The Science Fiction Culture Cabinet at The University of Turku
Turun yliopiston tieteiskulttuurikabinetti, Tutka (“Radar”) for short, is the Turku university’s science fiction and fantasy club, founded in 1995. It is an affiliate of The Student Union of the University of Turku and therefore its primary target group is the students of Turku university. However, everyone interested in science fiction or fantasy is more than welcome to join.
Tutka’s goal is to offer its members a chance to meet people with shared interests. Currently one of its most essential activities is “Varjomafia” (“Shadow mafia”), a weekly meeting of sf/f fans. The name is derived from “official” mafia, a pub meeting for sf/f fans in Turku, which takes place on the first Friday of every month.
The Shadow mafia is arranged every Thursday, and it takes place at Tutka’s office “Terrakoti” (see below) from 5 PM to at least 8 or 9 PM. The idea of Shadow mafia is the same as the official one, to offer a chance for people to discuss science fiction and fantasy, let it be literature, movies, comics, or something else. The evening is open to anyone, whether or not you are currently a member or not, and you can come and leave at any point during the evening.
Tutka also arranges movie and TV series screenings at Terrakoti, for example, occasional classic genre movie nights under the title “Varjisleffa”.
See the calendar on the front page for more information. Welcome also to join our Discord server to get the latest updates and just to hang out with us!
Terrakoti open hours
Terrakoti is an office and club room that Tutka shares with five other societies, Turku Science Fiction Society (TSFS), Turku University’s Role and Strategy Playing Society (Tyrmä), Turku Anime and Manga Society Senpai, Academic Nintendo Club (ANC), and the umbrella organization Terrakoti.
Terrakoti is located at Student house B, Rehtorinpellonkatu 4–6 (first floor, at the far-left end of the hallway).
At Terrakoti you can find TSFS’s and Tutka’s rather extensive sf/f library, as well as several foreign and Finnish sf/f magazines and zines. Visitors are more than welcome, either to read sf/f magazines and books or discuss with other fans.
How to join?
Tutka’s annual membership fee is five euros. You can pay it for example at Shadow mafia or during Terrakoti’s open hours.
How to reach us?
Chairperson Stella von Plato, smvopl [at] utu.fi
You can join our mailing list if you like. We’re also on Facebook and Instagram. Come join our Discord server, too.