Donnerstag, 12. Mai 2022, 14:00 - 16:00 iCal

Exploring the (Non-)Human / Grass is Darker...

Two lectures: Kaisa Kurikka on the novels by Kaj Korkea-aho, and Kaj Korkea-aho on the paleontology of writing and using shame as a compass


EVSL / Finno-Ugristik, Campus Hof 7.2
Spitalgasse 2-4 / Hof 7.2, 1090 Wien


Dr Kaisa Kurikka (University of Turku) is interested in post-humanism and new materialist studies of art. Perhaps the most long-lasting interest has been the problematics of (literary) authorship. Currently she works as a senior research fellow in a research-project ”New Economies of Artistic Labour: From Entrepreneurship to Sustainable Collectives (funded by Kone Foundation). In her lecture "Exploring the (Non-)Human", she will analyse the novels by Kaj Korkea-aho.

Kaj Korkea-aho (Kai Erik) is a Finnish writer, comedian, and podcast host. His latest novel “Röda rummet” (“The red room”), a tale of art and desire set in an upscale apartment in fashionable southern Helsinki, is the Finnish nomination for the Nordic Council’s 2022 Literature Prize.

Kai Erik’s enigmatic novels are gripping fiction with a strong and distinctive voice and allusions to literary heritage. The world of Kai Erik’s novels always rings true: the characters are engaging, the environments recognisable. However, underneath the familiar surface is a vague, creeping feeling that something is horribly and permanently ‘off’.

In his talk "Grass is darker on the other side", Kaj Korkea-aho will explore the paleontology of writing and using shame as a compass.


EVSL / Abteilung Finno-Ugristik


Dr. Mikko Kajander
Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL)
Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
4277 43015