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Nordic Travels webinar

In this conference, scholars hailing from Norway, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom will discuss the representation of the Nordic region in travel writing.

Time and place: Nov. 12, 2020 10:00 AM–Nov. 13, 2020 1:30 PM, Zoom

Exploring factual and fictional journeys through text, image and objects from the early nineteenth century until today, the conference aims to provide critical perspectives on established notions of "the Nordic".

The conference is funded by UiO:Norden and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Practical information

Due to the current situation the conference will be open physically only to those giving papers. However, it will be possible to follow the conference by live stream, or to join by Zoom, thus being able to participate in the debates.

If you wish to join by Zoom, please go to this page to register.  

The live stream will be made available on The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters's website.

If you have any practical queries, please contact Gro Havelin at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters: 


Thursday 12 November
  • 09:45 Registration
  • 10:00 Janicke S. Kaasa - [broken link], Ulrike Spring and Jakob Lothe (University of Oslo): Introduction
  • 10:15 Heidi Hansson (University of Umeå): Fredrika Bremer Goes North: Travel as Fiction and Experience in Some Mid-Nineteenth-Century Works (via Zoom)
  • 10:45 Ulrike Spring (University of Oslo): Taking the North back home: Souvenirs around 1900
  • 11:15 Break
  • 11:45 Alexandre Simon-Ekeland (University of Oslo): Fascinated Disgust: French Travellers and Whale Hunting in Northern Norway 1860–1914
  • 12:15 Torild Gjesvik (Oslo): Knud Knudsen: A Travelling Photographer in Nineteenth-Century Norway
  • 12:45 Andrew Newby (Unversity of Helsinki): My peregrinations in Old Norway” – Robert Wilson’s Norwegian Tour (1830) (via Zoom)
  • 13:15 Lunch
  • 14:00 Kjersti Bale (University of Oslo): Travelling among Contemporary Ruins: Essayistic Self-fashioning in Marit Eikemo’s Samtidsruinar
  • 14:30 Ellen Mortensen (University of Bergen): Trans-Atlantic Travels in Stories and Letters: Edvard Hoem’s Norwegian-American Family Chronicle
  • 15.00 Janicke S. Kaasa - [broken link] (University of Oslo): Léonie d’Aunet’s Voyage d’une femme au Spitzberg (and its Norwegian translation)
Friday 13 November
  • 10:00 Elettra Carbone (University College London): Representations of Italy in Nordic Literature from the 1830s to the 1910s (via Zoom)
  • 10:30 Anders Johansen (University of Bergen): Nansen as Ethnographer: Travelling in Time, Encountering Contemporaries
  • 11:00 Peter Fjågesund (University of Southern Norway): Nordic Stereotypes: A Critical Examination of the Traveller's Gaze (via Zoom)                                                                                    
  • 11:30 Break
  • 12:00 Tyrone Martinsson (University of Gothenburg): Jan Troell’s Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd (1982), Related to Andrée’s Balloon Expedition in 1897 and to Per Olof Sundman’s Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd (1967) (via Zoom)
  • 12:30 Jakob Lothe (University of Oslo): To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive”: Cecil Slingsby’s Norway: The Northern Playground (1904)
  • 13:00 Iver Tangen Stensrud (NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology): Europe is becoming dreadfully used up. Traveling images of Norway in the nineteenth-century illustrated press
  • 13:30 Lunch


Security and Morality

An open conference on the nexus of morality and security.  

Time and place: Mar. 28, 2019 9:30 AM–Mar. 29, 2019 6:00 PM, Niels Treschows Hus, 12th floor

Security is omnipresent in today’s politics and media; we are bombarded with images and narratives of proliferating internal and external security threats, conflicts, destabilization of international relations, chaos, and disorder.

Many of these striking cultural products of the current politics of fear serve to legitimize new modes of surveillance, expansions of military and other policies in the name of security.

Moral discourses are often mobilized to justify new security measures or legitimize increased spending on defense, while themselves predicated upon on implicit moral judgements.

And yet, questions of morality have been conspicuously left out as a clear object of analysis in respect to the study of security and securitization by anthropologists, despite the strong tradition of ‘anthropology of moralities'.

This conference sets out to investigate:

  1. The significance of diverse moral legitimizations and constructions of moral authority in security discourses and practices over time.
  2. The lived experiences of morality and ethics related to security (Feldman 2016).
  3. Different forms of ‘securitization of moral values’ (Østbø 2017)
  4. The ethical problems related to anthropologists’ and historians’ own involvement in security institutions and to the larger structures of funding of research for security.

Conference Program

March 28
  • 09:30 Registration & Coffee
  • 10:00 Welcome by organizers
Session 1
  • 10:15 -10:45 Moral and Ethical Challenges in Ethnographic Observation in Prison Settings. Catarina Frois
  • 10:45 -11:15 Staging Sovereignty: Punitivity, Xenophobia, and the Frail Society
  • Victor L. Shammas
  • 11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break
Session 2
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Security State, Honor, and Anti-Establishment Resentment
  • Tereza Kuldova
  • 12:00 -12:30 Honor as the Moral Culture of Russia’s Security Establishment. Jardar Østbø
  • 12:30 -13:00 ‘Securing the Island’: Paradoxes of Fear and Moral Regeneration in Vanuatu. Tom Bratrud
  • 13:00 -14:30 Lunch Break
Session 3
  • 14:30 -15:00 A State of Suspicion: Countering ‘radicalization’ into ‘violent extremism’ in Norway. Sindre Bangstad
  • 15:00 -15:30 ‘How to Prevent Radicalization: Narratives and Logics in the Policy of Preventing Islamist Radicalization of Adolescents in Germany. Leonie Thal
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Keynote Lecture. Constructing the ‘Crimmigrant Other’: Towards the Moral Economy of Migration Control. Katja Franko
  • 17:00 -18:00 Refreshments & Socializing
March 29
  • 09:30 Coffee & snacks
Session 1
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Humanitarianism, Security and the Resilience Agenda: The Ethical Quandaries of Aid in Jordan and Lebanon. Malay Firoz
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Contesting the Moral Frames of Aid Work: Humanitarian Ideology on Trial. Kristin Bergtora Sandvik
  • 11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
Session 2
  • 11:15 -11:45 Knowledge Makes You Safe: Risk Management Workshops and Production of (in)Security. Kamila Grześkowiak
  • 11:45 -12:15 Self-protective Practices of Crime Victims and the Discourse on Security. Ulf Borelius & Stig Grundvall
  • 12:15 - 13:30 Lunch break & EASA Anthropology of Security Network Meeting
Session 3
  • 13:30 - 14:00 The Morality of Studying Security: Divergent Perspectives and the Dilemmas of the Anthropologist-expert. Tessa G. Diphoorn & Erella Grassiani
  • 14:00 - 14:30 ‘We Defend Healthy Moral Values’: Theorizing the Nexus Between Security and Morality. Ana Ivasiuc
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break
Session 4
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Claims on Community: Moral Authority and Racialized Security Logics in U.S. Community Policing. Jessica Katzenstein
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Internal Affairs: Family Expectations and Entanglements for Mexican Police Officers. Adina Radosh Sverdlin
  • 16:00 - 16:15 Coffee Break
  • 16:15 - 17:00 Book Launch of Security Blurs: The Politics of Plural Security Provision ed. by Tessa Diphoorn and Erella Grassiani
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Refreshments & Discussion about possible publication venues

