On 18 September 2011, it was 50 years since Dag Hammarskjöld died in the plane crash near Ndola in then Northern Rhodesia (today’s Zambia). This was of course commemorated in various ways across the world. All such activities organised or co-organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation are listed below.
Several of our recent publications are also related to this 50 year commemoration, focusing in different ways on Hammarskjöld and his legacy. See for example Critical Currents no. 2 “Beyond Diplomacy: Perspectives on Dag Hammarskjöld” and no. 8 “Can we save true dialogue in an Age of Mistrust? The encounter of Dag Hammarskjöld and Martin Buber”, as well as a booklet on The Ethics of Dag Hammarskjöld.
We have also compiled a list on all commemorative activities that have come to our knowledge. See the list in the left column or click here+/-
27 January in Uppsala, Sweden
Holocaust Memorial Day. Inauguration of the ‘Hammarskjöld year’ in Uppsala with a screening of the film ‘A small act’. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum.
30 January in Voksenåsen, Norway
Dag Hammarskjöld lecture by KG Hammar, former arch bishop of Sweden.
6 February – 7 April in Melbourne, Australia
‘Dag Hammarskjöld 1905-1961. Poet and photographer’. Exhibition arranged by the Swedish Church in Melbourne and Embassy of Sweden.
24 March at Hanaholmen, Finland
Hanaforum on “Dag Hammarskjöld remembered”. Organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, the UN Association of Finland and Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.
27 April in Stockholm
Diplomatic Forum/Uppsala universitet
– event for the international diplomatic corps in Stockholm
Documentary: The Vision of a Secretary-General
– Dag Hammarskjöld and the UN
including a Q&A opportunity after the film with Peter Wallensteen, Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala universitet
Venue: Röda Korset Högskola/The Red Cross University College, Stockholm
13 May in Uppsala
Inauguration of signs with Hammarskjöld quotations along the hiking path ‘Eriksleden’ and the start of a series of events entitled ‘Memento Mori’ which will go on until 6 November (art exhibition, concerts, lectures, film etc). Arranged by the Church of Sweden, the Swedish National Heritage Board and the Museum of Uppland.
6 June in Uppsala
Sweden’s National Day is celebrated with Dag Hammarskjöld and peace as an overall theme. Organised by Destination Uppsala.
6 June in London, UK
Peace and Development – 50 years after Hammarskjöld – Annual Erskine Childers Lecture
17 June in Uppsala
Dag Hammarskjöld and the decolonization of the Congo. Panel at the 4th European Conference on African Studies
13–15 July in Pretoria, South Africa
Conference entitled ‘Southern Africa – 50 years after Hammarskjöld‘ organised by the University of Pretoria and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.
29 July in Uppsala
Dag Hammarskjöld’s birthday. Inauguration of information signs on the castle hill and in other places in Uppsala. Guided walks and inauguration of a meditation room. Arranged by the Uppsala Peace Museum, Uppsala Art Museum and the City of Uppsala. August in Uppsala, Sweden Summer vacation workshops with the theme Dag Hammarskjöld. Organised by Uppsala Art Museum.
1 September in London
Public Panel Debate in London on “The Legacy of Hammarskjöld”. Arranged by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the British UN Association.
2 September in London
Seminar on “Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations and the end of Empire” at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies
10 September in Uppsala
‘Kulturnatten’ (Uppsala Cultural Night) with a photo exhibition by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum. Preformance on the court-yard of Uppsala Castle with a Dag Hammarskjöld theme. Organised by the Uppsala Art Museum.
18 September in Uppsala
The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2011. Lecturer: Jan Eliasson. Organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Uppsala University.
18 September in Stockholm
23 September in Uppsala
Memorial Concert in Uppsala Concert Hall with Anders Widmark and others. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress and the City of Uppsala.
24 September in Jönköping, Sweden
29 September in Uppsala
Memorial service in Uppsala Cathedral with former arch bishop KG Hammars. Organised by Uppsala Domkyrkoförsamling.
24 October in Uppsala
Inauguration of a new exhibition on Dag Hammarskjöld at the Uppsala Peace Museum, possibly with Kofi Annan as key speaker. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum.
Mid-November in Uppsala
International Symposium entitled ‘Crossing Boundaries’ on the ethics of Dag Hammarskjöld and global leadership (tbc). Organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study.
8 December in Uppsala
Lecture by Kerstin Hulter Åsberg on ‘Vördnad för livet – Albert Schweitzer, Nathan Söderblom och Dag Hammarskjöld’. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum.