Scandinavian Exceptionalisms. IASS 2018 Conference – University of Copenhagen

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Scandinavian Exceptionalisms.
IASS 2018 Conference

The International Association of Scandinavian Studies (IASS) will be hosting its 32nd conference at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen from 7 to 10 August 2018. The theme of the Conference is "Scandinavian Exceptionalisms".

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More about the conference theme.

The concept of "Scandinavian Exceptionalism" is used within the social sciences to describe the distinctive features of the Nordic welfare state models. The concept implies a perception of something common to the Nordic countries: a distinct model of society based on a particular arrangement of the relations between individual, family, state and market. Yet, the concept of Scandinavian Exceptionalism(s) also draws on a set of cultural ideas and discourses about community, individualism, sexual liberation, gender equality, environmental awareness etc.

With the theme of this Conference we wish to invite to an interdisciplinary investigation into the multiple ways in which ideas and narratives of "the Nordic" and "Scandinavian" have been constructed discursively and aesthetically throughout history. How did the concepts of the North, Nordic and Scandinavian emerge historically? In what ways, have they been narrated, staged and visualized in various cultural domains – in literature, art, design, architecture and media culture? And how are they represented and renegotiated today?

Keynote lectures and lecturers

Re-membering Ragnar, Erik & Leif: Notes on audio-visual adaptations of the Eddas and Sagas
by Jón Karl Helgason (University of Reykjavik)

Public service in the age of social network media
by Stig Hjarvard (University of Copenhagen)

The Welfare State Gone Wrong
by Lasse Horne Kjældgaard (University of Roskilde)

Exceptions and Entanglements: Commemorations of Scandinavian Colonialism
by Lill-Ann Körber (University of Oslo)

Beyond the sex barrier: the sexual revolution and Swedish cinema
by Mariah Larsson (Linnaeus University, Växjö)

Forms of Resistance: The Necessity of Modern Nordic Architecture
by Michael Sheridan (New York)

Where to stay

Conference attendants are recommended to book accommodation well in advance of the conference.

We have been fortunate to get special rates for conference attendants at the following hotels: 

It takes approximately 20 minutes to walk to the conference from the hotel.
See map.

We recommend using Tripadvisor for searching after hotels , and for a cheaper option Tripadvisor can also be used for searching after hostels .

Other hotels and hostels with a convenient location in relation to the University:

For more useful information about accomodation in Copenhagen go to:

Public transport and parking

Read about public transport and parking.

See South Campus map.

Registration closed

Registration is closed. The conference fee and the fee for the confernce dinner are nonrefundable. However, it is possible to transfer the registration to someone else (for example, a colleague), if you let us know about it by email before June 1st.