The conference is jointly funded by EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists), University of Oslo, and LMU Munich.


Tereza Kuldova, Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, Alexandra Schwell, LMU and Monika Weissensteiner, University of Kent

Entangled Diasporas: Israel and Palestine in Transnational Perspective

The Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History invites you to a two day research workshop entitled: Entangled Diasporas: Israel and Palestine in Transnational Perspective.

Time and place: Mar. 25, 2019 10:00 AM–Mar. 26, 2019 4:30 PM, Professorboligen

Palestinian and Jewish-Zionist histories and cultures are thickly intertwined. Both communities share a history of diasporic experience and a diasporic consciousness as “imagined communities,” and yet, they are usually studied in isolation from one another.

This workshop brings the two together with the aim of deepening our understanding of the ways in which these diasporas, and their respective nation-building projects, have shaped one another, whether through geographic proximity and struggle or in the realm of the imaginary.

The workshop takes inspiration from the concept of “entangled histories” (histoire croisée), which refers to histories of societies, cultures, and peoples that have existed in geographic proximity to one another, physically bordering or even overlapping each other. By placing Palestinian and Jewish diasporas in this context and recognizing their entanglement with each other, the workshop explores meaningful comparisons between them as well as scrutinizes interactions and mutual influences.

The workshop is organized by Toufoul Abou-Hodeib and Doug Rossinow.


Monday, March 25
  • 10.00–10:30 Welcoming Remarks
    • Doug Rossinow and Toufoul Abou-Hodeib
  • 10.30–12.30 Panel 1: Archive and Method in Diaspora and Exile
    • Respondent: Nadim Khoury, Bjørknes University College, Oslo
    • Keith P. Feldman, University of California, Berkeley: Diaspora and Relation: Errant Methods
    • Mezna Qato, University of Cambridge: Traces beyond Territory: Exile and Practices of Archival Retrieval
  • 12.30–14.00 Lunch/Coffee at Professorboligen
  • 14.00–16.00 Panel 2: Mobilizing Alliances and Solidarities
    • Respondent: Hilde Henriksen Waage, University of Oslo
    • Seth Anziska, University College London: American Jews between Begin and Arafat: Communal Politics and Citizen Diplomacy in the 1970s and 1980s
    • Sune Haugebølle, Roskilde University: Palestine as Entanglement: Palestinian-Danish Relations in the Radical Left
Tuesday, March 26
  • 09.30–11.30 Panel 3: Building Diasporic Identities
    • Respondent: Jacob Høigilt, University of Oslo
    • Shaul Mitelpunkt, University of York: From ‘A Traitor’ to ‘A Genius’: Israeli Immigrants to the United States in 1970s Imagination
    • Toufoul Abou-Hodeib, University of Oslo: The Politics of Palestinian Folklore in Exile
  • 11.30–13.00 Lunch/Coffee at Professorboligen
  • 13.00–15.00 Panel 4: Seeing and Managing the Stateless
  • Respondent: Nils Butenschøn, University of Oslo
  • Kjersti Berg, University of Bergen: On the Margins: Shu’fat Refugee Camp 1960-2018
  • Doug Rossinow, University of Oslo: American Jews Discuss Palestinian Refugees: The Forgotten Years, 1947–70
  • 15.00–15.15 Coffee break
  • 15.15–16.30 Closing Discussion, led by Toufoul Abou-Hodeib and Doug Rossinow


Conference on Peacemaking and the Restraint of Violence in Medieval Europe (1100-1300)

The Centre for Advanced Study in Oslo and the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at UiO will host a two-day conference on the practices and behaviours related to peacemaking and the restraint of violence in high medieval Europe.

Time and place: Feb. 22, 2018 10:00 AM–Feb. 23, 2018 5:15 PM, Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi

Practices, Actors and Behaviour

In high medieval Europe, conflict took a number of different forms, from large-scale battles, such as disputes over crowns, power and lands, to more local disputes over inheritance and property.

In the absence of well-developed administrative structures which could limit conflict, cultural conventions, rituals and behavioural norms evolved to moderate violence within the elite community. The exchange of hostages, ransom of defeated opponents, oath-taking and creation of new bonds of friendship, all helped to re-establish stable relations between former opponents.

With peace came a change in the balance of power within a region. Relationships between adversaries were restructured and redefined as treaties were concluded and new agreements made. Peace rituals allowed the new status quo to be publicly proclaimed and understood.

By studying the restraint of violence and the imposition of peace, we can examine both the long and short term implications of conflict, and improve our understanding of how violence shaped the elite community in medieval Europe.


