CFP: Noises and Voices. Languages, Media, the Arts in Nordic Literatures

Call For Papers :

Noises and Voices. Languages, Media, the Arts in Nordic Literatures

October 6–7, 2016

At the University of Turku, Finland

What are the new repertoires or new kinds of languages in literature? Is literary multilingualism to be understood as a purely linguistic phenomenon in literature, or could it also encompass other media and arts? When does a language become noise? How do we analyze and conceptualize the use of vernacular languages in contemporary literature? The Noises and Voices conference wishes to explore multilingualism in the Nordic literary field from different angles, in its texts, literary canons, genres, and national literatures.

Languages might turn up in unexpected places and assume different guises. Literature mixes the verbal with the visual, words with images. Even words themselves have a visual component that is not semantic. Literature produces sound, either in terms of an imagined inner voice or as verbalized text. The tactile dimension is also to be considered in the context of the different sensory registers of literature. Literature speaks through and to all the senses.

We are inviting papers and panels focusing, for example, on the following aspects:

  • The connection of literature to other media and arts, especially highlighting the themes of silences, noises, and voices in literature as well as the theoretical and methodological approaches that are necessary for dealing with them.
  • The concept of “voice”, which has a long research tradition in literary studies, especially in the field of minority literature studies, indigenous people’s studies, gender studies, and animal studies. How is it applied in contemporary literary studies? Whose voice is heard and whose is silenced? If a language cannot be verbalized, how is it then expressed? How is a wounded language used for communication? When does silence become a form of resistance and point of departure for aesthetic innovations?
  • Dimensions of translation, as translation often is employed in multilingual literature. Writers address their work to multiple audiences by translating it into another language. Important cases in point are minority literatures that can often only be heard through translations.
  • The effects of multilingual literature on the literary field, for example, on its values and publishing practices. In what kind of context is multilingualism regarded as strange and distracting? When is it valued as an aesthetic asset?

We invite scholars to give a 20-minute presentation on these and other related topics. You may submit an abstract in English of no more than 200 words (with your affiliation and contact information) by March 31, 2016. We will notify you of our decision by May 2, 2016.

Please send your proposal as an attached file to the address noisesandvoices[@]


The Steering Committee for the research network Diversity in Nordic Literatures (DINO): Satu Gröndahl, Uppsala University and Sámi University College; Heidi Grönstrand, University of Turku; Vuokko Hirvonen, Sámi University College; Markus Huss Uppsala University; Olli Löytty, University of Turku; Elisabeth Oxfeldt , University of Oslo

The Multilingualism in Contemporary Literature in Finland project (Kone Foundation), University of Turku

For further information, please contact:

Heidi Grönstrand heigro[@] ; Ralf Kauranen ralf.kauranen[@] ; Kukku Melkas kukku.melkas[@] ; Olli Löytty olselo[@] ; Julia Tidigs julia.tidigs[@]

Qu’est-ce que l’Europe du Nord ?

00Fondation des presses universitaires de Strasbourg, Université de Strasbourg

Depuis maintenant presque 10 ans, la revue Deshima questionne nos connaissances sur les pays du Nord. Cette revue unit des travaux sur les pays néerlandophones et nordiques afin d’en découvrir leurs histoires globales. Ainsi, les numéros thématiques de ces dernières années, notamment ceux consacrés à l’Asie et l’Afrique, ont mis en évidence une imbrication intime de ces pays du Nord avec le monde entier. À l’occasion de son dixième anniversaire en 2016, nous proposons de vous engager dans une réflexion sur les bases de cette approche ouverte et plurielle qui a été toujours été la nôtre. Il nous semble toujours aussi essentiel de poursuivre ce questionnement sur ce qu’est l’Europe du Nord : où commence et se termine l’Europe du Nord ? ; quelles sont ses identités, ses multiples visages ?; l’Europe du Nord se retrouve-t-elle aussi bien à Nuuk, Deshima, Jakarta qu’à Windhoek ?; quelles sont les découvertes qui découlent de cette notion élargie des pays du Nord, si tant est qu’elle soit pertinente ?; est-ce que cela a un sens d’étudier ensemble les pays néerlandophones et nordiques ?; existe-t-il des réseaux (chercheurs, écrivains, artistes) caractéristiques de l’Europe du Nord ?; quelle pourrait-être l’identité future de la revue ? Nous ne souhaitons bien entendu pas nous limiter à ces seules questions. N’hésitez pas à nous proposer des approches nouvelles, à ouvrir des débats et à remettre en cause les idées reçues.

