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Janne Holmen 228x300Date: 10.4.2018
Time: 11:30 am – 12.30 pm
Place: the restaurant at Hotell Arkipelag

How does islanders perceive their identity and their history in relation to the national state and to the surrounding world? Historian Janne Holmén has researched on the one hand on islands, identity and historical writing, and on the other hand, on historical consciousness and mental maps. At the seminar Holmén will discuss how regional history-writing has contributed to the formation of regional identities on the islands of Åland, Gotland, Dagö, Ösel and Bornholm. While regional history writing, in most cases, aims to integrate the island into the national state, it has been used in Åland during the second half of the 20th century to depict its inhabitants as a separate nation.

Janne Holmén who holds a PhD in History, is a researcher at Uppsala University, Södertörn University, and at the Åbo Akademi University.

The lunch seminar is based on Holmén’s research presented in the publication "Islands of Identity: History-writing and identity formation in five island regions in the Baltic Sea”, which can be found here and his arcticle "Mapping Historical Consciousness: Mental Maps of Time and Space among Secondary School Students from Ten Locations around the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas" published in the Peace Institute's journal "Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies" (JASS), here

Lunch can be bought in the restaurant and taken to the seminar held in the secluded southern part of the restaurant. The seminar will start at 11.30 and will last one hour.

We are grateful for your registration in our event at the Peace Institute's facebook page or by sending an e-mail to Susann Simolin (susann (at) peace.ax), but it is also possible to drop in.