History of Scandinavian Studies (Nordic) at UW-Madison
Established in 1875, the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the oldest Scandinavian Studies department in the United States. Since its founding, the department has offered a variety of courses on literature, language/linguistics, culture, philology, and folklore, within the field of Scandinavian and Nordic.
It is difficult to imagine Scandinavian Studies at UW–Madison without Nete Schmidt. But that, nevertheless, is what we have to do as she announced that she will retire at the end of this academic year. …
Myths, Tales, and Poetry An anthology edited by Harald Gaski This anthology presents Sámi oral and written texts from the last four hundred years – Sámi narratives and poetry relating creation of the world, the …
Heritage Repatriation and Educational Sovereignty at an Ojibwe Public School explores ways in which folklorists can support or enhance educational sovereignty occurring in communities. In this article authors B. Marcus Cederström, Thomas A. DuBois, Tim …
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Nordic Program Partners
The Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures is committed to the languages and cultural traditions of this region's diverse peoples. We foster research and the preservation of archival collections, while producing educational and outreach programs for a broad public audience. We also assist community groups, classrooms, and scholars with projects involving Upper Midwestern Cultures
In 2010, the ScanDesign Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun, based in Seattle, Washington, established a study abroad fellowship program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program is designed to foster Danish-American relations by providing generous financial support to undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to study abroad in Denmark.
The Folklore Program is a multidisciplinary field of study concerned with the documentation and analysis of verbal, customary, musical, material, and performance traditions. From oral stories to folksongs, dance to fiber arts, students in the Folklore Program use ethnographic methods to examine how traditions are sustained, revived, modified, or invented by individuals and communities. The Folklore Program is housed within GNS+ and offers courses on form, theory, methods, and public presentation, with an emphasis on cross-cultural approaches.