Nous vous invitons à nous proposer dans un premier temps un résumé de quelques lignes de votre contribution pour le 10/01/2016 afin de le soumettre à la rédaction. D’autre part, afin d’enrichir nos échanges, nous prévoyons d’organiser deux journées d’études festives les 18 et 19 mars 2016 à Strasbourg afin de fêter ce dixième anniversaire. Ce numéro sera ainsi composé des contributions des intervenants invités à ces journées ainsi que des articles retenus par la rédaction de ceux qui n’auraient pas pu se libérer pour y participer. Les articles devront être envoyés avant le 31 mai 2016 dernier délai.

Organisé par Thomas Beaufils ( et
Thomas Mohnike (

Call for Papers : International Association of Scandinavian Studies 2016

Call for Papers : IASS 2016

The International Association of Scandinavian Studies (IASS) will be hosting its 31st conference at the Department of European Languages and Cultures (Scandinavian section) of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, from 9 to 13 August 2016. The theme will be ‘The Transition between “the Nordic countries” and “Europe”’.

The organizers warmly invite researchers in the field of Scandinavian studies from around the world, as well as any other interested parties, to attend.

You can sign up between 15 January 2016 and 1 May 2016 via the homepage of the IASS conference. The link will redirect you to the Groninger Congresbureau, which will handle all registrations. Early-bird prices are available until 15 March at a rate of € 80. After this date, the price will be € 110.

Proposals for 20 minute lectures in the form of abstracts (approx. 250-300 words) can be submitted via the IASS home page by the deadline of 15 January 2016.

Submission form Call for Papers

The homepage also provides an overview of the ideas and topics that form the background to the conference’s theme, which can be used as inspiration for lectures and papers. The primary languages during the conference will be any of the Scandinavian languages, with English as the secondary language.

Information about the conference fee, excursions and the closing banquet will be made available on the homepage, as will information on hotels and accommodation in varying price ranges.

Should you have any questions regarding proposed speaking topics or practical matters, please contact the organizing committee on . FAQs will be made available on the website from 1 December.

More information and contact :

Call for Papers : Landscape and Myth in North-Western Europe

Call for Papers – Landscape and Myth in North-Western Europe

Institut für Nordische Philologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 6-8 April 2016

Keynote lectures will be presented by
Stefan Brink (Aberdeen), Terry Gunnell (Reykjavík), and Gregory Toner (Belfast)

We are delighted to announce a symposium at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich on the relationship between landscape and myth in the medieval literatures and modern folklore of Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the continental Scandinavian countries.


The symposium will provide a venue to discuss topics such as (but not restricted to) the sematisation of space through narratives about supernatural agents, especially the ascription of religious meaning to real-world landscapes and landscape features; sacral and mythological place names; the systematisation of place-name lore and associated supernatural elements in works such as the Icelandic Landnámabók or the Irish collections of dinnshenchas material; the use of landscape in extensive fictional narratives with strong supernatural elements that are not place-name stories as such, but whose plot moves through densely charged real-world landscapes (such as Bárðar saga or Táin Bó Cúailnge); diachronic changes in and competing contemporary interpretations of the supernatural place-lore attached to specific landscapes and landscape features; the relationship between ‘folkloric’ place-lore and medieval literature; or the relationship between Christian and ‘pagan’ lore in the mythological semantisation of landscape.

Thus, the conference hopes to further research on the relationship between mythical narratives and real-world landscapes throughout the area of the medieval Norse expansion in ‘North Atlantic Europe’, including both questions about the relationship between myth, literature, and real-world landscapes, and any intercultural connections that might exist between the place-lore traditions of the Norse and Celtic countries.

