Rethinking Scandinavia - conference call
What reasons are there to interest oneself in the Nordic countries in our time? How should we direct Scandinavian studies in a world characterized both by increased globalization and waxing nationalism?
The Centre for Scandinavian Studies Copenhagen-Lund brings together multidisciplinary expertise from the universities of Copenhagen and Lund to investigate the Nordic space. While acknowledging the legacy of earlier studies and research in Nordic culture, our aim is to approach the discipline in a new way. Instead of conceiving of Scandinavia in the traditional sense—as a geographical area with a homogenous linguistic and cultural identity— we aim to understand Scandinavia as a border-region, in which various forms of language and culture clash and overlap, and in which many of today’s urgent political issues are brought to a head.
Opinion is divided as to how, more concretely, such a renewed investigation of the Nordic region may be carried out. In the hopes of generating as many illuminating responses to this concern as possible, we hereby invite international researchers focused on Scandinavia or the Nordic countries to the interdisciplinary conference, “Rethinking Scandinavia”, to be held in Lund, from the 14-17 June, 2017. On this website you can read a detailed presentation of the conference's overarching purpose and its various thematic areas. During the autumn, it will be continuously updated. Here you will find information pertaining to our keynote speakers, instructions regarding topics and abstracts for papers related to conference themes (please note that the deadline for such is January 31, 2017), an invitation to participate in deliberations regarding strategies of net-based collaboration, and any extra information you might require regarding participation in the conference and its varied activities.
If you have any questions please write to iwcss.administrators [at] sol.lu.se.