European affairs: Five open seminars in May and June

Opnir seminars focused on European affairs in May and June

The Institute of International Affairs and the EU Info Center host open seminars in May and June focused on contemporary issues in Europe. Special emphasis will be placed on nationalism, human rights, the Arctic, climate change and governance in small states. Each seminar will be advertised in more detail in the coming days.

Tuesday May 13 from 12:00 to 13:30 at the Nordic House
Nationalism, Identity and the EU
Increased nationalism in Europe and its influence on attitudes towards European integration and the EU.

Speakers: Herman Roodenburg, Professor of Historical Anthropology and Ethnology of Europe at the Free University of Amsterdam, Guðmundur Hálfdánarson, Professor of History at the University of Iceland and Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland.


Monday May 19 from 12:00 to 13:30 at the Nordic House
Human Rights and the EU
Human rights in the EU’s foreign policy and the status of human rights within the EU following the financial crisis.

Speakers: Kinga Göncz, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and the former foreign minister of Hungary and Pauline Torehall, specialist at the European External Action Service.


Monday June 2 from 13:30 to 16:00 at the Nordic House
The EU’s Arctic Policy
The formation of the EU’s Arctic Policy and its influence in the region.

Speakers include: Hannu Halinen, Ambassador of Arctic Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Andreas Raspotnik, Analyst at the Arctic Institute, Centre for Circumpolar Security Studies and Malgorzata Smieszek, researcher and PhD student at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.


Thursday June 5 from 13:00 to 16:00 in Oddi 101
The EU, Iceland and Climate Change Issues
The steps taken by the EU to cut carbon emissions and how this has an effect on Iceland through the EEA agreement.

Speakers include: Samuel Flückiger, Officer, Climate Change and Environment at EFTA and Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network Europe.


Wednesday June 25 from 13:00 to 16:00 in Askja 132
Small States, Governance and the EU
The possibilities for small states to influence decision-making and policy within international institutions, especially the EU.

Speakers include: Roderick Pace, Professor in European Studies at the University of Malta, Liam Weeks, Lecturer in the Department of Government at University College Cork and Caroline Grøn, Adjunct Professor at the University of Copenhagen.


The seminars will all take place in English and are open to the public.

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