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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."


In: Volume 2017

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

2017 / 03 / 17   Reviews

Lena Rohrbach:
"Editorial - Deutsch – (Nordeuropäische) Wörter des Jahres und wissenschaftliche Selbstansprüche"

Lena Rohrbach:
"Editorial - Englisch – (Northern European) Words of the Year and the Re-affirmation of Scholarly Rigour"

Clemens Räthel:
"Katharina Müller, Stephan Michael Schröder (Hgg.): Kosmopolitismus und Körperlichkeit im europäischen Theater des 18. Jahrhunderts, München: Herbert Utz Verlag 2016, 294 S."

Frithjof Strauß:
"Michael Fjeldsøe: Kulturradikalismens musik, København: Museum Tusculanums Forlag 2013, 832 S."


In: Volume 2017

2016 / 12 / 30

This link will open a new tab "Das Verschwinden des Todes – Biopolitik, Medizynismus und Menschenversuche in Jens Bjørneboes Før hanen galer"
Christopher Hees

Abstract: With regard to Giorgio Agamben’s thesis that biopower is an essential structure of modern society not only for 20th century dictatorships but also for democratic governments, this paper demonstrates the similar and profound structures between the European migrant crisis and human subject researches of Nazi Germany. The lines in which the »concerns of life« transform into thanatopolitics are depicted under a biopolitical perspective of an analysis concerning the »disappearance of death,« in the art project by the »Zentrum für politische Schönheit« (»Center for Political Beauty«) and the novel by Jens Bjørneboe, Før hanen galer.
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2016 / 12 / 30

This link will open a new tab "Die rassistische Utopie der Biopolitik – Rütger Esséns De släckta metropolerna"
Julian Bruns

Abstract: Biopolitics is a pillar of right-wing ideology. The family is seen as the people’s, i.e. the Volks core, and therefore the core of the nation which stands as the absolute principle of this ideology. Biopolitics is the means to protect the reproduction of the family which is, allegedly, always threatened in this Weltanschauung. This article will give examples of historical practice of biopolitics in Germany’s national socialist regime and the Scandinavian historical context in order to illuminate parallels in the Swedish novel De släckta metroplerna (Engl.: »The Darkened Metropolises«, 1937), by former diplomat Rütger Essén. Therein, a »racial pure,« acquisitive and intellectually superior group is confronted by a group of outsiders and vagabonds in a post-apocalyptic Stockholm. Racist and eugenic ideas control the decisions and actions of some of the main characters. This paper tries to show by the example of this novel how biopolitics take form in literature and how it plays a commanding role in the novel’s plot.
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2016 / 12 / 30

This link will open a new tab "Biopolitik im 20. Jahrhundert – Schweden zwischen funkis und Villa Villekulla"
Thomas Fechner-Smarsly

Abstract: Part one gives an outline of Foucault’s notion of biopolitics and its further development by Deleuze, Negri/Hardt, and Agamben. The second part takes Swedish architecture of the 1930’s (funkis; short for functionalism) and the impact of social engineering as a specific form of Scandinavian biopolitics under scrutiny. Two literary examples serve as an illustration: a short story by Karin Boye and the Villa Villekulla in Astrid Lindgren’s children’s book Pippi Longstocking.
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2016 / 12 / 30

This link will open a new tab "Biopolitik in skandinavischer Literatur – Einführende Betrachtungen und eine exemplarische Lektüre von Strindbergs I havsbandet ("Am offenen Meer", 1890)"
Frederike Felcht

Abstract: The contribution delves into the history of the term »biopolitics« and explains main features of the concept, focusing on the ›government of life‹. An exemplary reading of August Strindberg’s I havsbandet (»By the Open Sea«, 1890) illuminates the potentials of biopolitical perspectives on literary texts. Strindberg’s novel negotiates the possibilities and boundaries of the government of life in particular, including the government of individuals as well as the government of collectives. In this context, sex or sexuality plays an important role.
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2016 / 12 / 30

This link will open a new tab "Die Auslöschung des Subjekts – Biomacht in Andri Snær Magnasons Roman LoveStar und Ninni Holmqvists Roman Die Entbehrlichen"
Dörte Linke

Abstract: This contribution investigates how biopolitics comes into effect within society. It focuses on two Scandinavian novels, namely LoveStar by Andri Snær Magnason and Die Entbehrlichen by Ninni Holmqvist. Both novels map fictitious societies, which are based on biopolitical concepts. First, I will show how the respective society works. A special focus will be placed on the question how biopolitical concepts undermine the idea of human beings as autonomous subjects and thus change the imagination of mankind in general. The naturalization of mankind and the reformulation of the dimensions of existence, which were traditionally interpreted in a philosophical manner, are essential here. This will be illustrated with regard to the concepts of death, love, and self-reflection which the respective society formulates. For the theoretical background, I will draw on considerations on biopolitics by Foucault, Deleuze, and Agamben.
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2016 / 12 / 30

This link will open a new tab "Vorwort zum Themenschwerpunkt "Biopolitik""
Thomas Fechner-Smarsly & Frederike Felcht

