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Vulnerability in Scandinavian Art and Culture

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides the first broad interdisciplinary study of vulnerability in Scandinavian art, media and culture

  • Places emphasis on vulnerability as a productive resource

  • Pays specific attention to vulnerability in the welfare state

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Mobilizing Vulnerability in Scandinavian Art and Culture

    • Adriana Margareta Dancus, Mats Hyvönen, Maria Karlsson
    Pages 1-15Open Access
  3. The Vulnerable Subject and the Welfare State

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 79-79
    2. Nowhere Home: The Waiting of Vulnerable Child Refugees

      • Odin Lysaker
      Pages 81-102Open Access
  4. Societies of Perfection and Resisting Normalcy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 149-149
    2. Vulnerable Viewer Positions: Queer Feminist Activists Watching Paradise Hotel

      • Fanny Ambjörnsson, Ingeborg Svensson
      Pages 195-219Open Access
  5. Mobilising the Pain of Others

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 221-221
    2. The Art of Begging

      • Adriana Margareta Dancus
      Pages 223-246Open Access
    3. Partitioning Vulnerabilities: On the Paradoxes of Participatory Design in the City of Malmö

      • Erling Björgvinsson, Mahmoud Keshavarz
      Pages 247-266Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 315-324

About this book

In this open access book, seventeen scholars discuss how contemporary Scandinavian art and media have become important arenas to articulate and stage various forms of vulnerability in the Scandinavian welfare states. How do discourses of privilege and vulnerability coexist and interact in Scandinavia? How do the Scandinavian countries respond to vulnerability given increased migration? How is vulnerability distributed in terms of margin and centre, normality and deviance? And how can vulnerability be used to move audiences towards each other and accomplish change? We address these questions in an interdisciplinary study that brings examples from celebrated and provocative fiction and documentary films, TV-series, reality TV, art installations, design, literature, graphic art, radio podcasts and campaigns on social media.


  • Open Access
  • Productive Vulnerability
  • Scandinavian
  • Contemporary Art
  • Welfare State
  • Gendered Bodies
  • Privilege
  • Aesthetics
  • scandinavian languages

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of South-Eastern Norway, Bakkenteigen/Borre, Norway

    Adriana Margareta Dancus

  • Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

    Mats Hyvönen, Maria Karlsson

About the editors

Adriana Margareta Dancus is Associate Professor at the University of South-Eastern, Norway. Dancus researches at the crossroads of gender and ethnicity studies, with a focus on contemporary Scandinavian film and literature. She is the author of Exposing Vulnerability: Self-Mediation in Scandinavian Films by Women (2019).


Mats Hyvönen is a Media scholar at Uppsala University, Sweden, and coordinator for the Engaging Vulnerability Research Program. Hyvönen’s research interests are mainly in media history, especially the study of the public sphere as a vulnerable space and how the media both resist and facilitate that vulnerability. Recent publications include (as editor and contributor) Post-Truth, Fake News: Viral Modernity & Higher Education (Springer, 2018).


Maria Karlsson is a Literature scholar at Uppsala University, Sweden, and is on the Engaging Vulnerability Research Program’s advisory board. She has worked on women’s fin-de-siécle novels, audiences, and media dramaturgy. At present, she works on charity and readers; on provocative art in media and politics, and on Swedish radio documentaries.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Vulnerability in Scandinavian Art and Culture

  • Editors: Adriana Margareta Dancus, Mats Hyvönen, Maria Karlsson

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-37381-8Published: 31 March 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-37384-9Published: 18 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-37382-5Published: 30 March 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 324

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: European Film and TV, Arts, Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)