Nordic Noir and Fairytales - Deakin students return from Scandinavia
30 Deakin Creative Writing students, led by academics, Dr Cassandra Atherton and Dr Alyson Miller, have returned from the Scandinavian summer where they set out to examine Nordic literature and the recent explosion of Nordic crime-writing on to the world stage. Among the many activities, the group met the Norwegian State Secretary for Justice , Ms Kristin Bergersen who offered the students insight into the Utoya tragedy and its impact on Norwegian society. The group also met Miso Film Producer Jonas Allen, whose company produces many of the internationally-acclaimed television crime-series. While in Sweden they spent time at Deakin's partner university, Jonkoping School of Education and Communication academic experts in Nordic literature provided workshops for the students. They visited Wallander's hometown of Ystad and while in Stockholm, walked in Lisbeth Salander's footsteps. They even managed to squeeze in a meeting with Australian Ambassador to Sweden and Deakin alumnus, Mr Paul Stephens.
Dr Cassandra Atherton said "the students blossomed in Scandinavia. They engaged with the Nordic culture, immersed themselves in the literature, connected with the Scandinavian people and began to see and understand themselves in a worldly context. This kind of international exchange is priceless and students are already considering internships overseas to complement their Deakin studies."
The group were successful in obtaining significant funding by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) which enabled many of the students to experience international study as part of their degree.
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Study Tour for professional and creative writing and literature studies students
16 June - 1 July 2012
Sweden, Denmark, Norway
Coordinator: Dr Cassandra Atherton