All rooms are equipped with an overhead projector
Rooms C, D, E, F, G and H (H only on Saturday): slide projector (framed slides, carrousel. There are extra carrousels available to set up your presentation in advance)
Rooms C, D, M, N, O, U and Committee Room 2: beamer to connect your laptop. You have to bring you own laptop. (If you want to use your Apple notebook, please contact us, as it may be incompatible.)
Rooms C, T and U: VCR
|The Nordic Privilege. Interpreting policy practice and public debate|
|Earlier studies have proposed that Swedish refugee policy started to change around 1942, when a restrictive refugee policy became more generous and humanitarian. From a quantitative point of view this statement is true: there were about ten thousand refugees in 1941, compared to almost two hundred thousand by the end of the war. However, this does not tell us whether the well-known discourses of Swedish pre-war anti-Semitism, nationalism and xenophobia underwent the same changes. Is it plausible that stereotype conceptions of foreigners as a threat to ethnic homogeneity and the Swedish society vanished in a span of just a few years?
One needs to consider that the great majority of the refugees who took advantage of the new "generous" policy came from a limited area, the Scandinavian countries. This circumstance is the starting point of my effort to establish a hypothesis called "The Nordic privilege", which argues that in practical policy as well as in the public debate concerning
refugees and refugee policy in Sweden, it was claimed that Sweden had a responsibility only to ethnic Scandinavian refugees. This ethnic aspect, I argue, is apparent in different levels of the public debate and my tentative conclusion is that there were no general changes of attitude concerning refugees and foreigners. The “generosity” was, also in public discussions, restricted to apply only to “the Nordic brothers”.