March 16. ‒ 18. 2016
Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA
Immigration from the Nordic countries—Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden—has been a major influence on the growth of the Pacific Northwest from the 1850s to the 21st century. But through return migration, the Pacific Northwest has influenced the Nordic countries as well. From the earliest European settlement, immigrants from the Nordic countries were attracted to this area. The greatest single impetus was, of course, the Yukon Gold Rush, but the immigrants also came to pursue livelihoods in fishing, farming, the lumber industry, and commerce. As the 20th century passed and the 21st century began, the aerospace industry and later, IT, biomedicine, and telecommunications have continued to attract Nordic immigrants to the region.
As communications improved, many who came to the Pacific Northwest did not become permanent immigrants. Rather, they were expatriates, staying for a time and then returning home. By doing so, they created a living bridge between the Northwest and the Nordic countries. One might say that the immigrants themselves became a social medium which shortened the physical distance between the regions; a medium through which processes of innovation and the development and transmission of technology could move unhindered across international borders. Through lectures, workshops, and panel discussions, this conference will explore Nordic migration to the Pacific Northwest, and the impact these two regions have had upon each other from the 1850s to the 21st century, as seen through the lens of technology, innovation and migration.
Those who wish to present a paper at the conference are invited to send their contact information (full name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and email), a brief CV, and an abstract (max. 250 words) to: Nordic Heritage Museum Attn: Eric Nelson 3014 NW 67th Street Seattle, WA 98117
DEADLINE FOR SENDING IN ABSTRACTS: OCTOBER 15, 2015