Abstract: The thematic focal point is based on a work group on "Biopolitics in Scandinavia" that took place in the context of the 22nd "Arbeitstagung der Skandinavistik" in Cologne in 2015. The papers are a selection of contributions to this work group. Further, they can be understood as an invitation to add perspectives to this thematic focal point.
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2016 / 11 / 17

This link will open a new tab "Vielstimmige Abgesänge? – Konstellationen von Sprachvarietäten in »Südschleswiger« Literatur"
Antje Wischmann

Abstract: Building on linguistic studies on multilingualism, this contribution elaborates the so-called Southern Schleswig literature as an area of tension of language varieties. An analysis of the manifestation of language ideology in a revue text (2016) and a poem (1977/2011) demonstrates that complex variety constellations are often wrongly dominated by aspects of territorial and identity politics. This article is pleading for the analysis of the reference to the addressees within multilingual literature and the social relations in which the communicating parties take their stand. The minority literature in Southern Schleswig has, as this paper shows, obviously taken over a new function, as the symbolism of a politics of memory in generation-specific remembrance literature is strongly apparent.
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2016 / 11 / 16   Reviews

Sven Jochem:
"Jon Pierre: The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2016, 707 S."

Armin Pfahl-Traughber:
"Åsne Seierstad: Einer von uns. Die Geschichte eines Massenmörders. Aus dem Norwegischen und Englischen von Frank Zuber und Nora Pröfrock. Zürich: Kein & Aber 2016, 544 S."

Sven Jochem:
"Andreas Bergh: Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2014, 154 S."


In: Volume 2016

2016 / 09 / 21   Reviews

Elisabeth Böker:
"Karl Berglund: Mordförpackning. Omslag, titlar och kringmaterial till svenska pocketdeckare 1998–2011, Uppsala: Avdelningen för Littera-tursociologi (Uppsala Universitet) 2016, 287 S."


In: Volume 2016

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2017 / 05 / 22 _ Knausgård’s Strange Approach to Hitler

This week the final part of Karl Ove Knausgård’s autobiography, Min Kamp VI is to be published in German as Kämpfen. In this novel there is a long essay on Hitler and Nazism. It has been criticized in Scandinavia, by myself and others, because Knausgård wishes to portray Hitler as an ordinary man, at the same time withholding important facts.

Guest article by Maja Hagerman. This text, translated by Maja Hagerman and Jonathan Mair, is an edited version of an article written for the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen. As a comment, it reflects the author’s view on the book by Karl Ove Knausgård.

2017 / 02 / 19 _ New blog entry: Hygge – eine dänische Seligkeit

Die Fahndung nach einer Erklärung, warum die Skandinavier seit Jahren die Spitzenplätze auf der internationalen Wohlfühlskala einnehmen und die Dänen dabei im internationalen Vergleich regelmäßig zu den glücklichsten Menschen gekürt werden, hat zu einer seit Längerem unübersichtlich gewordenen Medienbewachung geführt, nicht zuletzt im angelsächsischen Raum. Auch eine zunehmende wissenschaftliche Abdeckung des Themas ist zu beobachten: In Redaktionen, in Thinktanks oder in wissenschaftlichen Instituten hat sich eine Glücksforschungsindustrie bemerkbar gemacht, die wirklich erstaunlich ist – aber bisher auch noch keine überzeugenden Antworten gefunden hat, warum gerade die Dänen glücklicher sind als ihre Nachbarn oder gar entferntere Nationen, die auf vergleichbarem Zivilisationsniveau auszumachen sind. Read more here: http://nofoblog.hypotheses.org/281

2016 / 04 / 18 _ Exhibition and Vernissage: Sigriður Run's »Anatomy of Letters« at HU Berlin

On Wednesday, 10th of May 2016 at 6 p.m., the Nordeuropa institute of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin welcomes you to the opening of the exhibition ANATOMY OF LETTERS by the Icelandic artist Sigríður Rún.

In this exhibition project, paleography and ancient Icelandic script of the 13th century are merged into a series of 36 "typical" line drawings with an imagined kind of paleontology. The artistic approach brings elements of both humanities and natural sciences together.

In an evening of INTERDISCIPLINARY TALKS, Lena Rohrbach (HU Berlin), Guðvarður Már Gunnlaugsson (The Árni Magnússon Institute of Icelandic Studies, Reykjavík), Jörg Fröbisch (Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung), and the artist will give impulses on the interplay of anatomy, evolution, script, and Icelandic culture.

The exhibition which is co-run by the Embassy of Iceland will be on display until 2 June 2016 in the main hall of the HU Berlin.

Please check eventbrite for registration for the opening: Registration

Further information: here.

2016 / 02 / 09 _ Conference announcement "Landscape and Myth in North-Western Europe" | Munich | 6-8 April 2016

From 6 to 8 April 2016, the conference "Landscape and Myth in North-Western Europe" will take place in Munich. The conference programme can be found here: http://www.nordistik.uni-muenchen.de/forschung/forschungsprojekte/mc_inseln/mc_conference/index.html For those who are interested in taking part, please pay attention to the fee of 10 Euros and your timely e-mail notification to matthias.egeler[at]lmu.de (by 15 March 2016).


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