Die Isländer und die Krise - ein Vortrag des Historikers Guðmundur Jónsson in Berlin

Narrating crisis: Icelanders’ experiences of the economic crisis of 2008–2009.

A Project report.

Ostseegepräch mit Guðmundur Jónsson, Reykjavík

The collapse of the financial system of Iceland 2008 and the subsequent economic crisis is a major turning point in modern Icelandic history. The aim of the research project is to examine two facets of the crisis: on the one hand how people have perceived the social and economic impact of the crisis on their everyday lives, on the other hand how the crisis is constructed as a political issue by different groups in society, reflecting on their perceptions about the nature of the preceding period of economic prosperity, the economic crisis and its impact on their ideological and political outlook. The extensive use of interviews will give a rare insight into the daily lives of Icelanders and how they have coped with rapid changes in their economic, political and social environment.

As the project is still going on the lecture will not be able to present any final results. The focus will instead be on the general research questions of the project as well as the theories and the methodology of oral history. Nevertheless some general hypotheses and possible answers will be pointed out.

Guðmundur Jónsson is Professor of History at the University of Iceland. His research fields are economic growth and development since 1870, Iceland in the international economy, Iceland and European integration after 1945, consumption history und history of the welfare state.


Nordeuropa-Institut der Humboldt-Universität

Dorotheenstr. 24

Haus 3, 2. Stock, Raum 3.231 "Henrik Steffens"

Termin: 12. Oktober, 19.00 Uhr

Nähere Informationen unter: http://www.ni.hu-berlin.de/

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