Ásta Kristín Benediktsdóttir

Ásta Kristín Benediktsdóttir is an independent scholar at the Reykjavik Academy and co-editor of the journal Skírnir. She holds a PhD in Icelandic literature and her dissertation (2019) focused on queer themes in the works of Elías Mar from the mid-twentieth century. Her main research interests are queer literature and history, and recently she has co-organised various queer projects, such as A Rainbow Thread (a queer guide through the National Museum of Iceland) and Hidden Women (an archive project on queer women’s sexuality in Iceland before 1960). Currently she is writing a chapter on contemporary literature for a new book on Icelandic literary history (in spe 2022). For more information about Ásta, click here.

The following article was also written by Elsi Hyttinen, Hafdís Erla Hafsteinsdóttir, Íris Ellenberger, Riikka Taavetti and Tuula Juvonen.


Contributions to nordics.info

A picture from Seta's (Finnish LGBT rights organisation) magazine in 1976. Source: Seta's archive.

2020.03.30 | The Quick Read, Ásta Kristín Benediktsdóttir, Elsi Hyttinen, Hafdís Erla Hafsteinsdóttir , Riikka Taavetti, Tuula Juvonen, Íris Ellenberger, Minorities, Gender

Uncovering intra-Nordic queer migration in the 20th century

The view of the Nordic countries today as a place where LGBTIQ individuals and communities can enjoy equality overlooks intra-Nordic variation as well as the complicated histories found in the region. This variation has been a motivation for migration within the Nordics. Much migration, such as from Finland to Sweden and Iceland to Denmark,…