Proposals of no more than 400 words should be sent by 31 December 2015 to Dr Matthias Egeler, Institut für Nordische Philologie, LMU Munich (matthias.egeler[at] Papers should be 20 minutes in length. The conference language will be English. The proceedings of the conference will be published as an edited volume.

Call for Paper : Svenska språkets historia 14

Svenska språkets historia 14, Vasa, 9-10 juni 2016

Vasa universitet, Call For Papers : 10.12.2015

Som vi meddelade i höstas kommer den fjortonde konferensen i serien Svenska språkets historia att äga rum i Vasa den 9–10 juni 2016. Temat för konferensen är ”Flerspråkighet och språkhistoria”, och det är enheten för nordiska språk vid Vasa universitet som står som värd för evenemanget. I detta utskick ger vi mer information om anmälan av föredrag, konferensavgift och övernattning. För torsdagkväll har vi också planerat en guidad rundtur med buss som avslutas med en konferensmiddag på en skärgårdsrestaurang i Kvarkens världsnaturarv.


Vi har tre inbjudna plenarföreläsare som kommer att tala över följande rubriker:

  • Professor Lars-Erik Edlund, Umeå universitet: Jöns Budde och den historiska dialektologin. Några vetenskapshistoriska tankar
  • Professor Anna Hannesdóttir, Göteborgs universitet: Språk i kontakt och konkurrens. Den tvåspråkiga lexikografins relevans för svensk språkhistoria
  • Professor Nils Erik Villstrand, Åbo Akademi: Språkmöten i en förmodern kontext

Anmälan av föredrag

Vi ser framemot många intressanta föredrag, såväl sektionsföredrag som posterpresentationer. Dessa kan gärna ansluta sig till konferenstemat, men alla föredrag som gäller svenska språkets historia och dess historiska bakgrund i de nordiska språken är varmt välkomna. Föredragen väljs på basis av abstraktens vetenskapliga kvalitet. Prioritet kommer att ges föredrag som rapporterar resultat.

Anmälan av föredrag sker elektroniskt med e-blanketten under adressen senast den 10 december 2015. Abstraktet får omfatta max. 300 ord exklusive titel och referenser. Besked om antagning ges i slutet av januari 2016.


Konferensavgiften är 100 euro. I den ingår det vetenskapliga programmet, kaffe och lunch båda dagarna samt konferensvolymen. Den guidade rundturen med konferensmiddag kostar 30 euro och den betalas separat. Information om hur man betalar konferensavgiften kommer att finnas på konferensens webbplats.


Vi har bokat både enkelrum och dubbelrum på två centralt belägna hotell i Vasa: Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna (Rewell Center 101) och Original Sokos Hotel Royal Vaasa (Hovrättsesplanaden 18). Hotellen ligger på gångavstånd från Vasa universitets campus i stadsdelen Brändö. Ange koden SSH14 då du bokar hotellrum.

Vi ses i Vasa om ett år!

Harry Lönnroth (ordförande), Bodil Haagensen, Maria Kvist och Kim Sandvad West



Call for papers to the Aarhus Student Symposium

Call for papers to the Aarhus Student Symposium on Viking and Medieval Scandinavian Subjects.
17th-18th of March 2016

The Departments of Culture & Society and Communication & Culture at Aarhus University are proud to announce the ninth annual interdisciplinary Student Symposium. If you are a student with an interest in a subject related to Viking and Medieval Scandinavia – such as religion, Literature, History, Language, Art, Material Culture, Ideology, Mythology, Reception History, or any other relevant subject – we hereby invite you to present a paper.

Students at all levels, from BA to PhD, are invited to participate. The only requirement is that you are enrolled at a university when the deadline for call for papers expires. The symposium will be in English, and each paper will have a duration of 20 minutes. The Student Symposium is a great opportunity to present your research and interests to a group of academic peers working in the same field as you. Moreover, it is a great pportunity to network and establish contacts with like-minded scholars.