22nd February 2018
  • 10.00 - 10.20 – Arrival and Registration
  • 10.20 - 10.30 – Welcome
  • 10.30 - 11.15: Hermann Kamp (Paderborn University) – The Submission of Rebellious Cities in the Roman-German Empire
  • 11.15 - 12.00: Iain MacInnes (University of the Highlands and Islands) – ‘Be at peace with God and me’: Violence, War and Royal Responses to Insurrection in Medieval Scotland, c.1100-1286
  • 12.00 - 13.30 – Lunch
  • 13.30 - 14.15: Lars Kjær (New College of the Humanities) – Gift giving: ‘Surrogate Warfare’ or ‘Social Glue’?
  • 14.15 - 15.00: Yvonne Friedman (Bar-Ilan University) – Food and Clothing in Rituals of Peacemaking in Medieval Europe and the Latin East
  • 15.00 - 15.30 – Refreshment break
  • 15.30 - 16.15: Betty Binysh (Cardiff University) – How Did the Crusaders’ Peace-making Strategies in Europe Compare with their Negotiations with Muslims in the Levant?
  • 16.15 - 17.00: Harald Endre Tafjord (Volda University College) – Conflicts and the Use of Exile as a Restraint of Violence in Twelfth-Century Castile – The Conflicts Between King Alfonso VI and Rodrigo Díaz del Vivar
  • 17.00 - 18.00 – Wine Reception
23rd February 2018
  • 10.00 - 10.30 – Reception
  • 10.30 - 11.15: Stephen D. White (Emory University) – Peace or Punishment in Medieval England: From 1215 to 1322​
  • 11.15 - 12.00: Sean McGlynn (Plymouth University at Strode College) – Chivalry and the Laws of Siege Warfare: Restrictions on Violence Against Besieged Non-combatants in Twelfth and Thirteenth-Century Europe
  • 12.00 - 13.30 – Lunch
  • 13.30 - 14.15: Tobias Boestad (Paris-Sorbonne University) – ‘The Old Peace on which the Cross was kissed’. The Negotiation and Enforcement of the Thirteenth-Century German-Gotlandic-Russian Trade and Peace Agreements
  • 14.15 - 15.00: Philippa Mesiano (University of Kent) – Pope Alexander IV, King Henry III and the Treaty of Paris (1259): Papal Mediation in Thirteenth Century Europe
  • 15.00 - 15.30 – Refreshment break
  • 15.30 - 16.15: David Brégaint (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) – God's Peace and the King's Peace in Medieval Norway
  • 16.15 - 17.00: Auður Magnúsdóttir (University of Gothenburg) – Women, Violence and Peacemaking in Thirteenth-Century Iceland
  • 17.00 - 17.15 – Conclusion

Contact and Practical Information

Registration is open between 12 - 26 January 2018 (extended to 28 January):

Organisers: Simon Lebouteiller and Louisa Taylor


Scheming legality - Resisting criminalization. How Do Outlaw Groups Integrate into Society?

The conference will examine different deviant and outlaw groups and in what manner society attempts to assimilate these aberrant groups into its larger system. Registration is required.

Time and place: May 13, 2016 9:30 AM–6:00 PM, Professorboligen, Karl Johans gate 47

The conference will explore the puzzle of how diverse outlaw groups (that is to say groups which are seen by the greater society as culturally and/or legally deviant and who also both see themselves in this manner and self-proclaim themselves as outsiders in one way or the other) become integrated into society.

This is often accomplished in surprising ways, be it through fashion, commodification of subcultural trends, paradoxical exploitation of law, or through businesses that cut across legal and illegal markets. The conference will examine how different deviant and outlaw groups, such as outlaw motorcycle clubs, street gangs, or other subcultural groups, reveal what it is about society that is normal, and in what manner society attempts to assimilate these aberrant groups into its larger system.

The speakers shall interrogate the ‘cultural politics of the outlaws’, i.e. the ways in which social and economic exclusion and inclusion are negotiated in socio-cultural practice and the ways in which the proliferating internal boundaries of society, often grounded in relations of inequality, are crossed and challenged by those deemed expelled, with the mechanisms used by agents of the dominant system to control them. Questions of cultural and economic appropriation of the aesthetics, economics and symbolism of the outlaw groups will be raised, as much as the ways in which outlaw groups make themselves marketable.


  • 9:00 Registration & Coffee
  • 9:30 Welcome – Tereza Kuldova & Martin Sanchez-Jankowski
  • Session 1 – 9:45 – 10:45
    • Chair: Tereza Kuldova, University of Oslo
    • Gangs and the pseudo-pacification process. How its all too easy to confuse your outlaws with your in-laws. Steve Hall, Teesside University.
    • Gangs, culture, and society in the United States. Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, UC Berkeley.
  • Session 2 – 11:00 – 12:00
    • Chair: Veronique Pouillard-Maliks, University of Oslo.
    • The ambiguity of gang ‘looks’
    • Differentiating between gangster style and gang appearance. Elke van Hellemont, KU Leuven.
    • Outlaw motorcycle clubs in between subculture and popular culture. Protecting trademarks and ‘culture’. Tereza Kuldova, University of Oslo.
  • Lunch Break 12:00 – 13:00
  • Session 3 - 13:00 – 14:00
    • Chair: James Quinn (Skype)
    • ‘For some other reasons?’ Ethnographic study of an interantional outlaw motorcycle club. Jussi Perälä, University of Helsinki.
    • The integrated approach to contain biker crime in the meuse rhine Euregion. Hans Nelen, Maastritch University
  • Session 4 - 14:15 – 15:15
    • Chair: Simon Hallsworth, University Campus Suffolk
    • No resistance at the point of consumption liberal criminology, prohibition and enjoyment. Simon Winlow, Teesside University.
    • Practices of anonymity in London sex work. Sophie Day, Goldsmiths.
  • Session 5 – 15:30 – 16:30
    • Chair: Jussi Perälä, University of Helsinki.
    • Anthropology and the mafia. Female honour and blood feuds in Calabria in a historical perspective. John Dickie, University College London.
    • Are Camorra groups transforming into outlaw gangs? Ernesto Savona, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan .
  • Session 6 - 16:45 – 17:45
    • Chair: Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, UC Berkeley
    • Street talk and street capital. Sveinung Sandberg, University of Oslo
    • Street politics. Simon Hallsworth, University Campus Suffolk
  • 17:45 – 18:00 Thanks and concluding remarks

Conference organizer: Tereza Kuldova, University of Oslo.

The conference is funded by the Peder Sather Center, University of Berkeley, California, USA, and organized by the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, Norway


Interrogating intellectual property rights: fashion and design

This conference will examine the question of fashion and design’s intellectual property rights in the framework of the post-war period. Open conference, requires registration.

Time and place: June 12, 2015 9:00 AM–6:00 PM, Rådssalen at Lucy Smiths hus, Blindern, University of Oslo

When fashion and design reached the masses during the post-war period, becoming affordable to expanding categories of consumers in the Western world, art and commerce were contractually brought together. These developments raised pressing questions that are still with us today:

  • How to provide incentives for creativity in business, how to monetize intangible property and how to protect it from infringement and enforce intellectual property rights?
  • What counts as original or as an innovation and to what degree should and can these be protected in face of cheap copies and knock-offs flooding the markets at an unprecedented speed?
  • Who has the definition power and the leverage in the form of market access and higher levels of protection in foreign markets?

