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Bank offices in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Sandro Katalina, Unsplash.

2021.04.09 | Podcast, Robert A. Saunders, Media, Reputation

Television and Geopolitics: A Conversation on the Nordics

The interplay between popular culture and the ’real’ world is interesting. While it is clear that many creators of television, comic books and songs etc take inspiration from live events, the influence of popular culture on events themselves is perhaps less obvious. Frequently quoted examples are The Games of Thrones influencing the…

A demonstration on 1st May 1 1969 in Oslo. The banner reads 'Nature conservation a necessity of life. Immediate action against poisoning.' Photo: Arbeiderbevegelsens arkiv og bibliotek, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND).

2021.04.07 | Article, Melina Antonia Buns, Sustainability

The emergence of Nordic environmental cooperation, 1967-1974

Today the environment is a key policy issue of institutionalised Nordic cooperation. Yet it was only in the late 1960s that the environment emerged on the Nordic agenda. Its emergence was influenced by the so-called ‘ecological turn’ at the time, but economic considerations were by far the most decisive. Firstly, policy-makers were concerned that…

Lill-Ann Körber is Professor of Nordic literature, media and culture at Aarhus University.

2021.03.30 | Podcast, Lill-Ann Körber, Region-building, Culture

Uncovering the Legacies of Nordic Colonialism with Lill-Ann Körber

Studying culture – high or low, images or text, written or otherwise, and in many different manifestations – can sometimes reveal things which other more formal sources cannot. Lill-Ann Körber is Professor of Nordic literature, media and culture at Aarhus University and has a background in literature and art history within Scandinavian Studies.…

The official logo of the Tough Viking Race, the largest Nordic Obstacle Race with participants ranging from elite athletes to regular men and women (Permission for use: the Tough Viking Race).

2021.03.24 | Outlook, Barbora Žiačková, Saga Rosenström, Gender

Pop culture, Vikings and historic Nordic gender equality?

Gender equality is a fundamental part of the Nordic brand, and right-wing political actors as well as extremists use ideas of gender equality in support of anti-immigrant and racist agendas. The pop culture image of Viking women as ‘independent’ and ‘equal to men’ provides one way in which gender equality as an aspect of Nordicness has gained…

Portrait of the influential Danish writer and critic Georg Brandes, taken in 1903. Photo: Det Kgl. Biblioteks billedsamling (The Danish National Library's collection of Prints and Photographs).

2021.03.19 | Podcast, Janet Garton, Paul Larkin, Culture, Literature

The Scandinavian Modern Breakthrough

The social, political and literary movement from around 1870 to 1900 in Scandinavia was called the Modern Breakthrough. It was a backlash against conservatism, both culturally and politically, and led to countless challenging and fascinating pieces of fictional and non-fictional literature and art. Authors were like celebrities, propounding social…