Workshop: Nordic Noir, Geopolitics, and the North

Norden’s dramatic television series currently serve as a model for the rest of the world. Shaped by public service broadcasting traditions these programmes provide a rich reservoir of representation of how northern Europe sees itself. With this in mind, this workshop will investigate the geopolitical implications of the series within and beyond the region.

Nordic Noir, Geopolitics, and the North

4 & 5 October, 09:00 — 18:00,  Aarhus University
Venue:  Department of Media and Journalism, Building 5335, Room 295

Norden’s dramatic television series – from Borgen to The Bridge to Occupied - currently serve as a model for the rest of the world. Shaped by public service broadcasting traditions which are rooted in providing social critique, these programmes provide a rich reservoir of representation of how northern Europe sees itself. With this in mind, this workshop will investigate the geopolitical implications of the series within and beyond the region. Building on Saunders’ (2017) typology of geopolitical television, we will bring together a group of scholars drawn from multiple disciplines (media studies, screen studies, literature, cross-cultural communication, geography, International Relations, Scandinavian studies ) to examine how Norden’s television series build lifeworlds (Gavins & Lahey, 2016Tischleder, 2017Wolf, 2012), and the role that these visually and textually produced imaginaries play in contemporary politics,
society, and culture. Following from the research project ‘What Makes Danish TV Drama Travel?’ (FKK 2014-2018), we hope to extend the discussion to a transdisciplinary space and build new collaborative networks and research.

This workshop is supported by the ReNEW research programme (Re-imagining Norden in an Evolving World) and organised by Pei Sze Chow (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Media Studies, AU), Anne Marit Waade (Associate
Professor, Media Studies, AU), and Robert A. Saunders (Professor, Farmingdale State College - SUNY; Visiting
Professor at Media Studies, AU, Fall 2018).

See announcement at ReNEW Workshop: Nordic Noir, Geopolitics, and the North

Open to all, but places are limited. To register, please contact Dr Pei Sze Chow at pschow@cc.au.dk.

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