The conference will bring together academics, fashion industry practitioners, professionals, students, archivists, museum curators, and the general public.


(Please note this programme is subject to change.)

  • 08.30-09.00: Registration and refreshments
  • 09.00-10.30: Session one
    • Welcome to the conference and The Enterprise of Culture: Veronique Pouillard & Tereza Kuldova (University of Oslo & The Enterprise of Culture)
      • Fashioning property: understandings of intellectual property in fashion and design. Barbara Townley (University of St Andrews and The Enterprise of Culture).
      • Why post-war American businesses embraced corporate identity design. Carma Gorman (The University of Texas, Austin).
      • Fashion and intellectual property: creator, curator, consumer — behind the scenes at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Roxanne Peters (Victoria & Albert Museum).
  • 10.30 -11.00: Coffee and fruit break
  • 11.00-12.00: Session two.
    • Chair: Kjetil Fallan (University of Oslo)
      • The PH Lamp: an intellectual property biography of a Danish design icon. Stina Teilmann-Lock (University of Southern Denmark)
      • To protect or not protect? That was the question. Swedish intellectual property law and fashion in a historical and comparative perspective Marianne Dhalen (University of Uppsala).
  • 12.00-13.00: Lunch
  • 13.00-14.30 Session three
    • Chair: Regina Lee Blaszczyk (University of Leeds and The Enterprise of Culture)
      • Fashion, Intellectual Property and Culture in the Creative Economy. Tania Phipps-Rufus (University of Bristol)
      • New-York Paris fashion nexus and the criminalization of fashion piracy: The Milton affair, 1955-1962. Veronique Pouillard-Maliks (University of Oslo and The Enterprise of Culture)
      • Fashioning brands: Bourdieu, Biba and beyond, c. 1960-80. Alan McKinlay (Newcastle University) on behalf of The Enterprise of Culture teams at Newcastle University and Heriot-Watt University
  • 14.30- 15.00: Coffee break
  • 15.00-16.30: Session four
    • Première Vision (Paris) vs. Interstoff (Frankfurt) from a copyrights perspective (1970 – 2010). Ben Wubs and Thierry Maillet (Erasmus University Rotterdam and The Enterprise of Culture)
    • New battle for old names: empowering ‘sleeping beauties’ through intellectual property rights. Madeleine Vionnet, Jean Patou, and Elsa Schiaparelli (1980s-2010s). Johanna Zanon (University of Oslo)
    • Outlaws in fashion business: Hells Angels vs. Alexander McQueen and other copyright battles over Gang Insignia. Tereza Kuldova (University of Oslo and The Enterprise of Culture)
  • 16.30-17.00: Coffee and snack break
  • 17.00 Roundtable discussion
    • Kristine Bruland (University of Oslo)
    • Regina Lee Blaszczyk (University of Leeds and The Enterprise of Culture)
    • Luca Molà (European University Institute, Florence)
    • Klaus Nathaus (University of Oslo)
    • Kjetil Fallan (University of Oslo)


Conference organizers

  • Véronique Pouillard-Maliks
  • Tereza Kuldova
  • Fiona Blair

About the conference

For full information about speakers and the project, please visit The Enterprise of Culture project, University of Leeds.

This is a three-year collaborative project on the history of the fashion business in Europe after 1945. It is funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area II (HERA II).

Critiques of Luxury

Is there such a thing as ethical luxury? And can luxury be copied? Interdisciplinary workshop on critical approaches to luxury. Open for all.

Time and place: May 5, 2015 9:30 AM–3:00 PM, Niels Treshowshus 12 floor.


  • 9:30 – 10:00 Registration and Coffee
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Critical Luxury Studies: Defining a Field – John Armitage, University of Southampton
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Knowing Luxury – Joanne Roberts, University of Southampton
  • 11:00 – 11:30 The Cult of Luxury and its Vulgarities: On the Irresistible Power of the Low – Tereza Kuldova, University of Oslo
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Discussion
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 14:00 Luxury Fashion Exposes the Fiction of Ethical Fashion Discourse - Efrat Tseëlon, University of Leeds
  • 14:00 – 14: 30 Can Luxury be Copied? - Veronique Pouillard-Maliks, University of Oslo
  • 14:30 – 15:00  Discussion
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Coffee and snacks

Please register by the 1st of May.

Presentation Abstracts

Knowing Luxury

Joanne Roberts, Professor, University of Southampton and Director of the Winchester Luxury Research Group

This presentation will engage in an examination of the epistemology of luxury. The purpose is to explore how luxury is known. By employing philosophical understandings of knowledge to analyse present day luxury, I will argue that the prevalence of market valuation and digital technologies are leading to the objectification of knowledge about luxury to the detriment of the more subjective, socially constituted, practice of what I call ‘knowing luxury’.

Joanne's research focuses on the role of knowledge and ignorance in the field of luxury, including questions concerning how knowledge and ignorance shape the production and promotion of luxury goods and services, and how luxury consumption draws on knowledge and ignorance. She is also pursuing research on the role of knowledge communities and networks in shaping the meaning of luxury and the forms that it takes in various spatial, sectorial, and socio-cultural contexts. Joanne is a member of the editorial advisory board of the journal Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption.

Critical Luxury Studies: Defining a Field

John Armitage, Professor, University of Southampton and Co-Director of the Winchester Luxury Research Group

In this lecture a critical approach to contemporary luxury studies focusing on aesthetic, design-led and media practices is introduced. Exploring the new field of critical luxury studies, the lecture will present an examination of the relations between historical and, crucially, contemporary ideas of luxury with a view to comprehending the socio-economic order with novel philosophical tools and critical methods of interrogation that are re-defining the concept of luxury in the twenty-first century.

John's research focuses on contemporary representations of luxury within new media cultures, questions of old and new luxury and media cultures, luxury news, and journalism. He is currently investigating the idea of ‘critical luxury studies' concerning luxury photography, debates over luxury advertising, and other aspects of the convergence between luxury, media, and cultural studies. John also works on luxury cinema and the relationship between luxury and television and is developing an innovative approach to the question of luxury and the future of new media cultures.

The Cult of Luxury and its Vulgarities: On the Irresistible Power of the Low

Tereza Kuldova, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oslo

Coco Chanel famously insisted that “luxury lies not in richness and ornateness, but in the absence of vulgarity”, and yet this ideal appears to have little to do with the reality of luxury. Upon closer inspection, we find within the cult of luxury a recurrent fascination precisely with the vulgar, the low class, the polluted, and the dirty. Vulgarities of all kinds seem to possess a certain power that the elevated and refined lacks, but desperately tries to appropriate and incorporate them within itself. This talk presents such cases from across fashion, art and interior design, while attempting to crack the dependence of the high on the low.

