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)


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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

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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.


Call for Papers : Harbours as objects of interdisciplinary research

DFG Priority Programme 1630 « Harbours from the Roman Period to the Middle Ages »
Call for Papers for:
Harbours as objects of interdisciplinary research – Archaeology + History + Geosciences


The DFG Priority Programme 1630 “Harbours from the Roman Period to the Middle Ages” started in July 2012. Its aim is the interdisciplinary study of primarily civil harbours as highly complex systems in which ecological, logistical, economic, social, legal, military and religious subsystems overlap and influence one another. In order to evaluate the full extent and depth of the phenomenon ‘harbour’, these subsystems and their implications for the development of the settlements must be identified. The 15 interdisciplinary projects of the Programme are working on a comparative analysis allowing harbours to be understood as system-relevant components.

We are now at the half-time of the six-year grand period and therefore will hold an international conference at which we will bring forth early results as well as new perspectives. The conference is in close cooperation with the Johanna Mestorf Academy, the Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology and the Institute of Geosciences of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany. It is titled “Harbours as objects of interdisciplinary research – Archaeology + History + Geosciences” and will be held from the 30th of September to the 3rd of October at the Audimax of the University in Kiel. The conference language will be English.

We will begin with an opening Keynote-lecture and a welcome reception on the 30th of September. For our interdisciplinary research on harbours the conference will continue with plenum lectures and different parallel session for the next two days. The final day will be devoted to a field trip to Haithabu and Schloss Gottorf in Schleswig or alternatively a guided bus tour to the Hamburger Harbour.

The interdisciplinary sessions are the following:

• Geophysics and Field Research: Developing methods
o Both the localisation and the subsequent large-scale survey of former harbours constitutes a challenge for geophysics, since the often prevailing limnic environment and coastal shallow waters neither suit the conventional methods usually applied in terrestrial or in marine geophysics. This challenge gave impulses for the development of new approaches. The session will deal with the whole range of adapted geophysical methods such as geomagnetics, geoelectrics or GPR-Ground Penetrating Radar, seismic measurements, their possible interaction and their potential for harbour research.

• Geoarchaeology: Changing Harbour Environments
o Harbours are primarily established as shelter for shipping traffic and their link to both maritime and terrestrial traffic networks. However, these natural conditions are seldom
stable and can, due to e.g. changing water levels or silting, change. If a modification of the harbour facilities was not possible it often led to an abandonment of the site. Here, marine geosciences are capable to not only locate the former shoreline and give information on earlier water depths, but also to reconstruct the very processes that changed the prevailing condition on-site.

• Archaeological Features: Harbour Facilities and Infrastructure
o This session will focus on the study of harbour facilities and their progressive development. Harbour facilities served the changing demands at the port by means of providing a sufficient water depth for mooring and the necessities for stock exchange and, thus, secured the economic basis of each harbour town. Yet, a port worked not only by its harbour facilities alone, but just as well by its harbor-related logistic infrastructure in the settlement and on the sea route towards it.

• Written and Iconographic Sources: Complementing the Material Evidence
o The study of the material remains of harbours is obviously limited in its potential insights. Information on e.g. harbour legislation, administration, collection of duties or actual trading voyages of particular individuals remains in the dark. However, evidence of harbours from non-archaeological sources exits in a great variety in historical records from Imperial Roman times to the High Middle Ages. This session wants to encourage a revision of written sources, inscriptions, papyri and seals, along with pictorial records reflecting harbours as economic, legal, stately and cultic systems just as well as the daily harbour life.

All 15 projects participating in the Priority Programme will present a Poster on their research.
Deadline for submission is the 15th of June 2015.

Please send your abstract of about 200-400 words as well as your interest in participating to:
Ilka Rau, M.A. Tel.: +49 4621-813 662
Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie
Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen
Schloß Gottorf
24837 Schleswig

The abstract must include the title, the preferred session, author contact details with affiliated institution and email address. Papers are expected to be 20 minutes long followed by 10 minutes of questions and discussion. The papers will be evaluated by the Initiators of the SPP and replies regarding acceptance will be given by July 2015.

An admission fee of 30,- Euro is to be paid at the conference office with the registration. Additionally, another fee for a field trip will have to be paid. We are currently negotiating funds and will inform you on the admission fee for the field trip as soon as possible.

All further information on the registration form, accommodation, travel to Kiel, etc. will follow in the next circular. It will also be available on our homepage:
Please note that the proceedings will be published in an archaeological conference publication as well as in a journal of Geoscience.

Initiators of the Priority Programme :

Prof. Dr. Claus von Carnap-Bornheim
Archäologisches Landesmuseum und
Zentrum für Baltische und Skand. Archäologie
Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf
24837 Schleswig

Prof. Dr. Peter Ettel
Bereich für Ur- und Frühgeschichte
Friedrich-Schiller-UniversitätJena Löbdergraben 24a 07743 Jena

Prof. Dr. Falko Daim
Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum
Ernst-Ludwig-Platz 2
55116 Mainz

Dr. Ursula Warnke
Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum


Deux appels à contributions : H.C. Andersen and Karen Blixen et H.C. Andersen and Franz Kafka

Le Centre Hans Christian Andersen accueillera prochainement deux séminaires :

  • Le premier sur H.C. Andersen et Karen Blixen les 20 et 21 janvier 2016.
  • Le second sur H.C Andersen et Franz Kafka les 16 et 17 novembre 2016.

