Negotiating Nations: Scandinavian Discourse on Identity & Expression
Scandinavian Discourse on Identity & Expression
Friday the 7th of October 2016, 10am – 6pm
50 George Square, Room 1.06
Session 1: 10am – 12pm
Enchanting Nations: Commodity Market, Folklore and Nationalism in Scandinavian Literature 1830-1850
Dr Anna Bohlin & Dr Caroline Haux of Stockholm University will present their exciting new research on nationalism in early 19th century novels from Sweden, Norway and Finland. Their presentation will explore the centrality of Scandinavism and the Christian conception of the nation in the development of nationalism. Authors discussed will include Bremer, Almqvist, Flygare-Carlén, Runeberg, Topelius, Wergeland, Welhaven, and Hanna Winsnes, with a more specific focus on the novel of the 1840s as national cartography, on witches as carriers of national narratives, and on commodification in literature contributing to a national consumer market.
Session 2: 1pm – 5pm (includes coffee break)
250 Years of Press Freedom: Sweden's Contribution to Open Communications
In 1766, the Swedish parliament enacted a Tryckfrihetsförordning (Press Freedom Act), the first of its kind in the world. Although the Act itself was shortlived, it provoked lively and lasting debate on the importance of freedom of expression in enlightened societies. This session will explore the background to the Act, it’s cultural context as evinced through legal, literary and translation studies, and the ongoing significance of the issues it raises. Speakers include Helena Jäderblom (a Swedish judge at the European Court of Human Rights), Dr Jonas Nordin (Docent at the National Library of Sweden), Dr David Goldberg (Coordinator of Project Forsskål), with Peter Graves and Ian Giles (University of Edinburgh).