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Mark Shackleton

Mark Hugh James Shackleton
Born 19 May 1950, Wimbledon, London

Licentiate 1990, Doctor of Philosophy 1994 (American Literature), University of Helsinki
PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) 1978, English as a Foreign Language, University of London
Master of Arts (American Literature and American Studies) 1972, University of London
Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and American Studies) 1971, University of Wales, Swansea

Lecturer 1981–, Department of English, University of Helsinki
Docent (English Literature) 2001, Department of English, University of Helsinki

Research interests
Native North American Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Transnational Adoption Literature

Publications, projects and other scientific activities

Prizes and Awards
White Rose of Finland (Knight, 1st class) for contributions to education in Finland, August 2001.

Photo: Mika Federley
Written by Mark Shackleton (Tomas Sjöblom, ed.)

Seminars, conferences and societies

I like to keep in touch with teachers out in the field and have over the years run many seminars for Finnish teachers of English. I’m also an English language examiner for the Finnish Matriculation Examination, so I have a sense of what level of English is ‘out there’.

It has been argued by some that standards of written English are falling. From the evidence of thirty years I would say that is not the case. What is remarkable is the growth of global and cultural awareness that the IT revolution has facilitated. Many Matric students in 2015, for example, wrote in an informed way about current issues not only in Finland but in Russia and the US as well.   

I’ve been the Vice Chair of the Finnish-British Society in Helsinki for donkey’s years. We have recently done e.g. an evening of dramatized readings to commemorate those who fell in the First World War.

As a Brit who’s always been fascinated by America I’ve also been closely associated with the former Renvall Institute (North American Studies program), especially in organizing the Maple Leaf and Eagle conferences. The biennial Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference of North American Studies was first organized in 1986 and has evolved into one of the largest and most prestigious conferences in Europe for American and Canadian studies.

I like to keep in touch with the field. Photo: John Calton.​
I like to keep in touch with the field. Photo: John Calton.​


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