All presentations will be held at the Big Auditorium (room 126), University Consortium of Pori, unless otherwise mentioned.

Friday November 11, 2005
11:00 - 12:00 Press Conference (Seminar Room 268, School of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies, University of Turku, University Consortium of Pori)
15:00 - 16:00 Pori City Tour (The guided city tour in Pori by bus leaves in front of hotel Amado (Keskusaukio 2) at 3 p.m. and arrives at the university consortium of Pori at 4 p.m.)
16:15 - 17:00 Opening of the Symposium
Rector Keijo Virtanen, University of Turku
Director Martti Sinisalmi, University Consortium of Pori
Director Juhani Ruohonen, Satakunta Museum, Pori
Professor Outi Tuomi-Nikula, School of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies, University of Turku
Musical Performance
17:00 - 18:15 Bear of Aboriginal Peoples
Chair: Matti Sarmela
Juha Pentikäinen, University of Helsinki: Peoples of the Big Bear
Chuner Taksami, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow: Meaning of the Bear in the Culture "Paleofziat-Nivhi"
19:00 - 20:30 Evening Programme
Reception at the City Hall
Hosted by Mayor Aino-Maija Luukkonen

Saturday November 12, 2005
Multidisciplinary Bear
9:00 - 10:15 Bear and the Man
Chair: Juha Pentikäinen
Ulf Bertilsson, Riksantikvarieämbetet, Stockholm: Representations of the Bear in Nordic Rock Art
Matti Sarmela, University of Helsinki: Bear in the Human's Cultural Surroundings
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:00 Mythological Bear
Chair: Tom Sjöblom
Apostolos Athanassakis, University of California, Santa Barbara: Greek Bear Mythology
Clive Tolley: The Bear in Old Norse and Old English Myth and Legend
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:15 Bear in Rituals
Chair: Gabriel Rebourcet
Maria Gloria Roselli, Museo di Storia Naturale - Università di Firenze: An Italian 19th Century Explorer in the Arctic Region. Stephen Sommier’s Travels Among Samoyedes, Ostiaks and Lapps.
Timo Miettinen, Helsinki University: The Bear Cult in the Light of the Latest Achievements of the Religion Archaeology.
14:15 - 15:30 Bear and the Woods
Chair: Unto Salo
Ilpo Kojola, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute: Bear with the Eyes of a Game Researcher
Sakari Mykrä, University of Helsinki: Bear with the Eyes of Everyman – The Preparation of the Care Plan of the Bear Population
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:15 Bear and the Woods (continue)
Risto Pulkkinen and Marko Salmenkivi, University of Helsinki: What Do the Names of Places Reveal about the Finnish Bear?
Juha Suonpää, Tampere Polytechnic: Wretchedness of the Bear Romanticism
19:00 onwards
Evening Programme
Reception at the Satakunta Museum
Hosted by Director Juhani Ruohonen
Presentation of the Exhibition "On the Footsteps of the Bear"
Musical Performance

Sunday November 13, 2005
The Bear of Satakunta Province and the City of Pori
09:00 - 10:15 Opening
Outi Tuomi-Nikula, University of Turku
Lappi of Satakunta
Chair: Ilpo Kojola
Unto Salo, University of Turku: On the Footsteps of the Bear in Prehistory
Johanna Heikkilä, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: The Huntsmen of the Upper Satakunta
Anna Partanen, University of Helsinki: Bear in the Traditions of Lappi of Satakunta
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15 Bear in the Epic Poetry
Chair: Risto Pulkkinen
Gabriel Rebourcet, Consul de Finlande, Marseille: Bear in the Finnish National Epic "Kalevala"
Tom Sjöblom, University of Helsinki: Great Mother: Bear in the Celtic Belief Tradition
Vesa Matteo Piludu, University of Helsinki: The Bear Hunting Ritual and the Bear Folklore in Karelia and Savo
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 - 14:30 Commercialization of the Bear
Chair: Juha Suonpää
Taina Tuhkunen, Université de Versailles: Signs of the Bear and Ecotourism
Sirkka-Liisa Hakala, Satakunta Museum: Bear as a Symbol of Pori and Satakunta
14:30 - 15:00 Closing Discussion
Chair: Juha Pentikäinen