Out of Scandinavia

Artist-in-Residence Program

The Department of Scandinavian Studies welcomes award-winning author Pajtim Statovci. Pajtim (b. 1990) moved from Kosovo to Finland with his family when he was two years old. His debut novel, My Cat Yugoslavia, relates in sensitive and finely tuned prose the inner conflict and questions about one's identity that immigration, homosexuality, and the past might stir. The novel, published in 2014, received widespread acclaim among critics and readers alike, and Statovci won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in the category 'Best Debut.' The awarding jury praised the then only 24-year-old author's ability to combine the dreamlike with the realistic, and give old symbols new meaning about power. At present, Pajtim Statovci studies comparative literature at the University of Helsinki, and screenwriting at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

During his stay on campus, Pajtim will visit classes in Scandinavian Studies; History; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; and a First Term Seminar.

His visit includes three public events:

Russian Tea

Tuesday, October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Phi Beta Kappa Room (Vickner Hall)
In connection with the Scandinavian Studies Department and the Russian and East European Studies Program.

Fika (Coffee Hour)

Tuesday, October 10 | 8 p.m. | Swedish House

Lecture: Intersectionality, Queer Identity and Otherness in My Cat Yugoslavia

Wednesday, October 11 | 7 p.m. | Wallenberg Auditorium
featuring Pajtim Statovci in conversation with Robert Kendrick (English Department and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program)

The Gustavus Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence Program is proudly supported by the Marguerite Olson Pratt Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence Program Endowment Fund established by Charlotte (Pratt) '86 and Henrik '88 Nordstrom of Minneapolis, Minnesota in honor of Charlotte's late mother Marguerite, member of the Gustavus Class of 1953, life-long educator, and avid promoter of all things Nordic.