Staging the Nation. Performing Icelandic Nationality during the 1986 Reykjavík Summit

Jóhannsdóttir, Heida (2011). « Staging the Nation. Performing Icelandic Nationality during the 1986 Reykjavík Summit », dans Iceland and Images of the North, sous la dir. de Isleifsson, Sumarlidi R. et Chartier, Daniel. Québec, Presses de l'Université du Québec, coll. «Droit au pôle », pp. 435-459.

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The 1986 Reykjavík Summit, where U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev held an impromptu meeting to discuss nuclear disarmament, suddenly thrust Iceland, a small marginalized island nation, into the world media spotlight. This article examines the way in which the summit as a global media event became a platform for a tremendous promotional effort where Icelanders, determined to make optimal use of this unique opportunity, performed and staged a variety of national narratives, emphasizing images linked to their heritage, their perceived exoticism, and uniquely Nordic and Northern traits. The article furthermore reviews the opportunistic mode and commercial imperative of the summit as a media event and analyzes a number of the conceptual configurations that the foreign press employed to encapsulate and represent Iceland as a symbolic host country for the peace negotiations of the summit.

Type: Chapitre de livre
Mots-clés ou Sujets: Iceland, Soviet Union, United States, Summit, 1986, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nuclear disarmament, Media, North, Nordic countries, Islande, Union soviétique, Russie, Russia, États-Unis, Sommet, Désarmement nucléaire, Nord, Scandinavie
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des arts > Laboratoire international de recherche sur l'imaginaire du Nord, de l'hiver et de l'Arctique
Déposé par: Daniel Chartier
Date de dépôt: 04 oct. 2017 08:11
Dernière modification: 04 oct. 2017 08:11
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