Category: norway

Norwegian Identity and Nationality in Pumba’s «Hvor jeg kommer fra»

Speaking about his research, Holberg Laureate Paul Gilroy told the committee, “I am particularly engaged by the fate of people who have not themselves migrated, and who by virtue of being born in Europe, have had to pursue varieties of recognition and citizenship from which they have been excluded on the grounds that they are supposed to belong somewhere else.” Norwegian hip hop artists … Read More Norwegian Identity and Nationality in Pumba’s «Hvor jeg kommer fra»

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Even Its Children Know . . .

Over the past few weeks, we have seen protests throughout the nation and across the world speaking out out against police brutality and systemic racism and calling upon those in power and those not in power to listen and know that Black lives matter. One of these protests occurred in our county, a mostly Wonder Bread white county. At the protest, about 200 or … Read More Even Its Children Know . . .

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Why we shouldn’t be a democratic socialist nation

Last week, at a concert in Detroit, MI, Garth Brooks wore a Barry Sanders jersey. Sanders, of course, was the Detroit Lions’ running back from 1989-1998. Brooks shared a photo of him wearing the Sanders jersey, and some, however, did not make the connection, thinking that the picture showed Brooks supporting Bernie Sanders. One person responded, “Nothing like supporting a communist to loss [sic] … Read More Why we shouldn’t be a democratic socialist nation

“Is this what my tax money is going to?”: Complicating the Trump Administration’s Fascination with Norway

Before I left Norway last June, Brianne Jaquette and I worked on a piece that looked at the administration’s numerous references to Norway over the past few years. Just this past week, Mike Pompeo stated, “We just want Iran to behave more like a normal country, to be like Norway.” In this piece, Brianne and I argue that using Norway is a referent is much more … Read More “Is this what my tax money is going to?”: Complicating the Trump Administration’s Fascination with Norway

What’s Next? Norwegian Hip Hop

In my previous post, I wrote about the Norway and Slavery research group that I started with a couple of colleagues at the University of Bergen. Today, I want to dig a little more into what I plan to do with my work on Norwegian hip hop, specifically Karpe’s work. Over the past few months, I have written multiple posts on artists such as … Read More What’s Next? Norwegian Hip Hop

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What’s Next?: Norway and Slavery

In my last post, I wrote about some of my reflections from this last year in Norway. Today, I want to take a moment and look at what’s next, specifically in regard to things that I want to continue researching and exploring as I return to the United States. Again, this is not an exhaustive list, but it consists of various items that arose … Read More What’s Next?: Norway and Slavery

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Some Reflections on This Past Year in Norway

Today marks the day that we travel back to the United States. This past year has been an amazing experience on so many levels, not just for myself but for my family as well. I know that it will take some time for the events of this past year to truly sink in, a process that will involve re-acclimating ourselves to life back in … Read More Some Reflections on This Past Year in Norway

Norwegian Art: Dahl, Astrup, and Munch

Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to visit countless museums in Norway, Poland, France, and Austria. Today, I want to take a moment and share with you some of my favorite pieces from right here in Bergen, Norway. The KODE museums have a large collection of artworks from various ages, but the ones that stuck out to me are from the … Read More Norwegian Art: Dahl, Astrup, and Munch

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Teaching in Norway: Part II

On Tuesday, I started discussing pedagogy in Norway and the ways I had to adjust to a different classroom and educational environment. There, I wrote about face-to-face time and composition within the classroom. Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at writing for master’s students and at assessment. In each of these cases, I think there are things that are beneficial for … Read More Teaching in Norway: Part II

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Teaching in Norway: Part I

It’s hard to believe that my time in Norway is almost over. This year has taught me so much, and I don’t think I’ll realize everything until I get back to the US and start to reflect more on my time here. However, there are some things that have stuck out, specifically in regard to university pedagogy. So, for this post, I want to … Read More Teaching in Norway: Part I

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Tensions in Karpe’s «Hvite menn som pusher 50»

Last post, I dove into the refrain of Karpe’s «Hvite menn som pusher 50» (“White men pushing 50”), specifically looking at the ways that the “Heisann Montebello” operates within the song and across the album. Today, I want to continue my discussion of «Hvite menn som pusher 50» by looking at the verses and parts of the video and live performance that I mentioned … Read More Tensions in Karpe’s «Hvite menn som pusher 50»

Language and “Heisann Montebello” in Karpe’s «Hvite menn som pusher 50»

Over the past few posts, I have been looking at songs on Karpe Diem’s Heisann Montebello. Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at «Hvite menn som pusher 50» (“White men pushing 50”). This is the second song on the album, following «Au pair», a song that sets up the ways that the album will interrogate whiteness, white privilege, and wealth. This … Read More Language and “Heisann Montebello” in Karpe’s «Hvite menn som pusher 50»