Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds told the story of his journey to the north,and the people of Norway, Finland, Sápmi, Iceland, Latvia, Estonia, Greenland, and Alaska whose songs and stories are woven into the symphony. Conductor Richard Nance traced the symphony’s path to its North American premiere at Pacific Lutheran University in March 2017. (Photo from left to right: Baltic Studies Professor Guntis Smidchens, Adjunct Assistant Professor Heather MacLaughlin Garbes, Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, Professor Richard Nance)
PhD department affiliate Mimi Nielsen recently received a major award from SWEA San Francisco. In a unanimous decision by the SWEA San Francisco board, Mimi will receive a $7,500 cash prize to continue her work on her disseration on Swedish author Emilie Flygare-Carlén. Her working dissertation, “Intolerable Affect: Intensity in Emilie Flygare-Carlén’s Novels and Contemporary Reception” addresses the trans-Scandinavian reception of Flygare-Carlén’s novels. Congratulations Mimi!
Finnish lecturer Ilmari Ivaska was recently named Researcher of the Month by Kielipankki – The Language Bank of Finland, a service for researchers using language resources. Congratulations Ilmari! To read the full interview, click here.
Join us for our Graduation Reception on June 8 at the University of Washington Club from 4-6PM.
In an article recently published in The Seattle Times, Professor Andrew Nestingen says that the National Endowment for the Arts and other federally sponsored arts and culture agencies are vital to building a more connected world. According to Nestingen, people trained in arts and humanities "know how to bridge divides between people" and "are better positioned to build strong communities." Read the full article here...
Andrew Nestingen visited the Washington State Congressional Delegation to speak to them about the importance of supporting the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Fulbright-Hays and Title VI, which support the study of foreign language and advanced research in foreign languages. Hundreds of Scandianvian Studies students have benefitted from these federal programs during the last 50 years. Nestingen's visit was part of Humanities Advocacy Day,... Read more
In an article recently published on the KCTS blog, undergraduate Danish minor Gabriela Capestany writes about her study abroad experience in Denmark. While there, she learned about Danish concept of hygge, loosly translated as "coziness." She shares tips on how to practice and embrace hygge your everyday life. Click here to read the full article.
Stig Tenold, from NHH – The Norwegian School of Economics [Norges Handelshøyskole], in Bergen, Norway, is visiting the Department of Scandinavian Studies in the 2016-2017 academic year. He is Professor of Economic History, and is spending his research leave at the University of Washington. Stig has a varied research background. In addition to his main research area, which is maritime history, he has published articles in scientific journals and anthologies on East-Asian economic development, trade policy and popular music. His research within maritime history has... Read more
The Kari Sajavaara foundation (Kari Sajavaaran rahasto) has awarded our current Finnish lecturer Ilmari Ivaska a prize for a laudable PhD. dissertation in the field of applied linguistics. In his 2015 dissertation ”Edistyneen oppijansuomen konstruktiopiirteitä korpusvetoisesti: avainrakenneanalyysi” (’A Corpus-Driven Approach towards Constructional Features of Advanced Learner Finnish: Key Structure Analysis’), Ivaska studies linguistic use of automatic data mining methodologies and their applications to teaching and study of Finnish as a second language. According to the award committee, the... Read more
Visiting Danish Lecturer Kristian Næsby was recently interviewed for an article in the English-language Danish newspaper The Murmur. The article "Cracking the code to making Danish friends" argues that despite Denmark's positive international rankings for overall happiness and livability, Danes are often perceived as unfriendly and closed-off to newcomers. Næsby attempts to dispell that myth, noting that “Danes are not good at being first to extend a helping hand to strangers, but I do... Read more