Paper Title

Toward a Better World: Finnish Utopian Communities since 1972

Location

Fisher 126

Event Website

http://www.finnforumx.com/

Start Date

12-4-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

12-4-2014 10:30 AM

Description

The utopian communities of Finns are linked to world history and the great ideological foundations behind numerous utopian endeavors. In the paper, Finnish utopian communities will be described, compared, and contrasted by their ideological backgrounds and in a global context. In addition, the reasons for the dissolution of these settlements are analyzed. Even though the Finnish utopian communities are not often mentioned together with More's Utopia, or with Fourier, Owen, Cabet, or Oneida, they have an interesting history reaching back to the 1792 “New Jerusalem” plan in Sierra Leone. While the best-known Finnish utopian ventures are Sointula in Canada (1901-1905) and Colonia Finlandesa (1906-1940) in Argentina there were, however, almost twenty similar Finnish ventures around the world based on nationalism, utopian socialism, cooperative movements, “tropic fevers,” and religious ideas.

Presenter Bio

Peltoniemi is a researcher, science journalist, and author specialized on social and health topics, as well as emigration. He has a Masters of Art and Lic. Soc. Sc. in sociology, social policy, and mass media. He has returned to update his studies on the Finnish Utopian emigration and the more recent Finnish emigration in Spain and Portugal. He is affiliated with the Migration Fellow Program at the Institute of Migration (Turku, Finland).

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Toward a Better World: Finnish Utopian Communities since 1972

Fisher 126

The utopian communities of Finns are linked to world history and the great ideological foundations behind numerous utopian endeavors. In the paper, Finnish utopian communities will be described, compared, and contrasted by their ideological backgrounds and in a global context. In addition, the reasons for the dissolution of these settlements are analyzed. Even though the Finnish utopian communities are not often mentioned together with More's Utopia, or with Fourier, Owen, Cabet, or Oneida, they have an interesting history reaching back to the 1792 “New Jerusalem” plan in Sierra Leone. While the best-known Finnish utopian ventures are Sointula in Canada (1901-1905) and Colonia Finlandesa (1906-1940) in Argentina there were, however, almost twenty similar Finnish ventures around the world based on nationalism, utopian socialism, cooperative movements, “tropic fevers,” and religious ideas.

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