Seminar series SPRING 2012
The Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State
Studies announced the spring session of the seminar series on European
integration sponsored by a Jean Monnet grant. The institute offered
numerous lectures by renowned academics on Fridays from 12:00 to 13:00
at room 101 in Lögberg. The programme also included seminars and
conferences in cooperation with other parties.
FRIDAY JANUARY 20
The Bank Collapse and the Regulations of the
Már Guðmundsson, Governor, Central Bank of Iceland
FRIDAY JANUARY 27
Member State Hegemony? Ten Theses on Germany’s new European Policy
Simon J. Bulmer, Professor
of European Politics and Head of Department, University of Sheffield, UK
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3
The EU as a Global Actor: Facing the Current Challenges
Anna Jardfelt, Director, Swedish Institute of
International Affairs (UI), Sweden
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10
EU and the Aftermath of the Arab Spring
Jordi Vaquer i Fanés, Director, Barcelona Centre for
International Affairs, Spain
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17
Is the US listening to Europe?
Michael T. Corgan, Associate Professor, Department of International
Relations, Boston University, USA
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24
CLIMATE CHANGE AND EUROPE
Navraj Singh Ghaleigh, Lecturer in Public Law, Edinburgh Law School,
FRIDAY MARCH 2
Iceland and the EU´s Common Security and Defense
Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of
Political Science, University of Iceland
FRIDAY MARCH 9
Norm Entrepreneurship and Norm Advocacy:
Small State Strategies in the EU
Annika Björkdahl, Associate Professor, Department
of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden
FRIDAY MARCH 16
The Adaptation of Estonia and Finland to
EU Foreign and Security Policy
Kristi Raik, Researcher, Finnish Institute of
International Affairs, Finland
FRIDAY MARCH 23
in Global Governance: The Role of the G-20 and the EU
Juha Jokela, Programme Director, Finnish Institute
of International Affairs, Finland
FRIDAY MARCH 30
EU Enlargement and the Balkans
Julie Herschend Christoffersen, former Researcher,
Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark
FRIDAY APRIL 13
NATO as the Canary in the Mine of Liberal
Trine Flockhart, Senior Researcher, Danish
Institute for International Studies, Denmark
FRIDAY APRIL 20
A European Public Sphere: The Un-Likelihood of
Maximilian Conrad, Assistant Professor, Faculty of
Political Science, University of Iceland
FRIDAY APRIL 27
Public Opinion in the European Union
Göran von Sydow
FALL SEMESTER 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011 in Háskólatorg 102 from 12:00 to 13:00:
Is Development Aid Useful?
A seminar in cooperation with the Icelandic Development Agency and UN Women in Iceland.
Friday, September 9, 2011 in Oddi 201 from 12:00 to 13:00:
Security for small states in Europe: An illusion?
Clive Archer, Professor Emeritus Manchester Metropolitan University
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the Nordic house from 12:00 to 13:00:
Finland´s journey to the European Union
Ambassador Antti Kuosmanen discusses his book. This event is co-hosted with the Finnish Embassy and the Nordic house.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in Lögberg 101 from 16:30 to 17:30:
The Role of Greenland in the Arctic
Degeorges, Ph D student at Paris Descartes University and Rasmus
Bertelsen, Ph D in International Relations from Cambridge University,
will address the topic in a seminar in cooperation with Nexus.
Friday, September 16, 2011 in Oddi 201 from 12:00 to 13:00
Gender, Sex and the Post-national Defense
Kronsell, associate professor of Political Science at Lund University,
gives a lecture on her recently published book, „Gender, Sex and the
Friday, September 23, 2011 in Oddi 201 from 12:00 to 13:00
The European Union and the Arab Spring
Lecture given by Rosa Balfour, Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre in Brussels.
Friday, September 30, 2011 in Oddi 201 from 12:00 to 13:00
Small States in the European Union
part of the fall seminar series, Diana Panke, associate professor of
political science at the University College Dublin, gives a lecture on
Small States in the European Union.
Friday, October 7, 2011
University of Iceland 100 Year Anniversary Symposium
Friday, October 14, 2011 in Oddi 201 from 12:00 to 13:00
The Variable Geometry of European Security Cooperation-impact on institutions and small states
Gunilla Herolf, senior researcher at the Stockholm International Peace
Research Institute, will discuss this topic in the framework of the fall
seminar series A Dialogue on European integration.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Can Africa catch up and can we help? Dr. Paul Collier,
Professor of Economics and Director of Centre for the study of African
Economies at Oxford University. Seminar on Development Cooperation in
collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ICEIDA and the
University’s Department of Social Sciences.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Icelandic Social Science – Conference on research in Social Sciences
For further information: http://www.fel.hi.is/en
Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2011
Europe, Gender and the Financial Crisis
Seminar in cooperation with The Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies International Anniversary Conference. For further information: http://www.rikk.hi.is/en
Friday, November 11, 2011 in Oddi 201 from 12:00 to 13:00
Towards a Second Republic: Politics after the Celtic Tiger
Kirby, Professor of International Politics and Public Policy at the
University of Limerick, Ireland, gives a lecture on his new book
„Towards a Second Republic: Politics after the Celtic Tiger“.
Friday, November 18, 2011 in Nordic house from 09:00 to 16:00
Nordic – Baltic Small States: Economy, Security and Identity
First seminar of three in a two year project by NOS-HS
Friday, November 25, 2011 in Oddi 201 from 12:00 to 13:00
Arms Trade from a European Perspective: Challenging the Normative Power
Lecture given by Tomas Baum, director of the Flemish Peace Institute in Brussels.
