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Bergen Hordal and Norway Vagen
Applications for University of Washington Faculty members interested in participating for the 2015-2106 Academic Year, can find forms on the following website.These are due December 15th.
Four Mariannes
pictured from left to right: Marianne Wirenfeldt Asmussen (former director of the Karen Blixen Museum and literary executor); Marianne Alenius (director of Museum Tusculanum Press) Marianne Stecher (UW professor) Marianne Stølen (UW alumna and former Visiting Danish Lecturer)   "Four Mariannes" celebrated together at the annual BOGFORUM (Book Fair) in Copenhagen Nov. 8th: each played a role in the publication of Marianne Stecher's new book, The Creative Dialectic in Karen Blixen's Essays. There were plenty of other book publications featured that weekend. But the four Marianne's... Read more
Life Skills to Live Well: Slow Food for a Fast World is a new collegium seminar course being taught in Winter Quarter. The Slow Food movement, as pioneered by Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food International, is a shift away from "modern," industrialized habits of dining and food preparation. This course will examine ways in which college students can take control of their diet, health, and impact on the world around them - both socially and ecologically - by simply slowing down the pace at which they approach life's fundamentals. This seminar also explores the space in between... Read more
Conference theme:  As stated on the Congress website, the 2015 overall Congress theme Capital Ideas, invites us to reflect on the power of ideas: ideas captivate our hearts and minds; ideas connect people and ignite discussions and debates; ideas create knowledge and spark discoveries. Ideas represent an invaluable currency capable of changing our lives and our world. We thus expect Congress 2015 to be an exciting intellectual hub where ideas will be expressed, shared and implemented! The theme also relates to the location of this year’s Congress host in the national capital. As... Read more
Lauri Õuna­puu
"Lauri Õunapuu, an Estonian musician, plays tra­di­tional folk instru­ments in a heavy metal band, Met­satöll – the ancient Eston­ian word for what you should call a wolf if you don’t want him to hear you, Õuna­puu explained.This is just one of the ancient tra­di­tions of Esto­nia Õuna­puu shared as a guest lec­turer in Dr. Gun­tis Šmid­chens’ intro­duc­tion to folk­lore class," written by Indra Ekmanis, a former student, in her... Read more
Alumni Ryan Kristiansen
Alumni Ryan Kristiansen Ryan Kristiansen (Scandinavian Studies and Geography 2003) has lived and worked in Europe for 10 years and considers his education at the University of Washington as fundamental to his personal and professional success. After a six-month internship with the City of Kent, Washington, he moved to the United Kingdom, working as a Minerals and Waste Planning officer with Powys County Council.  There he was active in the improvement and rationalization of the IT system in use within the local authority. An exciting opportunity within Planning... Read more
Barbro Osher
Barbro Osher ProSuecia Foundation upgrades Professorship in Swedish to an Endowed Chair in Swedish Studies The Barbro Osher ProSuecia Foundation has upgraded the Barbro Osher Endowed Professorship in Swedish Studies to an Endowed Chair in Swedish Studies with a most generous donation now totaling $1,000,000. A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Barbro Osher graduated from Stockholm University with a degree in languages and political science. Osher is deeply concerned that Scandinavian Studies Departments are loosing ground at American universities. She feels that Scandinavia stands for social... Read more
Jan Sjavik, Department Chair and Professor
At the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year we are both looking forward to what the new year may bring and reflecting on the department’s recent achievements. We are most grateful for our many excellent students, the support which we have received both on campus and from the local community, and for the hard work and well-deserved achievements of our faculty.  During the past academic year we saw a record-breaking four students receive their Ph.D.s, two in Danish (Kirstine Kastbjerg and Melissa Lucas), one in Norwegian (Maren Anderson Johnson, who now has a faculty position at Luther... Read more
UW prof: Scotland independence could have big economic impact reads the title of this news story featuring Professor Ingebritsen.
Maren Anderson Johnson
New Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies, Maren Anderson Johnson Maren Anderson Johnson successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation “Staging Genius: Henrik Ibsen and Biographical Theater” on  May 29th, 2014. The dissertation argues that recent Norwegian dramas by Robert Ferguson, Jon Fosse, and Niels Fredrik Dahl have shifted the discussion around Ibsen’s authorship and altered perceptions of Ibsen’s status as a genius. The plays stress the ways in which women played a necessary, complicated, and overlooked role in Ibsen’s writing process, challenging the stereotype of the... Read more