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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  
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 received the Nadia Christensen Award for Excellence 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... Read more