Title:
Norden, Reframed
Author:
Stuart Burch: Nottingham Trent University, UK
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10233565
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Year:
2010
Volume:
2
Theme:
Theme: Uses of the Past – Nordic Historical Cultures in a Comparative Perspective
Pages:
565-581
No. of pages:
17
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2010-12-17


This paper calls for Norden to be understood as a metaframe. Related formulations like “Nordic art” or “Nordic welfare” function as mesoframes. These trigger multiple framing devices. A cache of related framing devices constitutes a framing archive. Framing devices work best when operating unobtrusively such that inclusions, exclusions and inconsistencies are condoned or naturalised. Their artifice, however, becomes apparent whenever a frame is questioned. Questioning or criticising a frame gives rise to a framing dispute.

The theoretical justification for these typologies is provided at the outset. This schema is then applied to a select range of empirical examples drawn largely from the disciplinary frames (Ernst 1996) of art history and museum studies. Despite this specificity it is envisaged that the general principles set out below can and will be used to address a variety of devices, disputes and archives in Norden and beyond.

Keywords: Art; Baltic; frame; framing; museum; Norden; Nordic; Scandinavia

Volume 2, Theme:: Theme: Uses of the Past – Nordic Historical Cultures in a Comparative Perspective, Article 33, 2010

Author:
Stuart Burch
Title:
Norden, Reframed:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10233565
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