Culture

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Norwegian author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson receives the Nobel prize from the hands of king Oscar II in 1904.

2019.02.25 | The Quick Read, Jenny Rood, Juliette Victor, Culture, Reputation

Nobel Prizes

The idea and funds for the Nobel prizes originated in the will of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel who died in 1901. Recipients can be both individuals and organisation. Categories are Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace and recipients are selected by various committees based at institutions in Sweden and, in the…

2019.02.22 | Film, Johannes Riquet , Culture, Nordic Noír, Research

Cold Bodies: The geopolitics of ice in recent arctic cinema

This presentation is from a transdisciplinary research workshop entitled Nordic Noir, Geopolitics and the North held at Aarhus University in October 2018.

2019.02.21 | Article, B.J. Epstein, Culture

Translation in the Nordic countries

From a global point of view, few people speak the Nordic languages. Translation is therefore an everyday necessity for many Nordic people who do business and exchange ideas with those outside (and to some extent inside) the region. This has led to a healthy translation industry. Often up to 60% of books published by Nordic publishers are…

An example of an official body: The Language Secretariat of Greenland, Oqaasilesiffik https://oqaasileriffik.gl/en/

2019.02.21 | The Quick Read, Michael P. Barnes, Culture, Nation building

Official bodies overseeing the Nordic languages

There has been much more official involvement with the Nordic languages than with English. That is true even of the well-established Danish, Icelandic and Swedish standards. Each language exists under the watchful eye of a language ‘committee’, ‘board’ or ‘council’, for the most part state-sponsored, semi-autonomous bodies. A wide spectrum of…

A section of Jørn Rønnau's bench entitled 'Bænk finder sted' (The bench exists) commissioned to celebrate Danish author Svend Åge Madsen's 60th birthday. The Royal Library, Aarhus, Denmark.

2019.02.21 | Article, Michael P. Barnes, Culture

Linguistic variety in the Nordics

Quick overview: In Denmark the principal language is Danish, with about 5,750,000 speakers (in 2018), but varieties of German are spoken in northern Slesvig by some 20,000 people, and Denmark is also host to 10,000 or more Faroe Islanders, whose native language is Faroese. Sweden has approximately 10,000,000 speakers of Swedish; in addition there…

It is often argued that a smothering state or the market forces of neoliberalism stifle civil society. Residents of Nordic countries remain active, however, although civil society organisations have changed considerably since the hey-day of 'movements' in the nineteenth century. Photo: clothes collection for refugees, Copenhagen Central Station in September, 2015.

2019.02.21 | Article, Norbert Götz, Culture, Democracy

Civil society in the Nordics

The Nordic experience is characterised by an upward spiral of development resulting from a close interconnection between a strong civil society and a strong state. The term ‘civil society’ was initially used in the Nordic countries as an alien concept to denote antagonism to the dominance of the welfare state. From the late 1990s, civil society…

Bengt Bratt and Kent Andersson at the shooting of Blå gatan (The blue street) in 1965. Photographer unknown.

2019.02.18 | Biography, Anne Heith, Culture

Andersson & Bratt

Playwrights Kent Andersson and Bengt Bratt were instrumental in developing group theatre, an anti-establishment genre promoting radical social criticism.

2019.02.18 | The Quick Read, Anne Heith, Culture

Profil magazine

Profil was a Norwegian literary magazine that promulgated ‘working class literature’.

2019.02.18 | Article, Anne Heith, Culture, Gender

1970s feminist culture in the Nordics

The feminist movement that flourished in the Nordic countries during the 1970s had strong roots in anti-capitalist, socialist ideology. It was powered by a host of social events, community building, artistic creation and political activism.

A Faroese stamp from 1976. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain.

2019.02.18 | The Quick Read, Marc Pierce, Culture

Faroese

A descendant of Old Norse, Faroese has had to contend with Danish but remains the principal language spoken and written in the Faroe Islands.

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