Les présentations seront de 45 minutes, discussion comprise. Un résumé d’environ une demi-page est à transmettre avant le 1er octobre 2015 pour Andersen et Blixen et avant le 1er juillet 2016 pour Andersen et Kafka à Jacob Bøggild ( ou à Anya Aarenstrup (

Description des appels à contributions :

HCA og Blixen 

HCA og afka

CFP Geographies of Knowledge and Imagination. Philological Research on Northern Europe 1800–1950

New deadline : january 30th

International conference

Dates: June 11th–13th 2015
Location: FRIAS, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies

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Comparative Philology was one of the fast developing branches of scientific and scholarly activities during the 19th and mid 20th centuries. Prosperous spin-offs from this field were Comparative Literature and Folklore as well as the different national philologies, including the studies of Germanic, Scandinavian, and Finno-Ugric cultures and languages, but even Germanic Antiquity and Lappology.

The study of the North and Nordic sources always held a prominent place in Comparative Philology. Scientific activities aimed at the generation of new historical knowledge, but, as we would propose, innovative geographical imaginations were produced as well. These imaginations were often intertwined with nationalist and/or colonial political projects.

The conference aims at analyzing imaginative geographies as the products of scholarly practices, anchored in specific institutional and political contexts and resulting from a certain geography of knowledge. In fact, in spite of its often objectivist claims, scientific knowledge is always localized and depends on venues such as libraries, classrooms, and office space, on regional needs and practices, on local milieus, and, of course, on circulation of people and media, as for example David Livingstone and Christian Jacob have shown in recent studies. Therefore, discussions of how to define supposedly Germanic peoples or the Vikings had different implications in London, Berlin, Paris, Rome, or Copenhagen.

At the same time, the growth and differentiation of the field made the knowledge about the North more and more complex and sometimes contradictory, as it participated in very different fields of knowledge. For example, the study of a Germanic past and the success of modern Scandinavian literature with authors such as Henrik Ibsen created tensions that philologists often only temporarily managed to bridge.

As a part of our Freiburg-Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Studies project Building the North with Words. Geographies of Scientific Knowledge in European Philologies 1850–1950, we invite researchers to contribute to this topic with papers on specific constellations, figures, institutions or scholarly projects, including reflections on the comparative methods of philological research during the 19th and 20th centuries. Case studies may come from all European contexts; we invite especially, but not exclusively, works on chronically under-researched contexts such as those of Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe. The papers may concern work conducted by or within all scientific institutions such as universities, museums, scientific societies, research institutions, and libraries.

The conference is intended to stimulate discussion, so presentations should last 25 min with 20 min discussion. The publication of selected papers is planned. The conference language is English.

Deadline for abstracts: January 30th 2015

The length of abstracts should be 350–400 words, in addition to a short C.V. of the author.


Joachim Grage, University of Freiburg  (
Thomas Mohnike, University of Strasbourg (

Call for papers – A land shaped by water : perspectives on Canada


A Land Shaped by Water: Perspectives on Canada.
Turku, Finland, 12 – 15 August 2015

Submissions are invited for papers or posters for the eleventh Nordic international, cross-disciplinary Canadian Studies conference, to be held in Turku, Finland, in August 2015. The theme of the conference “A Land Shaped by Water: Perspectives on Canada” may be taken literally or metaphorically. We are looking especially, but not exclusively, for contributions in the following fields: literature / political science / the arts / history / international relations | aboriginal affairs / cultural studies / regional studies / cultural geography / social ecology.

Presentations will be allowed 20 minutes + time for discussion, and will be organized in thematic, cross-disciplinary workshops potentially focussed on some of the following topics: water, ice, snow & fog, the fur trade, trans-Atlantic & trans-Pacific contacts, the Northwest Passage and the Arctic, migration, patterns of trade, the Great Lakes Basin, transportation: seas, lakes, waterways, fisheries, fossil fuels and water resources, toponymy, impact of hydro projects, acid rain, settlement patterns.

An abstract of the proposal, maximum 150 words, with a brief CV of the author(s), maximum 40 words, should be submitted in MS Word format by 31 January 2015 to the Conference Committee at this email address:

Poster proposals may also be submitted, maximum 50 words + CV max 40 words. The Committee will aim to reply to authors by the end of February.

Nordic Association for Canadian Studies (NACS)
Association nordique d’Etudes canadiennes (ANEC)

Appel à projet sur le site Canadian studies network

Call for papers : conference « Literary Second Cities », Åbo Akademi, 20-21 August 2015

Second International Conference of the Helsinki Literature and the City Network (HLCN)
Åbo Akademi University, 20-21 August 2015

The conference « Literary Second Cities » invites papers on new approaches to the study of literary cities, smaller cities, and cities or portions of cities judged secondary or subordinate in any historical period or part of the world.


Logo Helsinki Literature and the City Network (HLCN)

Helsinki Literature and the City Network (HLCN)

See following links for the  conference abstract and for details on the call for papers.

The deadline for the call for papers is 15 March 2015.
The language of the conference is English.
Please send proposals (length approximately 300 words) to .