On the 27th of March 2012, in the assembly hall of the Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication, the first seminars in the international popular science project «Breaking cultural stereotypes in the Barents region» begun.
The project is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Royal Norwegian General Consulate in Murmansk. The lectures and seminar will bring lecturers, researchers, translators from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia together with students who are studying scandinavian languages.
The most important questions, which the participants will have to deal with, is how to communicate with each other in an efficiant way in literature, language and culture in the countries of Northern Europe.
Ingvild Broch, Honourable Doctor at the Northern Arctic Federal University, and senior doctor at the University of Tromsø, gave a lecture on the theme «Russians and Norwegians, how do we understand each other?». Reetta Niemela, a finnish author of childrens books, contributed with the lecture «The many worlds of childrens books» and «Bringing the book alive». Nils Magne Knutsen, associated professor at the University of Tromsø, talked about the «Image of the Russians in the Norwegian Literature». Tanya Brown, lecturer at the Peoples University in Uppsala, Sweden, gave a lecture on the subject «Cross-Cultural Differencies in International Negotiations».
All the students and lecturers at the institute gathered to follow the lectures. Besides the fact that the room was full of people, the atmosphere was openhearted and full of creativity. And that means the interest for Norway, Sweden and Finland is increasing.