DECLARE INDEPENDENCE - narratives and memories in an imagined region – University of Copenhagen

DECLARE INDEPENDENCE - narratives and memories in an imagined region

International seminar on the historical and current relations in the former Danish empire hosted by Denmark and the New North Altlantic at the University of Copenhagen. 

New aliances and narratives on the former Danish colonies and dependencies in the West Nordic region are taking shape, but how does the shared past influence the current relations, cultures and policies in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the Faroe Islands and Denmark?

Inspired by David Scott’s theory (2004) on the longing for total revolution that becomes an imperative in post-colonial discourse “Denmark and the New North Atlantic” hosts an international seminar at the University of Copenhagen November 5-6.

Empirialism and modernity, the geo-political momentum, marginal positions, gender stereotypes and nationalist narratives on purity and hybridity have shaped the relations in the former Danish empire. This will be discussed along with themes such as ultra minor literatures, archives in the Arctic, imagined geographies and processes of minoritization and majoritization.

Program

Thursday, 5 November

09:00 – 10:00

Welcome and presentation of the project “Denmark and the New North Atlantic”.
Re-directing the post-colonial.

10:00 – 11:00

Keynote Silke Reeploeg: The North Atlantic Rim as Cultural Space

11:00 – 11:30 

Coffee

11:30 – 12:30

Panel 1, The Making of a Region
Kristinn Schram: Arctic Strategies in the West Nordic region
Ketil Zachariassen: Norwegian Arctic Strategy - Where have all the Sami gone?
Discussant: Silke Reeploeg

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:30

Panel 2, Imagined Geographies
Bergur Rønne Moberg: The Blue North Atlantic
Adam Grydehøj: Island Cultures
Discussant: Martyn Bone

14:30 – 15:30

Panel 3, Purity and Hybridity
Ann-Sofie Gremaud: Powered by Nature. Nation and Authenticity
Birgit Kleist: Ethnicity, Purity and Hybridity, Contested Concepts in a Greenlandic Context
Discussant: Marianne Lien

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee

16:00 – 17:00

Keynote: Gudmundur Hálfdanarson: The Spectre of Empire. From Commonwealth to Nation States in the North Atlantic.

19:00

Dinner for project members and invited participants 

Friday, 6 November 

09:00 – 10:00

Keynote 3: Marianne Lien: Performing Nature. Dividing and Uniting the Nation.

10:00 – 11:00

Panel 4 Gender and Bodies:
Ólafur Rastrick: Disciplining the National Body
Kristin Loftsdottir: Gender Stereotypes in National Narratives
Discussant: Malan Marnersdottir

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee

11:30 – 12:30

Panel 5: Performing and Representing Heritage
Anne Mette Jørgensen: Visualizing Industrialization as Part of Greenlandic Cultural Heritage
Ólafur Rastrick: The allure of Numbers. Eugenic Archives and Collective Identity
Discussant: Mette Sandbye 

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:30

Panel 6, Memory and Archives
Inge Seiding: Networks, Archives, Institutions. Creating the Region
Sumarlidi Ísleifsson: Encountering the Neighbour. Greenland in Icelandic representations - and vice  versa
Discussant: Kirsten Thisted

14:30 – 15:00

Coffee

15:00 – 16:00

Round table discussion: Constitutions and reconciliation
Malan Marnersdottir, Ketil Zachariassen, Sumarlidi Ísleifsson, Kirsten Thisted.
Moderator: Ebbe Volqvardsen

Read more about the project Denmark and the New North Atlantic and see the project website: http://thenewnorthatlantic.com/