Seminar: Nordic model(s) and their international circulations

A workshop supported by ReNEW, November 29-30, 2022, Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn University.

From being regarded as insignificant and relatively poor in the beginning of the XXth century, the Nordic countries have gained a reputation of being some of the most advanced, prosperous, progressive and happy nations in the world a hundred years later. A distinctive model of socio-political and economic development has been discerned and distinctive narratives based on its observations, perceptions and articulations have been constructed both in the Nordic countries and abroad.

This workshop aims to contribute into the discussion of routes of circulation, claims about the exceptionality and the diffusion and impact of the Nordic experiences and ideas. We will seek to complement the current understanding of contemporary circulations of the Nordic model(s) by including the less explored cases from the Global South and Europe’s Eastern peripheries. The narratives pertaining to Nordic exceptionalism coming from these regions are often neglected or excluded from the mainstream analyses that are circulated internationally.

We will look into the internal fabrication of competing models and provide a pluralistic perspective on Nordic models, their internal competition, and their set-up as models for Norden in the world, rather than as fruitful models for the world.

There is still room for presentations, and if you are interested in participating in the seminar, please contact Lizaveta as soon as possible:

Preliminary programme:

1 1/2 days of round-table workshop divided into 2-3 chaired sessions with presentations of main participants, followed by discussants’ comments and Q&A.

List of speakers and topics:

  • Norbert Götz: Nordchurchaid vs. Nordic Official Policies in the Biafran War
  • Sunniva Engh: Nordic Military and Civilian Aid in Afghanistan (TBC)
  • Yuliya Yurchuk: Circulation and interpretation of Ellen Key’s ideas about sexuality, love, motherhood, and education in the late Russian Empire and the early Soviet Union (1890-1930)
  • Kazimierz Musiał: Influence of Nordic Knowledge Regimes in the Baltic Near Abroad

  • Tungalag Nyamaa: Foreign Aid as one of the priorities of the foreign policy of Denmark: case of Monglolia (virtual TBC)
  • Larisa Kangaspuro: Perception of the Finnish (Nordic) prison model in Russia
  • Monica Quirico: Images of Sweden and to some extent of the other Nordic countries in Italy during the pandemic.
  • Lizaveta Dubinka-Hushcha: Danish cultural diplomacy in the time of war
  • Karolina Drozdowska: Ideas about motherhood in the newest Norwegian literature and their international circulation – the Polish case
  • Nordic assistance to the Baltic States after the fall of the Soviet Union (TBC)
  • Szymon Jedliński: Promotion of Norwegian literature in Poland as a cultural diplomatic act - case of the Book Fairs in Warsaw 2022
  • Mart Kuldkepp: Nordic assistance to the Baltic States during and after the fall of the Soviet Union