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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
grad reception
October 14, 2016
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... Read more
Professor Christine Ingebritsen
July 25, 2016
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... Read more
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July 22, 2016
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)
May 14, 2016
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... Read more