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 (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 panel will be followed by a small reception sponsored by Taylor & Francis, the publisher of Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift–Norwegian Journal of Geography, to which attendants of the panel are invited.

The state of Nordic tourism geographies

Panel organizers:

Edward H. Huijbens  (Wageningen University & Research)

Dimitri Ioannides (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 have been invited with support from the chairs from each of the Nordic countries.

Panellists (more to come):

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.

Socio-spatial theory in Nordic Geography: Intellectual histories and critical interventions

Panel organizers/chairs:

Peter Jakobsen, Uppsala University; Erik Jönsson, Uppsala University; Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Lund University.

Panel description:

Based in a forthcoming edited volume on socio-spatial theory in Nordic geography, this series of three panel discussions will engage with various prominent themes within, and beyond, the geography discipline in the Nordic countries.

The first panel discussion will primarily centre on how nature and material landscapes have been, and is, scrutinized within Nordic geography and on what this can tell us about the shape and intended purpose of the discipline. This is followed by a panel engaging more with the relationship between geographers’ research and planning, broadly construed, which surveys the field both today and in the past. The series of panel sessions is thereafter concluded with a panel primarily focused on the history of ideas within Nordic geography, where panelists draw both on attempts to write the history of particular traditions and on their own academic histories to illuminate how particular perspectives emerge, and sometimes disappear. Drawing together scholars from Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Sweden these three panels should together allow for a vibrant discussion on the past, present, and possible future state of Nordic geography, and how space is made sense of within various sub-disciplines therein.


Edward H. Huijbens, Wageningen University

Edward H. Huijbens is a geographer and graduate of Durham University, England. He chairs Wageningen University’s research group in cultural geography. Edward works on spatial theory, issues of regional development, landscape perceptions, the role of transport in tourism and polar tourism. Edward has authored over 40 articles in several scholarly journals and edited volumes, published four monographs in both Iceland and internationally and co-edited four books.

Jouni Häkli, Tampere University

Jouni Häkli is Professor or Regional Studies and the leader of the Space and Political Agency Research Group (SPARG) at Tampere University. His research lies at the intersection of political geography and global and transnational sociology, with focus on the study of political subjectivity and agency, urban planning and civic participation, borders and national identities, and forced migration. In his recent work he has been particularly interested in the political agency of people in vulnerable positions.

Peter Jakobsen, Uppsala University

Peter Jakobsen is a PhD student in human geography at Uppsala University. He has previously taught at Aalborg University. His current research is about the development and evolution of radical geographical thought in Denmark and the connections between the histories of radical geography in the Nordic countries.

Erik Jönsson, Uppsala University

Erik Jönsson is an Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University, with a PhD from Lund University. From 2018 to 2021 he was employed at Uppsala University’s Campus Gotland. A political ecologist, he has in his research explored the political role of future visions in relation to both large-scale planning projects and the possible development of novel biotechnologies. He is also involved in historical landscape geography, scrutinising the role of the People’s Parks for the emergence of the labour movement in Sweden.

Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Lund University

Henrik Gutzon Larsen is a human geographer educated at Copenhagen University. He teaches human geography at Lund University. Before coming to Lund, in 2013, he taught geography at the universities in Copenhagen, Roskilde and Aalborg. His current research addresses urban geography and housing, political geography and history of geographic thought.

Ari A. Lehtinen, University of Eastern Finland

Ari Aukusti Lehtinen is Professor of Geography at the University of Eastern Finland. He has specialised in Arctic and Boreal development issues, notably in industrial extraction, socio-environmental injustices and politics of degrowth. His research work has evolved in the form of collective civic action projects linked, for example, to urban renewal, organic farming, forest-based development, wilderness conservation, Biosphere cooperation and Greenbelt promotion.

Marcus Mohall, Uppsala University

Marcus Mohall is a researcher based at the the Institute for Housing and Urban Research and the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University. His research interests primarily revolve around the political economy of public transportation and housing, and the history of geographical thought

Anssi Paasi, University of Oulu

Anssi Paasi has been Professor of Geography at the University of Oulu, Finland, since 1989. He has published widely on spatial/political geographic theory, concepts and processes in geographical and political science journals, and edited collections. He is also interested in power-knowledge relations in the contemporary neoliberal academy. He is the author of Territories, Boundaries and Consciousness (John Wiley & Sons 1996). His most recent co-edited books are Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories (Elgar 2018) and Borderless Worlds for Whom? Ethics, Moralities and Mobilities (Routledge 2019).

Kirsten Simonsen, Roskilde University

Kirsten Simonsen is Professor in Social and Cultural Geography at the Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University, Denmark. Her research concerns issues of philosophy of geography, Nordic geography, spatial conceptualizations, urban theory and everyday practices, and the living of racialized Others in contemporary European cities.

Pär Wikman, Uppsala University

Pär Wikman is a researcher at the Department of Economic History at Uppsala University. His research interests include the history of the social sciences and modern political history. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the relationship between regional planning and human geography in Sweden.