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Scand30: 1 Object, First comes love, then comes marriage? Sex, Labor, and the Fisherman’s Wife with Olivia Gunn



Our ever-popular Scand30 series returns with a twist! During the month of sweethearts and heartaches, join University of Washington's Olivia Gunn as she explores the practicalities of pairing off in modern Norway.

About the Object:

A travel document for Ingeborg Pedersen, “fisherman’s wife,” is on display in the Nordic America Gallery. What can Ingeborg's title and (love?) story teach us about recent histories of courtship, kinship, and labor?

About the Series:

Co-presented with the University of Washington's Department of Scandinavian Studies, this latest iteration of our popular Scand30 series uses one object in the Museum's collection as a point of departure for the speaker's topic. These short, snappy talks are delivered by University of Washington faculty and reflect current research. A light reception will follow the presentation.


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    Olivia Gunn

    Olivia Noble Gunn is an assistant professor and the Sverre Arestad Endowed Professor in Norwegian Studies at UW. 


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