Language, Coloniality and Nordic Exceptionalism

Research seminar

Nordic colonial history has only recently become the subject of critical academic inquiry. However, the linguistic side of colonialism is still relatively unexplored. Against this backdrop, the aim of this seminar is to focus on this particular theme. On the one hand, we examine the linguistic consequences of colonialism; on the other hand, we investigate linguistic constructions of colonial relationships and colonial subjects. With invited speakers who research languages in (post-)colonial Nordic contexts, we will initiate a dialogue between different strands of existing research, and we hope to pave the way for more research-based knowledge about languages in (post-)colonial Nordic contexts. The invited speakers' study, inter alia, Greenlandic, Faroese, Kven, Sami and Meänkieli – Nordic languages that can be understood in a post-and decolonial framework.



13:00 Introduction Marie Maegaard and Tommaso Milani
13:15 Decoloniality and dilemmas of standard ideologies in Greenland Camilla Kleemann-Andersen
13:55 Greenlandic variation and colonial linguistics: The subtle coloniality of
Marie Maegaard and Naja Trondhjem
14:35 Indigenous Efflorescence, Decoloniality and Spaces for Saami Language
David Kroik
15:15 Coffee break
15:30 Veriplätti, paakelsit and Pajala Sunrise: creating diasporic narratives
through food in online spaces for young Tornedalians
Constanze Ackermann-Boström and Fanny Pérez Aronsson
16:10 Copenhagen in Tórshavn: Danish influence in The Faroe Islands with
respect to Faroese Literature in Danish
Bergur Rønne Moberg
16:50-17:00 Rounding up and practical information



09:00 In the name of progress: Colonial extractions in an Arctic mine Sari Pietikäinen
09:40 Constructions of colonial relationships in Sámi language education policy in Norway Hilde Sollid
10:20 Coffee break
10:30 Minority language politics: Colonial logic and affective resistance Tommaso Milani
11:10 A state that remembers? On the historical process of linguistic Swedification of the Meänkieli-speaking area Linus Salö
11:50-12:30 Rounding up and the future