Academic Events

Sixth Finnish Colloquium of Middle East and North African Studies, 9-10 December 2021, Helsinki

Where to draw the boundaries of the Middle East and Middle Eastern studies? Scholars focusing on this region are bound together by their interest in the languages, cultures, religions, history, and politics of the Middle East – not by a shared method or theoretical framework.

This colloquium, organised by the Finnish institute in the Middle East (FIME) and the University of Helsinki, focuses on the boundaries, intersections, and collisions between different research traditions in Middle Eastern and North African studies.

More information about the colloquium can be found here.

kuvituskuva, roomalaiset pylväät
Image: Samuli Lähteenaho

Past events

From the Mountains to the Sea: The Relations between Animals and Humans in Lebanon through Time –workshop, 13–14.9.2019, Beirut
Workshop was organized by the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (Dr. Raija Mattila), the Department of Arts and Archaeology at Lebanese University (Dr. Jwana Chahoud) and the Department of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut (Professor Dr. Hermann Genz).

The Eleventh Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies “Breaking and Creating Boundaries in the Middle”, 14-16.8.2019, Helsinki
The conference was organised by The Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies (NSM) and hosted by the Finnish Institute in the Middle East and the University of Helsinki.

”Formative Tendencies in Near Eastern Religions and Ideologies” Workshop, 15-16.4 2019, Beirut
The workshop organized by the Centre for Oriental Studies of the University of Tartu and the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (Beirut).

Shrines workshop, 29.-31.8.2018, Beirut.
In collaboration with the Erasmus University and Recreating Pluralism, an international academic program.

Fifth Finnish Colloquium of Middle East and North African Studies “Transformations of Identity and Space in the Middle East and North Africa”, 29– 31 May 2017, Joensuu.
In collaboration with the University of Eastern Finland, Faculty of Theology, and the University of Helsinki, including the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions.

Melammu Symposia 11 “Evidence Combined – Western and Eastern Sources in Dialogue”, 3.–6.4.2017, Beirut
In cooperation with the Melammu Project. The Melammu Project investigates the continuity, transformation and diffusion of Mesopotamian and Ancient Near Eastern culture from the third millennium BCE through the ancient world until Islamic times.

Workshop: New Forms of Trans-border Mobility10.-12.11.2016, Beirut
In cooperation with The Migration Institute of Finland, Åbo Akademi University and The Academy of Finland Center of Excellence RELATE from the universities of Oulu and Tampere.

Religion and Empire in the First Millennium BCE, 22.-25.10.2016, Beirut
In cooperation with American University in Beirut and the University of Helsinki.

Animals in Mesopotamia: their relation to gods, humans and things, 14.-15.12.2015, Helsinki
In cooperation with the Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East Project.

Euro-Mediterranean Refugee and Migration Crisis: Magnitude and European Response 30.11.2015, Cairo
In cooperation with Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS), American University in Cairo and the Embassy of Finland in Cairo.

Today’s Iraq in Focus, 15.10.2015, Helsinki
In cooperation with the University of Helsinki.

Translation and Transmission in the Eastern Mediterranean 500 B.C. – 1500 A.D., 24.-25.9.2015, Rome
In cooperation with Finnish Institute in Rome, Finnish Institute in Athens and Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East -project.

Ninth Symposium of the Melammu Project – Conceptualizing Past, Present and Future, 18.-20.5.2015, Helsinki
In cooperation with Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East -project.

Fourth Finnish Colloquium of Middle East and North African Studies, 24.-25.4.2015, Helsinki
In cooperation with the University of Helsinki and the University of Tampere.

Workshop: “Lessons from Finland in History Education”. 6.12.2014, Beirut
In collaboration with Riitta Mikkola, Lebanese American University and Lebanese Association for History.

Media Role in Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Democratization in Arab Spring Countries, 19.–26.10.2014, Cairo
A media course in cooperation with the University of Tampere and the American University in Cairo.

The Changing Role of Media in the Contemporary Middle East, 26.9.2014, Helsinki, Finland
FIME, Anna Lindh Foundation and  University of Helsinki organized an open media seminar.

Third Finnish Colloquium of Middle East and North African Studies, 2014, Turku, Finland
In cooperation with Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History, Åbo Akademi University, and Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI). The theme for the multidisciplinary conference was “Concord, Conflict and Co-existence: Religion and Society in the Middle East and North Africa”.

Ancient Arbela: Pre-Islamic History of Erbil, 2014, Iraq
In cooperation with Institut français du Proche-Orient and Salahaddin University.

Arab-Nordic History Seminar: EXPLORING COMMON HISTORY 2013 Cairo, Egypt
In cooperation with The American University of Cairo and Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI).

The II Finnish Colloquium of the Middle East and North Africa Studies 2012, Tampere, Finland
In cooperation with Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), Anna Lindh Foundation, the Finnish Egyptological Society, the Finnish Oriental Society, the Department of World Cultures and the Faculty of Theology of the University of Helsinki.

Pedagogies Across Cultures 2011, Amman, Jordan
In cooperation with Queen Rania Teacher Academy, University of Jordan, Hashemite University, Jordan Ministry of Education, Dahiet Al Rasheed School for Girls, The Ahliyyah School for Girls, The Bishop’s School for Boys and UNRWA.

The 1st Middle East Colloquium 2011, Helsinki, Finland
In cooperation with Foundation of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME), University of Helsinki and Tampere Peace Research Institute.

Conceptual Histories of the World and Global Translations. The Conceptualization of the Social in Eurasian Comparison 2010, Damascus

Law and Administration in the Ancient Near East 2008, Damascus