Tereza Kuldova is a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo and social anthropologist. She has studied the elite segment of the Indian fashion industry and the relations of production. She is currently part of the HERA II Enterprise of Culture research project. Among her recent publications is an edited volume Fashion India: Spectacular Capitalism (2013). In early 2016, her monograph Luxury Indian Fashion: A Social Critique , will be available. She has also curated and designed an ethnographic museum exhibition Fashion India (2013 – 2014) at the Historical Museum in Oslo.

Luxury fashion exposes the fiction of ethical fashion discourse

Efrat Tseëlon, Professor, University of Leeds

In the aftermath of the financial crisis the global apparel market saw the rise of trends of democratisation of fashion and of luxury, an increasing gap between patterns of consumption in mature and emerging markets, and the rise of concerns with issues of ethics and sustainability. All of these resulted in challenging the uniform quality of luxury as a mark of exclusivity and status, and redefining the language of fashion consumption. As a cultural practice that is premised on excess and exploitation the turn to ethics forced both fashion and particularly luxury fashion to address the fundamental contradictions that lie at their core. At their core ‘objects of desire’ whose main function is what Žižek calls the ‘surplus of enjoyment’ do not satisfy any concrete need, and are consumed only as a supplement beyond use-value. Their symbolic quality lends them the insatiable paradoxical property that, the more you consume the greater the need to consume it. The ethical discourse of fashion adapted to these apparent contradictions by rebranding fashion as supportive of ethical and sustainable practices, and by redefining its aims. The paper examines how these contradictions are revealed in what is said, and in what is denied.

Efrat Tseëlon pioneered the field of critical fashion studies, examining concepts, artefacts and practices as signs of ideologies and power relations.She has contributed to fashion scholarship by extending the research agenda from designer fashion to ordinary clothes, and from designers and makers, to consumers and wearers. Tseëlon is the editor in chief of Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty, and is the author of numerous publications critically interrogating key concepts in fashion research such as beauty as stigma, or school uniform as an instrument of control. In her book The masque of femininity (1995) she developed the theory of fashion as an ideology of gender construction, and in Masquerade & Identities (2001) she analyses masquerade as a technology of identity critique.  In Fashion Ethics (2013) she examined ethical fashion as ideological discourse.

Can luxury be copied?

Veronique Pouillard-Maliks, Associate Professor, University of Oslo

What is the status of the counterfeits of luxury? What is lost, or gained, on the way? This paper will depart from an interwar American press clipping showing a dozen copies of the latest fashions in all price ranges. It will then turn to Paris designers, the ‘originators’ or creators of the designs copied in the US and on domestic markets. These Paris firms waged legal battles against counterfeiters who sought to reproduce fashion for the masses. Using unpublished archives of legal cases, the paper will examine the intertwined notions of luxury and dissemination during the interwar period. The paper thus feeds into the question of ‘how luxury is known’, only this time from a historical perspective.

Veronique Pouillard-Maliks’s research focuses on the history of consumption societies in Europe and in the transatlantic space. She is currently finishing a book on the history of fashion piracy in the 20th century, in which she investigates how fashion firms used the criminalization of counterfeiting as a business and marketing strategy. She is particularly interested in the relations between business and government and, in this respect, also works on the history of communication techniques, with a focus on the compared history of advertising and propaganda.


Archaeology of the Object

Open symposium about conservation, material culture and the creation of historical knowledge for pre-reformation church inventories.

Time and place: Oct. 15, 2014 10:00 AM–Oct. 16, 2014 5:00 PM, University of Oslo, Karl Johans gate 47 and Domus Academica, Auditorium 5

The symposium marks the official launch of the three-year project, ‘After the Black Death: Painting and Polychrome Sculpture in Norway’, which is supported by the Norwegian Research Council, 2014‒2017.

‘Archaeology of the Object’ brings together the project network for the first time to consider individual and joint methodological approaches to the collection of late-medieval church art owned by the Museum of Cultural History, Oslo.

The symposium will highlight the intersections between conservation research, archaeometry, historical research and material culture studies, with the aim to clarify how researchers grapple with physical data from cultural objects that have been assigned a range of values over time.

The project is led by Noëlle Streeton and Tine Frøysaker in Conservation Studies, Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo (UiO).


Day 1: Wednesday, 15 October 2014, UiO, Domus Academica
  • 10.00‒10.10 Noëlle Streeton Welcome

Mediator: Tine Frøysaker

  • 10.10‒10.30 Håkon Glørstad: The university museum and the challenges to its role as a research institution (for archaeologists, conservators and historians)
  • 10.30‒10.50 Noëlle Streeton: After the Black Death: Painting and Polychrome Sculpture in Norway. Conservation and its contemporary contexts
  • 10.50‒11.10 Jan von Bonsdorff: Taxonomical and historical problems of the latemedieval wooden altarpiece in Northern Europe: dating, typology, art geography
  • 11.10‒11.30 Q&A, followed by a break
  • 11.30‒11.50 Noëlle Streeton: Writing histories for late-medieval things: the engagement of conservation with theoretical perspectives on material culture
  • 11.50‒12.10 Aoife Daly: Non-invasive dendrochronology: an experimental method for the analysis of Baltic oak in late-medieval multi-component altarpieces
  • 12.10‒12.30 Jørgen Wadum Wood, paint and their art-historical contexts: boxmakers, painters and technical art history
  • 12.30‒13.40 Q&A, followed by lunch (provided for speakers)

Mediator: Noëlle Streeton

  • 13.40‒14.00 Hartmut Kutzke: Alteration of green copper pigments
  • 14.00‒14.20 Tine Frøysaker: Interpreting the surface in light of re-painting, treatments and repair
  • 14.20‒14.40 Kristin Kausland: Notes from the field: challenges for PhD research
  • 14.40‒15.00 Q&A, followed by a break
  • 15.00‒15.20 Jón Viðar Sigurðsson: Understanding the cult of saints in the century before the Reformation
  • 15.20‒15.40 Ragnhild Bø: What about devotion? Devotional and liturgical practices in late-medieval Norwegian churches
  • 15.40‒16.00 Q&A, followed by a break
  • 16.00‒16.20 Per Ditlef Fredriksen: What counts as heritage? Archaeology, history and present pasts
  • 16.20‒16.40 Peter Bjerregaard Exhibition: ‘Collapse’
  • 16.40‒17.00 Panel discussion/summary of the day
Day 2: Thursday, 16 October 2014, UiO, Domus Academica

