Medea Talks on December 10 with Robert A. Saunders, professor at State University of New York, on how crime dramas like Bron/Broen shape international perspectives of the Nordic countries. In this talk, he will will critically assess the pros and cons of being seen as a zone of murder and mystery, regardless of the day-to-day realities of the typical Nordic city.

Annette Hill, Professor of Media and Communication at Lund University, and Gabriel Flores Jair, who plays the pathologist in Bron/Broen, will also take part in the conversation. The event will be chaired by Bo Reimer, director of Medea.

Gramophone music starts at 18:00 and the lecture at 18:15.

Free of charge, but please sign up!

Abstract

For many people outside Northern Europe, what they know about Malmö comes from what they see on their television screens. The worldwide success of the Swedish-Danish crime drama Bron/Broen has come to serve as the main source of information about Malmö, Sweden’s “southern capital.”

Professor Robert A. Saunders (State University of New York) will speak about his research on the imagining of Malmö via the series, and how other internationally successful Nordic noir series – such as the Bordertown (set in Lappeenranta, Finland) and Dicte (set in Aarhus, Denmark) – shape international perspectives of Norden and its lived spaces.

Focusing on various aspects of the “city” – including history, economics, architecture and culture – his talk will critically assess the pros and cons of being seen as a zone of murder and mystery, regardless of the day-to-day realities of the typical Nordic city.

About Robert A. Saunders

Robert A. Saunders is a Professor in the Department of History, Politics, and Geography at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York. He is a leading researcher in the field of popular geopolitics, as well as an internationally recognized scholar of nation branding. His geographic areas of focus include Russia, Central Asia, and Nordic Europe. His research explores the impact of popular culture and mass media on geopolitics, nationalism, and religious identity.

This Medea Talk is co-produced with Malmö University’s Institute for Urban Research.

Featured image: Still from crime series Bron/Broen starring Kim Bodnia and Sofia Helin. Photo credit: News Øresund/Carolina Romare CC:BY.