The Earth – planet Tellus, on which we live – is a fundamental aspect of human life, spanning the past as well as our present situation, and our hopes for the future. For the Ancient Greeks, Gaia represented a personification of the Earth, the caring Mother who ended the primordial Chaos and manifested herself as the perpetual home of all mortals. Similar depictions of the Earth as a caring parent are found in numerous mythologies from all over the world. In modern physics, the lure of Gaia goes under the name of gravity. Our relationship to the element of earth has renewed its relevance and urgency today as the traces of past utilitarian and industrial centuries, combined with human greed, indifference and exploitation, have driven Gaia to despair and to the brink of collapse.

In 2019, Aboagora deals with the element of earth through multi-disciplinary discussions with, for instance, archaeologists and geologists but also through engaging fields such as eco-theology, environmental history, literature, geography and political sciences. These disciplines serve to illuminate the fundamental groundedness of humanity in soil and dust – as a metaphor within the arts, as a concrete evolutionary process, and as a moral demand for care and indebtedness.

Aboagora consists of keynote lectures, workshops, and diverse artistic interventions. This year’s presentations will discuss the concrete historicity of earth and forests, examine underground ecosystems and study identity, belonging, and being in place – and much more.






9:30–10 Coffee and registration

10–10:30 Opening

10:30–12 AGORA: Sandra Swart: Animal Rites, Rights and Whites – Traditional African Beliefs and Animal Slaughter in South Africa

12–13:30 Lunch break

13:30–15 Workshop I: Earth, Trees and Cultural Change

15–15:30 Coffee

15:30–16:30 Kolmas Tila – Tredje Rummet – Third Space: The Romantic Mind

19 – AGORA: mirko nikolić: the arcane of terran reproduction



9:30–10 Morning Coffee

10–11:30 AGORA: Tino Mager: Earth: The Illusion of Permanence

11:30–13 Lunch break

13–14:30 Workshop II: Heaven and Earth. Religion and Gardening

14:30-15 Coffee

15–17 Workshop III: Presentations from Aboagora Pre-Symposium

18 – Fern Orchestra: Vox Herbārium – Plant Series



9:30–10 Morning Coffee

10–11:30 AGORA: Pauliina Feodoroff: Skäädsual- Skää´dsuâl- What is the Birth Story of This Age/ What Form Can an Atonement Take

11:30–13 Lunch break

13–14:30 Workshop IV: Earth, Place, and Rootedness in Migrants’ Lives and Deaths

14:30–15 Coffee

15–16 Raimo Saarinen: Soil as Sculpture Material and Subject

16–17 Closing words & E-Musikgruppe Lux OhrErde

17 – Closing Reception (Humanisticum, Piispankatu 13)

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Changes in the programme are possible. Aboagora reserves the right to changes.


Registration for Aboagora 2019 has ended! The keynote lectures (“AGORA”) and the concert of Fern Orchestra are free of charge and open to the public. Welcome!