Seminar Schedule Fall 2019

Fall Schedule:

19.9. Johan Strang: The Rhetoric of Nordic Cooperation

3.10. POSTPONED: Maja Hagerman: The Gaze of the Racial Biologist. Collaboration over national borders within the scientific network for racial hygiene in 1910- 1935

17.10. Paula Merikoski: Contentious hospitality and resistance in home accommodation of asylum seekers in Finland

31.10. Tuire Liimatainen: Multidimensional perspectives on Sweden-Finnishness

14.11. Lysiane Lasausse et. al.: “Negotiating the Nordic – approaches to regionality in video games” / Frederik Forrai Ørskov: “Intellectual Collaboration: Nordic Intellectuals in Nazi Cultural Internationalism, 1933-45”

28.11. Jana Lainto

5.12. Maja Hagerman: The Gaze of the Racial Biologist. Collaboration over national borders within the scientific network for racial hygiene in 1910- 1935

The seminar discussions are open for all but getting in touch to receive the material discussed is highly recommended. For more information and to join the mailing list, contact Frederik Forrai Ørskov at

Seminar schedule spring 2019

17.1. Jani Marjanen and Johan Strang: “Rhetorics of Nordicness”

31.1. Tuire Liimatainen: “From Inbetweenness to Invisibility: Changing Representations of Sweden-Finnish Authors”

14.2. Matilda af Hällström: “Lost and Found: Nordic Identity and Peace in the post-Cold War Era”

28.2. Heidi Haggrén: “Conflicting Loyalties: Nurses’ Collective Organization in Finland”

14.3. Lysiane Lasausse: “Game Noir: reimagining the negatives of the Nordic image”

28.3. Jana Lainto: “‘A Small Nation Once Feared by the Whole of Europe’: Portraying Sweden in Czech Travelogues of the Late 19th century”

11.4. Peter Stadius

25.4. Frederik Forrai Ørskov

Seminar schedule autumn 2018

Seminar schedule autumn 2018

20.9. Peter Stadius: “The Norden Associations – Hundred years of promoting Nordism”

4.10. Nemanja Nenadovic: “Family Language Policy of Transnational and Immigrant Multilingual Families in the Swedish-speaking areas of Finland”

18.10. Mikael Björk-Winberg: ““Eviva Garibaldi, il nostro liberatore!” Fennomania, Scandinavism and Liberalism in the correspondence of Emil von Qvanten in the 1850s and 1860s

1.11. Sara Cederberg: “The battle for modernism” (From the PhD Thesis: “The re-enchantment of culture: the literary debate in Sweden 1960-1980”)

15.11. Frederik Forrai Ørskov: “Revisiting the early Nordic Peace Movement: Fredrik Bajer and the Pan-Scandinavian Origins of “Nordic Peace”

29.11. Aura Kostiainen: “The Nordic countries as the future horizon in the Finnish Criminal Law Committee work 1972–1976”

13.12. Pikkujoulut/Lilla jul (starting at 5 pm)

The seminar is held every other Thursday at 16:15-17:45 at Unioninkatu 38 A 109 (Russian room). Welcome!

Seminar schedule spring 2018

18.1. Merle Wessel: “Balls to the Wind – Castration of Sex Offenders in Germany and the Nordic Countries, ca. 1930-2000“.

15.2. Jana Lainto: “Arnošt Kraus as a Mediator of Danish Culture in the Czech lands/Czechoslovakia, 1890s – 1930s”

1.3. Maïmouna Jagne-Soreau: “Postmigration literature in the Nordic countries”


5.4. Katarina Pettersson: “Save the nation! A social psychological study of political blogs as a medium for nationalist communication and persuasion”.

19.4. Corinna Casi: “Sami Traditions and Food (In)security in the Arctic”

The seminar is held every other Thursday at 16:15-17:45 at Unioninkatu 38 A 109 (Russian room). Welcome!

Seminar schedule autumn 2017

Schedule for the autumn term 2017 will be confirmed and updated on this webpage. In case you are interested in giving a presentation at the NSRS seminar this autumn, please contact the seminar coordinator Tuire Liimatainen at tuire.liimatainen(at)

14.9. Merle Wessel: “Primodos in Finland. A Bioethical Case Study.” 

28.9. Eija Niskanen: “Moomin’s Adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun – Tove Jansson and Japan” + Presentation of Science Basement 

12.10. Alan Granadino: “In search of a model. PSOE-SAP relations during the Spanish transition to democracy”


23.11. Louis Clerc: “Still the Cinderella Service? Perspectives on the Contemporary History of Nordic Consular Services”

7.12. Andrew Newby: “Our Brothers’ Misfortune”: Famine Relief and Scandinavian Identity 1856-68

21.12. Ainur Elmgren: “Our Secret Weapon – Minority Strategies of the Finnish Tatars 1890-1960”

  • After the seminar you are warmly welcomed to join post-seminar Christmas glögi at the Russian Room!

