Poikkitieteellinen paneelikeskustelu, jossa keskustellaan maahanmuutto- ja pakolaiskysymyksiä ja pohditaan rajoja ja niiden ylittämistä monesta eri näkökulmasta. Osallistujat esittelevät aiheen tiimoilta sekä konkreettisia ratkaisumalleja ja esimerkkejä että teoreettisempia näkökulmia.

Paneelikeskustelun jälkeen kirjailija Laura Lindstedt lukee suomeksi katkelman Pajtim Statovcin teoksesta Tiranan sydän.

Missä : Ranskan instituutti, Yrjönkatu 36, Helsinki

Milloin: 26.1.2017, 21h-22h

Kieli: Englanti, suomenkielinen luenta

Ilmoittautuminen: Tapahtuma on ilmainen, ilmoittautuminen etukäteen https://ndi4.eventbrite.fr


Tapahtuma lähetetään suoratoistona yhteistyössä Metropolia-ammattikorkeakoulun kanssa. Sitä voi seurata osoitteessa ja keskusteluun voi osallistua Twitterissä hashtagilla #NDIHelsinki


Prof. Sarah GREEN, University of Helsinki: Borderworld work: how to get borders out of people’s heads

Sarah Green is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki. She has studied borders, place and location in Europe for over 20 years, particularly in Greece and the Balkans. She is currently researching changes in the relations between people and place in the Mediterranean region, which includes the issue of migration in that region. See https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/crosslocations  for more details.



Pertti TORSTILA, Diplomat and Chairman of the Finnish Red Cross: “Migrants and Refugees; two faces of the same coin?”

Pertti Torstila joined the Finnish Foreign Service in 1970 and has been a diplomat worldwide for Finland, in particular: Second Secretary at the Embassy of Finland to France (1973-1976); Ambassador, Head of the Finnish Delegation at the CSCE-negotiations on military security in Vienna (1989-1992); Ambassador to Hungary and Croatia (1992-1996) and Ambassador to Sweden (2002-2006). He has also occupied the positions of Director General for Political Affairs and Secretary of State at the Finnish Foreign Ministry.

Pertti Torstila is since 2014 the Chairman of the Red Cross Finland. 



Armand AMAR, Artist – Composer

French of Moroccan origin (born in Jerusalem), Armand Amar spent his childhood in Morocco. Imbued with the sounds of instruments considered exotic at the time, the pull of that “world apart” exercised by extra-European music soon fascinated him. He learned to play tablas, discovered the zarb and congas, and studied under various masters of traditional and classical music. In 1994 in partnership with his friend Alain Weber, he founded the record label Long Distance for traditional, world and classical music; it now boasts more than 60 titles.

The musical and spiritual influences at play show through in his film scores. He is the composer of numerous music for film and television. He had three French Cesar Award nominations in 2002, 2005 and 2006, and won the Cesar Award for Best Film Music for Le Concert in 2010.


Hamza AMAROUCHE, Immigration services coordinator at CAISA

Hamza Amarouche is an Algerian author and translator. He graduated in 2007 from the Institut National de la Formation Supérieure des Cadres de la Jeunesse à Alger, and from 2009 to 2012, he worked as Pedagogic Counsellor at the Ministry for Youth Affairs in Algeria.

As a translator, he is specialized in Tamazight, a Berber language. His translation works include poetry, short stories and comics. He has translated to Tamazight for example works by Swedish poet  Tomas Tranströmer, graphic novels by Finnish artist Ilpo Koskela and a children’s book by Pirkko Liisa Surojegin.

Currently he is working as Immigration services coordinator at the  International Cultural Centre Caisa in Helsinki.

Moderator: Mathieu LEPORINI, Science and Higher Education Attaché, Institut français de Finlande


This panel discussion will be followed by:

 Public reading by Laura LINDSTEDT

Language: Finnish

Book: Tiranan sydän by Pajtim Statovci

Laura Lindstedt is a Finnish award-winning writer and the Godmother of the Institut français. She has published two novels, Oneiron (2015) and Sakset (2007). She won the Finlandia Prize for Literature (Finlandia-palkinto) in 2015 with Oneiron. Her life-long passion for France has led her to focus on French literature in her literary studies, she is currently finalizing her PhD Thesis on the work of Nathalie Sarraute.

For her reading at the Rethinking Borders and Migration event, she chose an extract of Tiranan sydän by Pajtim Statovci, a book that deals with questions of otherness, transition and a feeling of constantly crossing borders