Nordic Colonial Durabilities and Legacies workshop

University of Iceland, Reykjavik, September 22–23, 2022
Held in Safnahúsið (Norðurstofa), Hverfisgötu


Thursday September 22

9:45 Welcome Words by Kristín Loftsdóttir and Janne Lahti

10-12:00 Panel I: Transimperial Movements and Networks

John L. Hennessey: Closing up Shop: Selling off the Swedish and Danish West Indies

Tonje Haugland Sørensen: From Scandinavia to Congo: Prefabricated Houses and Colonial Trade in Sweden and Norway from 1880-1920

Kristín Loftsdóttir: Specimens for Science: Imperialism and Scientific Imagination of 19th century Iceland

Magdalena Naum: Souvenirs, Settler Colonialism and Representations of American Indian: a Case of Ojibwa Regalia and Thomas Petersen

13-15:00 Panel II Colonial Cultures

Johan Höglund: (Un)Writing Extraction: Colonialism, Capitalism and the Climate Emergency in Nordic Fiction

Åsa Bharathi Larsson: Looking from Within: Staging Race and Representations in the Nordic Region

Ólafur Rastrick: Obnoxious Jazz and the Predicaments of Postcoloniality in early 20th century Iceland

16-18:00 Public Outreach: What is Nordic Colonialism and Why Does it Matter?

Short statement papers (5 min each) on “Nordic Colonial Legacies and Durabilities. What is Nordic Colonialism and Why Does it Matter Today? by Janne Lahti, Kristín Loftsdóttir, Rinna Kullaa, John Hennessey, Johan Höglund and Laura Junka-Aikio, followed by panel discussion.

Moderator: Ólafur Rastrick


Friday September 23

Held in Safnahúsið (Norðurstofa), Hverfisgötu

10-12.00 Panel III Colonial Visions and Endings

Peter Stadius: Colonial Incapacity? Finnish Future Visions and Fears in Petsamo 1920-1944

Janne Lahti: Settler Colonial Memory in Finland: Petsamo, Settlers, and Endings

Rinna Kullaa: Forced Labor in the Finnish Districts of the Russian Imperial Army and Durability of Its Legacy as a Form of Societal Coercion

Mikko Toivanen: Catching up with Empires: Rethinking Colonial Relations in Post-independence Finland

13:00-15:00 Panel IV Policies and Politics

Anna Lísa Rúnarsdóttir: The Image of a Nation: Collecting for the National Museum of Iceland

Carl-Gösta Ojala: Managing Colonial Heritage? Colonial Collecting, Repatriation and Heritage Management in Sápmi

Laura Junka-Aikio: Appropriation, Appreciation and Revitalization: On recent shifts in Nordic Colonial and Indigenous Cultural Politics

Saara Alakorva: New National luohti (joik) of the Sámi and its Contradictions

15:00-15:10 Janne Lahti: Concluding remarks