17jan(jan 17)16:0030jun(jun 30)17:00Exhibition: First Encounters. Greenlanders in Ísafjörður in 1925.(january 17) 16:00 - (june 30) 17:00 Veröld - House of Vigdís Event Organized By: VIMIUC Event Type :Event

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First Encounters. Greenlanders in Ísafjörður in 1925. 

Exhibition in the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages and in the National and University Library of Iceland.

When the ship Gustav Klimt arrived in Ísafjörður in August 1925, it drew a lot of attention as there were more than a hundred people on board.  It was not unusual for a ship to come into the harbour, of course, but on this occasion it was bearing guests rarely seen, even though they were neighbours, for in addition to the Danish crew, the eighty-nine passengers were Greenlanders. Most of them were from East Greenland, more specifically from the region around Ammassalik, while a further dozen or so were from West Greenland.

This first visit by Greenlanders to Iceland and first encounter between the two nations was covered in detail in Icelandic newspapers, and has often been recalled since. It played a major role in increasing understanding between the two nations.

The Exhibition will be in the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages and in the National and University Library of Iceland, from 17 January until 30 June 2019.

Exhibition Opening is in Veröld – House of Vigdís, Thursday 17 January at 4 pm. All are welcome.

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Organizers of the exhibition: Vígdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages, the National and University Library of Iceland, and Ísafjörður Culture House: Westfjords Heritage Museum.

Exhibition manager: Sumarliði R. Ísleifsson

Exhibition designer in Veröld, House of Vigdís: Björn G. Björnsson; in National and University Library of Iceland: Ólafur Engilbertsson

Graphics: Helga Dögg.

 

The exhibition is funded by: Prófessorsembætti Jóns Sigurðssonar at the University of Iceland, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Rannsóknarsjóður Hugvísindastofnunar, Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding and Vígdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages.

 

Time

January 17 (Thursday) 16:00 - June 30 (Sunday) 17:00

Location

Veröld - House of Vigdís

Organizer

VIMIUC

02may16:0017:00Hélène Merlin-Kajman: Civility, civilization and power16:00 - 17:00 Veröld - House of Vigdís, Auditorium Event Organized By: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages & VIMIUC Event Type :Event

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For the great historian and sociologist, Norbert Elias, who began writing before the Second World War, Europe knew a « civilizing process » which began during the XVIth century. As a process, it must not be interpreted as a stable state. It implies that individuals learned to control their drives. But it has been criticized. For instance, for Zygmunt Bauman, a more recent sociologist, the Holocaust was only possible because of civilization : internalized “self-restraint” implied discipline and obedience. But today, the weakening of civility is seen as a sign of barbarism.

In my talk, I will go back to the XVIth and XVIIth centuries’ treatises of manners, and try to show that, contrary to a commonly held idea that a certain tradition of moral reflection has transmitted to us (and even Elias’ analysis in a certain way), civility is not opposed in a simple, direct way to barbarism, nor to frankness and familiarity, or to that which is “natural.” Rather, civility is opposed simultaneously to familiarity and to respect. This perspective, I hope, helps us today to defend civility, which has in the past been precisely described and defined.

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Time

(Thursday) 16:00 - 17:00

Location

Veröld - House of Vigdís, Auditorium

Organizer

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages & VIMIUC

03may14:0016:00Open seminar in honor of Professor Julian "Jay" Meldon D'Arcy14:00 - 16:00 Veröld - House of Vigdís, Auditorium Event Organized By: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages & VIMIUC Event Type :Conference,Event

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Welcome to an open seminar in honour of Professor Julian “Jay” Meldon D’Arcy.

At the seminar, talks will be given by former colleagues and students of Jay.

Program:
 
Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir er fundarstjóri
 
Guðrún Björk Guðsteinsdóttir
“Once Upon a Time”
 
Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir
“Northern Ties, Northern Turns: Arctic Encounters and Polar Exploration in Recent Scottish Literature”
Sabine Leskopf
“No Escape from Scott”

Ástráður Eysteinsson
“Athugavert við útleggingar? A Few Words about Losing and Finding Words”
Vilborg Davíðsdóttir
“About Mr. D’Arcy: Teacher, Translator and (My Temporary) Hubby”

“For the Road”

Light refreshments will be served. Free admission and all are welcome.

The event will be in English.

Time

(Friday) 14:00 - 16:00

Location

Veröld - House of Vigdís, Auditorium

Organizer

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages & VIMIUC

07may16:0018:00Mazen Maarouf in Veröld - House of Vigdís16:00 - 18:00 Veröld hús Vigdísar Event Organized By: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages & VIMIUC Event Type :Event

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Palestinian – Icelandic writer Mazen Maarouf was recently nominated for the Man Booker International Prize for his book Jokes for Gunmen, released in Arabic in 2016.

Mazen Maarouf will discuss the book and his other works in Veröld – House of Vigdís on 7 May 2019, at 16:00. Other speakers will be Icelandic writer and translator Sjón and Gauti Kristmannsson, Professor of Translation Studies at the University of Iceland,  who both have translated the work of Mazen Maarouf. Þórir Jónsson Hraundal, Assistant Professor of Middle-Eastern Studies at the University of Iceland, will be the moderator at the meeting.

All are welcome and admission is free. Light refreshments will be served after the event.

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Time

(Tuesday) 16:00 - 18:00

Location

Veröld hús Vigdísar

Organizer

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages & VIMIUC

10may15:3018:00Ittoqqortoormiit revisited: Images, memories and visions of Northern Greenland15:30 - 18:00 Veröld - House of Vigdís, Vigdísarstofa Event Organized By: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages & VIMIUC Event Type :Conference,Event

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Open seminar about a unique encounter between Icelanders and Greenlanders, May 10th 15.30-18 in Veröld Vigdísar. Vigdísarstofa.

Ittoqqortoormiit revisited: Images, memories and visions of Northern Greenland

In 1925 a historical encounter between Greenlanders and Icelanders took place, when around 90 Greenlanders visited the Icelandic Westfjords and stayed for a few days on their way to the settlement Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund) in north-eastern Greenland. This year the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute is showing an exhibition with photographs from the encounter and on May 10th an open seminar will be held in Veröld Vigdísar with researchers from Iceland, Denmark and Greenland, who address different aspects linked to the encounter, its links with Danish colonialism and the memories of it.

Program:

15:30 Welcome address:
Ann-Sofie N. Gremaud (assistant professor, HÍ)

15:40-16:00
Sumarlidi R. Ísleifsson (assistant professor, HÍ): Iceland and Greenland – early history (20 mín)

16:00-16:20
Kirsten Thisted (associate professor, UniCPH): Internal relations in 20th century Greenland: West and East. (20 mín)

16.20-16.40 Kaffi

16:40-17:00
Henriette Berthelsen (independent scholar and psychotherapist): Mental de-kolonialisering og identitet i Østgrønland (på dansk)

17:00-17:20
Mette Sandbye (professor, UniCPH): Photographs in Pia Arke’s aesthetic memory work. (20 mín)

17:20-17:40
Kattie Nielsen (business owner and entrepreneur): Iceland and Greenland as collaborators in tourism – current and future perspectives (20 mín)

17:40-18:15
Discussion and questions

 

All are welcome and admission is free.

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Time

(Friday) 15:30 - 18:00

Location

Veröld - House of Vigdís, Vigdísarstofa

Organizer

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages & VIMIUC

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