The seminar is held every other Thursday at 14:15-15:45 at Unioninkatu 38 A 109 (Russian Room). Welcome!

Seminar schedule spring 2017

18.1. Ainur Elmgren: “’The Jesuits of Our Time’ – The Jesuit Stereotype and the Revolutionary Year 1917 in Finland”

  • Please note the different time and place! This seminar session will be held on Wednesday January 18th at 16:15-17:45 at Unioninkatu 38 D113)

2.2. Mojibur Doftori: “Adapting Nordic Popular Education Model in Developing Countries: A Study on Study Circles in Bangladesh, Chile and Tanzania”

16.2. Akif Cem Özkardes: “Euroscepticism: Achilles’ heel of Europe? How do Icelandic and Finnish Euroscepticisms differ from each other in terms of their characteristics and causes?”

2.3. Alan Granadino: “From Utopia to IKEA – The Brand ‘Nordic Model’ in the Spanish Left in the 1970s and the 2010s”

16.3. Corinna Casi: The Value of Barents Region: Ethical and Ecological considerations on the Non-Economic value of its Natural Environment”

30.3. Tuuli From: “Language as symbolic capital in a bilingual school space in Finland and Sweden”

13.4. Ainur Elmgren: “En folkfront för folkväldet – 1930-talets intellektuella mellan statsmakten och de medborgerliga rättigheterna”/”Human Rights Before the Fact – A Finnish Journalist’s Evolving Struggle for Rights and Liberties in 1932-1939”

27.4. Elina Hakoniemi: “”Democracy of Bildung” in social democratic educational ideas ca. 1945-1970″

11.5. Eija Stark: “Minorities in majority folktales and proverbs”

The seminar is held every other Thursday at 16:15-17:45 at Unioninkatu 38 A 109 (Russian room). Welcome!

Seminar Schedule for Autumn 2016

01.09. Ilkka Kärrylä – “From Democratization to Deregulation: The flourishing and fall of economic democracy in Finnish politics”

29.09. Sophy Bergenheim – “Non-governmental expert organisations, crisis and underdog trauma: Constructing public health and the ‘folk’”

13.10. Jana Lainto – “From Heretic Warriors to Beacons of Modernity: The Image of the Nordic Countries in the Central Europe”

27.10. Elina Hakoniemi – “Educational progress narratives in the social democratic labour movement of Finland”

10.11. Sophie Holm – “‘…the King answers by himself in Swedish’ – The languages of diplomacy in eighteenth-century Sweden”

24.11. Tuire Liimatainen – “Identity and representation among third generation Sweden Finns” and Merle Wessel – ”Eugenics and Feminism – Concepts of Body, Sexuality and Citizenship”

  • Please note that this seminar session lasts until 7 pm. After the seminar you are warmly welcomed to join post-seminar Christmas glögi at the Russian Room.

08.12. No seminar

Seminar`s Spring Schedule

All our spots in the spring are taken now. Here you find a list with all the dates and presenters:

03.03. Jani Marjanen “The Concept of  Nationalism in Late Nineteenth Century and Early Twentieth Century Finnish Newspapers”

17.03. Miika Tervonen ““Roma migrants and Nordic migration regimes: points of historical
comparison, 1860-1956”

31.03. (14-16, Unioninkatu 40, Sali 30!!)  Elina Hakoniemi – “Education for the Class, the Society and the Welfare State – Social Democratic Educational Ideas in Finland and Sweden 1890–1970”

14.04. Mats Fridlund – “The imagineered community: The mutual shaping of Swedish industrial nationalism, national power and electrification”

28.04. Kristina Malmio – “Senmodern spatialitet i finlandssvensk prosa 1990–2010” (Paper in Swedish, presentation and discussion in English)





New Home for NSRS

NSRS got its own website. From now on all papers, information and the schedule of the seminar will be uploaded on this page. You can subscribe as a user and also ad comments to the post.