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".

Samlet program

Foto © Vincent Fournier

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?






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: 

  • Danhostel Copenhagen City offers a special rate on both single- and twinrooms (€110-120). State the promotion code: “IASS2018” when contacting the hotel. 

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:

  • Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel: About 10 minutes walk to the conference. See map. Rates from €100.
  • Hotel Amager: About 10 minutes walk to the conference. See map. Rates from €70.
  • Hotel Copenhagen: About 10 minutes walk to the conference. See map. Rates from €55.

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