ABOAGORA 2020: Water

Water is the beginning of life according to numerous mythological and religious cosmologies. God “made from water every living thing,” as this nomadic conception is formulated in the Qur’an. This is a point where scientific theories of evolution and religious narratives agree: water is the primordial element. Up to 60 % of the adult human body is water, which makes it a vital aspect of medical and physiological research. However, water is rapidly becoming one of the most contested natural resources of our time. Will the basic human need for water cause wars and conflicts in the future, or will it serve as a uniting element that opens our eyes to our common humanity and the need to work together across borders of states, creeds, and ideologies to secure clean water supplies for all in the future? Will water, in the end, prove to be thicker than blood? 

This year, because of COVID-19, the tenth ABOAGORA Symposium on 19–21 August is adopting a new, hybrid form: parts of the programme at the museum will be conducted remotely. The event will be live-streamed and recorded,  so it is safe to follow the Symposium from your office, sofa, or even from the pier, surrounded by water.


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

Read more about AGORA-speakers in here and workshops & performances in here!

Registration for the Aboagora Symposium  

There will be no registration fee this year, but advance registration is mandatory. Update on 6 August: We have reached our maximum capacity of at-site-participants. You can still register to follow Aboagora remotely (online)!

Please register at  https://konsta.utu.fi/Default.aspx?tabid=88&tap=9584