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2018 / 06 / 05

This link will open a new tab "Knowing the Right Thing, but Not Doing It. Knut Hamsun’s Markens grøde in the Anthropocene"
Reinhard Hennig

Abstract: Knut Hamsun’s novel Markens grøde has been interpreted as advocating a simple and sustainable life in harmony with nature. However, when read retrospectively against the background of human-made environmental changes that have brought the planet into a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, Markens grøde cannot be considered an ecological text. What the novel actually delivers is a narrative of constant progress and growth, without consideration of potential limits or unintended detrimental side-effects. In Markens grøde, human nature is assumed to create desires that can only be fulfilled through permanent increases in production and consumption, irrespective of material environmental restraints. In combination with an ideology of human population growth, the novel, instead of conveying »green values«, constitutes a literary expression of precisely the ideas and processes that led to the transition into the Anthropocene.
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2018 / 06 / 05   Reviews

Frederike Felcht:
"Klaus Müller-Wille: Sezierte Bücher. Hans Christian Andersens Materialästhetik, Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink 2017, 373 S."


In: Volume 2018

2018 / 04 / 04   Reviews

Sven Jochem:
"Andreas Bergh, Gissur Ó. Erlingsson, Richard Öhrvall, Mats Sjölin: A Clean House? Studies of Corruption in Sweden, Lund: Nordic Academic Press 2016, 160 S."


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2018 / 04 / 03

This link will open a new tab "NORDEUROPAforum Editorial 2018"
Bernd Henningsen

Abstract: "On the Spirit and Purpose of Scandinavian Studies"
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2017 / 12 / 29   Reviews

Inken Dose:
"Tuula Karjalainen: Tove Jansson. Die Biografie, Stuttgart: Urachhaus 2014, 352 S."


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2017 / 10 / 22

This link will open a new tab "Migration in the Media. Metaphors in Swedish and German News Coverage"
Bo Petersson & Lena Kainz

Abstract: Migration-related events have received overwhelming attention in mainstream media coverage within Europe in recent years. This study investigates the metaphorical framing of migration issues by comparing dominant discursive patterns from two national and two regional daily newspapers in Sweden and Germany. Applying a corpus-based critical metaphor analysis, the spotlight falls on metaphors prevalent in media articles published during the EU Valletta Summit on migration held in November 2015. The article is inspired by Lakoff and Johnson’s classic work, Metaphors We Live By, according to which metaphors are components of everyday language with a pervasive influence on thoughts and actions. Adhering to this logic, metaphors become most powerful when taken for granted (»naturalized«) and therefore evade readers’ attention. Apart from tracing naturalized metaphorical framings in mainstream Swedish and German media coverage, this study discusses how the discursive connotations conveyed by dominant metaphors are likely to influence readers’ interpretation of migration-related issues and policies.
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2017 / 10 / 03   Reviews

Sven Jochem:
"Valur Ingimundarson, Philippe Urfalino, Irma Erlingsdóttir (eds.): Iceland’s Financial Crisis. The Politics of Blame, Protest, and Reconstruction, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 2016, 278 S."


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2017 / 09 / 28   Reviews

Doreen Reinhold:
"Bo Lidegaard: Landsmænd. De danske jøders flugt i oktober 1943, Kopenhagen: Politikens Forlag 2013, 506 S."


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2017 / 07 / 31   Reviews

Sven Jochem:
"Carly Elizabeth Schall: The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Welfare Machine. Immigration and Social Democracy in Twentieth-Century Sweden, Ithaca (NY): Cornell University Press 2016, 245 S."

Berit Glanz:
"Agnes Schindler: Icelandic National Cinema. Film- und Rezensionsanalysen nationaler Identität, Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier 2015 (=Filmgeschichte International 22), 357 S."


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2017 / 05 / 18   Reviews

Ulrich Wilker:
"Tomi Mäkelä: Friedrich Pacius. Ein deutscher Komponist in Finnland. Mit einer Edition der Tagebücher, Briefe und Arbeitsmaterialien von Silke Bruns, Hildesheim/Zürich/New York: Olms und Helsinki: Schwedische Literaturgesellschaft in Finnland 2014, 552 S."


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2017 / 05 / 12   Annotations

Sven Jochem:
"Christian Rebhan: North Atlantic Euroscepticism. The Rejection of EU Membership in the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Tórshávn: Fróđskapur Faroe University Press 2016, 230 S."


In: Volume 2017

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Die sogenannten Germanen: Zum heutigen Umgang mit alten Kulturen des nördlichen Europa in Forschung, Lehre und Populärkultur

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2018 / 05 / 24 _ NEWS BLOG ENTRY: Bernd Henningsen on Jens Høvsgaards »Spionerne der kom ind med varmen.«

Historien om en gasledning på bunden af Østersøen, og om hvordan Putin og tidligere agenter fra KGB og Stasi bestak og afpressede politikere helt op på statsministerniveau i Sverige, Finland, Tyskland og Danmark.

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2018 / 01 / 29 _ Presidential elections in Finland 2018 – about the parliamentarization of the Finnish democracy

Our editor Prof. Dr. Sven Jochem explains the course of events and the results of a reserved election campaign and calls it a depoliticisation of the presidential office.

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2017 / 12 / 18 _ New article by our editor Prof. Dr. Bernd Henningsen on the Baltic Sea Region

Note on our own behalf: Our editor Bernd Henningsen has published a new article in the recently released anthology "Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2016 und der Ostseeraum". For all interested parties, this (and other) contributions can be found here:

Der Ostseeraum: Zur Konstruktion und Dekonstruktion einer “Modellregion”. In: Werz, Nikolaus, Martin Koschkar, Jan Müller (Hgg.): Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2016 und der Ostseeraum. Rostock: Universität Rostock 2017. p. 7-21.

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2017 / 10 / 16 _ NEW BLOG ENTRY:

Hygge revisited

After a seminar on happiness in the Nordic Embassies, our editor Prof. em. Dr. Bernd Henningsen once again comments on the continuing enthusiasm generated by the now world-famous concept of hygge from Denmark.

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