Malin Bergström to join masculinity panel at Helsinki Book Fair

Oct 19, 2022 | Events, Masculinities



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The summer issue of the feminist magazine Astra focused on the theme Masculinities. Our Head of Programme, Malin Bergström, who has been leading our Masculinities porgramme since 2019, was published in the summer edition. Her article looked at the shared forums for experiences and stories about masculinities on the cultural field, with a focus on Finland, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

“What expectations make it difficult for men to talk to each other about issues such as sex, intimacy and relationships? What forums are there for men to read and talk about feelings? Taking in the stories of others and then critically reflecting on one’s own life is the central tool for change in feminist discussion groups for men. What literature can men turn to if they want to get beyond traditional gender norms?”

These questions and more will be addressed by the panel at the Helsinki Book Fair. Please note the panel discussion is part of the Swedish Programme and will take place in Swedish. 


Practical Details

Date: 29.10.2022 10:30 – 11:00

Venue: Blåbärslandet (Blueberry land) -stage, Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki, Finland

Malin Bergström – Head of Programme at the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux
Jonas Rothlaender – Filmmaker
Oscar Lehtinen – Crisis worker at Helsinki Missio

Accessibility: All entrances are accessible and all floors can be accessed with an elevator. The majority of Messukeskus restaurants are also accessible. Wheelchairs will be available at the entrances that can be borrowed free-of-charge. If you wish to reserve a wheelchair in advance, send a message to Please list the following in the message: the date and time of arrival, the entrance and your contact details.

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Helsinki Book Fair

Helsinki Book Fair offers four days of new reads, discussions and chances to meet writers and lovers of literature. Part of the fair programme is also available online.

Helsinki Book Fair is a cultural forum of national significance that brings writers, politicians, artists and experts together to discuss major phenomena of our time. Freedom of speech, tolerance and respect for human rights are some of the most important values of the fair.



Den feministiska tidskriften Astras sommarnummer hade tema Maskuliniteter. Vilka förväntningar försvårar för män att prata med varandra om frågor som sex, intimitet och relationer? Vilka forum finns det för män att läsa och tala om känslor? Att ta del av andras berättelser och sedan kritiskt reflektera över sitt eget liv är det centrala verktyget för förändring inom feministiska samtalsgrupper för män. Vilken litteratur kan män vända sig till om de vill komma bortom traditionella könsnormer?


Tid: 29.10.2022 10:30 – 11:00

Plats: Blåbärslandet, Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki, Finland

Panelister: Bergström Malin, Rothlaender Jonas, Lehtinen Oscar

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