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Let’s interact! - Making effective connections with colleagues and the sign language community

Nordic  Seminar 2020 is cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak

The organising committee of Nordic Seminar 2020 is cancelling this year's seminar in Turku, Finland. The Finnish authorities have advised that public events should be cancelled until the end of May.

The conference fee will be refunded to those who have already paid it. However any other expenses such as travel or accommodation expenses will not be reimbursed.

The organising committee will contact everyone who has registered to the conference via email. 



Nordic Seminar 2020 programme

Friday May 15

11-13:30 registration at the conference venue (The Old Mill, Ruukinkatu 2-4, 20540 Turku, Finland)
12-13:30 lunch (available at the conference venue, cost 10,50€)

13:30 Welcome to Nordic Seminar 2020!

13:45 Being in the moment: learning that interpreting is about interaction not just language
Christopher Stone, President, World Association of Sign Language Interpreters

15:00 Afternoon coffee

15:30 Messy and chaotic or patterned and complex? The functions of chaining in educational interpreting
Elina Tapio and Marjo-Leea Alapuranen

16:15 Interactional spaces, accessibility and engagement
Minttu Laine

17:00 Closing of day 1

19:00 Welcome reception hosted by City of Turku
City Hall, address: Aurakatu 2.
After the reception, a get together at Brewery restaurant Koulu (School), address: Eerikinkatu 18

Saturday May 16

9.30 The future prospects and educational needs of sign language interpreting in Finland
Päivi Rainó and Gun-Viol Vik

10.15 Break: Stands open

10.45 - 12.15 Parallel Workshops
a) Allies for change: how can interpreters and deaf people work together?
Hilde Haualand & Anna-Lena Nilsson

b) Challenges in signed interactions and sign language interpretations with deaf refugees
Nina Sivunen, Virve Viljanen, Maarit Widberg-Palo

c) Multimodal interactional skills as a point of departure for interpreter education
Elina Tapio and Hanna-Kaisa Turja

12:15 Lunch

13:15 Success through sharing and cooperation: interpreters and deaf professionals
Veera Wusu

14:00 Deaf professionals and representation through interpretation
Päivi Kluuskeri

14:45 Afternoon coffee

15:15 Team interpreting in multidirectional multi-party interaction
Saija Kuronen

16:00 - 17:00 Summaries of the workshops and closing of the Conference

19:30 Gala Dinner
address: tbc
dress code: smart casual

Sunday May 17
Leisure activities (tbc)


Conference languages: English, International Sign and FinSL

Conference venue:
The Old Mill, Ruukinkatu 2-4, 20540 Turku, Finland