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Upcoming Events

Workshop: Branding the Nordics: Imagining the Future – (Prod)using the Past
December 2020

History is an important resource in contemporary efforts of branding and representing the Nordics, whether the attempt takes place inside the region or outside. But what kinds of pasts are being produced and used in these strategic imaginings of the future from a Nordic perspective today? How does the past of the current Norden relate to those ‘Nordic pasts’ being (prod)used in earlier times? And what notions of the past have Nordic brands and models carried with them? These are among the questions taken up for discussion in this project, drawing on the work of individual Nordic researchers with a background in the fields of political history, Nordic studies, gender history, economic and business history, history and memory among others. By invitation only. Contact: Eirinn

Workshop: Reforms and Governance of Nordic Universities - Historical and Comparative Perspectives 
December 2020, Helsinki

The workshop aims to investigate how university governance has evolved in the Nordic countries. The perspective will be both historical, tracking the developments that have led to the present situation, and comparative, analyzing national differences and similarities between the Nordic countries. The workshop will discuss how international trends in university governance, such as New Public Management, have affected the systems of higher education in the Nordic countries. Topics discussed include the relationships between external (government, business, labour unions) and internal (vice chancellors, faculty, students) actors in university governance, and the role of collegial decision making and top-down managerialism. The workshop will also address the relationship between constitutional and legal guarantees for academic freedom and the limitations exerted by different governance systems in this regard. Contact: Janne Holmé

Workshop: Emerging Scholars Workshop on Academic Writing

The three-day course Academic Writing in Modern English – Examples from Nordic Studies is meant to give recent PhDs and PhD candidates useful help in writing academic English. 

  • The course has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and related prevention measures. The new dates wil be informed later on.

Workshop: Nordic Peace Revisited

This is the second of two workshops on the theme of ‘Nordic Peace Revisited’. The project provides a revisionist critical analysis of the normalisation of ideas about ‘Nordic peace’, where Nordic peace is bound up with claims about both internal regional dynamics and externally-oriented policy positions. By  invitation only. Contact: Johan Strang,

  • The workshop has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and related prevention measures. The new dates wil be informed later on.

Workshop: Nordic Borders - Early Career Researcher's workshop

The workshop aims to bring together early career researchers from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and further afield, as well as leading scholars in the disciplines of Criminology, Law, and International Relations, to develop an understanding of ‘borders’ and ‘bordering’ practices in the Nordic region. ‘Borders’ and ‘bordering’ processes are understood here at different levels, from spatial to virtual, some at the edge of the state, other in state institutions and every day life. The themes of the workshops will be as follows: migration to the Nordic region; detention, imprisonment, and deportation from the Nordic region; border communities, spaces, and bodies; border technologies and the securitization of migration; and border research methodologies. The workshop will be organized at the University of Oslo (Dorina Damsa, Phd candidate) in collaboration with the University of Oxford (Maayan Ravid, Phd candidate). The workshop is intended for early career researchers under the mentorship of senior researchers in the field. There will be open lectures, accessible to the public, panel presentations, as well as focused group discussions. Participants will be invited to present papers, during the two day workshop, and collaboratively work on a volume on ‘Nordic Borders’, either as a special issue or edited volume, to be later presented to Oxford University Press. Contact: Dorina

  • The workshop has been postponed from April 2020 to 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak and related prevention measures. The new dates wil be informed later on.

Workshop: Developing Institutional Infrastructure for Rhetorical Studies in the Nordic Countries

While Nordic research into rhetoric is in many ways thriving, the field suffers from an acute lack of institutionalization.  thsi workshops aims to develop and enhance an institutional infrastructure for rhetorical studies in the Nordic countries.  By invitation only, contact: Kristian Bjørkdahl,

  • The workshop has been postponed from May 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak and related prevention measures. The new dates wil be informed later on.


ReNEW Summer University 2020: Identity Politics: Comparative Perspectives on the Nordic Countries and east central Europe
August/September 2021 (tentative), Gdansk

This course addresses PhD candidates who wish to enhance their knowledge of collective identities and identity politics as well as their competence in comparative methods. We include perspectives from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Empirically, our focus is directed towards the Nordic countries and east central Europe, including the Baltic Sea region. You are eligible to apply for the course if you are enrolled as a PhD candidate at your home university and have a good command of spoken and written English.

  • In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the latest travel bans for academic staff, and the closing of a number of national borders we have reluctantly decided to postpone ReNEW Summer University to 2021. 