All students who are interested are encouraged to send a short abstract in English, of no longer than 250 words, to the Organising Committee via e-mail ( by the 1st of December 2015. The abstracts will be reviewed by a Selection Committee from the Departments of Culture & Society and of Communication & Culture. The organisers and reviewers reserve the right to choose participants according to the Symposium’s requirements of quality, internationality and interdisciplinarity. Acceptances and rejections will be e-mailed within two weeks of the deadline. For further information, please contact the organising committee : Sophie Bønding, Simon Nygaard, Niels Krogh Nielsen,
Luke John Murphy, Nikolaj Skou Haritopoulos, and Mai Nørskov Nielsen.


Appel à contribution : Noir in the North 16-17 November 2016 University of Iceland

Call for Papers : Noir in the North

16-17 November 2016
University of Iceland

Conference Organisers :
Stacy Gillis (University of Newcastle) & Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir (University of Iceland)

The Killing, Wallander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Miss Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Nordic Noir has been a dominant part of global detective fiction, film and television in the past two decades. But what are the parameters of this genre, both historically and geographically ? What is noirish and what is northern about Nordic Noir ? This conference invites proposals which either investigate the specifics of noir in a particular text or which interrogate more broadly the notion of Nordic Noir.
Can Nordic Noir be used to identify, for example, some aspects of the work of other Nordic authors, such as Halldór Laxness, Isak Dinesen or Vilhem Moberg ? What is the relationship between earlier Scandinavian crime fiction, such as that by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, and Nordic Noir ? How does work like the Shetland novels by Ann Cleeves fit within the parameters of Nordic Noir ? What part has translation played in the history and global circulation of Nordic Noir ?
More broadly, the conference will address the following questions: How does Nordic Noir challenge the traditional critical histories of noir ? What new genealogies of noir can complicate the Anglo-American dominance of noir ? Are there geographical limitations to noir and how does it function transnationally ? Where does the north begin for noir ? What are the peripheral boundaries in the East and West ? Does noir complicate traditional literary histories modeled on geographical boundaries ? What specific images of the north are associated with Nordic Noir ? How do sex and gender operate in Nordic Noir ? What is Nordic noir’s relationship with particular national pasts, identities, or collective and cultural memory ? What connections are there, for example, between Nordic Noir and Continental existentialism, European Romanticisms, or fin-de-siècle literatures ?

This major international conference will consolidate work to date on Nordic Noir and seek to deepen our understanding of the genre, both in relation to traditional histories, but also in drawing on new theoretical and geographical understandings.

The Crime Studies Network, in collaboration with the Centre for Studies in Memory and Literature at the University of Iceland and with the University of Newcastle, will host Noir in the North in Reykjavik in November 2016. This conference is held in conjunction with the Iceland Noir Crime Fiction Festival (17-19 November).

Individual proposals for 20-minute papers/3 x 20 minute paper panels are invited. We welcome proposals on novels, films, television series, graphic novels and other forms.
Send a short title, a 250-word proposal, and a 100-word biographical note to by 15 November 2015.Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 15 January 2016.

Keynote Speakers : Val McDermid ; Yrsa Sigurðardóttir ; Bruce Robbins (Columbia University) ; Mary Evans (London School of Economics)


Source :

The Idea of North: Myth-making and identities – Call for Papers

Association of Art Historian (AAH) 2016 Annual Conference and Bookfair

University of Edinburgh
7 – 9 April 2016

The Idea of North: Myth-making and identities – Call for Papers


Frances Fowle, University of Edinburgh, frances.fowle [at]
Marja Lahelma, University of Helsinki, marja.lahelma [at]

The north is an elusive and ambivalent concept with both negative and positive associations. Mythical notions of the north have existed in European culture since antiquity, fuelled at various times by archaeological discoveries and cultural revivals. Romanticism brought on a veritable ‘cult of the north’, which gained in strength throughout the 19th century, riding on the back of the nationalist wave that swept across Europe at the fin-de-siècle. Northernness is not a simple concept; while the Nordic people were associated with purity, originality and subjectivity, the Celts were regarded as creative and noble, yet feckless and irrational. Nevertheless, partly through the impact of Wagner’s operas and Macpherson’s Ossian, by the end of the 19th century, northern artists were elevated to a prominent position on the international stage. There was even a popular belief that it was now Scandinavia’s turn to lead the intellectual advance of humanity. This notion was supported by the theosophical formulation that it was time for the ‘northern race’ to take over.

