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  • 22 February 2011, 15:00-17:00

    Menneskerettighederne i et historisk og aktuelt perspektiv

    CEMES-Debat: Menneskerettighederne og den europæiske kultur.
    Svend Andersen (professor i teologi ved Århus Universitet)
    Klavs Birkholm (redaktør, foredragsholder og tidligere medlem af Etisk Råd)
    Jonas Christoffersen (professor i jura, Institut for Menneskerettigheder)
    Mogens Chrom Jacobsen (filosof, oversætter og forfatter, Paris)
    Helle Porsdam (professor i historie ved Københavns Universitet)
    Gert Sørensen (lektor i italiensk ved Københavns Universitet) » Read more

  • 1 October 2010, 13:00-17:00

    'Culture' - the concept and the politics

      PhD workshop. Guest: Professor Catharina Raudvere, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen The workshop is held by CEMES Yong Scholars, Centre for Modern European Studies  ( It is organized by Kristine Marie Berg:; Cecilie Givskov: 1 October 2010, 13 -17, room 27.0.47,
Southern Campus, University of Copenhagen ECTS points: 1,8 In Europe culture seems to matter more than ever - especially religion and ethnicity have gained momentum with reference to the effects of migration and notions of the multicultural. Identity politics, politics of difference and recognition saturate Europe's public spheres and European politics at sub-national as well as pan-national levels. Simultaneously, academia - especially the humanities - has turned towards culture as a focal point for research regarding contemporary Europe. This PhD workshop offers the opportunity to present and discuss theoretical, analytical and empirical issues related to concepts of culture with special emphasis on the implications of the interaction between the political and the theoretical dimensions. The workshop is open to PhD students at any stage in their writing process. Professor Catharina Raudvere researches in religious and political mobilization and in questions of trans-locality and exile. She is furthermore interested in the consequences of migration and globalization on religious movements in late-modern society. Preliminary program Lecture by Professor Raudvere (title to be announced) Lunch for participants On the background of short papers (read by Catharina Raudvere in advance) 5 to 6 participants are invited to give 20 min. presentations. Each presentation will be followed by response from Catharina Raudvere. At the end of each session the floor is open for questions and discussion Dinner for participants If you want to participate please send an abstract of max 400 words by 15 June 2010 to the organizers. Information about admittance will be given by 1 July 2010 Deadline 15 August 2010: A max. 2000 words paper is sent to the organizers » Read more

  • 30 September - 2 October 2010

    A Borderless Europe?

    Se full programme » Read more

  • 20 September - 24 September 2010


    Deltag aktiv i debatterne om ytringsfrihed, nationalisme, monarki og tro.  21, 22, 23 og 24. september 2010 Se programmet her » Read more

