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Ivaska, Markkanen, Suokko, Borland, Hiukka, Nestingen
Finnish Consul General Juha Pekka ("JP") Markkanen visited the University of Washington's Finnish Program on Friday, 29 January 2016. Consul General Markkanen met with Dean of Arts and Sciences Robert Stacey, Divisional Dean of Humanities... Read more
The 2016 Kielland-Løvdal Fellowship has been awarded to Sabina Ivenäs, a graduate student in Scandinavian Studies, for her dissertation research on the "Literary Negotiation of Transnational Adoptee Identity." Sabina will be Kielland-Løvdal Fellow during winter and spring quarters, 2016, and will be using the fellowship to conduct research in Sweden. Congratuatlions Sabina!
Indigenous Sámi Culture and Connection to the Land in Arctic Europe
Orientation Session: Thurs., Jan. 21, 3:30PM, Raitt Hall 314.  The UW's Comparative History of Ideas Program in cooperation with American Indian Studies Department and Scandinavian Studies offer UW students a study abroad program about the indigenous Sámi culture and connection to the land in Arctic Europe. You can earn CHID, AIS and SCAND credit by... Read more
Olivia Gunn
Assistant Professor Olivia Gunn's article "The Master Builder's Tragic Quotidian" was recently published in Ibsen Studies (15:1, 40-65). Ibsen is largely understood and staged as a realist, but Gunn shows how the connection betwen the Belgian symbolist Maurice Maeterlinck's essay "The Tragic Quotidian"  (“le Tragique Quotidien”) and Ibsen's late dramas might cause readers of Ibsen to think more about the place of symbolism in his work. The publication continues Professor Gunn's research... Read more
Julianne Yang
Guilt and Privilege in Twenty-First-Century Scandinavian Film and TV Julianne Q. M. Yang is a second-year PhD fellow from The University of Oslo doing research on contemporary Scandinavian cinema and TV. From January to March 2016, she is a Fulbright visiting graduate researcher at the Scandinavian Studies Department, where she will be working with Andrew Nestingen, among others. Yang's PhD research explores themes of guilt and privilege in twenty-first-century Scandinavian film and TV. It concentrates especially on narratives about citizens from the global North who... Read more
Eero Tetri and Terttu Gluckmann
Mr. Eero Tetri passed away on 9 January 2016. Eero was a great friend and supporter of Finnish Studies at the University of Washington. He established the Eero and Helli Tetri Endowment Fund for Finnish Studies, and also made a number of challenge grants to the Finnish community, which helped build the program’s endowment. Eero arrived in Seattle from Finland with his family during the 1950s, later moving to Juneau Alaska, where he established a successful Volkswagen dealership, which grew and spread over the years. As the story went, Eero arrived from Finland with only change in his pocket... Read more
Indigenous Sámi Culture and Connection to the Land in Arctic Europe
The UW's Comparative History of Ideas Program in cooperation with American Indian Studies Department offers UW students a study abroad program about the indigenous Sámi culture and connection to the land in Arctic Europe. Courses in the program are cross-listed in Scandianvian Studies, as well. The program will bring students to the Norwegian side of Sápmi in order to study and... Read more
Anna Ruhl
Anna Rühl successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation "Selvgeografi’ – Placing the Works of Karl Ove Knausgård and Tomas Espedal" in the Department of Scandinavian Studies on 15 Dec 2015. The dissertation argues that while existing scholarship on  Knausgård and Espedal's writing, and particularly on Knausgård's, asks whether their texts are indeed novels -- or whether a new terminology has to be invented to deal with them -- an overlooked thematic aspect in the works of Knausgård and Espedal is their treatment of places. Drawing on the work of humanistic geography and... Read more
Finnish Lecturer Ilmari Ivaska (Photo: Turun yliopisto)
Finnish Lecturer Ilmari Ivaska appeared in a feature article on the Website Inverse, "'Star Wars' Languages Owe to Tibetan, Finnish, Haya, Quechua, and Penguins." Ilmari spoke on what gives Finnish a hook with pop culture producers.  "J.R.R. Tolkien studied Finnish and used it as an inspiration when creating the Elvish languages [...] it’s an exemplary case for real languages influencing artificial ones in art.” Read more... Read more
Farrokhzad, Gavel Adams, Arbabi
Theater Director-Dramaturge Farnaz Arbabi and Poet-Writer Athena Farrokhzad spoke about Farrokhzad's widely discussed, prize-winning Vitsvit (2013, White Blight) on Nov 30-Dec. 1, 2015. Arbabi worked with Farrokhzad to adapt Vitsvit as a play, which she then directed at the Stockholm theater Unga Klara. The play premiered to lively discussion in October 2015. Vitsvit is a long poem about a family at home in Sweden, whose home is elsewhere. In the poem, a mother, father, grandmother, and brother speak to each other in aphoristic, contradictory, and... Read more