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CSS Conference 2019

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CSS Conference 2019

Scandinavian Languages and Literatures in the World

– Prospects and Challenges

Lund University, May 16-18, 2019

Welcome to Lund!

Welcome to Lund!






(OBS: Deadline for submission of abstracts has passed!)

Keynote Speakers:

Sigrid Combüchen, novelist, essayist, literary critic and journalist, Lund

Dan Ringgaard, Professor of Nordic Literature, Aarhus Universitet

Francisco Beltran, Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

General information

Centre for Scandinavian Studies Copenhagen – Lund is proud to once again invite scholars from around the world to Lund university and to our biannual international conference!

This is the second international conference CSS organizes, following the successful first one held in June 2017 with the theme "Rethinking Scandinavia". Four days of Nordic summer that yielded two written publications: CSS Conference 2017 — Rethinking Scandinavia, Selected Proceedingspublished in February this year, and the second issue of our Web Quarterly Rethinking Scandinavia, titled "Looking In, Watching Out", which was published earlier this summer. The conference also contained the first instance of the Einar Hansen Lecture Series, held by Anne-Marie Mai about Nordic Women Literature in the beginning of the 21st century. A lecture that you can read and/or watch here.

The second conference will take place between May 16th-18th 2019 and it is titled "Scandinavian Languages and Literatures World Wide – Prospects and Challenges".

In keeping with our aim to establish a tradition, the second Einar Hansen Lecture will be held in proximity to the conference this time as well. The speaker and exact date will be announced at a later date.

With this announcement we once again welcome scholars of Scandinavian Studies from around the world to come to Scandinavia and to Lund university. The conference is dedicated to creating new personal and professional connections as well as strengthening current networks and friendships. The intellecual aim is to continue the mission stated and started in 2017 – that is, the Rethinking of Scandinavia through a broad variety of research into the relationship between the evolution of the Scandinavian cultures and the environment it evolves with and within – the World. 

About CSS

The Centre for Scandinavian Studies Copenhagen-Lund (CSS) was established in 2010 and has, among other things, conducted a project dealing with the instruction of neighboring languages and the internationalisation of the contiguous local Øresund region. The objective of CSS is to promote the collaboration between Scandinavian or Nordic-oriented institutions the world over and initiate cross-national research projects in Scandinavian studies. To that end, CSS organized the conference in June, 2017 entitled Rethinking Scandinavia. Similarly, in May, 2018, CSS initiated the research project Nordic World Literature in which researchers from various countries will examine the spread and impact of Nordic literature around the world.

Conference theme

Scandinavian languages and literatures present a wide array of perspectives. Though they exist first and foremost in Scandinavia, they are not studied solely in Scandinavia (or in the Nordic Countries) but in many other places in the world. What linguistic choices are made in the literature? What sort of linguistic impact does the literature have? Translations are of special interest to researchers when seen from various perspectives because being able to transform a text, regardless of whether it is fiction or non-fiction, and not just from one language to another but from one culture to another, is a constant challenge. These exciting questions in terms of prospects and challenges may, of course, also be found in other areas of research, as for example, sociology of literature, sociology of language, discourse analysis, mediatization and intermediality.

Keynote Speakers

  • Sigrid Combüchen, novelist, essayist, literary critic and journalist, Lund

  • Dan Ringgaard, Professor of Nordic Literature, Aarhus Universitet

  • Francisco Beltran, Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

(More information about the Keynote Speakers will come later)

Topic suggestions

We are certain that this conference will draw numerous interesting presentations from various fields of study, which could include one or more of the following nine suggested topics: (Click on title to read more)


Description of suggested topics

1. Nordic Languages in the World/World Languages in the Nordic Countries

What status will Scandinavian languages have in the multi-ethnic and globalised world of the future? How does a transformed world affect things like language policy, views on language and the mutual intelligibility between the Scandinavian languages in the future? What impact will immigration have on the population composition and languages of the Scandinavain countries? And how should linguistic integration be dealt with and implemented?

2. Scandinavian Studies: Language Didactics

How are the Scandinavian languages currently being taught around the world? Are there places in the world that tend to emphasize certain aspects, such as those pertaining to language communication, structural linguistics, or those that are of a literary, societal or philological nature? Can we benefit from learning about the didactical methods used in other parts of the world in order to improve and enhance the efficiency of our own methods when teaching Scandinavian languages as foregn languages?

3. Minority Languages in the Nordic Countries/ Nordic Languages as Minority Languages

What challenges are the minority languages of the North currently facing? Should minority languages grow, be redefined and should they be renegotiated as the local communities in Scandinavia become increasinlgy multicultural? Will the increase in immmigration have an effect on these questions, regionally, globally, politically, in relation to the media or in terms of the history of mentalities or in terms of literature?  Conversely, as minority languages, what challenges do Nordic languages face in various parts of the world? For example, what is the situation today for Swedish in Finland, Danish in Greendland and Iceland, etc? Are the tendencies the same or do they differ?

