German Scandinavian Studies 2011, Wien:
At the conference for Scandinavian Studies that was held at the beautiful Universität Wien September 2011 I participated in an interesting session on the post-colonial North Atlantic. The session was arranged by Ebbe Volqvardsen and Lill-Ann Körber from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
Among the speakers were Kirsten Thisted, Bergur Rønne Moberg, Birgit Kleist, William Frost, Dagny Kristjánsdóttir and Agnes Schindler and the main topics discussed were imagined geographies, the relevance of post-colonial theory and negotiations of collective identity.
My own paper, Another place. Representations of time and place in depictions of Icelandic Landscape, was about Iceland as heterotopia in visual culture of the last centuries.
The trip also enabled a visit to Freud’s office and a view into the doctor’s looking glass.
Research visit at Reykjavíkur Akademían 2011, Reykjavík:
At the institution for independent researchers and writers, Reykjavíkur Akademían, I had the chance to meet a group of interesting Icelandic scholars and look into new visual culture such as the unspecific landscapes of the report about the economic collapse.
Memory and Forgetting in the North Atlantic 2010, Copenhagen:
In November 2010 Kim Simonsen, Ole Wich and I arranged the conference:
at the University of Copenhagen in corporation with RUC.
Among the speakers were Joep Leerssen, Sumarliði Ísleifsson, Marianne Ping Huang, Jón Karl Helgason and Jørgen Trondhjem.
The main issues discussed were conceptions of historical relations and contact zones seen in the North Atlantic field. We explored the Icelandic, Faroese and Greenlandic images and culture of memory and commemorative design, that can be seen in: monuments, stamps, bank notes, textbooks for primary schools, street names, paintings, folklore, national heroes, exhibitions and scientific reports.