The Network ”Diversity in Nordic Literature” 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.
Call for papers
The conference invites contributions from different fields of enquiry, including postcolonialism, critical race and whiteness studies, disability studies, queer studies, gender studies, ecocriticism, and affect studies. The primary object of study is Nordic literature in all its forms, genres, presentations, hybridizations, transformations, and contextualizations.
Papers topics include (but are not limited to):
- Guilt and shame related to privilege (and lack thereof)
- Climate-guilt/eco-guilt (and shame)
- Outsider shaming, shame, and shamelessness
- Colonial guilt and shame (past and present)
- Other affects and emotions inspired by feelings of difference such as sadness, angst, anger, ambivalence, a sense of solidarity, and a sense of responsibility
Paper presentations should last 20 minutes. Please submit abstracts of 150-250 words by August 15, 2018 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for participants
Practical information about venues, transporation and more will be uploaded later.
The conference is organized by the DINO steering committee and by the ScanGuilt research group.
The conference has received funding from the Research Council of Norway and The Faculty of the Humanities at the University of Oslo (through their financing of the ScanGuilt-project).
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