Visiting Professor in Scandinavian Studies
From 20 to 24 February 2012, Ellen Rees, PhD, of the University of Oslo, will be joining UCL Scandinavian Studies as Visiting Professor.
The Visiting Professor scheme is generously supported by the Scandinavian Embassies in London, and brings a scholar of Scandinavian culture to London for a week every two or three years. This year, part of Ellen's stay will be in Edinburgh, to participate in the Nordic Research Network conference for UK Scandinavian postgraduates and early-career researchers.
Ellen's research interests span classic and contemporary Scandinavian literature and cinema. She has published two monographs: Figurative Spaces in the Novels of Cora Sandel. Bergen: Alvheim & Eide akademisk forlag, 2010; and On the Margins: Nordic Women Modernists of the 1930s. Norwich, UK: Norvik Press, 2005. Ellen's full list of published articles can be found here, but a small selection reveals the breadth of her scholarship: "The Seter as Locus Amoenus in Edvard Storm's Døleviser." Scandinavica 49.1 (2010): 5-22; "Intermedial Strategies in Erlend Loe's Volvo lastvagnar." Edda 1 (2010): 51-63; "Problems of Landscape and Representation in Ibsen's Når vi døde vågner." Ibsen Studies 9.2 (2010): 37-61; "Gyntian Simulacra: Twenty-First-Century Appropriations of Peer Gynt." Scandinavian Studies 79.4 (2007): 427-448; "In My Father's House Are Many Mansions: Transgressive Space in Three Dogme95 Films." Scandinavica 43.2 (2004): 165-182.
Recently, Ellen has focused on research on Henrik Ibsen, and on a four-year research project on the significance of hytter (country cabins) in Norwegian literature 1770-2005. During her time at UCL, she will be speaking and teaching on both these topics.
Public events during Ellen's visit are as follows. Maps of UCL and transport information can be found here.
Public lecture: 'Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea & the Romantic Theatre'
5.15pm, Monday 20 February 2012
Room B05, Chadwick Building, UCL Main Quadrangle, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Introduced by Dr Marie Wells
Followed at 6.30pm by a wine reception, South Cloisters, UCL Main Building
Places for this lecture and reception are free, but limited. Please sign up via EventBrite
Nordic Noir Book Club presents: CABIN FEVER
6.00pm, Wednesday 22 February 2012
Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, 21 University Street, London WC1E 6DE
As any Norwegian crime aficionado knows, all those forests, mountains
and cabins make a spine-chilling backdrop to the thriller tradition.
For this Nordic Noir event, Visiting Professor Ellen Rees (University of
Oslo) leads us into the Norwegian woods and back to the early days of
crime and horror fiction. Ellen will screen the classic Norwegian
thriller The Lake of the Dead (De dødes tjern, 1958, 75 mins)
and explain how the forest cabin has become a classic location for crime
and horror fiction and film. We’ll also hear about annual Easter
crimewave in Norway. And all of this takes place over a glass or two of
wine in the spookily atmospheric surroundings of the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology. Shiver.
Places for this event are free, but limited. Please sign up here
For more information on Nordic Noir events, please visit the Nordic Noir website
Building Cabins & Building Character: Using the Outdoors in Britain & Norway
6.30pm, Friday 24 February 2012
Committee Room One, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.
In collaboration with Nordic Research Network at the University of Edinburgh, and kindly hosted by Alison Johnstone MSP, and sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Edinburgh. With Ellen Rees, University of Oslo; Ralf Westphal and Peter Higgins, University of Edinburgh; Discussion chair: Dominic Hinde, University of Edinburgh. For more information please visit the event site.
Strictly by advance registration only: please email Guy Puzey by Thursday 16 February if you would like to apply for a place at this event.