Wednesday, 19 June 2013
1 – 2pm
Location: 18 Windsor Terrace, Chester Room
Speaker: Knut Djupedal, director and curator, Norwegian Emigrant Museum
Born in 1948, emigrated to the United States as a child, returned to Norway as an adult. Educated in the United States and Norway, Knut gained Master’s degrees in both countries. After serving as a research associate with the Norwegian Research Council for the Humanities, he became director and curator at the Norwegian Emigrant Museum, a post he has held since 1991.
Knut has been chair of the Norwegian-American Historical Association in Norway (2006-2010) and the Association of European Migration Institutions (AEMI) (1996-2002). Has curated several exhibits at the Emigrant Museum, including: “The Norwegian-American Painter Bernhard Berntsen” (2005), “The Norwegian America Line” (2008), and “Mormons, Norwegians, the Handcart Pioneers, and Torleif Knaphus” (2009).
Knut has participated extensively in international projects, including “Routes to the Roots”, with NAUSA (Carl von Ossietzky) Universität Oldenburg, Germany (1994-1997); “Norwegians in New York 1825-2000,” with the Norwegian Immigration Association in New York, (1998-2001), and “Crossing Borders,” an EU-Interreg project with the Swedish-American Center, Karlstad, Sweden (2008-2011).
He has published articles on migration, folklore, media and culture and worldview in Norwegian, British and American scholarly journals, and co-authored “Amerikabilder” (Pictures from America) in 2008.
In this session of our research seminars for 2013, Knut will discuss how The Norwegian Emigrant Museum uses material and immaterial sources from its collections – and which for the purposes of the lecture, will include the museum’s historical buildings – to tell the story of Norwegian emigration to overseas destinations, in particular the United States.