4. Translations of Scandinavian Literature

Which Scandinavian authors have been translated to and published in various languages and parts of the world, not only currently but in recent centuries? What literary tendencies, genres and components are considered to be typically Nordic in various cultures and to what extent do these distinctive components affect translations in terms of, for example, marketing, critical reception, sales and the overall impact that those translated works have? How have networks amongst authors, translators, critics, agents, publishers, book sellers, cultural institutions and other players in the publishing world contributed to the promotion of Nordic literature in the rest of the world through the centuries? What specific problems do translators face?

5. Scandinavian Literature in the World

In the last two centuries Scandinavian literature has played a significant role in conveying notions of Nordic identity and mentality to the rest of the world. What does Scandinavian literature stand for today when seen from various international perspectives and which authors and tendencies have been taken into account by various regions throughout history? Which Scandinavian works have, temporarily or permanently, managed to achieve canonical status in various contexts? What can be said about the spread of Scandinavian literature when seen from a broader intermedial perspective?

6. Scandinavian Children's Literature in the World

Scandinavian children's literature has for a long time achieved ongoing success worldwide and in many locations in the world is considered the gold standard in relation to questions that are of a moral, didactic and literary nature. How do the conditions for this spread of Scandinavian children's literature differ from those corresponding to adult literature? Which authorships and genres within Scandinavian children's literature have been of particular importance in various parts of the world and how do these patterns correlate with the broader context of children's culture, now and in the past?

7. Constructions of the North and Scandinavian Studies

The construction of that which is Nordic and the North has had, with its altering implications and its vast scope, considerable political significance during the last two centuries, especially within the Anglo-American, German, and French cultural spheres and also comprises an important prerequisite for the international emergence and spreading of Scandinavian Studies as an academic discipline with its significantly varying conditions and limitations in different parts of the world. In what overall international context have the notions of the Nordic taken shape and proven helpful and how are those processes reflected in pertinent details? To what extent have academic Scandinavian Studies worldwide been molded in relation to the notion of the Nordic?

8. Prospects and Challenges for Collaborative research in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures

Language and literary Scandinavianists comprise a majority of the international Scandinavian Studies community of teachers and researchers, both within and outside the Nordic countries, and education and research within both fields have been historically tied to one another. Where is research being conducted that unites as opposed to divides studies within language and literature in current international Scandinavian Studies and what interdisciplinary models and ideas are being applied to bridge in a productive manner the divisions that are methodical and epistemological in nature?

9. The Framing of Scandinavian Studies Worldwide

Education and research in Scandinavian Studies is continually in progress at approximately 250 academic centres of learning in the world, as well as in a variety of other kinds of education on different levels within the field. This global community of studies in Nordic languages, literatures and cultures is an important object of attention both in Nordic foreign, educational and cultural policy, and of corresponding ambitions in the countries in which the studies are conducted. What significance have the endeavours of Scandinavian studies in the world? What do its general prospects, challenges and future look like?


Practical information

Fees and payment

The fee for the conference is 1000 SEK (around 100 EUR) [including 25% VAT]. This includes lunch and refreshments on Friday and Saturday.

There will also be a conference dinner on Friday evening that will cost an extra 600 SEK for those who want to participate.

We prefer that you pay in advance and with a credit card, as we don´t have any means to handle cash payments. You can pay online by using this site: Deadline for payment is the first day of the conference, May 16.

Instructions on how to pay:

  • Under “Event”, choose “CSS Conference 2019”.

  • Under “Remittance information”, either put “fee+dinner” if you paid for dinner as well (all in all 1600 SEK) or just “fee” if you only paid for the conference (1000 SEK).

If you have any allergies or food preferences, please let us know by mail.


Tips on where to stay during the conference and other info about Lund can be found here:

The conference will take place at the Centre for Language and Literature at Lund University which is located at Helgonabacken 12
223 62 Lund (see map below). We will be in both the LUX building and the SOL building, the details will be provided in the coming programme.


More information

Information about schedule, keynote speakers etc will follow, so keep an eye on this site.

For all questions regarding the Conference or CSS in general, please use this email adress:


Conference Schedule (revised May 14)

Each presentation is estimated to take 20 minutes and every session contains 4 or less presentations. On the schedule i have left room for 20 minutes of discussion at the end of a session, instead of shorter in between. This can of course be modified to the liking of the participants in the session. After each session there is also a break for 20 minutes. Hopefully this strategy will allow for a intense, yet flexible flow of presentations and discussions.

Some of you may find that your presentation have been put under another topic than the one you chose when submitting your abstract. This is because I have tried to put together sessions with papers that relate to each other as well as to the topic in the session title. If anybody feel that they have been mistreated by this, please let me know!

Some of the topic titles has also been slightly changed or added to, to be able to better represent the contents of the sessions.

