The New Nordic Lexicon to be Launched

A new project called The New Nordic Lexicon is to be launched by the team behind Nordics.info at Aarhus University. The project plans to bring experts and students together in a research-based discussion about Nordic society.

The New Nordic Lexicon will be comprised of roughly fifty Nordic terms and concepts in English and a variety of Nordic languages. In relation to this, the project asks students and researchers from across the Nordics and from Scandinavian Studies around the world to assist in picking which terms and concepts should be included in the project.

To Nordics.info Peter Stadius, Research Director of the Centre for Nordic Studies in Helsinki, elaborates:

–What it means to be ’Nordic’ is actually quite complex. It is easy to assume that we know what it means simply by virtue of living in the Nordics, but our experience is often limited to only one or two countries or regions. Our understanding of nordicity is also greatly influenced by how the surrounding world sees us. Research in the social sciences and humanities helps to unpick what ‘nordic’ means, providing a greater understanding of the Nordic countries and how we can solve societal challenges.

Research in the social sciences and humanities helps to unpick what ‘nordic’ means, providing a greater understanding of the Nordic countries and how we can solve societal challenges

Peter Stadius, Research Director of the Centre for Nordic Studies in Helsinki

To give your input on terms and concepts, visit the website of The New Nordic Lexicon. On the website, you can contribute to an online survey for the project, learn more about how you can meet young people from other Nordic countries and discuss your views, and how researchers can join consultations, write, and get involved in podcasts and films in the project.

In addition to the project coordinator at Aarhus University’s School of Culture and Society, the project consists of the Centre for Nordic Studies at the University of Helsinki, the Institute of Contemporary History at Södertörn University, and UiO:Norden at the University of Oslo.

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