The Nordic initiative’s most important capital is the engagement of established and active researchers. The initiative is based on a broad range of expertise and strong research interests at UiO. We will explore:
- The Nordics in the world: Comparisons of and contrasts between the Nordic countries and between the Nordic region and other countries and regions, as well as between institutions, practices and cultural expressions internally in these countries.
- Nordic models, styles and traditions: How Nordic identities are constructed, debated, used and criticized in various areas of society, culture and aesthetics.
- History and preconditions: Shared historical features, disparities, and preconditions for the contemporary Nordic societies.
- Sustainability and opportunities for the future: Political, economic and cultural globalization, migration, Europeanization and standardization poses challenges. The development and opportunities of the Nordic countries are not only a matter of identifying problems and challenges, but also of studying deficiencies, solutions, adaptations and learning processes – across countries, regions and sectors.
UiO:Nordic research groups
2-3 Research groups will be established and recieve funds from UiO:Nordic every year during the UiO:Nordic lifespan.
Participate in the research
- Senior researchers at UiO can apply for funding to arrange interdisciplinary workshops for development of ideas that can form the basis for the thematic research groups under the initiative. Deadline for applications is February 15 2016.
- Overview of workshops that have been planned and/or implemented.
- 2–3 new research groups will be phased in each year throughout the initiative’s lifespan.
- Deadline for applications for establishment of research groups will be approximately August 15.
The strong international interest in the Nordic countries is often associated with characteristics such as economic growth and ample welfare provision. A number of these characteristics are also fraught with paradoxes and tensions, for example:
- The Nordic countries have high scores in surveys that measure social equality, happiness, welfare, gender equality and trust. At the same time, the consumption of antidepressant drugs remains high, and depression is a major cause of sick leave.
- The Nordic countries are frequently described as strong and expansive welfare states, but these countries are also characterized by a strong valuation of individual autonomy.
- The Nordic countries promote themselves as driving forces in the quest for sustainability, with pristine nature, clean air and water, natural foodstuffs and responsible resource management. At the same time, they have a high consumption of energy.
- Reference is often made to the existence of distinctive Nordic styles and traditions in design, cuisine, art and popular culture. The Nordic countries pursue expansive cultural policies, while the governmental subsidy schemes are often criticized for having a streamlining and standardizing effect.
The initiative’s ambition is to elucidate and problematize “the Nordic model” and both its positive and negative ramifications.
UiO Nordic is considering the establishment of a mobility programme, with the objective of dismantling disciplinary boundaries and organizational barriers.