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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
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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
Kristina Legangar Iversen
Reading ScanGuilt in contemporary poetry: The relationship between whiteness, privilege and guilt in Kristian Lundberg’s Vi är de döda, nu snart and Julie Sten Knudsen Atlanterhavet vokser Apr. 22, 2016 12:30PM  Raitt Hall 314 In Lundberg's and Sten-Knudsen’s works of poetry the relationship between the nation, privilege and guilt is set at the center stage. These works have in common that they narrate tales of lost dear ones, a refuge friend who commits suicide after being deported from... Read more
Ambassador Lyrvall and UW Scandinavian Studies Students
Swedish Ambassador to the United States Mr. Björn Lyrvall spoke to students at the University of Washington, Department of Scandinavian Studies, on Sweden in a Changing Europe on 5 April 2016. The Ambassador also met with students of Swedish, Scandinavian Studies Department faculty, and Dean of Arts and Sciences Robert Stacey and Dean of Humanities Michael Shapiro. Sweden is an important economic partner of Washington State. Swedish business activity in the state supports a total of 3,904 jobs, and 494 Washington jobs are supported by exports to Sweden. Commodity exports to Sweden from... Read more
The Faroese drunnur (dried sheep's tail)
Paganism, Genre, and Table Scraps: The Tale of Völsi and the Faroese drunnur Scholars have long since noted similarities between the Faroese custom called “sending the drunnur” (að senda drunn) and the supposedly pre-Christian ritual described in the 14th-century Icelandic “Tale of Völsi.” In one, a dried sheep’s tail is handed around the table; in the other, it’s a preserved horse penis that goes hand-to-hand. We can do more than simply note the obvious, however: Faroese sources can help us see how theauthor of Völsa þáttr made a convincing paganism out of preexisting genres... Read more

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