du 05 au 06 octobre 2011

Travels in the North

“Travels in the North” is an open seminar hosted by the Centre franco-norvegien en sciences sociales et humaines. 

It is organised by the interdisciplinary research group ‘Narrating the High North’ at the University of Tromsø, Norway. The aim of the seminar is to bring together researchers from various research disciplines and from different parts of Europe to discuss aspects of the long history of travels in the north. Apart from the speakers, three professors from the ‘Narrating the High North’ group will serve as commentators.

All sessions take place in Salle A at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, 190 avenue de France, 75013 Paris. 

Each paper lasts approx. 25 minutes followed by 15 minutes for comments and discussion. Entrance is free.


Wednesday 5 October

  • 10:00 : Welcome, Bjarne Rogan & Per Pippin Aspaas
  • 10:20 : Laget Frédérique, Université de Nantes
    Travelling Along the 60th North Parallel: the Vínland Sagas, from Norway to Newfoundland
  • 11:00 : Gaupseth, Silje, University of Tromsø
    An Arctic Explorer’s Self-Portrayal: Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s Wanderings through the Friendly Arctic (1913–1916) 
  • 11:40    coffee break
  • 12:00 : Donecker, Stefan, Universität Konstanz
    A Knight of Saint John among Northern Barbarians: the Scandinavian Journey of Augustin zu Mörsberg und Beffort, 1592 
  • 12:40    lunch
  • 14:30 : Ochsner Goldschmidt, Simone, Generating Knowledge Universität Basel
    ‘Visitations-Reyser’. Aspects of in Erik Pontoppidan’s Norges naturlige Historie (1752/53) 
  • 15:10 : Pihlaja, Päivi Maria, University of Helsinki
    The Uses of Northern Travel Literature in Enlightenment Science 
  • 15:50    coffee break
  • 16:10 : Aspaas, Per Pippin, University of Tromsø
    A Brief History of Early Modern Theories on the Aurora Borealis, and the Role of Geography in this Context 
  • 16:50 : Bourel, Dominique, Université Paris-Sorbonne/CNRS
    Xavier Marmier, a French littérateur in Northernmost Europe
  • 17:30    fini!

Thursday 6 October

  • 10:00 : Schnakenbourg, Eric, Université de Nantes
    Travelling to Scandinavia: the French visitors’ Experience of the North, Seventeenth-Eighteenth Centuries 
  • 10:40 : Sortkaer, Allan, northern Aarhus University
    Space, movement and change in eighteenth century travels: A human miracle and a people as stupid as animals 
  • 11:20    coffee break
  • 11:40 : Schmidt, Maike, Universität Kiel 
    Perceptions of the North. German Whalers Discovering Greenland in the Eighteenth Century 
  • 12:20 : Solheim Karlsen, Silje, University of Tromsø
    Between Romanticism and Rationality: The Arctic traveller in Fridtjof Nansens Farthest North (1897) 
  • 13:00    lunch
  • 14:40 : Stadius, Peter, University of Helsinki
    Happy Countries: French Images of Nordic Progressiveness during the 1930s 
  • 15:20 : Jones, Mary Katherine, University of Tromsø
    Charles Rabot’s Arctic idée fixe: Spitsbergen Coverage in La Géographie, 1900-1920 
  • 16:00    coffee break
  • 16:20 : Roberts, Peter, Université de Strasbourg
    British narratives of Arctic travel in the interwar years
  • 17:00    Information on proceedings, Silje Gaupseth & Marie-Theres Federhofer 
  • 17:20    fini!


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