Workshop: A Nordic worldview? The Nordics in the World
2021, Oslo
Contact: Sunniva

Workshop: Reimagining the Nordic Bible: Bible Reception in Contemporary Nordic Identity Formation - Part 2
Oslo (postponed)

The workshop is a-follow up thworkshop. We aim at developing a platform for new critical reflection on the use of the Bible in contemporary cultural and political debates in the Nordic countries. In Nordic societies, the Bible has traditionally been perceived as a basis of religion and social cohesion. Whereas such religious and Lutheran factors in the historical genesis of the Nordic welfare states are well-researched,  the focus of the present workshop is on public use of the Bible in debates of today. The workshop consists of a series of case studies that discuss how Nordic bibles (translations, Children’s bibles, rewritings, reenactments in art and politics) and Nordic bible use (the Bible as argument and icon in the public sphere) legitimize and criticize common cultural codes and values of Nordic welfare societies (gender equality, individualism, national identities, religion as private phenomenon, division of religion and politics, secularized Protestant ideas, etc.). Contact: Marianne Kartzow,

Workshop: “THE EARLY MODERN PASTOR – Nordic Perspectives”
August 2020, Oslo

In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on the historical relationship between the modern Nordic welfare states and the development of a Lutheran culture since the 16th century. This relationship is complex and has varied between the different Nordic countries, but one element should be regarded as crucial: The development of a professional, well educated group of Lutheran ministers in charge of a wide range of administrative, economic, cultural and philanthropic tasks. Not least important is the fact that the Lutheran ministers were the local representatives of the King, linked together through a well functioning hierarchy of power, control and care. Our overarching idea is that analyzing the roles and tasks of the Lutheran pastors through formative periods will make it possible to connect a history of a profession with the development of Nordic welfare states: The different clerical tasks and obligations were slowly disentangled and made elements of new professions – teachers, medical doctors, lawyers, and politicians. By invitation only. Contact: Arne Bugge Amundsen.

Workshop: Nordic Equality and Anti-discrimination Laws in the Throes of Change
August 2020, Oslo/Reykjavik

Two days writing workshop fand a one day open seminar on Nordic equality and discrimination laws to disseminate information about the equality and anti-discrimination law in the five Nordic countries and invite to dialogue with researchers and students in law, gender studies and political science. Contact: Anne

Workshop: Esotericism and Aesthetics in the Nordic Countries (ESOSTETICS)
September 2020, Oslo

The workshop aims at developing methodology for studying the mutual entanglements between esoteric and aesthetic practices, based on a series of Nordic case studies. More information later. Contact: Giuliano D'Amico,

Workshop: Nordic Jews in the 20th and 21st centuries - Multiple Identifications in Everyday Life

The aim of the workshop is to bring together senior as well as junior scholars working with contemporary Judaism in the Nordic countries for a two-day roundtable workshop at Södertörn University. Contact: Lena Roos,

Workshop: Reimagining Politics and Culture in an Evolving World - Nordic perspectives on the 21st century
November 2021, Helsinki

Workshop focusing on the ways in which contemporary Nordic culture reacts to current changes taking place in the world. Contact: Kristina Malmio,

Workshop: QUEEN Writing Workshop: producing
Autumn 2020, Oslo

The purpose of this workshop is pursue on-going cooperation in the context of a joint publication comparing Nordic policies on queer refugee and asylum. Forced transnational migration since 2015 has created a sense of urgency in generating new approaches to migration management that might address deficiencies in existing frameworks. One such deficiency has been the inconsistency in how Nordic countries have been dealing (or not dealing) with the issue of queer refugees and asylum seekers. Since the United Nations Refugee Agency published guidelines specifically dealing with refugee claims related to sexual orientation and gender identity, the topic has received some attention both in scholarly literature and in the formulation of national guidelines on immigration and asylum in some of the nations that make up the Nordic region. However, these national policies and guidelines remain inconsistent. The goal of this workshop is provide our intra-Nordic research network the space and a face-to-face interaction it needs to focus specifically on producing a comparative paper on the national guidelines and policies relating to queer refugees. by invitation only. Contact: May-Len

WorkshopHierarchies of labour market integration in the Nordic countries and across the EU 
November/December 2020, Copenhagen Business School 

The two-day workshop will bring together researchers working on migration and different forms of integration mainly related to the labour market in the Nordic countries. By invitation only. Contact: Jonas

Workshop: Nordic Long-run Innovations in International Comparisons
2021, Helsinki

This project establishes a research group and Nordic and international connections to study patenting, technology transfers, and human capital accumulation in order to better understand long-run economic development in Finland. Contact: Jari Eloranta,

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