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Upcoming Events

Workshop: A Nordic worldview? The Nordics in the World
21 June 2019, Lysebu, Oslo

Workshop: Civic Norden: Civil Society in the Nordic Region and Beyond since 1800
June 2019, University of Oslo

Conference: Nordic Narratives of International Law
6-7 July 2019, University of Oslo

Conference: The "Great White North"? Critical Perspectives on Whiteness in the Nordics and its Neighbours
26 - 28 August 2019, University of Helsinki

Workshop: Associative Self-Governance in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland
Summer 2019, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen

Workshop: Nationalism in the Nordic national sciences
2 - 3  September 2019, University of Helsinki

Workshop: Is EU a Threat to Welfare Societies: Nordics in a Comparative Perspective?
12 - 4 September 2019, University of Oslo

Workshop: Nordic Queer Migration: Perspectives on Mobility from Iceland to Denmark and from Finland to Sweden
September 2019, University of Iceland, Reykjavik

Workshop: Queer Refugees: Improving policies and practices in the Nordic region and the UK
September 2019, University of Iceland, Reykjavik

Workshop: Reimagining the Nordic Bible: Bible Reception in Contemporary Nordic Identity Formation
30 October - 1 November 2019, Aarhus University

Past Events

Summer school: First ReNEW Summer School: Nordic Trends in Gender Studies
15 - 24 May 2019, University of Iceland

Seminar"En nordisk förbundsstat – Borde Norden föras närmare ett förbund?" 
24 May 2019, Hanaholmen, Espoo

Conference: Public Diplomacy in Conflict: Nordic, Baltic and East European Perspectives - Day 1  
2 May 2019, Näringslivets hus, Stockholm 

Panel talks with practicioners, researchers and representants from media and culture about current conflicts and the future of public diplomacy and nation branding.

Public diplomacy and nation branding are expanding fields at the intersection of policy, practice and research. The approaches and models for diplomacy and branding practices are getting more diverse, and so are the theoretical and methodological approaches to these phenomena as study objects. Especially for small and medium sized states, public diplomacy has been seen as a way to gain influence and shape the international agenda beyond their limited hard power resources, whereas nation branding presents a way for smaller nations to create and maintain a distinct international image. Scandinavia, the Baltic area and Eastern Europe are thus excellent regions for discussing this phenomenon, as they include small nations, both with a long history, as well as newly founded countries in search of an international image. The implementation of public diplomacy and branding strategies as well as the emergence of related research fields have not only created a variation in methods and approaches, but also different forms of tensions and conflicts on various level. The purpose of the conference is to bring together practicioners and researchers to discuss current conflict lines within the field of public diplomacy and nation branding. The conference is hosted by Södertörn University in cooperation with the Swedish Institute and supported by thre Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) and ReNEW.
For more information please contact: Andreas Åkerlund, and Jerker Sundstrand, 
Workshop: Public Diplomacy in Conflict: Nordic, Baltic and East European Perspectives - day 2
3 May 2019, Södertörn University, Stockholm 
Day 2 of the conference Public Diplomacy in Conflict is an academic workshop with invited researchers from the field.

Workshop: Contested Humanities: A dialogue on Ecumenical Spaces of Hospitality in Europe
1-3 April 2019, Nordhost/UIO:Nordic and the SIMI institute in Rome

Workshop: Nordic routes to ”Weberian” bureaucracy. The role of elites, social mobilization and nation building 
28 - 29 March 2019, University of Oslo

The workshop is open to scholars in the Oslo region and from the ReNEW consortium universities, but they have to finance the participation by means of their own research funds. Those who are interested in participating should get in touch with Lars Mjøset,

Workshop: Politics of memory: Nordic experiences of dealing with historical legacies
27 March 2019, Copenhagen Business School

Conference: Nordic Peace Revisited
18 - 19 March 2019, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Oslo

The First Re­NEW Emer­ging Schol­ars Day 
5 March 2019, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen
→ Participation still possible, please fill in the First ReNEW Emerging Scholars Day application form and return it to

Conference: 3rd Nordic Challenges Conference
6-8 March 2019, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen

Workshop: Exploring Nordic Education, Educational Reforms and Educational Media in the Nordic Countries from the late eighteenth century until present time (book project)
5 - 6 February 2019, University of Oslo, Oslo

Workshop: Images of the Urban North: ‘Grey Heritage’ in Travel Narratives in the 19th Century 
17 - 18 December 2018, University of Oslo.

Workshop: Neoliberalism in the Nordics – developing an absent theme
6-7 December 2018, MaxPo Center for Coping with Instability in Market Societies, Paris

Workshop: Nordic Teacher Education Models: A Comparative Research Study
16-18 November 2018, Copenhagen

Workshop: Nordic experiences with public sector innovation and public value creation 
29-30 October 2018, Tivoli Hotel & Congress Center, Copenhagen

Conference: "States of Exception” and the Politics of Anger
19-20 October 2018, University of Iceland, Reykjavik

The EDDA Research Center in cooperation with the ReNEW Excellence Hub, hosts an international conference on emergency politics. It brings together scholars in diverse academic fields to explore “states of exception” from historical and contemporary perspectives and in different geographies, with emphasis on Europe, the Nordic region, and the United States.

PhD workshop: Transnationalism and nation-states: Multidisciplinary perspectives
11-12 October 2018, University of Helsinki, Finland 

This workshop invites doctoral students from different fields in the humanities and social sciences to discuss their on-going research projects by focusing on the theoretical, methodological and empirical challenges that the notion of nationalism and transnationalism pose in their research. The aim of the workshop is to explore different ways of approaching transnationalism from both historical and contemporary perspectives. 

Workshop: ‘Nordic Noir, Geopolitics and the North’ 
4-5 October 2018, Aarhus University, Denmark

Norden’s dramatic television series currently serve as a model for the rest of the world. Shaped by public service broadcasting traditions these programmes provide a rich reservoir of representation of how northern Europe sees itself. With this in mind, this workshop will investigate the geopolitical implications of the series within and beyond the region.

The workshop is open to all, but places are limited. To register, please contact Dr Pei Sze Chow at
See announcement: ReNEW Workshop: Nordic Noir, Geopolitics, and the North

Seminar: Nordic Models in the Age of Populism 
September 27-28, 2018, Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering (CILSE), Boston University

Workshop: ‘Sign of the Times: Changes in the Nordic model’
 7.8.2018, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen. 

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