To mark the Strindberg year 2012, the Scandinavian Department at the University of Groningen, together with the Groninger Museum, is organizing a symposium. This event will take place on Tuesday December 11th 2012 from 9.30. In this anniversary year the well-known Swedish author August Strindberg (1849-1912) will be honoured not only in Sweden, but also abroad. Strindberg is known as the greatest writer in Swedish literary history. He was a novelist, dramatist, artist, photographer, journalist and opinion maker.
The central theme of the symposium is Strindberg in Transition. Apart from his versatility there have always been various images of Strindberg, the best-known being the image of him as a ‘woman-hater’. What images of Strindberg are there in 2012? Can a change be perceived? That is the question that will be asked at the symposium by researchers from Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Speakers: Erik Höök (Strindbergsmuseet, Stockholm), Ann-Sofie Lönngren (University of Uppsala), Egil Törnqvist (University of Amsterdam) Ester Jiresch (University of Groningen) and Petra Broomans (University of Ghent/Groningen). Prior to the afternoon programme, there will be a workshop in which students from Ghent and Groningen will present their vision on Strindberg.
The symposium ties in with the exhibition Nordic Art. 1880 - 1920, which is onat the Groninger Museum from December 9th 2012 to May 5th 2013. A guided tour of the museum, where visitors can see paintings by Strindberg and works by other Scandinavian artists representative of the era, has therefore been included in the programme.
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