Working-Class Literature in Finland and Finnish America

deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Journal of Finnish Studies and FinnFest USA 2019

Working-Class Literature in Finland and Finnish America (extended deadline)

As part of the FinnFest USA 2019 conference ( in Detroit, Michigan, September 20–22, the Journal of Finnish Studies will organize sessions on Finnish and Finnish American labor literature. The first strand of talks will consist of research on Finnish or Finnish American literature; the second strand will consist of readings by Finnish or Finnish American novelists and poets of their recent work having to do with the Finnish or Finnish American working classes. We invite abstracts from researchers and writers, both from Finland, North America, and elsewhere, to be considered for inclusion in these sessions. The Journal of Finnish Studies plans to publish a peer-reviewed special issue based on the conference topics, and presenters will be invited to submit their papers for this refereed collection.

The themes of the proposals for 20-minute papers would ideally relate to working-class life and culture or life in cities and in factories, but we understand the terms ‘working class’ and ‘labor’ broadly and welcome proposals on all topics concerning Finnish-related creative writing or its research.

For your work to be considered for inclusion, please submit an anonymous abstract of up to 500 words (word-count not including the bibliography) by May 1, 2019. Send proposals to Include your name, affiliation, and contact information in the body of your e-mail. The presenters selected will be notified by May 15, 2019. Papers not selected for these FinnFest sessions may still be considered for inclusion in the refereed JoFS issue.

For questions on research paper proposals, contact Helena Halmari (halmari at; for questions on creative writing proposals, contact Scott Kaukonen (kaukonen at