Mediator Noëlle Streeton

  • 10.00‒10.20 Lena Liepe: "The material turn". A dispatch from the frontlines of medievalist art history
  • 10.20‒10.40 Erling Sandmo: [Working title] Medieval objects, cultural memory and
  • the history of the idea of posterity (remembering, forgetting, oblivion): positioning research on Enlightenment attitudes to old Catholic things in the Early Modern period and beyond
  • 10.40‒11.00 Michele Marincola Do books on conservation practice still have value? Information dissemination in an accelerating context
  • 11.00‒11.30 Panel discussion/conclusion of symposium


Life and death in ancient society. Asia Minor in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Times

In 2007, the Department of Archaeology, Conservation, and History (IAKH), University of Oslo, joined the Italian Archaeological Mission in Hierapolis, Turkey, in excavations of this ancient city.

Time and place: Oct. 8, 2013 2:00 PM–Oct. 10, 2013 5:00 PM, Isegran, Fredrikstad

Our efforts have focused on the East Necropolis, the Roman burial ground, which later became a pilgrimage site for St. Philip. From 2010 to 2013, we have received a grant from the Norwegian Research Council to undertake research on the necropolis, burials, and skeletons, including DNA and stable isotope analyses of skeletal remains. Each year since 2010, we held a workshop on various aspects of our research, and will mark the culmination of our research project with a final meeting, which will bring together researchers from a range of specialties in the biological sciences and humanities. The meeting will take place within the grounds of the 17th century fortress of the historic peninsula of Isegran, at the city of Fredrikstad, about 90 km south of Oslo

The meeting will focus on life and death in Asia Minor through the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine times. One aim, where possible, will be to integrate data from the natural sciences and humanities to achieve meaningful interpretations of the past, and to move from mere descriptions (what, where, when, and how something happened) to analysis (why something happened), as attempted in previous workshops. The meeting will be divided roughly into two sections, one concentrating on life-history, and the other on funerary ritual. We envisage significant overlap between the two themes.


Tuesday Oct. 08

09.15-10.45: Domus Nova, Aud. 7; St. Olavs plass 1 (old Helserådsbygning):

Francesco D’ANDRIA (Lecce)
'St Philip and the tombs of the saints in the new Christian landscapes of Anatolian cities'

  • 11.00: Departure from the hotel by hired bus to Fredrikstad.

Start of the conference

  • 14.00: Welcome address(es)
Life stories
  • 14.15: Erika HAGELBERG (Oslo): New advances in aDNA research – with a view to Hierapolis
  • 14.45: Aylin KÖSELER, Mehmet Okunak & Celal Şimşek (Denizli): Ancient mtDNAs of Laodikeia                               
  • 15.15: Gro BJØRNSTAD (Oslo): Distribution of mitochondrial lineages in skeleton material from Hierapolis and Ephesus
  • 15.45: Coffee break
  • 16.15: Camilla WENN (Oslo): Dead and gone? A discussion on the physical afterlife of the dead and their belongings
  • 16.45: Henrike KIESEWETTER, Henrike (Tübingen) & Helene Russ (Oslo): Hierapolis – Bones and epidemics?
Wednesday Oct. 09
  • 09.30: Wolf-Rüdiger TEEGEN (Munich): Pergamon – Kyme – Priene: Health and disease from the Roman to the late Byzantine period in different locations of Asia minor (the paper will be read by Henrike Kiesewetter)
  • 10.00: Jan NOVÁČEK & Kristina Scheelen (Göttingen): “Joy and sorrow of Ephesians”. Some aspects of daily life in Roman and late medieval Ephesus
  • 10.30 Coffee break
  • 11.00: F. Arzu DEMIREL (Burdur): Infant and child skeletons from the lower city church at Amorium
  • 11.30: Mike RICHARDS (Vancouver/Leipzig), Gro Bjørnstad (Oslo), Elise Naumann (Oslo) & Megan Wong (Vancouver): Isotope analysis for diet and migration studies at Hierapolis: First results
  • 12.00: Johanna PROPSTMEIER (Munich): Diet in Roman Pergamon using stable isotope (C, N, S), osteo-archaeological and historical data – preliminary results (in collaboration with G. Grupe, O. Nehlich, M.P. Richards, G. Müldner; W.-R. Teegen).
  • 12.30: Lunch Isegran
Funerary rituals
  • 13.30: Andrew L. GOLDMAN (Spokane): New evidence for non-elite burial patterns in central Turkey
  • 14.00: Chris LIGHTFOOT (New York): Christian burials in a pagan context at Amorium
  • 14.30: Coffee break
  • 15.00: Donatella RONCHETTA (Turin): The small south-eastern necropolis of Hierapolis, a peculiar funerary setting
  • 15.30: Martin STESKAL (Vienna): The mortuary landscape of Ephesus. The archaeology of death in a Roman metropolis
Thursday Oct. 10
  • 09.30: Veli KÖSE (Ankara): “Stone, bearing testimony that once upon a time I lived here...” – burials at Aspendos
  • 10.00: Christof BERNS (Bochum): The Mausoleum of Lykaithion at Cnidus and the temple tombs of Roman Asia Minor
  • 10.30 Coffee break
  • 11.00: Guntram KOCH (Marburg): Funerary monuments of Roman Imperial times in Asia Minor: What can they tell us about the social status, occupation, sex, gender and beliefs of the deceased?
  • 11.30: Esen ÖĞÜŞ (Lubbock): ‘They are living’: Construction of social identity and hierarchy on sarcophagi from Aphrodisias
  • 12.00: Sven AHRENS (Oslo): The cost of tombs and the social status of their owners in Roman Asia Minor; with particular focus on Hierapolis of Phrygia
  • 12.30: Lunch Isegran
  • 13.30: Gül IŞIN (Antalya): Identifying the Lycian tomb owners
  • 14.00: Caroline LAFOREST (Bordeaux): The grave 163d in the north necropolis of Hierapolis: an example of the funeral practices of the antique Jewish Diaspora in Asia Minor?
  • 14.30: Taner KORKUT (Antalya): The Sarcophagus of Alexandros, the Son of Philippos – an extraordinaryy discovery at the Lycian city of Tlos
  • 15.00: Coffee break
  • 15.30: Anders GÖTHERSTRÖM (Stockholm) & Rasmus BRANDT (Oslo): Ghost towns in Anatolia. A research project on DNA and demography in the offing
  • 16.00: Short break
Concluding remarks and discussion
  • 16.15: Rasmus BRANDT (Oslo): Funerary and mortuary studies in Asia Minor – some challenges. – General discussion

MUNCH2013 Conference in Oslo

Conservation Studies at the University of Oslo will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863-1944) by hosting an international conference.

