Nordic Challenges Conference

Annual Nordic Challenges Conference:

Nordic democracy, institutions and values

Copenhagen Business School, 6–8 March 2019


The focus of the 2019 Annual Nordic Challenges conference is on how democratic institutions and practices as well as culture and values are changing in response to the multiple global challenges faced by Nordic countries. Nordics have seen themselves as key players at the international level, often setting the agenda in a wide variety of issues, such as peace, welfare, socially-viable competitiveness, innovation, climate change and human rights. But, global challenges such as migration and inequalities have intensified recently, with political, institutional and societal repercussions in the Nordic countries. The master narrative of globalization has been challenged by nationalistic and protectionist agendas with Brexit and the election of Trump as the most significant examples.  The Nordic countries have likewise seen a shift from liberalism and openness, to a more nationalist and closed approach. International cooperation is being looked upon critically, and policies across various policy areas are more inward looking than previously. The intensification of global challenges, reflected politically and societally, does have repercussions on democratic institutions and practices, as well as values in the Nordic countries. In a geo-political context where democratic institutions and values are under threat, this may change the nature of democracy among advanced economies.

Panels may, amongst others, be proposed in the following topics:
1. Nordic cooperation and region-building;

2. Democracy, governance and law;
3. Public policy, gender equality and labour markets;
4. Imagining Norden - branding and Nordic reputation;
5. Multiculturalism and globalization;
6. Nordic culture, education and media.

Important dates:

  • Proposals for panels, round-tables or other events, are due on the 15th September; response to submissions will be 15th October  
  • Proposals for papers are due the 1st November (these can be but are not required to be within a panel); Response to authors  1st December;
  • Full papers to be uploaded by 15th February.

The 2019 conference introduces the ReNEW ‘early career paper prize’. To be eligible, candidates have to be Ph.d students or have completed Ph.d within the last five years, and have to present written work at any ReNEW event between the 2018 and 2019 annual conferences (including the 2019 conference). The winner will be announced at the annual ReNEW conference.  

Visit the conference webpage here or read more about ReNEW here.

If you have any queries or suggestions, please get in touch with us.

On behalf of the local organizing committee: Mads Mordhorst, Caroline de la Porte, Kira Storgaard Hansen