Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | Fluid Identities and the Use of History: The Northern Lights Route and the Writings of Bengt Pohjanen

Title:
Fluid Identities and the Use of History: The Northern Lights Route and the Writings of Bengt Pohjanen
Author:
Anne Heith: Department of Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages, Umeå university, Sweden
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
024
Pages:
227-241
No. of pages:
15
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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The article highlights the impact of agency and context in analyses of the theme of identification in texts produced on the levels of aesthetics; ethnic mobilisation; region-building and the European project. The connection between cultural heritage and identity is discussed with examples which elucidate the role of literature in nation-building in the period of modernity and industrialisation. Texts by the Tornedalian author Bengt Pohjanen are foregrounded as part of the ethnic revival emerging in the nineteen-eighties. Swedish examples of the use of history are contrasted against the discourse of the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes which is part of a supranational project aiming at the construction of a European identity in the political project of preparing the ground for European citizenship. The conclusion presented is that it is not viable to produce a “European identity cultural package” which runs the risk of conflating differences related to aspects such as language; ethnicity; gender; worldview and religion. Identities are fluid; they exist on various levels and shift in response to changing contexts. Sometimes they develop in overlapping discourses. One way of dealing with this is to think of identification as a constant negotiation of symbolic and concrete borders.

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Anne Heith
Title:
Fluid Identities and the Use of History: The Northern Lights Route and the Writings of Bengt Pohjanen
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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Anne Heith
Title:
Fluid Identities and the Use of History: The Northern Lights Route and the Writings of Bengt Pohjanen
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