. For the Ancient Greeks, Gaia represented a personification of the Earth, the caring Mother who ended the primordial Chaos. Similar depictions of the Earth as a caring parent are found in numerous mythologies from around the world. Today our relationship to earth has renewed its relevance and urgence as exploitation, indifference and greed over past centuries have driven Gaia to the brink of collapse.

The element of Earth and human-earth interaction are dealt with in numerous scientific disciplines, e.g. biology, archaeology and geology and engaging fields such as eco-theology, environmental history, literature, geography and political sciences to illuminate the fundamental groundedness of humanity in soil and dust. Minerals, clay and soil are used as raw materials for artists in different fields, but the earth can also work as inspiration and a metaphor within the arts, a concrete evolutionary process – and as something that demands our care and indebtedness.

With this Call, we invite you to discuss and develop ideas about the earth – its past, present and future. What kinds of views are there in the history of the earth and between earth and humans? What are our hopes and dreams for the future of the earth – or our worst fears? How the anthropocene – in which we live – has come to this and where is it going? How is climate change affecting the earth and us humans and animals? And how do humans, especially youth, deal with climate anxiety – the incapacity and unwillingness of older generations to make changes or the sorrow of lost species, nature and way of living?

The Aboagora Pre-Symposium

Aboagora – Between Arts and Sciences -symposia invites Doctoral Candidates and Art students to a Pre-Symposium event, which combines presentation training, a lecture and discussion on ethics for artists and scientists, and a visualization workshop. The aim is to explore connections between the arts, sciences, and academic thinking, and to learn engaging ways to present scientific and artistic work and knowledge. The Pre-Symposium will offer an exceptional opportunity to discuss and share ideas with artist and scientists from different fields and backgrounds and a prospect for new ideas and collaborations.

Aboagora Pre-Symposium on 19th and 20th August comprises

  • Presentation training by Rasmus Basilier (Boost Turku), where participants will pitch their research or art project. Each participant will craft and deliver a pitch (a brief, persuasive talk) and receive feedback from the trainer and other participants. Participants will be able to present their work also in Aboagora Symposium.
  • Ethics for Artists and Scientists -lecture by Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD Hemmo Laiho (Philosophy, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies). Participants will learn and examine ways in which ethical issues arise in science and art and how scientific and artistic work might differ and coincide in this respect.
  • A full day workshop on Visualizing Knowledge, by principal lecturer, PhD Pirita Juppi (Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences). Participants will learn how to visualize their research or artistic work, data and research results. The primary focus of the workshop will be on presenting information with infographics, but participants will also learn about using videos to illustrate, explain and demonstrate scientific knowledge. Each participant will create an infographic based on their research or arts project.
  • Time and space for participants to share ideas, thoughts, problems and solutions.

As mentioned above, participants will also be able to present their work in Aboagora Symposium 21st–23rd August in Sibelius Museum, Turku.

The Aboagora Pre-Symposium is a joint effort of Aboagora organizing committee, Arts Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences, University of Turku Graduate School, Åbo Akademi University and Turku Institute for Advanced Studies. In case of any questions pertaining to the Pre-Symposium, please do not hesitate to contact aboagora(at)


ABOAGORA is a symposium that brings together academia, the arts and society. This exciting annual event consists of interdisciplinary discussions, workshops, and diverse artistic interventions. Since its inaugural year 2011, this annual symposium has offered a forum for researchers, artists, and the public to establish new dialogues and new forms of collaboration. In 2019, Aboagora is launching a new five-year thematic plan for 2019–2023 under the title The Five rings (Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Void). For more information, see