ReNEW organizes annually Nordic Challenges Conference, an international cross-disciplinary conference, gathering scholars from the humanities, social sciences and beyond under a wide umbrella of Norden related study and research. The conference presents new research on the Nordic region and its global relations and promotes debate on current challenges facing the Nordic societies.

The next conference, The Seventh Nordic Challenges Conference, titled "Uncertain Futures: Nordic (In-)Securities, New Geopolitics and Societal Ruptures" takes place in Reykjavík, 22–24 May 2024. For more information visit the conference website.

Previous Nordic Challenges Conferences

The First Nordic Challenges Conference: Global Challenges - Nordic Experiences, Oslo, 20–21 March 2017.

The Second Nor­dic Chal­lenges Conference: Nar­rat­ives of uni­form­ity and di­versity, Helsinki, 7–9 March 2018​​​.

The Third Nordic Challenges Conference: Global challenges and Nordic responses, Copenhagen, 6–8 March 2019.

The Fourth Nordic Challenges Conference: Reconsidering the Nordic Models in an age of polarization, Boston, 5–6 November, 2021.

The Fifth Nordic Challenges Conference: Nordic Neighbourhoods: Affinity and Distinction in the Baltic Sea Region and Beyond, Stockholm, 1–3 June 2022.

The Sixth Nordic Challenges Conference: Nordic Challenges and Identities: Pasts, Presents, Futures,Oslo, 24–26 May 2023.




ReNEW Early Career Paper Prize

Each year the Nordic Challenges Conference announces ReNEW Early Career Prize winners - one in social sciences and one in humanities. ReNEW Early Career Paper Prize recognizes outstanding early career papers in research about the Nordic region. To be eligible, candidates have to be PhD students or have completed a PhD within the last three years, and have to present written work at any ReNEW event between annual conferences.

ReNEW Early Career Prize winners


Betina Slagnes, University of Oslo: "Defending One’s Country in Public Service: A Conceptual Framework". 

Niri Ragnvold Johnsen, University of Adger: "Pan-Nationalisms across borders: Scandinavianism in the community of nations, 1830-1870". 


PhD student Davide Orsitto, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa: "Varieties of Post-Pandemic Capitalism: a Quantitative Comparison between Sweden and Italy’s Economic Policy and Political Ideology". 

PhD student Frederik Forrai Ørskov, Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki: "The Scandinavist Origins of ‘Nordic Peace’: Fredrik Bajer and the Peaceful Afterlife of a 19th Century Pan-Ideology". 


Carolin Schütze, Lund University: "Feeling Fear in Times of Polarization.  A Systematic Content Analysis of Bureaucrats’ Commentary on Migrants using the Concept of Ontological Security".

Byron Rom-Jensen, Aarhus University: "Translating Nordic Equality - Swedish Gender Equality Policy in the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, 1961-1963".