Multiculturalism and globalisation:

Multiculturalism and globalisation

Articles on this page intend to address not only how researchers approach and understand issues such as multiculturalism, diversity, mobility, Europeanisation and globalisation, but also how Norden interacts and is seen by the wider world. This include the categories minorities, belief systems and the arts. Globalisation is interpreted widely. New articles are added regularly.


Miika Tervonen is Senior Research Fellow at the Migration Institute of Finland. Photo: M. Tervonen.

2021.05.21 | Podcast, Miika Tervonen, Minorities, University of Helsinki

Finland: Uncovering Nordic Myths of Homogeneity with Miika Tervonen

Nordic societies are often seen as based on a social contract whereby citizens do certain things from cradle to grave and the state, in return, will look after them. The history of the Nordic nation/welfare states is fraught with tensions and boundary-drawing, however. The historical rise of national in-groups, 'Us', has also produced excluded…

The interplay between schooling, religion, and political decision-making at the local and national level is complex. Listen to Mette Buchardt providing a historical overview of how all these issues weave together from 1950 to today. Photo: Yadid Levy, Norden.org (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

2021.01.28 | Podcast, Mette Buchardt, Education, Multiculturalism

Podcast: Migrant Children in the Nordics: A Conversation on Schooling

In current times, schools are often hot spots for education policy initiatives driven by party politics. Encounters between the majority ethnic group and newcomer children can be exaggerated or underplayed depending on the political context, and it can be a highly contested area. In this podcast, the head of Aalborg University’s Centre for…

Photo: Yadid Levy / Norden.org, (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

2020.12.22 | Article, Anna Derksen, Minorities, The Nordics in the World

Transnational interactions of Nordic disability activism, 1980-2000

In 1981, the United Nations International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP) shed new light on the global situation of people with disabilities with the slogan ‘full participation and equality’. Based on a longer history of Nordic disability rights activism since the 1960s and the assumption that equal rights of disabled people had by and large…

Should racist depictions in children's literature be erased? Is erasure an important part of rewriting history and trying to right historic wrongs, or will it lead to a sanitisation and neglect of important aspects of our past? Photo: Colourbox.

2020.12.17 | Article, Vibeke Sofie Sandager Rønnedal, Culture, Minorities, Aarhus University

Racism in classic pieces of Nordic children's literature

Some of the most beloved figures in Nordic children’s literary classics from the 20th century are rooted in narrow-minded caricatures, and racial prejudice can be so subtly embedded in many older pieces of literature that even contemporary readers are blinded to it. The discussion surrounding the republishing of some of these controversial books…

Is the bubble of the Nordic Model being shattered by persistent questions over universal welfare and outside forces? Picture: Denny Müller, unsplash.

2020.12.11 | Podcast, Caroline de la Porte, Jonas Felbo-Kolding, Nicola Witcombe, Governance, Globalisation, Public policy, Copenhagen Business School, Aarhus University

The Nordic Model at Risk?: Conversations on Regulation

An ageing population, immigration, tax evasion and incoming foreign workers are frequently cited as threats to the Nordic Model. The universal welfare state is built upon citizens and the state fulfilling their particular roles: the state providing childcare, healthcare and benefits in return for people working and paying their taxes (’the social…

A Jewish marriage contract (ketubah). Photo: Colourbox.

2020.09.24 | Article, Mercédesz Czimbalmos, Minorities

Finnish Jewish intermarriage since 1917: intertwining religions and cultures

International research has highlighted intermarriage as a key issue for Jewish communities and other minorities globally, particularly as it is clear that intermarriage is perhaps one of the most apparent means of boundary-crossing between a minority group and general society. Research into intermarriage in Jewish congregations in Helsinki since…

2020.08.06 | Podcast, Lill Tove Fredriksen, Minorities, Literature

Podcast: A brief history of Sámi literature

Listen to 'A brief history of Sámi literature' in English or Finnish! This podcast is part of a series where existing material on nordics.info is read out in assorted languages by colleagues and friends. Great for learning Finnish or English. / Tämä podcast-jakso on nimeltään 'Lyhyt historia saamelaisesta kirjallisuudesta' ja se on käännös…

2020.08.03 | Film, Lill-Ann Körber, Globalisation, Multiculturalism, Aarhus University

Film: Nordic postcolonialism

What does postcolonialism refer to when talking about the Nordics? The arts may be the foremost field where we can learn about Nordic postcolonialism judging by the steadily growing number of art works, films, performances and literature dealing with the subject. But, the lens of postcolonialism - or decolonialistion - also importantly allows for…

Helsingør in Denmark is only 6 km from the coast of Sweden & sits on the Oresund, a narrow strait for ships that have travelled to/from the Baltic sea for centuries. Picture:colourbox.

2020.07.07 | Podcast, Anders Ravn Sørensen, Kazimierz Musiał, Larisa Kangaspuro, Lizaveta Dubinka-Hushcha, Mads Mordhorst, Michael Bennedsen-Hansen, Nicola Witcombe, Norbert Götz, Nation building

Podcast: The Nordics and Identity

From the outside, it is assumed that the populations of the Nordic countries are fairly homogeneous and that there is a relatively high level of gender equality and acceptance of different sexualities and diversity. In short, identity is not much of a problem. On closer examination, however, there are similar tendencies to elsewhere, such as more…

Greta Thunberg holding her original sign saying 'Skolstrejk för klimatet' [School strike for the climate]. Photo: Anders Hellberg, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 4.0.

2020.06.22 | Biography, Pernille Almlund, Globalisation

Greta Thunberg – a climate activist

The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (born 2003) is in many ways a unique phenomenon and an inspiration to many activists all over the world, both children and adults, but she has also faced criticism from various quarters, not least climate change skeptics.

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