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Statue of H.C. Andersen in Odense, Denmark
  Hans Christian Andersen was made an honorary citizen of his native city, Odense, on 6 December 1867. Now the University of Southern Denmark is celebrating its most famous citizen with an international conference from 5 December to 7 December 2017, exploring the theme “Hans Christian Andersen and Community.” On 6 December the city of Odense will mark the anniversary with a festival of light to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Andersen's honorary citizenship, which led to the entire city being lit up in his honor. UW Professor of Scandinavian Studies, Marianne T.... Read more
Assistant Professor Olivia Gunn
Assistant Professor Olivia Gunn recently published two articles.  "Other Mothers and the Limits of Bohemia in Cora Sandel’s Alberte Trilogy" was published in Scandinavian Studies (Volume 88 Number 4). Here, Gunn considers how raced rhetoric affects the protagonist's efforts to express sympathy and solidarity with other women across race and culture lines. Alberte's attention to ethno-racial differences serves to redefine the boundaries of her Northern European, civil class selfhood and draws attention to the cultural capital that she wields as... Read more
Amanda Doxtater (r) and colleague Elizabeth Howard in Washington DC at the House of Sweden, Oct 2017
October 27-28, 2017 – The Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers of North America (ASTRA) held its annual symposium and meeting in Washington, D.C. at Sweden House. ASTRA is a non-profit organization for North American researchers and teachers involved in Swedish language, linguistics, literature, culture, and area studies. Members promote the study of Swedish, Sweden, and other Swedish speaking contexts at all levels, and work to facilitate student mobility and academic cooperation between scholars engaged in these fields. Our annual symposium, generously funded by the Swedish... Read more
“I am excited,” “I am inspired,” “I can’t wait!” That is what faculty wrote when we asked them about the new academic year. Hitting a similar note, our graduate students also found excitement and energy in their work. The faculty’s and students’ words make clear why the department works together so well. We are united in an intellectual community with shared goals of learning about the Nordic and Baltic countries' culture and history, and we want to share our knowledge with others. One of the most exciting part of the coming year is the arrival of three new colleagues, assistant professor... Read more
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We asked our faculty, “What are you excited about doing in 2017-18?” Our faculty are publishing books, conducting original research, teaching new courses, and serving as leaders at the UW and in Scandinavian and Baltic studies. We are so proud of all they have accomplished, and look forward to learning from them during the next year! Amanda Doxtater Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about starting as Assistant Professor of Scandinavian and Pro-Tem Barbro Osher Chair in Swedish Studies at the University of Washington. After five years at the University of Oregon in the... Read more
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The visiting lecturers in our department are passionate about language, and have devoted their careers to teaching it. Each of them have come to the UW as holders of visiting lectureships, paid for by both the government of their respective countries and the UW. Their term at the UW may be up to five years. This year, we have three new lecturers, and two who have taught at the UW for one year.  So  we thought it would be good to start out with some questions about their passion for language, and to get to know them better. We asked each lecturer five questions:  How long have you been... Read more
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Earning a Master’s Degree or Doctorate in graduate school is famously challenging: demanding seminars, tens of thousands of pages of reading, exams, and a final 200-page term paper (The Dissertation),, which is expected to be an “original contribution to knowledge.”  These challenges inspire our incredible graduate students.We asked them, “ What was your most inspiring moment in 2016-17?” Their responses are amazing. They are filled with “Aha” moments, realizations, personal growth, increasing intellectual confidence, achievement, teamwork, and original contributions to knowledge. Our... Read more
Photo of Ann-Charlotte (Lotta) Gavel Adams
Forget whatever you think you know about retirement: Our emeriti faculty bring the same zing and passion to life after the UW, as they did to their students, colleagues and research. UW faculty have the right to continue to teach at forty percent (two courses annually), after retiring. Many of our faculty have taken the 40% option. But they are also travelling, lecturing, writing, publishing, and farming… We asked our emeriti faculty, “What are you excited about in 2017-18?” Ann-Charlotte (Lotta) Gavel Adams It was a difficult decision to retire.  My students were stimulating and my courses... Read more
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Books can ruin your life. They can save it. They can change it. When you read a book, the thoughts that follow can transform your view of the world. A library is filled with millennia of such transformative words, sentences, ideas and thoughts. The UW Libraries have some 150,000 volumes of Scandinavian and Baltic material on the shelves. The department is privileged to have Baltic (and Slavic) librarian Michael Biggins and Nordic Studies librarian Dan Mandeville working to maintain and continually build the collection of Nordic and Baltic materials. Yet, Michael and Dan not only work with the... Read more
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German Studies in Denmark: Obligations, Possibilities and Co-operations Birthe Hoffmann, University of Copenhagen & Adam Paulsen, University of Southern Denmark will give a brief outlook on the situation of German Studies in Denmark today, followed by some examples of research and teaching topics that explore cultural relations between Denmark and Germany. They will conclude with a glimpse into two interconnected research fields, that we have recently contributed to: Literary reflections on the German-Danish War 1864 (Fontane/Drachmann) and World War I in Danish... Read more

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