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The National Theatre of Iceland (Þjóðleikhúsið) established in 1950 is located in the city capital Reykjavik. Photo: Public Domain, Flickr.

2021.09.16 | The Quick Read, Helena Forsås-Scott, Culture, Literature

Drama in Iceland, 1900-2000

Despite the formation of the Rekjavík Theatre Company in 1897, a National Theatre (Þjóðleikhúsið) was not established until 1950 and the Company did not become fully professional until 1963. The problematisation of values and the critique of materialism became a recurring theme in the drama of the 1960s and 1970s. Social and economic change…

Paul Petter Waldenström (1838 – 1917) preaching a sermon on board S/S Hellig Olav in 1905. Photo: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.

2021.09.08 | The Quick Read, Jan Eivind Myhre, Globalisation

Emigration from Norway, 1830-1920

800,000 Norwegians left their homes and moved to other countries between the years of 1830 and 1920. The majority went to North America, but many travelled to other continents, including Australia and New Zealand, or to South America, elsewhere in Europe, or even to Africa as missionaries.

Jan Troell at Stockholm's Film Festival in 2012. Photo: Frankie Fouganthin, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0.

2021.09.06 | Biography, Lars Gustaf Andersson, The arts

Jan Troell b. 1931

Jan Troell is a Swedish film director and cinematographer who also made a number of internationally successful films, such as 'The Flight of an Eagle' (Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd) in 1982.

Looking at the ontological security - or insecurity - of workers can help analyse how they work. Photo: Colourbox.

2021.08.30 | Article, Carolin Schütze, Multiculturalism, Research, Copenhagen Business School

Workplace challenges in a shifting world

Working with migrants can challenge the usual expectations and routines of the workforce in welfare institutions. Bureaucrats respond differently depending on their own background and they can resort to different coping strategies, such as, ‘othering’ their migrant clients. Organizational pressures such as integrating new public management…

Bengt Lindqvist at a demonstration in 1976 in Kungsträdgården. Photo: Synskadades Riksförbund.

2021.08.26 | Article, Anna Derksen, Minorities, Region-building

Nordic Disability Rights

Following the social and economic transformations after World War II and the ambitious promises of the Nordic welfare model, Nordic disability rights activism grew. It reached its peak in the 1970s and early 1980s, influenced by the United Nations International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP) in 1981 as well as the leadership of key figures, like…