Posts Tagged ‘finland’

The Nights and Days of Tribades

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008


Monday September 8th is the first day of the annual Nights and Days of Tribades week in Helsinki. This is the 9th time they arrange this “Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Culture Festival”, with films, performances, discussions, concerts and parties.

The program for the festival is now online, and they promise that it will be a week of cultural events “ranging from extravagant occasions to more prosaic discussions, presented critically, experimentally, monumentally, digitally or manually – and always passionately.”


This includes events such as the Tram-O-Rama! party on a tram, a comics seminar, a meeting for ILGCN – The International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network, a screening of a documentary on the Swedish journalist Barbro ”Bang” Alving, a book swapping arranged by The Invisible Library, and a closing party with performances at the L-Word Club.


New issue of SQS is online

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008


The Finnish queer journal SQS – Journal of Queer Studies in Finland has just released a new issue entitled Queer Eurovision.

The two guest editors Mikko Tuhkanen & Annamari Vänskä have put together an ambitious issue taking on Eurovision Song Contest from several interesting perspectives. As Tuhkanen explains in his introduction “Queer Eurovision, post closet”:

“The essays […] take up the post-outing Eurovision Song Contest as an opportunity to think through such issues as the cohesion and generation of gay fandom [Brian Singleton, Karen Fricker & Elena Moreo]; the constitution and disruption of heteronormative address and audiences [Mari Pajala]; the oxymoronic status of the idea of ‘queer nationality’ [Peter Rehberg]; the national temporalities that are performed and critiqued on the Eurovision stage; camp as the primary critical tool for the analysis of ESC’s queerness [Peter Rehberg & Mikko Tuhkanen]; and the possibility of camp’s lesbian specificity [Annamari Vänskä].”

The articles – which are predominantly in English this time – give several new perspectives on this annual event, that people love (– to criticize). In addition to the articles on ESC, the issue also includes an introduction to Finnish media artist Anneli Nygren by the the art historian Harri Kalha. In his text “Anneli Nygren. An Appreciation” Kalha reads Nygren’s work through the writings of Roland Barthes, interrogating the “queer aura that hovers about” her work. A personal introduction to this unique “folk video artist”.

SQS has once again delivered a fascinating issue of Strictly Queer Stuff (to borrow Kalha’s suggested title) – read on!

New issue of SQS is online

Friday, March 7th, 2008


A new issue of SQS – Journal of Queer Studies in Finland is online.

Time, rainbow families and queer politics are some of the key subjects in this big issue, which includes an analysis on the meaning of temporality in Judith Butler’s work, discussions of Judith Halberstam and Lee Edelman’s understanding of queer future or rather, anti-futurity, among many other important things. The Swedish photographer Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin is in the gallery section this time.

Read on!