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Senator Patty Murray with Jon Hiskes, Lela Hilton, and Andrew Nestingen
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
I am the fortunate recipient of the 2016-17 Ruth Kielland-Leif and Sophie Løvdal Fellowship. This fact makes my dissertation research in Oslo, Norway, and Gothenburg, Sweden possible; research that my Swedish advisor at the University of Gothenburg, Professor Yvonne Leffler, has assured me has the potential to constitute a unique contribution to the understanding of Scandinavian literary history. Briefly, my working dissertation title is “Intolerable Affect: Intensity in Emilie Flygare-Carlén’s Novels and Contemporary Reception.” Despite the fact that Flygare-Carlén’s novels, along with... Read more
Thomas Kovach
Hej! I'm currently in the middle of my semester abroad at Uppsala University, where I am taking an intensive upper-level Swedish language course called "Svenska för studerande med annat modersmål" (essentially "Swedish for non-native speakers"). The course is divided into four sections (speaking, reading, writing, and grammar) and conducted entirely in Swedish. Initially I was worried it was a little above my level, but I've adapted nicely – better to be challenged than to be bored! My temporary Swedish home is on a somewhat infamous block of student apartments in Flogsta, a neighborhood on... Read more
Riddu Riddu
This summer, I spent four weeks in Sápmi on the Norwegian side, and it was an imperative trip on multiple levels. It was part of a UW study abroad program – “Indigenous Sámi Culture and Connections to the Land in Arctic Europe” – arranged by our department, Comparative History of Ideas and the Department of American Indian Studies. Although I am a native Swede, I had never visited Norway or the Arctic before. This experience was absolutely crucial as preparation for my dissertation research on Sámi urban community building. Together with seven other students and Professors Troy Storfjell (... Read more
Graduate Student Maxine Savage moderating a literature discussion at Taste of Iceland
Graduate Student Maxine Savage and Lecturer Lars Jenner moderated a literature discussion broadcast from the public gathering space of KEXP’s new home at the Seattle Center as part of Taste of Iceland on October 14. Introduced by KEXP Senior Director of Programming and host of the Afternoon Show, Kevin Cole, participants included acclaimed modern Icelandic author Guðmundur Andri Thorsson and Icelandic medieval scholars Örnólfur Thorsson and Gísli Sigurðsson, who focused on the Icelandic Sagas and Nordic Mythology.... Read more
grad reception
Scandinavian Studies Alumni Reception Connect with fellow alumni, current faculty and graduate students over light hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar. Plus, an appearance from a very special UW guest! Friday, November 4, 20164 to 6 p.m.UW Club | Colleen Room4020 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195 Please Register by October 27. Questions? Contact Tina Swenson at