the 20th Anniversary Seminar 2023

The Centre for European Studies celebrates its 20 years of existence in 2023. To mark this milestone, it organises a seminar which brings together researchers of European Studies across the disciplines in Finland to discuss their research agendas, as well as current state and future of the research area.

The seminar will take place on 2-3 February 2023 at the University of Helsinki, in Porthania P674.

If you are interested in attending the seminar and have not received a registration link by email, please contact Valpuri Alanen ( for more information.

Thursday, February 2 

9:30- 10:00 Registration and coffee  


10:00-10:15 Welcome words 

Director Leena Malkki, Centre for European Studies

Prof. emer. Thomas Wilhelmsson, former Rector and Chancellor of the University of Helsinki


10:15-11:15 Keynote Speech 

Brigid Laffan: EU Collective Power: Tested by War in Europe 


11:15-11:30 Coffee 


11:30-13:00 Foreign and Security politics 

Chair: Henri Vogt 

Juhana Aunesluoma: From Cold War to Post-Cold War Hysteresis. Security and insecurity in the Baltic Sea Region from the 1990s to the Present  

Juha Jokela: Current trends in EU research at FIIA 

Katariina Mustasilta: European crisis management and conflict responses - lessons from Afghanistan


13:00-14:00 Lunch break


14:00-15:30 Democracy, values and representation 

Chair: Markus Ojala

Hanna Tuominen: Protecting and promoting EU values

Anna Elomäki: EU economic governance in member states: policies and practices from the perspective of gender and democracy 

Johanna Kantola, Valentine Berthet, Anna Elomäki & Barbara Gaweda: EUGenDem: A study of European Parliament's political groups 

Sam Wrigley: Legal Regulation of Online Targeted Political Advertising 


15:30-16:00 Coffee 


16:00-17:30 Policy-making in Europe  

Chair: Johanna Kantola 

Laura Nordström: Power of Experts in EU. Networks of decision-making and expert knowledge in the European debt crisis in 2010?  

Katri Eeva & Paula Silvén: Knowledge networks in European higher education policymaking 

Päivi Leino-Sandberg: Making power visible: Institutional lawyers and EU Policy-Making 

Johannes Lehtinen: Inclusion of citizens and civil society in EU politics in Finland 


18:30-22:00 Dinner (by invitation)  


Friday, February 3 

09:00-09:30 Coffee


09:30-11:00 European studies now and then 

Chair: Juhana Aunesluoma 

Niilo Kauppi: On the origins of European Studies at the University of Helsinki 

Hanna Ojanen: CFSP, what was that again? Thinking back of research on EU foreign policy in Finland in the late 1990s 

Johanna Rainio-Niemi: National Histories, Entangled Histories. How to Write Histories Across Borders in Europe (2005-2022)

Kaius Tuori: The Twilight of Regional Studies? (or Why Should Europe be Studied in a Multidisciplinary Way) 


11:00-11:15 Coffee 


11:15-13:00 Histories, narratives and traditions 

Chair: Kaius Tuori 

Timo Miettinen: Europe as a narrative 

Marco Piasentier & Panu-Matti Pöykkö: Europe and the Crisis of Reason   

Anssi Halmesvirta: Crisis in Postwar Historical Thought

Henri Aaltonen, Katharina Kunter & Jyrki Knuutila: Church and the national/ supranational view to European integration in the 1990’s 

Olga Kantokoski: Modernity and the Liberalization of Punishment on Europe’s Periphery: the Longue Durée of Penal Evolution in the Western Balkans 


13:00-14:00 Lunch break


14:00-15:30 Identities and belonging 

Chair: Hanna Tuominen  

Pertti Ahonen: Expellees and Ethno-National Categorizations in Europe, 1943-1948  

Peter Stadius: Nordic pan-nationalism in European comparison: taxonomy and self-narrative 

Emilia Palonen: Emotions, populism and polarisation: (trans)national contestations around Europe 

Sami Koskelainen: Football, Europe, and how they go together: an overview of research 


15:30-16:00 Closing words: Future of European Studies