NNL: For researchers

Help shape the New Nordic Lexicon

The New Nordic Lexicon will consist of research-based articles, podcasts and films on what interests young people about society, culture and history today – all online, free, in English and a variety of Nordic languages.

To find out what areas of research to focus on, we are conducting a consultation with over 60 researchers within the social sciences and humanities from across the Nordic countries and within Scandinavian Studies around the world. We are also conducting focus groups with young people and an analysis of terms that are searched for online.

Different ways to get involved and disseminate your research

Online survey (now closed)

Please fill in this short online questionnaire which only takes 5 minutes and is anonymous. Alternatively, you can share your thoughts via email...

Write an email to the nordics.info team:

Please copy and paste these questions along with your answers into an email to nordics.info@cas.au.dk:

  1.         Please name 1-3 areas of research that are most important for your work as a researcher in the next few years.
  2.         Please name 1-3 areas of research that you consider are most important for society in the next five years.
  3.         What Nordic terms or concepts do you think we should include in The New Nordic Lexicon? Please name 1- 5.
  4.         Please suggest a researcher or two who we could approach to write an article for The New Nordic Lexicon:
  5.         If you would like to write an article about a subject pertinent to The New Nordic Lexicon, please indicate that subject here:
  6.         If you would like to get involved in the podcasts and/or films associated with the Lexicon, please indicate that here:

Terms and concepts chosen for the New Nordic Lexicon will be within the social sciences and humanities. You are welcome to interpret the boundaries of these subject areas and the term 'Nordic' as you see fit. (Our guidance is intentionally wide at this stage as we do not want to be prescriptive. However, here are some of things that have already been suggested: e.g. oil/flightshame, school systems, trust, discrimination, drinking cultures, equality, Jante law, dugnad, sisu, samfundsind, climate change, disappearing dialect(s), welfare state.)

Your ideas will be anonymously incorporated into the preparation of The New Nordic Lexicon, and the results of this consultation will be circulated to you and be published on nordics.info.

Write an article for us!

If you would like to write an article for The New Nordic Lexicon, then feel free to write to editor Nicola Witcombe at nwitcombe@cas.au.dk. We need articles of around 1,000 words written in an accessible way, without dumbing down on critical analysis and complexity. If you have an idea for groups of articles, then these would also be welcome.

Get involved in podcasts and films to disseminate your research

In December 2022 and January 2023, we will be recording podcasts and films in Oslo, Helsinki, Södertörn and Aarhus. Write to editor Nicola Witcombe at nwitcombe@cas.au.dk if you would like to be involved.

The NNL partners

The team behind nordics.info at Aarhus University’s School of Culture and Society will coordinate the project with the collaboration of:

The New Nordic Lexicon has kindly been made possible by the support of the A.P. Moller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Moller Foundation (A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal).