Students interview researchers on Nordic society, history and culture for podcast series

The New Nordic Lexicon podcast touches down in Aarhus, Helsinki, Oslo, and Stockholm in 15 episodes

Young people from across the Nordic countries came together to interview researchers on topics of the day for the New Nordic Lexicon podcast series. Recording took place in 2023 in Aarhus, Helsinki, Oslo and Södertörn. The students and researchers were mainly from the six ReNEW partner universities, and many of them travelled from another Nordic country to take part. All the subject areas and discussion points were chosen by young people and checked with the researchers beforehand. The episodes are mainly in English with some in the Scandinavian languages.

The researchers included: Norbert Götz from the ReNEW Steering Group and Södertörn University; Mari Teigen from the Institute for Social Research in Norway; and, Tuire Liimatainen from the ReNEW Emerging Scholars Network and the Migration Institute of Finland.

The students included: Kristen Lutro, a high school student from Bergen Private Gymnasium; Daniela Lange Andersen from Russian Studies at Aarhus University; and, Mattias Carlberg who is studying Music and Pedagogy at Malmö Academy of Music (Lund University) and is also a presenter on Nordljud (Nordic Student Radio).

Other research groups involved included: Civil Society without Boundaries: Nordic Humanitarianism Facing the Biafra Crisis (2022-2024); Planning with Youth; and Young People Network for Balticness.

A podcast from the series was published once every two weeks from September 2023 to March 2024, and each episode lasts around 30 minutes. The podcast is available by going to the listen page of the lexicon  or search on “Knowledge on the Nordics” on your preferred podcast provider. Transcriptions are also available online. For more information about each individual podcast, please click on the links below:

NNL Pod 1+2: The Nordics and the Baltic Sea Region

NNL Pod 3+4: The Nordics, Urban Planning and Youth: Listen to two podcasts about the history and practicalities of urban planning and why young people should be involved - in English.

NNL Pod 5, 6+7: The Nordics and Gender: Listen to three podcasts about gender equality in the Nordics and some suggestions for improvement - two in English and one in Norwegian.

NNL Pod 8+9: Culture and Security after the Invasion of Ukraine: Listen to two podcasts in Danish on the changing political and cultural landscape since the invasion of Ukraine, in Russia, Europe and Norden - in Danish.

NNL Pod 10+11: The Nordics and Climate Change: Listen to two podcasts about the climate, how we talk about it and our different responses to climate change - in Swedish and Norwegian.

NNL 12+13: Bilingualism, Minority Languages and English in the Nordics: Listen to two podcasts on the socio-political aspects of languages in mainly Sweden and Finland - in English.

NNL 14: What was the Nordic humanitarian response to the Biafra Crisis?: Listen to a podcast on how Nordic public and voluntary organisations responded to famine and civil war in Nigeria - in English.

NNL 15: What was the New Nordic Lexicon Podcast about?: Listen to a whistlestop tour covering the last 14 podcasts, touching down in Aarhus, Stockholm Oslo and Helsinki - in English.

The lexicon has been made possible by the support of the A.P. Moller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Moller Foundation (A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal).