Information about the excursions on Saturday 22.april
The Many Spaces of Oslo, Graftti walk with Kaia Dorothea Mellbye Schultz Rønsdal
Starting in the remains of Medieval Oslo, walking in the contemporary. Oslo is a small town with a population of a little more than 600,000, yet it is the closest Norway has to a big city. Small, prosperous and relatively homogenous, but like any major city, it is challenged and enriched with lives and spaces that do not accommodate the preferred portrayed image of Oslo. From a graffitied skating bowl, under the railroad tracks and to the seaside – this walk will focus on the other Oslo, that which is not described in the guidebooks, the city as it is lived by its range of inhabitants.
We will use public transport to our starting point in Gamlebyen (Old Oslo) and we will end up at the Central Railwaystation. We will not rush, but we are not talking the shortest and easiest route, so participants must be prepared for and comfortable with walking on concrete for a couple of hours. From the railwaystation, you can either use the subway, or walk, up to the University buildings where you will have time to settle down, rest and have coffee before the next conference activity.
Nobel Peace Centre
This excursion gives the possibility to learn about the history and currents developments of the Nobel Peace Prize that is based in Norway (see http://www.nobelpeacecenter.org/en/).
The participants are invited to take part in a guided tour of about one hour with an experienced guide of the Nobel Peace Center and to explore the museum on their own. In April 2017, the museum will host three exhibitions: a general exhibition about the Nobel Peace Prize and the prize winners, an exhibition about the latest prize winners, the peace makers in Colombia and an exhibition about forced displacement in Syria.
Medieval Oslo, an ecclesial walk in the Old Town with Hallgeir Elstad
The history of Oslo begins in the Middle Ages. The medieval town was located below the Ekeberg hills, on the east side of the Bjørvika inlet, in the area today called Gamlebyen (Old Town). Remains of medieval Oslo are found in the form of ruins, building parts and cultural layers. The medieval town was a church centre. It had six churches - the most important were St. Hallvard's Cathedral and the Maria Church.
We start in the ruin park opposite Oslo Ladegård with the ruins of St. Hallvard’s Cathedral and the Olav’s Monastery, which is partially ruined, partial basement in the current bishop of Oslo's palace. We then walk to the medieval park (Middelalderparken) with the ruins of the Maria Church and St. Clement’s Church. The walk will end up at Oslo Hospital, established in 1538, and Gamlebyen Church, formerly Oslo Hospital Church. The hospital and the church are built on the site of the Franciscan monastery from 1290.
We will use public transport to our starting point in the ruin park in Gamlebyen (Old Town). From Oslo Hospital you can take the tram back to the University.
Oslo after the terror attacks on July 22nd, 2011
This excursion will visit the 22 July Centre that has been opened four years after the bomb attack in the city centre of Oslo and the massacre on the island Utøya that Anders Behring Breivik has perpetuated on 22 July 2011. The centre is located in the high-rise building in the government centre. The 22 July Centre contains an exhibition that tells the story of the terror attacks on July 22, 2011 in pictures, films, texts and artefacts. Visitors will also find information about the planning and construction of the new government district. The participants will start with an introduction by a guide, have about one hour to explore the exhibition and are offered to reflect their impression together with a guide in a concluding discussion.
The meeting point of all the excursions will be at the downtown campus, at the University Square.