2018 / 06 / 05
"Knowing the Right Thing, but Not Doing It. Knut Hamsun’s Markens grøde in the Anthropocene"
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.
- Volume 2018
2018 / 04 / 03
"NORDEUROPAforum Editorial 2018"
"On the Spirit and Purpose of Scandinavian Studies"
- Volume 2018
2017 / 10 / 22
"Migration in the Media. Metaphors in Swedish and German News Coverage"
Bo Petersson & Lena Kainz
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.
- Volume 2017
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.
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.
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.
Have fun reading it!
2017 / 10 / 16 _
NEW BLOG ENTRY:
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.