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We All Come from Somewhere Else

Curated Paper Session
23 August 2021
14:00 - 17:00 hrs (GMT+7)


Berglind María Tómasdóttir

Professor and program director of NAIP: European Master in Music

Ana Luisa S. Diaz de Cossio
Sigurður Halldórsson

Khetsin Chuchan
NAIP: European Master in Music, Iceland University of the Arts

Anothai Nitibhon


Iceland was an uninhibited landmass until the second half of the ninth century, when settlers from Norway and elsewhere sailed across the Atlantic ocean and inhabited the place. A former colony of Denmark, Iceland became an independent nation in 1944. "Icelandic traditions" were pivotal in constructing the national identity which played a big part in the fight for independence. While the Icelandic language and sagas became emblematic of Icelandic traditions, some heritages — such as music — did not receive the same level of recognition.

In this showcase, we reflect on how the "settlers" became the "dwellers,” Icelandic traditions, and how these were constructed and reinforced. Featuring both Icelanders and non-Icelanders, we also examine the way Icelandic traditions are perceived through the eyes of "people from somewhere else", and vice-versa.

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