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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."


In: Volume 2017

2017 / 09 / 28   Reviews

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


In: Volume 2017

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."


In: Volume 2017

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."


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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 "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 / 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 "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 "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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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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2017 / 10 / 16 _ New publication out now: Bernd Henningsen, Tobias Etzold, and Krister Hanne (eds.): "The Baltic Sea Region. A Comprehensive Guide. History, Politics, Culture and Economy of a European Role Model." (BWV)

The Baltic Sea Region, at the crossroads between East and West, North and South, has long been marked by cultural, ethnical and ideological borders. Overcoming a history of conflict and separation, since the end of the Cold War the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea established widely valued formats of regional cooperation based on shared challenges and opportunities. In comparison with larger regions, however, the Baltic Sea Area is still a blank spot on the global map. This volume’s intention is to fill this spot with colour and facts. It provides students, young researchers and other interested parties with basic knowledge of the region. The volume offers a comprehensive introduction into its history, politics, economy and culture, taking into account the various countries’ commonalities and differences. By introducing concepts of regionalism and region-building, as well as analysing the structures of regional cooperation the authors and editors demonstrate the Baltic Sea Area’s model function as a European macro-region.

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2017 / 07 / 05 _

NEW BLOG ENTRY:

The first edition of the magazine "hygge" was published.

A comment on the magazine (in German) by NORDEUROPAforum editor Bernd Henningsen.

2017 / 05 / 22 _ NEW BLOG ENTRY:

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.


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