Keynote speakers

Susanna Alakoski

Writer, Winner of the Swedish August Prize for fiction in 2010

Lecture topic: Trygghet är radikalt (”Safety is Radical”). The presentation will be in Swedish.


Photo: Sara Mac Key

Susanna Alakoski made her literary debut in 2006 with the novel “Svinalängorna” (“The Swine Rows”), which was rewarded the Swedish August Prize for Fiction in 2010. The novel was subsequently dramatised and it has also been filmatised. In 2010 she published the novel “Håpas du trifs bra i Fengelset” (“Hope you Like it in Jail”). In addition, she has published four books for children, been the editor of several anthologies, and published two diary-essays: “Oktober i Fattigsverige” and “April i Anhörigsverige”, in 2012 and 2015 respectively. The latter was performed as a play at Stockholm City Theatre in the spring of 2016. Her play “Laina och fåglarna” (“Laina and the Birds”) is currently being performed on stages around Sweden. Susanna Alakoski has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and was awarded an honorary degree at the Faculty of Health and Society at Malmö University in 2015.


Professor Nicole Pohl

Professor of Early Modern Literature and Critical Theory, Oxford Brookes University

Lecture topic: From Niels Klim to Jordscott: Utopia in the Nordic Tradition


Nicole Pohl has published and edited books on women’s utopian writing in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, European salons and epistolarity. Some publications within the Utopian field are Gender and Utopia in the Eighteenth Century: Essays in English and French Utopian Writing (with ed. Brenda Tooley, 2007) and Women, Space and Utopia, 1600-1800 (2006). Pohl is also the General Editor of the interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal Utopian Studies. Pohl works on eighteenth-century English literature with a particular interest in women’s letters and literature, European Enlightenment and European literary networks.

Oxford Brookes University:

Pasi Sahlberg

PhD, Author, Education Advisor


Photo: Damir Klaic-Kljuc

Lecture topic: The Future Vision of the Nordic School Systems

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator, author and scholar. He has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher and policy advisor in Finland and has examined education systems around the world. His expertise includes school improvement, international education issues, classroom teaching and learning, teacher education, and school leadership. He is the author of the best-selling book Finnish Lessons 2.0: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland (2015) and of numerous professional articles and book chapters. He is the former Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and has been a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA, USA.