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Affects of Diversity in Nordic Literature - DINO 2018 Conference

The network ”Diversity in Nordic Literature” (DINO) will be hosting its 6th conference at the Department of Linguistic and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway, November 1-2, 2018.

Being different may be a source of pride as well as a source of shame. How does it feel to be “different” in the Nordic countries? And how does it feel to be “different” as Nordic in a global perspective, a perspective in which the Nordic countries are currently hailed as the happiest, wealthiest, and most egalitarian nations on earth? Being/feeling different may be valued positively as well as negatively; it may serve constructive as well as destructive purposes; it may be inclusive as well as exclusive.

We assume some of the significant emotions related to experiences of Nordic difference and diversity in the North, are (and have been) pride, guilt, and shame. Shame and guilt are social emotions linked in various ways to collective and individual identities. The conference focus is on positions of perceived difference from which notions of Nordic identities may be questioned and negotiated through affective work. Or perhaps they are simply maintained through affective work.

Our attention is drawn to minority groups experiencing various forms of shaming within and outside the North, whether one is made to feel ashamed of one’s racial, ethnic, linguistic, or sexual background and orientation. Ablebodiedness may likewise be an issue. Our attention is likewise drawn to majority groups feeling more or less guilty or justified in their positions of privilege.