Program – Winter and Spring 2011
Friday, 21 January 2011:
Was Iceland exceptional?
What foreign examples to compare Iceland to in the early 19th Century
Helgi Skúli Kjartansson, Professor of History, School of Education, University of Iceland
Friday, 28 January 2011:
Cyber-Security: What is the situation in Iceland?
Jón Kristinn Ragnarsson, MA in International Relations, University of Iceland
Friday, 4 February 2011: POSTPONED
What can Iceland learn from Finland´s experience in regional development within the EU?
Inga Dís Richter, MA in International Relations, University of Iceland
Friday, 11 February 2011:
Medieval Icelandic Culture – Nordic or European?
Torfi Tulinius, Professor of Medieval Icelandic studies, University of Iceland
Friday, 18 February 2011:
Europe-US Dialogue: Is it Ending?
Michael T. Corgan, Associate Professor of International Relations, Boston University, USA
Friday, 25 February 2011:
European influences on the study of mathematics in Iceland in the 18th Century
Kristín Bjarnadóttir, Associate Professor in Mathematics Education, School of Education, University of Iceland
Friday, 4 March 2011:
The Wonderfui War: Is the dialogue on Europe in Icelandic history-textbooks the origin of local anti-EU sentiments?
Bára Ómarsdóttir, Adjunct Lecturer of International Relations, Faculty
of Political Science, University of Iceland and Eva Bjarnadóttir, M.Sc.
in International Theory, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Friday, 11 March 2011:
Different perspectives on the primacy of European law over national
Maria Elvira Mendez Pinedo, Professor in European Law, University of Iceland
Friday, 18 March 2011:
European integration in Iceland and Malta: Economic instigators and Political hindrances
Magnús Árni Magnússon, Associate Professor, University of Bifrost, and PhD student, University of Iceland
Friday, 25 March 2011:
A New Approach to Fisheries Management within the EU: the EcoFishMan Project
Dr. Sveinn Margeirsson, CEO of Matis, an Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D Company
Friday, 1 April 2011:
Drift or Rift in the Geopolitical Position of Iceland?
Frankowski, guest researcher at the Department of Political Science,
University of Iceland, PhD, Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin,
Friday, 8 April 2011:
What can the EU learn from Iceland in Fisheries Management?
Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson, Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland
Friday, 15 April 2011:
Croatia on its path towards the EU membership: some experiences and lessons learned in the accession process
Visnja Samardzija, Head of the Department for European Integration, Institute for International Relations, Zagreb, Croatia
Friday, 29 April 2011:
The European Citizens’ Initiative
Max Conrad, Assistant Professor of European Studies, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland
Friday, 6 May 2011:
Why Europe Fears its Neighbors
Tassinari, Head of the Research Unit on Foreign Policy and EU studies,
Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark
Friday, 13 May 2011:
Iceland´s Foreign Policy in the Wake of the Cold War
Meike Stommer, Ph D student at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald, Germany
Friday, 20 May 2011:
Swedish Attitudes to the EU and the Euro
Sören Holmberg, Professor of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Program Fall and Winter 2010
Reviews of the seminars are written by MA students in Journalism, short abstracts of the reviews are published below.
The Europe Dialogues – Fall and winter 2010
Friday 3rd September 2010: The Missing Link in EU Democracy?
Conrad, newly appointed Associate Professor in European Studies,
Department of Political Science, University of Iceland.
10th September 2010: Europeanisation in Iceland: Can Iceland influence
the EU and how are EU policies Enforced in Iceland?
Jóhanna Jónsdóttir, doctoral student in Political Science, University of Cambridge. (Her viva is on September 15)
Friday 17th September 2010: Is the EU and will it ever be a Defence Alliance?
Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor in Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Iceland.
Friday 24th September 2010: The EU Policy and its impact on the language of small states
Kristmannsson, Associate Professor of Translation Studies, Faculty of
Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland.
Friday 1st October 2010: European National Heroes
Karl Helgason , Associate Professor of Icelandic and Cultural Studies,
Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of
Friday 8th October 2010: Equality into Reality: Action for Diversity and Non-Discrimination in Iceland
Brynhildur G. Flóvenz, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Iceland.
Friday 15th October 2010: 15 Years On: Finland and Sweden in the European Union.
All Day Conference at the National Museum.
In cooperation with the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Conference Program
Friday 22nd October 2010: Fisheries: Iceland and Norway´s common interests towards the EU
Þórólfur Matthíasson, Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Iceland.
Friday 29th October 2010: The Icelandic Social Sciences Conference.
For full schedule, see Social Science website http://www.fel.hi.is/
5th November 2010: National referenda: Pros and Cons. A seminar in
collaboration with the law institute of the University of Iceland at the
National Museum, from 12 to 13.30
Bruno Kaufman, President
of IRI Europe, will give a presentation on national referendums and
Ann-Cathrine Jungar, Associate Professor at Södertörns College will talk
about the development of national referendums in Europe.
Friday 12th November 2010: Nordic Societies and European Integration.
All Day Conference in the National Library. Conference Program.
Friday 19th November 2010: The future of rural communities: EU policy and support for small and remote areas
Júlíusdóttir, Assistant Professor of Human Ecological Geography,
Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland.
Friday 26th November 2010: Iceland’s Application for EU Membership – A View from Brussels
Graham Avery, Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre, Brussels.
The Icelandic EU application
Stefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy in European Union.