Inspired by David Scott’s theory (2004) on the longing for total revolution that becomes an imperative in post-colonial discourse “Denmark and the New North Atlantic” hosts an international seminar at the University of Copenhagen November 5-6.
Empirialism and modernity, the geo-political momentum, marginal positions, gender stereotypes and nationalist narratives on purity and hybridity have shaped the relations in the former Danish empire. This will be discussed along with themes such as ultra minor literatures, archives in the Arctic, imagined geographies and processes of minoritization and majoritization.
The program is as follows and the seminar is open to the public and free of charge:
WHEN: 5-6 November 9-17 and 9-16
9-10 Welcome and presentation of the project “Denmark and the New North Atlantic”.
Re-directing the post-colonial.
10-11 Keynote Silke Reeploeg: The North Atlantic Rim as Cultural Space
11.30-12.30 panel 1, The Making of a Region
Kristinn Schram: Arctic Strategies in the West Nordic region
Ketil Zachariassen: Norwegian Arctic Strategy – Where have all the Sami gone?
Discussant: Silke Reeploeg
13.30-14.30 panel 2, Imagined Geographies
Bergur Rønne Moberg: The Blue North Atlantic
Adam Grydehøj: Island Cultures
Discussant: Martyn Bone
14.30-15.30 panel 3, Purity and Hybridity
Ann- Sofie Gremaud: Powered by Nature. Nation and Authenticity.
Birgit Kleist: Ethnicity, purity and hybridity,
Discussant: Marianne Lien
1600-1700 Keynote: Gudmundur Hálfdanarson: The Spectre of Empire. From Commonwealth to Nation States in the North Atlantic.
0900-1000 Keynote 3: Marianne Lien: Performing Nature. Dividing and Uniting the Nation.
1000-1100 Panel 4 Gender and Bodies:
Ólafur Rastrick: Disciplining the National Body,
Kristin Loftsdottir: Gender Stereotypes in National Narratives
Discussant: Malan Marnersdottir
11.30-12.30 panel 5: Performing and Representing Heritage
Anne Mette Jørgensen: Visualizing Industrialization as Part of Greenlandic Cultural Heritage
Ólafur Rastrick: The allure of Numbers. Eugenic Archives and Collective Identity
Discussant: Mette Sandbye
13.30-14.30 panel 6, Memory and Archives
Inge Seiding: Networks, Archives, Institutions. Creating the Region.
Sumarlidi Ísleifsson: Encountering the Neighbour. Greenland in Icelandic representations – and vice versa
Discussant: Kirsten Thisted
15.00-16.00 Round table discussion: Constitutions and reconciliation
Kirsten Thisted, Ketil Zachariassen, Malan Marnersdottir, Sumarlidi Ísleifsson.
Moderator: Ebbe Volqvardsen