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  • Scandinavian Art and Literature, Prof. Susan Brantly

    Susan Brantly, Birgit Baldwin Professor of Scandinavian Literature at UW-Madison, provides an overview of Scandinavian art, artists, and authors from the Baroque period in the 1600s to the late 20th century postmodernists. Click the link …

  • Professor Jim Leary Earns Grammy Nomination

    Jim Leary, UW-Madison professor emeritus of folklore and Scandinavian studies, has been nominated for a second time for a Grammy Award. This time he was nominated in the “Best Album Notes” category for his work on …

  • Warming Up to Hygge

    If you’ve ever sought respite from Wisconsin’s frigid winter in a cozy blanket, hot drink or conversation around a crackling fire, you’ve experienced hygge. Pronounced “hoo-guh” or “hue-guh,” with no direct translation in English, hygge is …

  • BBC Radio 3: Sunday Feature With Professor Thomas DuBois

    Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough enters the forests of our imagination, looking for stories. Alternative realities, holy quests and fairytales hidden among the glories of the Autumn forest. Despite our evolution in the African rainforests, Eleanor wonders …

  • Norway Summer Abroad Video Project

    Bryce Gilder, a student of Peggy Hager, created this video diary of his adventures while studying abroad in Norway in the ISS Oslo Study Program. He filmed his experiences each day and used this project …

  • Kokko and Aurinko: A Finnish-American Juhannus Festival

    John Prusynski, Nordic Graduate Student of UW-Madison, wrote this feature for a photo essay in the summer fieldwork course: Folklore 490: Field Methods and the Public Presentation of Folklore in June of 2018. He talks …

  • 2018 Community-University Partnership Awards

    At the 2018 Community-University Partnership Awards, in which the collaboration between several of the members in GNS (Marcus, Colin, Tim Frandy (formerly of the department) and Thomas DuBois) along with partners at Lac du Flambeau …

  • Scott Mellor Collaborates on a TED-Ed Video

    Are you interested in Norse mythology? Faculty Associate Scott Mellor recently contributed to an informative TED-Ed video about the myth of Thor’s journey to Utgard, the land of the giants. Click to watch the Youtube …

  • Prof Claus Andersen Gives Interview on Scandinavian Culture

    Prof Claus Andersen was recently  interviewed by Fox 6 News Milwaukee to discuss Hygge.  Hygge is a Danish concept to help alleviate winter blues and Andersen defines is as “pleasant togetherness”.  

  • Scott Mellor and Susan Brantly, Swedish Radio Interview

    Scott Mellor and Susan Brantly, together with Amanda Doxtater, are interviewed on Swedish Radio about teaching Selma Lagerlöf. The interview took place in conjunction with the recent ASTRA Conference in Washington D.C.

  • Assistant Prof. Dean Krouk Publishes new book

    In September 2017 Dean published “Fascism and Modernist Literature in Norway” Per the publishers site: Fascism and Modernist Literature in Norway illuminates the connections between literature and politics in interwar Europe. Focusing on the works …

  • Scandinavian Studies on Broadway

    Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (1879) is probably Scandinavia’s most famous play, having reached audiences around the world in a myriad of languages. Several attempts have been made to figure out what becomes of Nora after …

  • Prof. Susan Brantly publishes new book.

    Prof. Susan Brantly recently authored: The Historical Novel, Transnationalism, and the Postmodern Era. This volume explores the genre of the historical novel and the variety of ways in which writers choose to represent the past. …

  • Harald Naess, Prof. Emeritus in Scandinavian Studies, dies.

    Professor Emeritus Harald Naess was the guiding force of the Scandinavian Studies Department for 32 years, from 1959 until his retirement in 1991. He was the fourth Norwegian professor in the Department’s long history, succeeding …

  • Jim Leary, Emeritus, wins 2016 ARSC Awards for Excellence

    The Association for Recorded Sound Collections gives awards to authors of books, articles or recording liner notes, recognizing those who have published outstanding work in recorded sound research.

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Slavic

  • Fall 2018 GNS Honored Instrustors

    We are lucky to have such great instructors in the German, Nordic and Slavic Department! This semester, Fall 2018, a number of our instructors have been chosen by University Hoursing residents in order to be …

  • Busting the Myth of the Underemployed, Unhappy Humanities Graduate

    The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) conducted a recent study, providing a view of the  life-after-graduation of humanities students in terms of employment and financial expectations. The study confirms the prospects of a …

  • Prof. Manon van de Water receives Judith Kase-Cooper Honorary Research Award

    On August 4, 2017, Manon van de Water, Vilas-Phipps Distinguished Achievement Professor and Director of Theatre for Youth at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chair of the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic received the Judith …

  • Prof. Manon van de Water selected for AATE Research Award

    Manon van de Water, Professor and Chair for the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic, has been selected to receive AATE’s Judith Kase Cooper Honorary Research Award in recognition of her lifetime of significant contributions …

  • David Danaher Interviewed on Czech Radio

    From the interview page: Sunday was the fifth anniversary of the death of Václav Havel, the Czech dissident who led the Velvet Revolution and went on to spend nearly 13 years as president. But before …

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