  • 1 September - 2 September 2010

    Europe in the World

    Challenges & Dynamics
    EURECO Conference 1-2 September 2010 » Read more

  • 29 June 2010, 08:45-19:00

    Exploring the History of European Law

      Conference, University of Copenhagen 29th of June 2010 Historians of European integration have for long neglected the history of European law. Little historical research exists on the role of the European Court of Justice as a motor of further integration, for example. As a result, historiography systematically has underestimated the extent to which processes of European integration in the Twentieth Century have been influenced and shaped by law. Considering the fundamental legal nature of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the European Community (EC) and the European Union (EU), the result has been a distorted understanding of the institutional dimension of European integration.  This first conference held by the RICHIE workshop on the history of European law ( is organised with the express purpose of establishing the history of European law as a distinctive field of research, identifying possible archival resources, constructing methodological frameworks and eventually writing histories of European law that not only fill in the current gap in historiography, but also contribute to ongoing legal and social science research in European law. The conference is organised by the following research network: Rethinking European Integration, ( Centre of Modern European Studies, Faculty of Humanities (CEMES) and Centre for Studies in Legal Culture, Faculty of Law (CRS) both part of the University of Copenhagen. It is funded by Rethinking European integration, CEMES and CRS. The conference will be held on the first floor of Nørregade 10 in Hall Room number 3. This is ideally located at the heart of Copenhagen and very close to Nørreport Station which is served by both metro and train. To participate in the conference please contact Alexandre Bernier: Programme: Tuesday 29th of June, 2010 8:45-9:00 Introduction by Morten Rasmussen and Alexandre Bernier. 9:00-12:30 Session 1: The History of European law from the Inter War Period to 1958.Chair: Laurent Warlouzet, Assistant Professor, Université d’Arras.Commentator: Jean-Michel Guieu, Assistant Professor, Université de Paris I. The Advocate Generals of the ECSC Court of Justice, 1952-1958. Antonio Grilli, European Commission.  Merger Control in the ECSC – A Paper Tiger?Tobias Witschke, Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation.  Defending democracy: European ideals and constitutional realities in the early post-war Netherlands?Karin van Leeuwen, Doctorate Student, Institute of Netherlands History, Den Haag/ Radboud University Nijmegen, A European Legal Doctrine at the Cradle: The first international studies conference about the European Coal and Steel Community (1957).Julie Bailleux, Doctorate Student, Université Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne. A History of the Legal Service of the ECSC and the EC 1952-1970.Morten Rasmussen, Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen.   12:30-13.30 Lunch 13:30-17:00 Session 2: The History of European law after 1958Chair: Karen Gram Skjoldager, Post.doc., European University Institute.Commentator: Hjalte Rasmussen, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. European Law seen through the eyes of Michel Gaudet – Sketches to a Biography. Anne Boerger, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta. Between Sovereignty and Integration: Germany's Resistance to European Law, 1958-1975.Bill Davies, Assistant Professor, American University, Washington DC. Building an ‘Economic Constitution’ for Europe. The role of case law in the development of the EEC Competition Policy (1965-89).Laurent Warlouzet, Assistant Professor, Université d’Arras. A History of the ‘Association des Juristes Européens’, 1954-1970.Alexandre Bernier, Scientific Assistant, University of Copenhagen. How Does One Write a (Hi)Story of European Law? A Theoretical Proposal.Peter Pichler, Ph.D., University of Graz. 17:00-17:30 Break 17:30-19:00 Session 3: Final panel Chair: Morten Rasmussen, Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen. Hjalte Rasmussen, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. Jean-Michel Guieu, Assistant Professor, Université de Paris I. Bill Davies, Assistant Professor, American University, Washington DC. » Read more

  • 3 June 2010, 13:15-16:00

    Nationalism in Contemporary Europe. The Uses of History and Religion

    Keynote speakers: Professor Umut Özkırımlı, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey and Professor Spyros Sofos, Kingston University, UK:
    Tormented by History. Reflections on Nationalism in Greece and Turkey.

    Discussant: Dr Rouzbeh Parsi, EU Institute for Security Studies, Paris

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  • 25 May 2010, 15:00-17:00

    CEMES Debat

    Kultur og kulturpolitik i EuropaTirsdag d. 25/5 kl. 15-17, Københavns Universitet Amager, lok. 23.0.49 Europæisk kultur er på den ene side den lange tradition for en europæisk litteratur, film, billedkunst osv.; på den anden side den Europæiske Union og et stadig mere udfoldet forsøg på at udforme en egentlig europæisk kulturpolitik i et stærkt globaliseret kommunikationssamfund.  Men hvordan har den europæiske kultur det egentlig i dag? Hvordan er forholdet mellem de nationale kulturer og den bredere europæiske kultur? Hvor gode er vi til at samarbejde på tværs indenfor de forskellige kultursektorer? Hvad er politikernes, forskernes og de store nationale kulturinstitutioners bud på forholdet mellem den nationale og den europæiske kultur og kulturpolitik?Debatten streames live, så har du ikke mulighed for at være til stede mens den foregår, kan du følge begivenheden her. Ordstyrer:Jes Stein Pedersen (Vært på DR-Deadline, 2. Sektion) PanelClaus Ladegaard (Område-direktør, Det Danske Filminstitut)Johannes Riis (Direktør, Gyldendal)Mogens Jensen (Kulturpolitisk ordfører, S)Ellen Trane Nørby (Kulturpolitisk ordfører, V)Henrik Kaare Nielsen (Professor, Århus Universitet)    » Read more

  • 8 April - 9 April 2010

    Challenging Identities - conference

      The international conference CHALLENGING IDENTITIES seeks to investigate and contribute to a clarification of the complex concepts of identity, that are circulating in numerous academic contexts. In order to explore the conceptual fields related to concepts of ‘identity’ and the empirical aspects of ‘identities’, the conference will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines, such as intellectual history, sociology, philosophy, law, cultural politics, genetics, gender studies and history. The two day conference is open for the public and free of charge. Read more » Read more

  • 23 March 2010, 15:15-17:00

    Guest lecture by Isa Blumi

    Tensions within Balkan Muslim Communities during Periods of Transition.
    A Comparison between the Post World War II and Post Cold War Eras.
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  • 19 February 2010, 10:15-12:00

    Guest lecture by Professor Leif Manger

    Understanding events and the longue durée.
    Towards a definition of global moments as hermeneutical tool.
    Reflections based on the research program "Global moments in the "Levant"
    » Read more

  • 10 December - 11 December 2009

    International conference: What kind of Europe?

    Theoretical,methodological and empirical challenges of europeanisation » Read more

  • 4 December 2009, 13:15-17:00

    Cultural Memory and European Diversity

    The uses of History and the narratives of Religion in the construction of national identities. 

    Professor Amila Buturovic, York University, Toronto. Professor Peter Madsen, Copenhagen University. Associate Professor Max Liljefors, Lund University. PhD. Bergur R. Moberg, Copenhagen University.

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  • 24 November 2009, 14:00-16:00

    Guest-lecture by Professor Malte Hagener University of Lünenburg, Leuphana, Germany

    The Birth of Film Culture from the Spirit of the Avant-garde -
    How the European avant-garde invented film theory, art-house cinemas and film festivals » Read more

  • 19 November - 20 November 2009

    Identity Nationalism and Cultural Policy in Europe

    • Which ideas of nationalism are displayed in European cultural policy?
    • How are the issues handled in the European Union?
    • How are identity, nationalism and cultural policy reflected in the human and social sciences?
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  • 17 November 2009, 14:00-16:00

    Europa og Moderniteten - debatmøde med Søren Mørch og Uffe Østergård

    Er moderniteten et særligt europæisk (eller vestligt fænomen) og i hvilken grad har de europæisken samfund og den Europæiske Union patent på modernitet i dag? Og hvordan hænger kristendom og modernitet sammen? » Read more

  • 20 October 2009, 15:00-17:30

    Europa hvad nu? Europas fremtid efter Irlands folkeafstemning

    Dette seminar vil blive indledt af en debat imellem to internationale eksperter nemlig Peter Ludlow (European Strategy Forum) og Calypso Nicolaïdis (Oxford University). Derefter vil folketingets europapolitiske ordførere debatere. » Read more

  • 28 September 2009, 13:15-15:00

    Transitional Dynamics in Europe Compared. A Century of European Islam

    Professor Isa Blumi
    Georgia State University


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  • 9 September - 12 September 2009

    Inter-disciplinary Conference: The Politics of Social Cohesion

    The concept of social cohesion is becoming increasingly important in politics as well as public opinion. In particular, migration and the forms of ethnocultural diversity to which it gives rise are increasingly considered causes of conflict and destabilizing factors in contemporary democratic regimes, in part because such diversity is believed to undermine important values, including trust and solidarity. The main idea is that social identities determine attachment to and solidarity with those who belong to one’s group and separation and detachment from those who do not belong. As a result of this, it is further feared that diversity tends to undermine social spending and ultimately the welfare state. One aspect of these developments is that the work of social scientists on social cohesion is increasingly becoming politicized. This inter-disciplinary conference aims to address social cohesion and the political uses to which this concept is put, in particular in relation to ethnocultural diversity. Important questions include: What are the mechanisms through which social or national identities foster cohesion (e.g. trust and solidarity) and inclusion, and what are the mechanisms through which they foster conflict and exclusion? To what extent does the empirical evidence support various political claims about the importance of e.g. shared national identities as a precondition for solidarity and peaceful community life? Which kinds of community are (most) conducive to integration and stability, e.g. is citizenship enough? How is immigration related to social cohesion and levels of social spending? Why have social cohesion discourses gained such prominence in contemporary liberal societies? What do normative ideals such as liberty and equality imply with respect to a) immigration policies that aim at protecting/fostering social cohesion, and b) what we may legitimately expect from minorities and majorities with respect to conforming to a shared identity? Do multicultural policies undermine social cohesion? Confirmed speakers include: Keith Banting, Policy Studies, Queen’s University Nils Holtug, Philosophy, University of Copenhagen Christian Joppke, Government, American University of Paris James Jupp, Immigration and Multicultural Studies, Australian National University Niels Kærgård, Economics, University of Copenhagen Yngve Lithman, Sociology, University of Bergen Andrew Mason, Social Science, University of Southampton Per Mouritsen, Politics, University of Aarhus Varun Uberoi, Politics & International Relations, University of Oxford  Eric Uslaner, Government and Politics, University of Maryland Ellie Vasta, COMPAS, University of Oxford Download the conference programme here. Call for Papers: Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words to on May 1, 2009 at noon at the latest. Registration is necessary. To registrate click here. Links to hotels in near distance of the conference venue: » Read more

  • 12 June 2009, 13:00

    Marie Sandberg - Offentligt forsvar for PhD afhandling

    Grænsens nærvær og fravær. Europæiseringsprocesser i en tvillingby på den polsk-tyske grænse. » Read more

  • 5 June - 6 June 2009

    Orthodoxy and Innovation

    International conference: Orthodoxy and innovation in the Greek-speaking world from
    Byzantium to the 21st century. » Read more

  • 14 May - 16 May 2009

    The Crisis of Europe

    Building on the German cultural analyst Siegfried Kracauer, the Italian historian Carlo Ginzburg operates with various optical perspectives: Close ups and long shots. Employing this complex and differentiated lens technique, the conference suggests shifting between micro- and macro-culture-historical approaches to the period 1914-1991, which – with two world wars and a cold war – marked a paradigm shift decisively changing Europe’s attitudes and ways of relating to the world....
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  • 12 May 2009, 14:00-16:00


    Nationalstat, europæisering og globalisering 

    Center for moderne Europastudier (CEMES) indkalder til det første debat-møde i en serie om aktuelle og væsentlige Europa-spørgsmål.

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  • 11 May 2009, 13:15-17:00

    At Konstruere Sine Europæiske Rødder.

    Seminar: At Konstruere Sine Europæiske Rødder. Myte, Modernitet og Højreradikalisme i 1900-tallets Europa


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  • 15 April - 17 April 2009

    Europeanization, Welfare and Democracy

    The Centre for Modern European Studies (CEMES) (in collaboration with EWED and financed by Theme Pack 11: Welfare and Democracy) is hosting a three day international conference on Europeanisation, Welfare and Democracy at The University of Copenhagen, Southern Campus, from April 15 - April 17 2009.

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  • 4 March 2009, 15:15-17:00

    In Search of Authenticity

    Guest lecture by Professor Stefanie von Schnurbein, Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin:
    In Search of Authenticity. History, Ideology, and Context of Contemporary Neopaganism. » Read more

  • 23 January 2009,

    EIEL Meeting

    The Next meeting in the Researh Group European Imaginaries – European life-modes (EIEL) will talke place on February 3rd 2009. For more information read » Read more

  • 20 January - 21 January 2009

    European Citizenship and Cultural Identity seminar

    Due to the European integration process it is urgent to understand how perceptions of culture and citizenship is about to take shape and how citizenship can be comprehended from different perspectives in relation to the complex European context. » Read more

  • 5 December 2008, 14:15-18:00


    The construction of a unified, modern Europe is at the same time a pragmatic, economic and political project created after decades of violent European history and the result of a much longer historical development in which ideas and visions of a European identity and culture have developed and influenced art, literature, religion, media, philosophy and political thinking. Although, Europe has probably never been more unified, prosperous and peaceful, we suffer from a number of tensions inheren...
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  • 3 December 2008, 09:00-22:00

    Dynamikker i Europas Forandring

    Satsningsområdet "Europa i forandring" inviterer hermed til en internt forskningskonference. Formålet er at diskutere satsningsområdets erfaringer, præsentere de nye europacentre ved KU og sammen overveje hvorledes KU's europaforskning i de kommende år skal udvikles. » Read more

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