Social events

Apart from being a conference, Geomedia 2019 aims for an experience where media, film, and geography research intersect. However, the social aspect is equally important. Throughout the conference we will make sure that there is time and situations for interesting and engaging talks.

Firstly, we will have common lunch and coffee breaks as well as several social events during the evenings.

Tuesday May 7th kicks off with a visit to Klässbols, a traditional family-run factory for linen that dates back to the 1800s. The mill is special as it supplies napkins, tablecloths and curtains to the royal court, embassies and the world’s famous Nobel banquet ( At the mill, you can experience the mechanical and manual production of world-class linen. There are products for sale there as well as a cafe.  

After a guided tour at Klässbol, lunch will be served (included in the price). The tour after that takes us to Racksta Museumwhere one wing of the building hosts a permanent exhibit of early 20th Century art by the members of the Rackstad Colony. The lower level, which changes faces throughout the year, features fine local craftsmanship of the same era. There is also a park-like area with a sculpture by Christian Eriksson and his son Liss surrounding the museum. Here it is possible to take a stroll on the grounds and saunter over to nearby Oppstuhage and the Nytomta handicraft court. Built in 1998, the new hall houses the museum’s temporary exhibits of pre-modern, modern and contemporary art. If you are at all interested in art, Rackstad is an exhilarating experience.

The tour is not included in the conference fee and will be 65 euro. We will leave from Karlstad city at 10.00 (pick-up is from two hotels: Statt at 10.00 and Scandic Winn at 10.10). We will return to the city at 16.30 (drop-off at the two hotels will follow). Anyone accompanying participants registered for the conference is welcome to join this pre-event, but please note that each one must register for the trip.

Later that day, after the film screening of “Sameblod/Samiblood” by Amanda Kernell, the opening mingle event will be held at Scandic Winn (at Norra Strandgatan9-11 in Karlstad center). The mingle will be hosted by Karlstad Municipality.

On Wednesday May 8th, all participants are invited for the conference dinner at Olssons Bazar (at Tullhusgatan 1), which will be the perfect occasion for mingle and socializing. The conference dinner and entertainment are included in the conference fee.

On Thursday May 9th, after the film screening of Further Beyond, by Christine Molloy, participants will be free to attend dinner at VERO (Järnvägsgatan 9). This particular event is not included in the conference fee.