Steering Group and partners

Reimaging Norden in an Evolving World (ReNEW)


black, blue, pink is a part of the project Reimaging Norden in an Evolving World (ReNEW). It is a research hub established to enhance cooperation to develop new and path-breaking excellence in research about the Nordic region against the background of an increasingly challenging global context. This will be done by enhancing research capabilities – through mobility, exchange, high-level conferences, and education – among six Nordic universities in one strategic and world-leading hub researching the Nordic region.

ReNEW brings together multiple disciplines and scholarship providing a new, more collective approach to otherwise existing single initiatives within the social sciences, humanities, economics and other disciplines that engage with the Nordic region. ReNEW is funded by NordForsk through Nordic University Hubs initiative for a six-year period running from 2018 to 2023.

Read more about ReNEW by clicking here.

Steering group's Steering Group is the same as ReNEW's and consists of representatives from 6 universities in 5 Nordic countries, namely, Aarhus University (Denmark), Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Helsinki University (Finland), University of Iceland, Oslo University (Norway), and Södertörn University (Sweden). They are scholars in a range of different areas within the social sciences and humanities. More detailed information, including contact details, of the Steering Group can be found on ReNEW's website here

Here are most of the members of the steering group together with ReNEW coordinators at a meeting at Aarhus University in January 2019:

A group of men and women in a classroom-like room looking at the camera


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The University Hub ReNEW is funded by NordForsk which is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers that provides funding for and facilitates Nordic cooperation on research and research infrastructure. logoInspiration for came from the prize-winning website is also based in the history department at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. Since May 2009 when it started, it has disseminated research-based knowledge on Denmark's history written by historians, archaeologists and other researchers, who are primarily based at Aarhus University. The aim of is to give the public and the educational sector the opportunity to qualified and accessible information on Denmark's history from antiquity to today, written by specialists. The website is in Danish and operates both as a freely accessible online encyclopaedia of Danish history and a digital history book. You can search amongst over nearly 1000 articles and over 1000 original sources, which give an account of Danish history from antiquity to the contemporary period. Additionally, there are 14 e-books, around 90 film clips, 160 sound clips, games, quizzes, myth-busters, an interative map of Denmark and a timeline. covers Norway's history from the Stone Age to the present day and is in Norwegian. Here you will find over 600 research-based articles, written by more than one hundred historians, archaeologists and other professionals. You can immerse yourself in the Viking Age and oil age, past climate crises, censorship in the 18th century and driving cars after in the post-war era. has been developed by the Department of Archeology, Conservation and History (IAKH) at the University of Oslo, and is part of the dissemination work at the Faculty of Humanities at the same university.

Nordic encyclopaedia draws on a long-standing project to produce a comprehensive encyclopaedia of contemporary Nordic culture, edited by Helena Forsås-Scott, Mary Hilson and Titus Hjelm. The encyclopaedia was never actually published in book form, but we are very pleased to be able to use the content in this online form and we owe warm thanks to the many contributors who have responded generously and co-operatively (if we have not been in touch with you it is because we are missing your current contact details – please do get in touch!) A small group of consultant editors helped us to compile the initial list of entries in the early days of the project and we would like to thank Hans-Olof Boström, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Dagný Kristjánsdóttir and John Sundholm in particular who wrote a number of entries themselves and assisted us with recruiting other contributors. The project was based at the UCL Department of Scandinavian Studies and we are especially grateful to Karin Charles and Agnes Broomé for all their hard work. The encyclopaedia was also supported by grants from the Nordic Council, the Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation, the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and the UCL School of European Languages, Cultures and Society (with thanks to Dilwyn Knox and Haki Antonsson for their assistance with this).

Helena Forsås-Scott (1945-2015) was Professor in Swedish and Gender Studies at UCL. She published widely on Swedish and Scandinavian literature and culture, focusing especially on Swedish women writers including Elin Wägner and Selma Lagerlöf. She worked extensively on the encyclopaedia, continuing after her retirement from UCL in 2010. An obituary of Helena appeared in Swedish Book Review in 2016.  

Titus Hjelm is Associate Professor in the Study of Religion at University of Helsinki. Until the end of 2018 he was Reader in Sociology at UCL. He has published widely in the areas of sociology of religion, social theory, and media studies. His forthcoming publications include the Historical Dictionary of Finland (with George Maude).