Encountering the Other: Colonialism and Identity in New Sweden and Beyond

Fredrik Ekengren, Magdalena Naum, Ulla Isabel Zagal-Mach Wolfe

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FörlagUniversitetsbiblioteket, Lunds universitet
StatusPublished - 2013

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November 8, 2013 - 2 May, 2014

The exhibition is a collaboration between Lund University Library and The Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.

The exhibition opened on Friday 8 November 3 p.m. Kenneth Nyberg, Docent in History at Gothenburg University, introduces.

When the Swedes landed on the bank of the Delaware River in America in 1638 and declared the colony of New Sweden, their understanding of the New World and its inhabitants were colored by a set of ideas that had migrated with the settlers across the Atlantic. Portraying non-Europeans as different, strange and lesser human beings has a long tradition stretching back to classical antiquity. Those encounters with unknown places and people, whether imaginary or real, would feed the powerful constructs of sameness and otherness that characterized the encounters and conflicts of later periods. Moreover, the stereotypes and misconceptions lingered on and play a role in today’s debates on migration and other global issues. This exhibition, 375 years after the founding of New Sweden, takes a look at the concept of the Other and its life from classical antiquity to our days, and places the worldviews of the colonizers in a wider context.

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Historia och arkeologi
  • Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap

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