This session sets out to investigate the mythical associations and cultural appropriation of ‘north’ and ‘northernness’ in 19th- and 20th-century European visual culture. We invite papers that examine the revival and assimilation of the north and northernness, taking into consideration, for example, mythical origins, spiritual and theosophical agendas, or notions of race and/or national identities. Papers can relate to individual artists and artworks, particular geographical regions or specific artistic and cultural phenomena, as well as to broader ideas associated with northernness.

Papers on contemporary artists who engage with northernness will also be considered.

Email paper proposals to the session convenor(s) by 9 November 2015. Download a Paper Proposal Guidelines

See more at:

AASSC Annual Conference 2016 : Call for Papers

Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada (AASC) Annual Conference 2016

Call for Papers – AASSC Conference, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

May 30 – June 2, 2016

The thirty-fifth annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in
Canada (AASSC) will be held at the University of Calgary from Monday, May 30 – Thursday, June 2,
2016 in conjunction with the meetings of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences / Fédération Canadienne des Sciences Humaines.

The AASSC invites papers of 20 minutes duration, to be followed by an additional 10 minutes of
discussion time. Papers may be given in English or French on a Scandinavian / Nordic related topic in any discipline, including Finnish, Greenlandic, Faroese and Icelandic topics.

As stated on the Congress website, the 2016 overall theme is “Energizing communities,” and “reflects the [University of Calgary]’s commitment to community engagement at local, regional, national and
transnational levels. This commitment is rooted in the belief that knowledge and understanding are
created through associations of shared values, grounded in respect for difference and diversity among
all peoples, from First Nations to new Canadians.”

AASSC encourages panels (3 participants) that deal with “communities,” as expressed by the Federation
above, in a Scandinavian/Nordic context. However, papers are NOT limited to these themes/angles, and we welcome all contributions within Scandinavian Studies. Thus, proposals for panels on other themes within Scandinavian / Nordic Studies are also invited, as are proposals for interdisciplinary colloquia or special sessions on the level of the overall Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Let the AASSC Program Committee Chair know if you wish your panel to be a part of the overall Congress and/or an interdisciplinary session.

There are two deadlines again this year. If you must hand in your application for funding to your institution already this fall, you may submit your proposal by October 20, 2015, and the Program Committee will give you an answer by the end of October. In all other cases, the deadline for submission of proposals for panels/abstracts is January 15, 2016, through e-mail only.

Submissions should include the title of the paper, an abstract (150-250 words), and the author’s name,
affiliation, a very brief bio, and contact information.

Please email your submission to the Chair of the AASSC Program Committee at

See you in Calgary!

Natalie Van Deusen
Vice President and Program Chair, AASSC
Assistant Professor & Henry Cabot and Linnea Lodge Scandinavian Professor
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
University of Alberta
200 Arts Building
Edmonton AB T6G 2E6

See :

Appel — Table ronde internationale de la recherche sur l’imaginaire du Nord, de l’hiver et de l’Arctique


L’objectif de cette seconde Table ronde internationale de la recherche sur l’imaginaire du Nord, de l’hiver et de l’Arctique est de permettre aux chercheurs (professeurs, étudiants des cycles supérieurs et postdoctorants) de présenter l’un de leurs projets liés au Nord, à l’Arctique et à l’hiver, dans le contexte d’une recherche culturelle entendue au sens large.

La table ronde aura lieu le lundi 5 octobre 2015 à l’Université du Québec à Montréal.
Pour participer, veuillez envoyer une proposition de communication d’ici le 14 septembre 2015.

Pour renseignements complets, consultez l’appel.