Of Boats and Men: intercultural objects and regional identity in Western Norway and the Shetland Islands

Silke Reeploeg

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Abstract

This paper considers the role of the boat as a significant object and factor in the construction of intercultural regional identities in the Nordic area, by comparing the representation of boats and seafaring collections in local folk-museum exhibitions. By linking the theory of cultural transfer and material culture studies, and using the micro-historical approach of Alltagsgeschichte, the paper will compare how Shetlanders and West Norwegians participate in the construction of and identification with kystkultur by way of maritime objects and narratives. It will investigate the similarities and differences in terms of how the coast is defined as a `seafaring place¿ via objects, particularly the narratives and aspects of communal memory that influence the formation of regional and national cultural traditions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2013
EventDing, ding, ting: Objects as cultural mediators. German, Dutch and Nordic language areas International conference, Université Paris-Sorbonne - Paris, France
Duration: 11 Apr 201314 Apr 2013

Conference

ConferenceDing, ding, ting: Objects as cultural mediators. German, Dutch and Nordic language areas International conference, Université Paris-Sorbonne
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period11/04/1314/04/13

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Keywords

  • cultural transfer
  • cultural mediators
  • objects
  • material culture
  • cultural studies
  • Nordic

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Reeploeg, S. (2013). Of Boats and Men: intercultural objects and regional identity in Western Norway and the Shetland Islands. Abstract from Ding, ding, ting: Objects as cultural mediators. German, Dutch and Nordic language areas International conference, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France. http://sd-g1.archive-host.com/membres/up/c4350c9dc5d0ac09ff742c209b0406347ea31108/resumes.pdf