Call for Papers for the 5th Nordic Challenges Conference is open!

5th Nordic Challenges Conference: Nordic Neighbourhoods - Affinity and Distinction in the Baltic Sea Region and Beyond, 1 - 3 June, 2022, Södertörn University, Stockholm

In the past two years, neighbourly interactions have become a major challenge for countries, territories, and peoples. In the Nordic states as well as globally, the Covid-19 pandemic has amplified tendencies of bordering and political or social disengagement with the surrounding world. At the same time, efforts to curb the pandemic have given rise to new forms of virtual communication. The 5th Nordic Challenges Conference is organised as an on-site event by the ReNEW university hub. It follows current and historical developments and sheds light on the topic of Nordic neighbourhoods and other Norden-related research themes from various humanities and social science perspectives.

Paper proposals are expected to address neighbourly schisms and rapprochement or ingrained affinities and differences. Inter-Nordic relationships and Nordic entanglements with the Baltic Sea Region, Eastern and Central Europe, the EU, the UK, and the Arctic are of particular interest to the neighbourhood theme of the conference. In addition, the 5th Nordic Challenges Conference offers a forum for any research dealing with the Nordic countries in an evolving world under one of the ReNEW hub’s six research streams:

  • Nordic cooperation and region-building
  • Democracy, governance, and law
  • Public policy, gender equality, and labour markets
  • Imagining Norden – branding and Nordic reputation
  • Multiculturalism and globalisation
  • Nordic culture, education, and media

We invite proposals for papers to be presented in 15–20 minute oral presentations that address the above themes and challenges in the Nordic countries. The abstracts submitted should be between 200- 400 words. You will be asked to link your proposal to one of the thematic panels presented on the conference website, but there is also the option to link your paper to one of the six streams only. Please note that it is not possible to link papers to book panels (BP) and round table events (RT).

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 28 February 2022, 23:59 CET. Paper proposals should be submitted electronically through the conference website.

Read more about the call for papers and submit your proposal:

5th Nordic Challenges Conference – Nordic Neighbourhoods: Affinity and Distinction in the Baltic Sea Region and Beyond

Warmly welcome. We look very much forward to your proposal and to seeing you soon in Stockholm!