Time and place: June 28, 2013 8:30 AM–June 30, 2013 3:00 PM, UiO’s festival hall (the Aula)

Public paintings by Edvard Munch and his contemporaries "Change and conservation challenges'" will be held in UiO’s festival hall (the Aula) in the middle of Oslo, 28−30 June 2013.


Exactly how and why do these paintings change? Our aim was to focus on conservation problems, challenges and solutions in relation to cleaning, structural treatment and display. Interdisciplinary approach was encouraged.


A number of recent and present Munch conservation projects have revealed that a vast number of the artist’s paintings have conditional problems such as surface contamination (including invisible metal soaps and salts), white crusts, water stains, bird droppings as well as flaking paint and other structural damages. Some of these changes are related to the artist’s technique and choice of materials, others to past restorations, unsuitable storage/display or simply due to neglect. It is obvious that the same goes for many paintings by Munch’s contemporaries.


Peer reviewed conference postprints are planned for the end of 2015.  Then ordering and purchase will be possible through Archetype Publications, London.


The MUNCH150 Conference cooperates with "Munch 150 - a Celebration of Edvard Munch's work and significance".


IAKH, UiO and FRITT ORD Foundation for the conference
IAKH, UiO, MUNCH 150 (National Museum and Munch-Museum) and Museum of Cultural History (KHM), UiO for the publication

Scientific Committee

Tine Frøysaker

Associate Professor
Noëlle Streeton

Associate Professor
Hartmut Kutzke

Paintings Conservator / Registrar
Biljana Topalova-Casadiego
The Munch-Museum

Director of Collection Management
Francoise Hanssen-Bauer
The National Museum

Viking Worlds

Archaeology conference

Time and place: Mar. 12, 2013–Mar. 13, 2013, UiO

Welcome to an open conference on Viking Age archaeology, 12. and 13. March 2013!

The title of the conference is 'Viking Worlds'. The focus is wide; specifically for new perspectives on the Viking Age. Innovative empirical, methodological, and theoretical studies aimed at a diverse Viking studies audience are encouraged.

The papers will be published in the publication series Nicolay Skrifter.

More information on registration, fees, accommodations, social events, etc. in the menu on the left.

Organizing committee:

  • Marianne Hem Eriksen, PhD Research Fellow at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo (leader)
  • Unn Pedersen, post-doc at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo
  • Marianne Moen, master from the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo
  • Irmelin Axelsen, master from the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo
  • Heidi Berg, editor of Nicolay arkeologisk tidsskrift
  • Bernt Rundberget, Researcher at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo

This conference is possible thanks to contributions from:

  • Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo
  • Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo
  • Vestfold County Council
  • Vest-Agder County Council
  • Norsk arkeologisk fond

Contact information:


Negotiating Space, Arranging the Land: A Workshop on Mapping in the Nordic Countries, 1720 until today

This is the opening of an interdisciplinary network funded by the Norwegian Research Council's programme "Cultural conditions underlying social change" (SAMKUL): a workshop where researchers can present and discuss the many ways in which maps are used to order space and frame a potentially chaotic nature nature – and the effects of these uses on human perceptions of nature and the spatial.

A workshop in Oslo

The idea of space and its relation to nature is historical and complex, and mapping is a major and still under-explored practice in this construction of space. We want to explore how changing perceptions of “space”, “nature”, topography and landscapes, shape the practice of mapping and cartographic work, and vice versa: how people’s relation to their environment changes through social negotiations of mapping. A central question concerns the history of the idea of space as a changeable entity, and the relationship between spatialization and the modern regimes of harvesting the potentials of nature, transforming it from an alien and threatening other to a subdued and exploitable resource.

The workshop will include a guided tour of the University's unique historical observatory and a visit to the National Library's collection of maps.


Friday 7 December 2012, The National Library, Solli plass
  • 15.30 Registration and coffee
  • 16.00 Welcome
    • Erling Sandmo, Marie-Theres Fojuth, Oslo
  • 16.15 Guided tour of the University's observatory and visit to the National Library´s collection of maps (2  groups: 16.15-17.00/17.15-18.00)
  • 18.00 Collecting and Keeping Maps Today: Plenary Discussion
    • Chair: Erling Sandmo
    • Benedicte Gamborg Briså, map curator, The National Library of Norway, Oslo
    • Henrik Dupont, map curator, The Royal Library, Copenhagen
    • Sidsel Kvarteig, research archivist, The Norwegian Mapping Authority, Hønefoss
    • Pål Sagen, PAMA Antiquariat, Oslo
  • 19.00   End of Programme for Day 1

There will be no conference dinner after day 1, but we have reserved a very large table at Jambo Restaurant at 19.30 for those who want to stay together and eat - at their own expense. December is the time when Norwegians fill the restaurants, in particular the Norwegian ones, to gorge themselves on christmas buffets and beer. Jambo is Chinese, quiet, moderately priced, and absolutely in the middle of downtown Oslo, with a panoramic view of the locals.

