The Nordic Voice

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The TORCH Nordic Network is hosting an all-day seminar on the topic of 'The Nordic Voice', on Friday 2nd June. The event is free to attend, and participants are welcome to attend individual panels if they are not available for the entire day.

09:00: Registration & tea

9:30-11:00 PANEL ONE: Geographies (Chair: Daniel Grimley)
Lene Østermark-Johansen (University of Copenhagen)
Victorian French Rococo with a Regional Danish Accent: Translating Walter Pater into Danish at the Fin de Siècle
Annika Lindskog (UCL)
Märk hur vår skugga: Funeral music by Bellman and Kraus as representation of place
Philip Bullock (University of Oxford)
North by North-East: Russia’s Nordic Voice

11:30-13:00 PANEL TWO: Music (Chair: Eveliina Pulkki)
Leah Broad (University of Oxford)
Nordic Voices in the Theatre
Anne Macgregor (University of Nottingham)
The half-truths of Ture Rangström’s ‘Tristans död’
Daniel Grimley (University of Oxford)
Singing against the waves: the Melancholia of Leevi Madetoja’s Syksy-sarja

14:15-15:45 PANEL THREE: Representation (Chair: Kirsten Shepherd-Barr)
Charlie Louth (University of Oxford)
On Denmark in Rilke’s ‘Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge’ (1910)
Glenn Cahilly-Bretzin (University of Oxford)
A Pagan Voice from a Christian Writer: Representations of the Heroic Past in 14th-Century Iceland
Eveliina Pulkki (University of Oxford)
Boules de suif: Foreign Bodies in Sofi Oksanen’s Stalin’s Cows (Stalinin lehmät, 2003) and Pekka Hiltunen’s BIG (ISO, 2013)

16:00-17:30 PANEL FOUR: Politics (Chair: Leah Broad)
Henrique Laitenberger (University of Oxford)
"In the Sweat of Man' Brow" - The Christian Political Economy of Anders Chydenius
Matthew Weait (University of Portsmouth)
Nanny Knows Best: The Criminalisation of HIV Transmission and Exposure in the Nordic Countries
Nina Witoszek (University of Oslo)
Is there a Nordic Humanism?


Nordic Network

Contact name: Kirsten Shepherd-Barr

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Audience: Open to all