Opening and seminar: “Norden as a concept and influence “

29.8.2018 14:30–17:00

Kaisaniemenkatu 9, Helsinki, Finland

Languages: English

Mindaugas Jurkynas (LT) from the Vytautas Magnus University is one of the speakers.


Opening of the festival, reception

15.30 – 17.00

Seminar  “Norden as a concept and influence “

Over the last century the regional concept of Norden has acquired a broad meaning that goes far beyond the merely geographical, or even political. Instead, Norden has turned into a composite image bringing together specific ways of organising the society, certain forms of lifestyle, and a recognisably ‘Nordic’ aesthetic.

However, it is rarely self-evident what it means to be ‘Nordic’. The panel will discuss some of the geographical and regional ideas, identities, and projects which have in various ways challenged or presented alternatives to the presently ‘natural’ Nordic identity. Its particular focus will be on the Baltic States and their – assumed or real – Nordicness.

Mart Kuldkepp, lecturer in contemporary Scandinavian history at University College London (UCL, EST)

Prof. Dr. Mindaugas Jurkynas, Vytautas Magnus University (LT)

Gustavs Strenga – Postdoctoral Researcher, at Tallinn University (LV)

Moderator: Ainur Elmgren, Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies, University of Helsinki (FIN)

The event is part of the  festival program.

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