A final schedule will follow, including short presentations of the speakers and their abstracts.

I’m sorry for the delay, it was harder to put together than I thought!

/Robert Ekdahl

CSS Conference 2019
May 16-18
OBS: If your name has an asterisk (*) after it you are asked to be the moderator of your session. This includes keeping an eye on the clock and initiate and lead the discussion at the end. If you for any reason don´t want to do this, please mail and we will try to make another arrangement.
Revised: 2019-05-14
Thursday May 16th
Room: SOL:104, Hörsalen
Arrival: 11:00-12:00 Check-in
12:00-12:30 Welcome and information
12:30-12:40 Break
Scandinavian Literature in the World
Nordic Languages in the World / World Languages in the Nordic Countries Translations of Scandinavian Literature
Room: H135a H135b H140
Afternoon sessions: 12:40-13:00 Agata Lubowicka Bjarne Købmand Petersen Els Biesemans
13:00-13:20 Jens Lohfert Jørgensen Frederic Pearl Catia De Marco
13:20-13:40 Krzysztof Bak* Cristine Sarrimo* Vusala Afandiyeva
13:40-14:00 -Discussion- Discussion Clemens Räthel*
14:00-14:20   -Discussion-
14:20-14:40 Break
Room: SOL:104, Hörsalen
Panel 1. 14:40-15:40 Multilingualism in Nordic Literature
Elisabeth Friis Jan Schwarz Søren Blak Hjortshøj
15:40-16:00 Coffee break (with baguette sandwhich)
Room: SOL:104, Hörsalen
Keynote 1: 16:00-17:00 Sigrid Combüchen
Room: LUX Matsal
Evening: 17:00-18:00 Bubbles and mingle
Friday May 17th Scandinavian Literature in the World Minority Languages in the Nordic Countries/ Nordic Languages as Minority Languages Translations of Scandinavian Literature
Room: L123 L303a L303b
Morning sessions: 10:00-10:20 Johan Almer Aleksandra Wilkus-Wyrwa Per Bäckström
10:20-10:40 Daniel Ogden Olga Engfelt Andrea Meregalli
10:40-11:00 Hanna Rinderle Karin Nykvist* Karolina Drozdowska*
11:00-11:20 Sonia Ławniczak* Discussion -Discussion-
11:20-11:40 -Discussion-  
Lunch: 11:40-12:40 LUNCH (In the Absalon building)
Scandinavian Literature in the World & The Framing of Scandinavian Studies World Wide Linguistic and literary constructions of the North
Scandinavian Childrens Literature in the World
Room: H135a H135b H140
Afternoon sessions: 12:40-13:00 Torgeir Fjeld
13:00.13:20 Poul Houe Yuko Ishino Maria Sibinska & Katarzyna Michniewicz-Veisland
13:20-13:40 Marta Hinz Alessia Ferrari Andrea Berardini
13:40-14:00 Sylwia Izabela Schab* Henrik Johnsson Tzveta Dobreva
14:00-14:20 -Discussion- Break Break
14:20-14:40 Break Ivo Holmqvist Elettra Carbone
14:40-15:00 Davide Agostino Finco Julie Allen* Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen & Annika Lindskog*
15:00-15:20 Sotirios Mouzakis* -Discussion- -Discussion-
15:20-15:40 -Discussion-
15:40-16:00 Coffee break (with small sandwhich, outside Hörsalen)
Room: SOL:104, Hörsalen
Keynote 2: 16:00-17:00 Dan Ringgaard
Room: Gamla Biskopshuset, våning 3: Biskopsgatan 1, 223 62 Lund
Evening: 19:00-19:30 Bubbles and mingle
19:30-22:00 Conference dinner
Saturday May 18th
Room: SOL:104, Hörsalen
Keynote 3: 10:00-11:00 Francisco Beltran
11:00-11:15 Break
Panel 2: 11:15-12:15 Panel 2: Scandinavian Eco-criticism
Ana Stanicevic Jacob Ølgaard Nyboe Jens Kramshøj Flinker
Lunch: 12:15-13:00 LUNCH (light, outside Hörsalen)
Panel 3: 13:00-14:00 Panel 3: The Construction of the North (In Britain and France)
Cian Duffy Robert Rix Rikard Schönström

The Einar Hansen Lecturer 2019

Toril Moi

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Centre for Scandinavian Studies Copenhagen - Lund and Einar Hansens Allhemsstiftelse is proud to announce that the the Einar Hansen Speaker of 2019 is the distinguished literary scholar Toril Moi!

Toril Moi is the James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, and Professor of English, and Theater Studies at Duke University and author of important works as Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (1985), What Is a Woman? and Other Essays (1999) and Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy (2006). More information about her life and work can be found on her website:

Due to the sometimes impossible task of harmonizing different busy schedules the lecture will not be held in proximity to the CSS Conference 2019. Instead it will take place later this year, on the 7th of October. More information will follow.