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March 29, 2017
In an article recently published in The Seattle Times, Professor Andrew Nestingen says that the National Endowment for the Arts and other federally sponsored arts and culture agencies are vital to building a more connected world. According to Nestingen, people trained in arts and humanities "know how to bridge divides between people" and "are better positioned to build strong communities."  Read the full article... Read more
Senator Patty Murray with Jon Hiskes, Lela Hilton, and Andrew Nestingen
March 20, 2017
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... Read more
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February 17, 2017
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.... Read more
February 16, 2017
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... Read more
January 20, 2017
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... Read more
December 1, 2016
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,... Read more
November 17, 2016
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... Read more
Thomas Kovach
November 15, 2016
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... Read more
Riddu Riddu
November 15, 2016
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... Read more
Graduate Student Maxine Savage moderating a literature discussion at Taste of Iceland
October 27, 2016
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... Read more