Panel Discussions

Parallel to the paper sessions at NGM 2022 there is also an interesting selection of discussion panels taking place during the conference. Below you will find more information on the content of these panels, their organizers and their panelists. (more to come!)

History of cartography of the Nordic countries

Panel chair

Michael Jones, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Panel description:

The panel will discuss recent research on the history of cartography in Norden and identify gaps in current knowledge where further research might be encouraged. Examples of topics where more research might be undertaken include women in cartography, indigenous cartography (in the Nordic context Sámi cartography), cartography of multicultural places, and colonial cartography (Danish or Swedish colonies in North America, the West Indies, West Africa and India). Also of particular interest are recent theoretical and methodological developments in cartographical history, for example maps as expressions of power, the historical-geographical context of mapmaking, cartography as cultural practice, and the history of cartography in the digital era. Other topics are also relevant.

The point of departure is a recent revival of interest in the history of cartography of the Nordic countries, seen in books and articles published in recent years both in the Nordic languages and in English. Nordic cartographers and cartographical topics are also referred to in recently published volumes of The History of Cartography (University of Chicago Press), vol. 4 Cartography in the European Enlightenment (2020) and volume 6 Cartography in the Twentieth Century (2015).

This panel session is organized on behalf of Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift–Norwegian Journal of Geography, which has recently published special issues containing articles on the history of cartography of the Nordic countries.


Kimmo Katajala, Professor of History at the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, and Adjunct Professor in History at Tampere University. His research interests include cartography and state-building in the early modern period, historical urban cartography, and the use of geoinformatics to analyse historical cartographical and spatial data.

Anne C. Lien, Head of Vestland County Mapping Office, Norwegian Mapping Authority, and Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Geography, University of Bergen. Her doctoral thesis work consists of an analysis of Norwegian historical maps in relation to political and other motives behind their construction, with a focus on border regions and trans-border cartography.

Stig Roar Svenningsen, Senior Researcher, Special Collections Department, Royal Library, Copenhagen. His research interests include historical military cartography, cadastral cartography, environmental cartography, and the use of historical maps and aerial photographs for mapping landscape change.

Anders Wästfelt, Professor of Geography at the Department of Human Geography, University of Stockholm. His research interests include agricultural mapping, remote sensing, and the use of GIS to analyse historical maps. His recent research consists of micro-scale space-time analysis of historical farming systems using historical maps and GIS. He is also interested in different forms of representation on maps and their disciplining aims and effects.

The state of Nordic tourism geographies

Panel organizers:

Edward H. Huijbens, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University & Research

Dimitri Ioannides, Professor, Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism, Mid-Sweden University


Panel chair(s):

Anniken Førde, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Dieter K. Müller, Umeå University

Gunnar Thor Jóhannesson, University of Iceland

Jarkko Saarinen, Oulu University

Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, Roskilde University 


Panel description:

This panel session will interrogate the current state and to date contributions of Nordic tourism geography. Tourism studies is by now an established field of research in all the Nordic countries and world-wide. Several fields of inquiry have emerged within tourism studies globally and this session will ask what and how Nordic geography scholarship has contributed. To facilitate this a panelist will be invited from each of the Nordic countries, pending this panel’s acceptance and the invitee’s intent to participate in the NGM. Each panelist will have one designated person from the chairs to consult with during discussion.



Henrik Halkier, Aalborg University

Professor of Culture and Consumption (CC) and dean at Aalborg University, Denmark. Henrik does research in tourism policy, destination development, branding, and synergies between food and tourism.


Brynhild Granås, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Associate Professor at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Department of Tourism and Northern Studies. Her research interest covers place, identity processes and nature practices in the north, studied through more-than-human geographical and ethnographical perspectives. Currently, she is engaged in projects focusing on challenges connected to the practicing of Allemannsretten and on the declining seabird population in the Arctic.


Rannveig Ólafsdóttir, University of Iceland

Professor of tourism studies at the faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland. Dr. Ólafsdóttir has been an active researcher in geography and tourism studies for over 20 years. Her current research largely focuses on the interrelationship between tourism and environment, including tourism environmental impact, tourism and climate change, geotourism, land use management and public participation, and determining sustainability indicators for tourism management.


