Nordic Colonialism

“Why is this early imperial or, perhaps, protocolonial aspiration important? Primarily because colonial ventures should no longer be seen to pertain solely to successful colonizing powers such as England, France, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands, as mainstream contributions to the study of colonialism often suggest (see Wesseling 2004). Rather, the European colonial impetus was formed and emerged across a range of national, transnational, and colonial settings – as both the Swede Knutson in Cameroon and the Norwegian delegate Wedel Jarlsberg contrastively testify to.” — Navigating Colonial Orders: Norwegian Entrepreneurship in Africa and Oceania, ca. 1850 to 1950

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The video below is intended to familiarize those interested in a comparative analysis of the construction of race and the process of othering in the United States and Sweden.

In this “Scholar to Scholar” interview, Dr. Lory Dance (associate professor of sociology at the Institute for Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln) discusses the way that young people in Sweden and the US are othered.
“Scholar to Scholar” is a series of short interviews with scholars who are doing important work in postcolonial, decolonial, imperial, or migration studies. The interviews are conducted and published by the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.

NOTE: Click on the “Playlist” menu to the right and choose video no.30.

S2S Lory Dance discusses racialized representations of young people in the US and Sweden.