The Dynamics of Darkness in the North


THE DYNAMICS OF DARKNESS IN THE NORTH

NATURAL - ARTIFICIAL - CULTURAL

A SCIENTIFIC AND ARTISTIC MULTIDISCIPLINARY INTERNATIONAL EVENT

FEBRUARY 26-28, 2015 REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

 

The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Light and thus we are curious to explore the infinite choreographies of darkness and light that affect everyday experiences of people inhabiting the North. The aim of this scientific and artistic, multidisciplinary international conference is to bring together different perspectives and to create conversations between different groups of audiences, ranging from students and academics to artists and the general public. Among the themes to be dealt with are quality of darkness, the northern lights and tourism, darkness and light in architecture and playing with shadows. Confirmed keynote speakers are Dr. Tim Edensor, Reader at the School of Science and the Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University and Haraldur Jónsson, visual artist who is based in Reykjavík.

This event is co-organized by the Department of Geography and Tourism at the University of Iceland, the International Laboratory for the Multidisciplinary Study of Representations of the North at the Université du Québec à Montreal, and the Iceland Academy of the Arts, in cooperation with the Nordic House in Reykjavík, the Embassy of Canada in Iceland and the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises.

Scientific committee

  • Daniel Chartier, Université du Québec à Montréal;
  • Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson, University of Iceland;
  • Katrín Anna Lund, University of Iceland;
  • Hulda Stefánsdóttir, Iceland Academy of the Arts;
  • Ólöf Gerður Sigfúsdóttir, Iceland Academy of the Arts;
  • Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson, University of Iceland;
  • Karen Möller Sívertsen, University of Iceland,
  • Hildigunnur Sverrisdóttir, Iceland Academy of the Arts;
  • Þuríður Helga Kristjánsdóttir, the Nordic House, Reykjavík
  • Stewart Wheeler, the Embassy of Canada in Iceland.

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