Posted on July 8, 2010 by Tia Lalani

Augustana hosts a second mini-conference with partner institution Telemark University College in Bo, Norway, from October 11-13.

In the late 1970s, Canadian geographer Louis-Edmond Hamelin coined the term “nordicity” to describe the degrees of northerness of high-latitude regions. A decade later, novelist Rudy Wiebe, using Hamelin’s terminology, wondered why Canadians “have so little comprehension of [their] nordicity.”

October 12-13, 2010: Nordicity in Thought and Practice
A mini-conference with Telemark University College, Bø Campus, Telemark, Norway

October 12 – Tuesday

9:00-9:30
Opening – Welcome and Introductions – Dean Roger Epp (chapel)

9:30-10:40
Keynote Address and Discussion – Rudy Wiebe, award-winning Canadian novelist (chapel)
“North is from Wherever You are Looking”

10:40-11:15
Break / Refreshments / Book Signing

Meetings for the rest of the day will be held in the new boardroom.

11:15-12:45
“Thought in a Cold Climate” – Janet Wesselius
“Norden & the North; Nordicity and Northicity: A Discussion of Terms” – Peter Fjågesund

“Vivre l’hiver: Living in Winter and Living Winter” – Jerome Melancon

2:30-4:00
“Bridging the Gap: Indigenous Knowledge of a Northern Ecology” – Glynnis Hood
“The Invention and Diffusion of Skiing and Canoeing as Leisure Activity: A Comparative Study of Norwegian Skiing and Canadian Canoeing” – André Horgen
“Canada and Norden – Comparisons in Terms of Natural Environment” – Arvid Odland

4:30-5:30
“A Student in Telemark: Small Country, Big Dreams” – Jannicke Døvre
“Teaching Regional Geography for the Canadian North: Adding Value to the Learning Experience” – Glen Hvenegaard and Morten Asfeldt

8:00
Fine Arts Showcase Event – Chapel
Paul Johnson – “Henrik Ibsen on the Necessity of Producing Norwegian Drama” (John Palmer)
Julian Forrest – “The Wild North: Migrant Populations and the Arts”
Keith Harder – “Tempus Fugit: A Vanitas for Our Times”
Milton Schlosser and Kathleen Corcoran – “Songs of the North”

October 13 – Wednesday

9:00-10:00
Address by Ambassador Else Berit Eikeland (Introduction by Dean Roger Epp) (chapel)

Meetings for the rest of the day will be held in the new boardroom.

10:30-11:00
“The Canadian Circumpolar Institute’s Nordic and Scandinavian Connections” – Marianne Douglas, Director, CCI

11:30-12:30
“The Construction of Childhoods in Norway and Canada: A Historical Approach” – Ellen Schrumpf
“The Religious Roots of ‘Nordicity’ in the Nordic Countries of Europe” – Nils Ivar Agøy

A special thanks to the Canadian Institute for Nordic Studies (CINS), The Office of the Dean, Augustana and The Vice-President Research University Conference Fund for providing funding for this event.


Posted in Augustana Campus, Events. | Permalink

Comments are closed.