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?

Overview of events

Tuesday 7 August
12.00-13.00     

Arrival and registration

Venue: University of Copenhagen, South Campus, Emil Holms Kanal 2, building 22, main floor

13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.30

Opening of the Conference and welcome speech by Associate Dean of  External Affairs Julie Sommerlund, Faculty of Humanities

Venue: Conference Room 22.0.11

14.30-15.30  

Keynote Speaker
Lasse Horne Kjældgaard, University of Roskilde: 
 “Velfærdsstaten på vrangen

Chair: Torben Jelsbak

Venue: Conference Room 22.0.11

15.30-16.00    Coffee break
16.00-18.00 Sessions 1-5
18.00-20.00 

Welcome reception on behalf of Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS).

Welcome speech by Head of Department John E. Andersen and performance by the University Choir “Accantus” 

Venue: Sekretariat, NorS, Building 22, 2nd floor

Wednesday 8 August

09.00-10.00

Keynote speaker

Stig Hjarvard, University of Copenhagen:  “Public service in the age of social network media”

Chair: Mogens Olesen

Venue: Conference Room 22.0.11

10.00-10.30    Coffee break
10.30-12.30 Sessions 6-10
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00  Sessions 11-16
15.00-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-16.30 Keynote speaker

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

Chair: Annette Lassen

Venue: Venue: Conference Room 22.0.11

16.30-17.00 Coffee break
17.00-18.30 Sessions 17-21
20.00-21.30  

Nordisk Forfatteraften
Gerður Kristný (ISL) og Øyvind Rimbereid (N)

Moderator: Erik Skyum-Nielsen

Venue: Nordatlantens Brygge, Strandgade 91,
Christianshavn København K 

Thursday 9 August

9.00-10.00

Keynote speaker
Michael Sheridan, New York:  “Forms of Resistance: The Necessity of Modern Nordic Architecture”

Chair: Line Hjorth Christensen

Venue: Conference Room 22.0.11
10.00-10.30 Coffee break
10.30-12.00  Sessions 22-26
12.00-13.00   Lunch
13.00-19.00

Excursion to Louisiana, Museum of Modern Art

Transport by bus. Departure from Njalsgade 136

Friday 10 August

09.00-10.00

Keynote speaker
Mariah Larsson, Linnaeus University: “Beyond the sex barrier: the sexual revolution and Swedish cinema”

Chair: Anna Estera Mrozewicz

Venue: Conference Room 22.0.11

10.00-10.30    Coffee break
10.30-12.00 Sessions 27-31
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.30 Sessions 32-36
14.30-15.00 Coffee break
15.00-16.00

Keynote speaker 
Lill-Ann Körber, University of Oslo: “Särvägar och sammanflätningar: minnen av skandinavisk kolonialism

Chair: Torben Jelsbak

Venue: Conference Room 22.0.11

16.00-17.00

General Assembly of the IASS

Venue: Conference Room 22.0.11

19.30 

Banquet with a performance by Mouritz/Hørslev Projektet

Venue: Nationalmuseet, Prinsens Palæ,
entrance from Frederiksholms Kanal 12

See full program (pdf)

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)

Velfærdsstaten på vrangen
by Lasse Horne Kjældgaard (University of Roskilde)

Särvägar och sammanflätningar: minnen av skandinavisk kolonialism
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)

Overview of sessions

See overview of sessions (pdf)

Abstracts

Read abstracts (pdf)

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.