Queer migration within the Nordic countries in the late 20th century
Friday September 27, 2019 at 13:30-15:30
University of Iceland, Oddi, 206
What do queer migrations from Finland and Iceland in the late 20th century have in common? How can we approach this subject? Which methods should we use?
On Friday September 27 we will attempt to answer these questions in a workshop on queer migrations within the Nordic countries at the University of Iceland. Special attention will be paid to migration between Finland and Sweden, on the one hand, and Iceland and Denmark on the other. The workshop will pose questions about the characteristics, driving forces and cultural meanings of these migrations, as well as methods and approaches when researching this phenomenon.
Six Finnish and Icelandic researchers will give short presentations but one of the main goals of the workshop is to facilitate discussions between scholars, queer communities and other interested parties about this neglected subject within Nordic history.
The workshop is funded by the ReNEW research hub and is a part of preparations for a Nordic research project on queer migrations in the latter half of the 20th century. It is hosted by MARK – The Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, The Centre for Research in History, The Centre for Research on Equality, Gender and Education, and the research programme Mobilities and Transnational Iceland.
Presentations and discussions will be conducted in English.
Ásta Kristín Benediktsdóttir: The Great Escape? Queer migration from Iceland to Europe in recent historical novels
Elsi Hyttinen: The shy men in denim jackets. Fictional queer Finns in Stockholm
Hafdís Erla Hafsteinsdóttir: Final Destination: Copenhagen. HIV/Aids and queer migration in Iceland 1983–1987
Íris Ellenberger: What‘s queerness got to do with it? Education, migration and queerness in the 20th century
Riikka Taavetti: Migration as a blind spot in Finnish queer historiography?
Tuula Juvonen: The image of a gay Sweden in Finland 1950s-1980s
14:30 Questions and discussions