Saturday 8 December 2012, The National Library, Solli plass
  • 9.00 Coffee
  • 9.30 Map Making, Map Reading: Maps in Research
    • Chair: Lars Frers, Notodden
    • Stine Barlindhaug, Tromsø: Mapping and Archaeology: A Case Study from a Sámi Community in Finnmark, Norway
    • Finn-Einar Eliassen, Vestfold: Looking Hard in the Wrong Direction: Urban History from Non-Urban Maps of the 18th Century
    • Alma Thuestad, Tromsø: Mapping Land Cover and Land Use in Arctic Regions: A Large Scale Comparative Study (short)
    • Peter Hemmersam, Janike Kampevold Larsen, Oslo: Mapping from the Ground
  • 11.15 Coffee
  • 11.45 Building Empires on Maps
    • Chair: Finn-Einar Eliassen, Vestfold
    • Kristina Küntzel-Witt, Hamburg: The First Excursions through the North Polar Sea: The Search for the Northeast-Passage
    • Charlotta Forss, Stockholm: The Eye of History: Geography and Perceptions of the World in 17th-Century Sweden (short)
    • Marie Sophie Hingst, Berlin: The Queen on a Map: A View under a Skirt as an Explanatory Example of Colonial Mapping in the Northern Atlantic Sphere (short)
    • Michael Penk, Berlin: Empty Space: Iceland, the North Atlantic and the Great Powers, 1933–1945 (short)
    • Richard C. Powell, Oxford: Where are the Bounds of the Danish Kingdom? Instrumentation, Sovereign Rights and the Morphology of the Lomonosov Ridge
  • 13.30 Lunch
  • 14.15 Mapping Resources – Maps as Resources
    • Chair: Kjetil Jakobsen, Berlin
    • Stig Roar Svenningsen, Mette Dahl Hansen, Copenhagen: Economic Structuring of Land and Danish Government Cartography in 1800–2000
    • Bjørn Ivar Berg, Kongsberg: Surveying and Drawing the Underground: Mine Mapping in 18th-Century Norway
    • Christian Lotz, Marburg: Mapping Timber Resources: Transformations of Surveying and Mapping in Northern Europe during the Age of Industrialization
  • 15.45 Coffee
  • 16.00 Arranging Land and Sea
    • Chair: Erling Sandmo, Oslo
    • Silke Reeploeg, Inverness: Coastal Mapping in Norway and Scotland:  Re-Negotiating Space and Place in the 18th Century
    • Nils Olav Østrem, Stavanger: Portages: Somewhere between Space and Maps? (short)
  • 16.45 End of Programme for Day 2

Optional Walk: The Royal Palace—Karl Johans gate—City Hall—Harbour—Akershus Fortress—Jernbanetorget (including a visit to PAMA’s exhibition Views and Local Maps of Southern Norway, with drinks!, generously hosted by Pål Sagen)

  • 19.30 Dinner, University of Oslo, Blindern Campus, Niels Treschows hus
Sunday 9 December 2012, University of Oslo, Blindern Campus, Georg Sverdrups hus, Auditory 2
  • 9.00 Coffee
  • 9.30 Mapping Sápmi
    • Chair: Erling Sandmo, Oslo
    • Kjetil Jakobsen, Berlin: Mapping Lapland, Outlining the Shape of the Earth: Enlightenment Cosmopolitanism and Pierre-Louis de Maupertuis’ 1736 Expedition (short)
    • Konstantin Zaikov, Tromsø: The Role of Norwegian and Russian Maps of the 18th century in Constructing the Political Boundaries: The Case of the “Common Districts”
    • Silje Opdahl Mathisen, Oslo: Sápmi: Mapping a Multi-State Nation
    • Maxim Kuchinskiy, Murmansk: Modern Approach to Construct Spatial Patterns of the Sámi Social History
  • 11.15 Coffee
  • 11.30 Communicating Geographical Knowledge
    • Chair: Lars Frers, Notodden
    • Brita Brenna, Oslo: King of the Road: Mapping Roads and Landscapes along the King’s Route
    • Matthias Weingard, Berlin: Mapping, Communicating, and Travelling in Early Modern Sweden (1500–1800) (short)
    • Marie-Theres Fojuth, Oslo/Berlin: Mapped Railway Dreams, Geographical Knowledge and Politics: Norway 1845–1910
    • Rolf Hugoson, Umeå: Temporal Orders and the Dynamic Fabrication of Urban Space in Digital Discourse (short)
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 13.45 Mapping Future Research: Plenary Discussion
    • Chair: Kjetil Jakobsen
  • 15.00 End of Conference

Conference Organizers

Professor Erling Sandmo
The Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo

PhD fellow Marie-Theres Fojuth
The Research Council of Norway/ The Department for Northern European Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin

The workshop is organized in cooperation with the Map Collection of the National Library in Oslo and funded by The Norwegian Research Council (programme SAMKUL – Cultural conditions underlying social change).

Programme Committee

  • Prof. Erling Sandmo, University of Oslo
  • Prof. Ralph Tuchtenhagen, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Prof. Kjetil Jakobsen, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Assoc. Prof. Lars Frers, Telemark University College
  • PhD fellow Marie-Theres Fojuth, The Research Council of Norway/Humboldt University, Berlin
  • PhD fellow Matthias Weingard, Humboldt University, Berlin


Professor Erling Sandmo
Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History
University of Oslo

Professor Dr. Ralph Tuchtenhagen
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

PhD fellow Marie-Theres Fojuth
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



The 4th Norwegian Conference of History of Science

Time and place: Nov. 20, 2011–Nov. 22, 2011, Oslo

Rethinking Modern University History

Time and place: Oct. 28, 2011 2:00 PM–Oct. 30, 2011 5:00 PM, Oslo


Painting and polychrome sculpture, 1100 - 1600

Interpretation, material histories and conservation

Time and place: Nov. 26, 2010 9:15 AM–Nov. 27, 2010 5:30 PM, Historisk Museum

Conservation Studies at the University of Oslo will host a forum around the theme of medieval and late-medieval painting and polychrome sculpture. Speakers include conservators, conservation scientists and historians. Papers and discussion points will explore issues related to the interpretation and conservation of northern-European liturgical furniture, circa 1100 to 1600.

Hansteen Symposium 2010

Forum for University History

Time and place: Nov. 3, 2010 9:30 AM–4:00 PM, The National Library, Auditorium

  • 09:30 John Peter Collett (UiO) Formal opening
  • 09:45 Vidar Enebakk (UiO) Workshop: Organizing outreach activities at old observatories
  • 10:00 Gloria Clifton (Greenwich)
  • 10:30 Inga Elmquist Söderlund (Stockholm)
  • 11:00 Reet Magi (Tartu)
  • 11:30 Gudrun Wolfschmidt (Hamburg)
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13.00 Charlotte Bigg (Paris), Staging the heavens: Astrophysics and popular astronomy in the late 19th century
  • 13:30 Kira Moss (Copenhagen), A popular view of the northern lights - notes on Sophus Tromholt
  • 14:00 Dan Ch. Christensen (Roskilde). Ørsted's triumphal progress in Germany, France, and Britain 1822-23 and his geomagnetical investigations for Hansteen on the route
  • 14:30 Gregory Good (USA), Geomagnetic science at the time of Hansteen: Ideas, Instruments, and Individuals
  • 15:00 Vidar Enebakk (UiO), Hansteen and British polar history, 1819-1839


Organizer: Forum for universitetshistorie

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