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.
The Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to the dramatists and novelist Jon Fosse, who write sin the version of Norwegian known as Nynorsk. GNS+ Professor Dean Krouk, a specialist in Norwegian literature, recommends …
Ingrid Andersson – Joredemoder: Poems of a Midwife Alumni Ingrid Andersson talks about her recently published poetry book Jordemoder: Poems of a Midwife and the journey that has led her to writing it. Having a …
Author Panel “A Hand That Writes Has a Wide Reach: Recent Translations of Sámi Literature to English”
GNS+ chair Thomas DuBois was recently featured on panel of authors “A Hand That Writes Has a Wide Reach: Recent Translations of Sámi Literature to English” hosted by St. Olaf College. The panel discussion took …
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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.