UK-Nordic Mobility: Tracing Flows and Building Networks, UCL, 18-19 March 2021

18 March 2021–19 March 2021, 1:30 pm–3:30 pm

Carta Marina

This two-day online conference will bring together researchers from several disciplines (such as Area Studies, Linguistics, Sociology and Visual Culture) in order to explore how mobility has affected the identities of the UK and the Nordic region from the nineteenth century onwards.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Elettra Carbone

Rooted in the belief (supported by recent trends in Migration Studies) that all types of migration should be examined, including those between what today might be regarded as ‘privileged’ regions, the project aims to focus on the migrant communities (particularly as represented by local multicultural heritage groups and institutions), the movement of objects, texts, ideas and images and the multilingual environment triggered by these flows. By studying these movements both from a historical and contemporary perspective, we hope to contribute to the understanding of migration, integration and heritage, ultimately favouring the creation of plural societies at a time when mobility is challenged. 

Through this online event (which will take place on 18-19 March) we wish to encourage collaboration and discussion between the academy, heritage communities and non-academic audiences (both the migrant communities at the centre of the project and the wider societies of which they are part).

Ultimately the aim of the planned activities is that of setting up the UK-Nordic Mobility Network, a consortium of universities and organisations in the UK and Nordic countries mapping the movements of people, ideas and texts between the UK and the Nordic countries and reflecting on the construction and preservation of individual, national and multinational identities in these regions. 

In addition to two a range of contributions (see a full programme for details), on Friday 19 March at 2pm we will be launching the online exhibition Nordic Fragments, featuring objects from UCL Collections which tell stories of UK-Nordic Mobility.

Times and Dates:

DAY 1 Thu, March 18, 2021 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM GMT

DAY 2 Fri, March 19, 2021   9:30 AM – 3:30 PM GMT



Registration is via Eventbrite:

DAY 1: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uk-nordic-mobility-tracing-flows-and-building-networks-day-1-tickets-143276009401

DAY 2: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uk-nordic-mobility-tracing-flows-and-building-networks-day-2-tickets-143276601171


Dr Elettra Carbone, Lecturer in Norwegian Studies, UCL, elettra.carbone@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi, Assistant Professor (Teaching) in Finnish, UCL), r.valijarvi@ucl.ac.uk


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