Nordic Noir discussions have often touched on the role of Scandinavian crime literature in dissecting concepts such as justice, catharsis, forgiveness, and other crucial issues for humanity. These lectures will not focus on crime fiction, but may be of interest for their focus on the power of literature to shape and reflect collective norms. All welcome – no need to book – please join us!
The venue for all four lectures is the Ramsey Lecture Theatre, Christopher Ingold Chemistry Building, 20 Gordon Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AJ.
Leverhulme Lecture I: Wednesday 16 January, 6pm, G21 Christopher Ingold Building
Forgiveness after Religion: Radical Wrong-Doing & Cultural Norms
The idea of radical wrongdoing changed when Christianity lost its grip on cultural norms, and forgiveness acquired a new role in literature and culture. Followed by a wine reception hosted by the School of European Languages, Culture and Society.
Leverhulme Lecture II: Wednesday 6 February, 6pm, G21 Christopher Ingold Building
Don Juan, Lear & Figaro: Reinventing Forgiveness
Tragedy and comedy feed on the transgression of norms and its consequences for human life. When they change, new visions of humanity emerge together with new role of forgiveness.
Leverhulme Lecture III: Wednesday 13 March, 6pm, G21 Christopher Ingold Building
Where Forgiveness does not Exist
Cultures before or outside Christianity take issue with radical wrongdoing in other ways than the Western tradition, questioning the universal status of forgiveness.
Leverhulme Lecture IV: Wednesday 24 April, 6pm, G21 Christopher Ingold Building
The Limits of Forgiveness: Writing Reconciliation in South Africa
Many South African writers have discussed the limits of the bold attempt to use forgiveness as an instrument to national reconciliation.
Professor Svend Erik Larsen (Aarhus Universitet, Denmark) has been awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship to spend January-June 2013 based at UCL Scandinavian Studies. He will be delivering four Leverhulme Lectures, leading Masterclasses for postgraduate students, and helping launch a new collaboration between UCL Scandinavian Studies, Dutch and SSEES: Learning from Small Nations. For more information, please contact Dr Claire Thomson (firstname.lastname@example.org).