Recent News

The Society of Slovene Literary Translators has named UW affiliate professor and Slavic librarian Michael Biggins as the recipient of its annual Janko Lavrin Prize, awarded each year for lifetime distinguished contributions to furthering Slovene literature abroad.  Biggins is the translator of more than fifteen major, book-length works of 20th- and 21st-century Slovene literature. The public award ceremony will be held on June 11, 2015, at 8:00pm in the Štih auditorium of the Cankar Arts Center (... Read more
Scandinavian Studies will be offering a new class this Spring on Swedish Literary and Cultural History. The course will cover topics from Pippi Longstocking to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. You can learn about Sweden's past and present through literature, traditions, emigration/immigration, films and much more. This course will be taught by Ia Dubois. SCAND 490 (PDF)      
Can you come up with a plan to find new students for first-year Finnish courses (101-103) during 2015-2016? It's worth $400.00, if you can! We are seeking proposals from UW undergraduates that outline a marketing plan to increase enrollments in Finnish 101-103. Here's the deal: Submit a one-page proposal sketching out a marketing campaign that will convince UW undergraduate students to enroll in Finnish 101 -103 during 2015-16 Take a leadership role in executing your winning plan during spring quarter 2015, while also collaborating on the plan with Finnish Program Faculty (Andrew Nestingen... Read more
Julie Ane Ødegaard at the Odegaard Library
Julie Ane Ødegaard is a visiting PhD candidate from the Department of comparative politics at the University of Bergen in Norway. Her main research interests are civic education and political participation among youth. She is currently working on her thesis about mock elections in school with the title:  “Why vote? What students learn about voting in school”. During her research stay Julie will, amongst other things, be visiting high schools to learn more about how civic education is conducted here. She will be staying until mid- June. Are you interested in learning more about the PhD project... Read more
The new website, allows you to join or renew your membership for 2015 online at DANA members are lecturers, professors, independent scholars, graduate students, teaching assistants and administrators at educational institutions in the US and Canada, who engage the Danish language and Danish subject matter in teaching and research in the humanities, social sciences, and cross-disciplinary studies.  DANA will hold its annual luncheon meeting at the annual SASS meeting... Read more
Pétur Valsson, a doctoral student in the Department of Scandinavian Studies, was named the "Nadia Christensen Scholar in Nordic Studies" for 2014-2015. The award is made in recognition of Mr. Valsson's outstanding academic and scholarly promise as judged by the department faculty. Pétur Valsson grew up in Reykjavík, Iceland. After completing his BA in History and Film Studies at the University of Iceland, he moved to New York where he earned an MA degree in Film Studies at Columbia University. Wanting to focus his research on Scandinavian cinema, he joined the PhD program at the University... Read more
Hilmar Thor Hilmarsson's Small States in a Global Economy Book Cover
Former Visiting Scholar Hilmar Hilmarsson published his book "Small States in a Global Econonomy - Crisis, Cooperation and Contributions", which includes Iceland, the Baltic States and the Scandinavian countries. Professor Ingebritsen also reviewed this book. More information about the book can be found on Amazon and the... Read more
Timothy Ryan Warburton successfully defended his dissertation on December 10, 2014.  The dissertation examined literary representations of male homosexuality in Swedish literature from 1968 to 2013 and focused on the AIDS crisis as a crucial turning point in the literary discourse.  It showed how the literary representations often contested the broader political and sociological narratives of homosexuality in Sweden, and made comparisons to similar developments in the US. Congratulations!
Please see the following link to read Liina-Ly's article titled "Post-Soviet Trauma in the Nordic Imagination: Occupation and Sex Trafficking in Purge and Lilya 4-Ever." Congratulations Liina-Ly!
Jan Ivar Sjåvik, Professor of Norwegian Languages and Literature in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, retired on December 15, 2014 after having served the University for thirty-six years. Sjåvik, the author of four books and numerous scholarly articles on Norwegian and Scandinavian literature, served the last five years as Chair of the Department of Scandinavian Studies. A specialist in Norwegian literature and literary theory, Sjåvik helped introduce deconstruction criticism to Norway with a ground-breaking article published in Norway’s premier literary... Read more