1 Workshop Researching Nordic Colonialism – Past, Present, Futures

Place: Zoom 

Time: May 24-25, 2021 

All times: CET



May 24, 2021 

10AM -12PM Opening session Windows to Nordic Colonialism 

Opening words: Janne LahtiGunlög FurKristín LoftsdóttirRinna Kullaa, Linda Andersson Burnett and John Hennessey 

Leila Koivunen and Anna RastasThe Integration of Discussions on Colonialism into Finnish Histories 

Magdalena NaumColonialism, Collecting and Regimes of Knowledge: Approaching Native American Objects in Danish Museums 

Sami Lakomäki“If These Two Obviously Hardened Men… Are Allowed to Live”: How to Reckon with Colonial Violence in Early Modern Sápmi? 


1-2PM Panel I Everyday Racialization in the Nordic Countries 

Chair: Kristín Loftsdóttir 

Mante Vertelyte“Why are they not friends?”: Unpacking youth Racialization in Denmark 

Sayaka Osanami TörngrenBeing Visible yet Invisible: How RaceMmatters for Asians in Sweden 


2.30-4PM Panel IIColonial Culture as Nordic Culture 

Chair: Janne Lahti 

Åsa Bharathi-Larsson, Uncle Tom’s Cabin as Media Culture 

Elina ArminenLiterary Representations of Environmental Colonialism in Finnish Pechenga 

Thajilah Olaiya, Resistance and Remembering in the Former Danish West Indies 


4.30-6PM Panel IIIResource Colonialism Over Time 

Chair: Gunlög Fur 

Laura Junka-AikioWhose Settler Colonial State? The Arctic Railway, Hinterland Communities and Self-indigenization in Northern Finland 

Jonas M. Nordin, Copper, Culture, and Colonialism: 17th Century Copper Extraction in Sápmi 

Dag AvangoSwedish Resource Colonialism in the Arctic and Antarctic in the LateModern Period 


May 25, 2021 

10-11AM Panel IImperial Artefacts: Looting, Museums, and Nordic “Exceptionalism” 

Chair: Linda Andersson Burnett 

Liv Nilsson StutzExceptional, ahead, or behind? Swedish Museums and Their Relationships to Human Remains 

Eeva-Kristiina HarlinFrom Repatriation to Rematriation: Sámi Objects and the Change of Paradigm  


11.30-1PM Panel V – Nordic People in Transimperial Networks 

Chair: John Hennessey 

Mikko ToivanenFinnish Colonisers Under a Foreign Flag? The Career of Hjalmar Björling in the Dutch East Indies 

Lisa HellmanCoerced Colonialism: 18th-century Swedish Prisoners of War in Russia and Central Asia 

Eyrún EyþórsdóttirDoing Diaspora: Creating Icelandic Identity and Heritage in Brazil 


1.30-2.30 PM Panel VI Art and Nordic Colonialism 

Chair: Rinna Kullaa 

Jacqueline Hoang NguyenThe long walk: following the tick-ticking sounds into the unknown – or, The omitted 

Anna Ekman, Les archives suédoises 


2.30 PM Closing remarks – What’s next for Nordic Colonialism?