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Nordic Travels

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
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Interview with Janicke S Kaasa (in Norwegian)

The book from the conference is now available from Novus forlag: Nordic travels (ed. Kaasa, Lothe, Spring) 

International conference on travel literature

In this conference, scholars hailing from Norway, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom will discuss the representation of the Nordic region in travel writing.

Due to current restrictions, the conference will be held digitally

Illustrasjonsbilde av notatbok, kart og kamera
Foto: Dariusz Sankowski/Pixabay

Exploring factual and fictional journeys through text, image and objects from the early nineteenth century until today, the conference aims to provide critical perspectives on established notions of "the Nordic".

The conference is funded by UiO:Norden and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Recording of day 1


Recording of day 2



Thursday 12 November (via Zoom)


10:30   Janicke S. Kaasa, Ulrike Spring and Jakob Lothe (University of Oslo): Introduction

10:45   Ulrike Spring (University of Oslo): Taking the North back home: Souvenirs around 1900

11:15   Break 

11:45   Alexandre Simon-Ekeland (University of Oslo): Fascinated Disgust: French Travellers and Whale Hunting in Northern Norway 1860–1914

12:15   Torild Gjesvik (Oslo): Knud Knudsen: A Travelling Photographer in Nineteenth-Century Norway

12:45   Andrew Newby (Unversity of Helsinki): My peregrinations in Old Norway” – Robert Wilson’s Norwegian Tour (1830) 

13:15   Lunch

14:00   Kjersti Bale (University of Oslo): Travelling among Contemporary Ruins: Essayistic Self-fashioning in Marit Eikemo’s Samtidsruinar

14:30   Ellen Mortensen (University of Bergen): Trans-Atlantic Travels in Stories and Letters: Edvard Hoem’s Norwegian-American Family Chronicle

15.00    Break   

15:15   Janicke S. Kaasa (University of Oslo): Léonie d’Aunet’s Voyage d’une femme au Spitzberg (and its Norwegian translation) 

15:45   Jakob Lothe (University of Oslo): To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive”: Cecil Slingsby’s Norway: The Northern Playground (1904)

Friday 13 November - (via Zoom)

10:00   Elettra Carbone (University College London): Representations of Italy in Nordic Literature from the 1830s to the 1910s 

10:30   Anders Johansen (University of Bergen): Nansen as Ethnographer: Travelling in Time, Encountering Contemporaries
11:00   Peter Fjågesund (University of Southern Norway): Nordic Stereotypes: A Critical Examination of the Traveller's Gaze                                                                            

11:30   Break

12:00   Tyrone Martinsson (University of Gothenburg): Jan Troell’s Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd (1982), Related to Andrée’s Balloon Expedition in 1897 and to Per Olof Sundman’s Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd (1967) 

12:30  Finish