Nordic Societies and European Integration

A seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs in
collaboration with the University of Oslo and the University of Turku,
Friday, November 12th on Nordic Societies and European Integration. The
seminar is held in the lecture hall of the National Library in
Reykjavik, Iceland. All are welcome but please register via email


9.00-9.10    Coffee – collection of papers

9.10-9.15    Words of welcome
Baldur Þórhallsson
Chair of the Institute for International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies

9.15–9.25    Opening remarks
Katrín  Jakobsdóttir, Minister of Education and Culture

9.25-10.10    European integration beyond EU history: Bringing the Transnational Perspective in
Key note lecture by Kiran Klaus Patel, Professor, European University Institute, Florence

Discussant: Maximilian Conrad, Assistant Professor, European studies, University of Iceland
Chair: Baldur Thorhallsson, Jean Monnet Professor of Political Science, University of Iceland

10.10-10.30    Coffee break

10.30-12.00    Panel 1: Individual leaders and their approaches to European integration

•    “Jens Otto Krag – a case study in the biographical approach to European integration history”
Presentation by Johnny Laursen, Vice Dean for Research, Head of the Humanities Graduate School, University of Aarhus
•    “Norwegian Labour Party leaders and European integration. From Trygve Bratteli to Gro Harlem Brundtland”
Presentation by Dag Axel Kristoffersen, Researcher, University of Oslo
•    “Herr Brandt on a pro-market mission – The German chancellor and the Nordic countries’ difficult negotiations with the EC (1969-72)”
Presentation by Robin M. Allers, Director, Department of International Security Policy, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies

Discussant: Valur Ingimundarson, Professor of History, University of Iceland
Chair: Ólafur Þ. Harðarson, Dean of the School of Social Sciences

12.00-13.00     Lunch at the National Library

13.00-14.30    Panel 2: Collective actors and European integration

•    “The inner circle: Experts on European integration in the Norwegian MFA”
Presentation by Haakon Ikonomou, PhD student, University of Oslo
•    “Nordic civil servants and experts in EU institutions: The gateway to increased influences in the EU?”
Gunnhildur Lily Magnúsdóttir, University of Malmö
•    “You cannot accuse the EFTA of everything…” – Kalevi Sorsa, the Finnish Left and the EEC association treaty, 1969-1975.
Louis Clerc, University of Turku

Discussant: Alyson Bailes, University of Iceland
Chair: Sigurbjörg Sigurgeirsdóttir, University of Iceland

14.30-14.45 Coffee Break

14.45- 16.45    Panel 3: The “No” movements, public opinion an political parties
•    “The No-movements in Scandinavia“
Carsten Schymik, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin
•    “Norwegian Attitudes to Membership of the EU”
Hans Otto Froland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
•    “How have the Swedish Social Democrats handled the issues of EU and the EMU membership?”
Malena Rosén Sundström, University of Malmö
•    “The reluctance of the Icelandic conservative Independence Party to participate in European integration”
Baldur Thorhallsson, University of Iceland

Discussant: Magnús Árni Magnússon, Dean of Bifröst University
Chair: Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Adjunct, Department of Political Science, University of Iceland

Seminar programme available here in pdf.