Malin Zillinger, Mid-Sweden University

Researcher at the Department of service management and service studies, Lund University. Malin is interested in travel information search behavior. This field of study is linked to areas such as digitalization, innovation, and the development of tourism as a self-evident part of society.


Olga Hannonen, University of Eastern Finland

Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, Business School, University of Eastern Finland. Olga is a human geographer, who has carried out research on second-home and residential tourism in Russia, Finland, Spain, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Through her recent research, she has been looking into recreational use of aquatic environments in Finland and digital nomadism as a new and growing trend in lifestyle mobilities.

Authors Meet Readers; Housing Displacement. Conceptual and Methodological Issues

Panel chair

Guy Baeten, Professor and director of the Institute of Urban Studies, Malmö University

Panel organizers

Guy Baeten, Malmö University

Carina Listerborn, Malmö University

Maria Persdotter, Malmö University and Linköping University

Emil Pull, Malmö University

Panel description:

This session presents and discuss the book Housing Displacement. Conceptual and Methodological Issues, from 2020, Routledge, by the editors Guy Baeten, Carina Listerborn, Maria Persdotter and Emil Pull, Malmö University, Sweden.

This book examines reasons, processes and consequences of housing displacement in different geographical contexts. It explores displacement as a prime act of housing injustice – a central issue in urban injustices. This book offers interdisciplinary perspectives on housing displacement to academics and researchers in the fields of urban studies, housing, citizenship and migration studies interested in housing policies and governance practices at the urban scale.

The book seeks to highlight how housing injustice finds its prime expression in the act of displacement. Following the work of Marcuse, amongst others, we argue that housing displacement needs to take a much more central place in our understanding of urban injustices. We need to reveal how housing displacement processes mutate into new forms and are more diverse than have been acknowledged thus far in the literature. We need to think beyond the existent gentrification literature to understand the reasons and consequences of housing displacement. Through giving primacy to studying displacement we can, first, put more focus on gentrification’s unjust nature. Second, we can highlight unjust housing policies in cities and neighbourhoods that are simply not undergoing gentrification. Third, the dominance of Anglo-American experiences of housing displacement leaves our conceptual apparatus unequipped to capture, contextualise and compare the contemporary varieties and complexities of housing displacement.


Helena Holgersson, Gothenburg University

Helena Holgersson has a PhD in sociology and works as a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Cultural Sciences at University of Gothenburg. She is currently part of the research project For whom is the city built? A study of goal conflicts, migration patterns and living conditions in the densified city (Formas 2019-22).

Erik Jönsson, Uppsala University

Erik Jönsson is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University. With his basis in political ecology he has in several projects scrutinized how future visions are shaped and the deeply political role that future visions play. Within these projects cases have involved both urban and rural planning projects, as well as debates surrounding high-profile biotechnological developments within the so-called cellular-agricultural field. Through two current projects on the history of the People’s Parks movement in Sweden, he is also exploring the role of production of space for the labour movement. He is currently co-editing a volume on Sociospatial theory in Nordic Geography, bringing together a wide range of chapters on how spatial relations and socio-spatial keywords have historically, and today, been conceptualized within the region.

Özlem Celik, University of Helsinki

Özlem Çelik is a University Researcher at HELSUS and Global Development Studies Discipline at the University of Helsinki. Her research concerns the political economy of urban development and change, including the politics of urban economic relations, housing, state interventions, rescaling of the state, and urban social movements. Özlem’s current research focuses on the financialisation of housing, and the limitations and possibilities of spatial politics of solidarity through commoning practices in Turkey. Some of her research is published in Antipode, Housing Studies, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Capital and Class Journals. She is currently editing a special issue in Housing Studies, which brings together a set of papers that examine financialisation of housing and violation of housing rights at the time of crisis and which thereby explore the contemporary state of neoliberal urbanisation in divergent political economic contexts, and co-ordinating the Urban and Regional Political Economy Working Group, IIPPE. Twitter: @oslem_celik