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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  
Professor Christine Ingebritsen
Professor of Scandinavian studies Christine Ingebritsen argues that understanding Scandinavian politics helps us understand the UK's "Brexit" vote to leave the EU (23 June 2016) in a recent opinion piece in the Seattle Times, "Britain Leaves the EU: A Small State Of Mind." Ingebritsen has researched and written extensively on the relationships between the Nordic states and the European Union. Ingebritsen suggests we can... Read more
Professor Christine Ingebritsen weighs in on Britain's decision to leave the EU and makes the comparison to Scandinavian nationalism and small states. Read more
Nordic Leaders and President Obama (WH Photo, C. Kennedy)
The significance of the Nordic countries for the US was on display in Washington DC on 13 May 2016, when the five Nordic leaders visited the capitol for the Nordic Leaders Summit. Prime Ministers Lars Løkke Rasmussen (DK), Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson (I), Erna Solberg (N), Stefan Löfven (S) and President Sauli Niininsö (SF) were received by President Obama and Mrs. Obama at the White House before a morning of meetings.... Read more
Liina - Ly Roos
Ph.D. student Liina-Ly Roos has been awarded the Nadia Christensen Scholar in Nordic Studies for 2016-2017. Roos's Ph.D. dissertation has the working title "The Child in Contemporary North and East European Imagination: War and Crisis of the Everyday." The award includes a grant of $4,000. It is awarded annually by the Department of Scandinavian Studies. The Nadia Christensen Endowment for Excellence in Nordic Studies was established through a generous grant from the Hognander Family Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in honor of Dr. Nadia Christensen, a Ph.D. graduate of the University of... Read more
From Convergence to Conflict: Labor Markets and the Instability of the Euro
Professor Alison Johnston graduated from the UW in 2005 with majors in Swedish and economics. Just eleven years later, she has a doctorate from the London School of Economics, is an assistant professor of political science at Oregon State University, and is coming out with her first book. Cornell University Press is publishing her From Convergence to... Read more
Karen Eriksson
Karin Eriksson recieved the Antoinette Wills Endowed Scholarship for 2016-17 "to help support her travel to the 2017 Sámi queer festival, Sápmi Pride and for general research support." Dr.Antoinette Wills created this endowment in order to support the research and educational endeavors of graduate students in the arts and humanities. The awarded is made by the Humanities Division of the College of Arts and Sciences on the basis of competitive application. Karin is working on a dissertation on the emerging areas of Trans-Indigeneity, Scandinavian Indigeneity, decolonization, and the effects of... Read more
photo of liina-ly
Graduate Student Liina-Ly Roos was awarded the University of Washington's Chester William Fritz Scholarship in the Humanities for 2016-17. The scholarship is awarded to top students nominated by their departments, with a final competitive award made by a committee appointed by the Divisional Dean of Humanities. The scholarship is designed to support "highly deserving students in the humanities." Roos will use the scholarship to aid her during her work on her dissertation, "The Child in Contemporary North and East European Imagination: War and Crisis of the Everyday." Liina-Ly's adviser is... Read more
Anna Ruhl
Anna Rühl was awarded the Aurora Borealis Prize for the outstanding paper in literary and cultural studies by a graduate student delivered at the 2015 conference of the Society for the Advancment of Scandinavian Study held in Columbus, OH. The title of the award-winning paper was “‘Jeg vil gjerne skrive som en kvinne’: Nature, Place, and Gender in Tomas Espedal’s Imot kunsten (... Read more
Kiruna, Sweden
Voting for the Scandinavian Studies Photo Contest in now open! We have received many wonderful pictures from UW students. Please click... Read more