Europe Day symposium 8 May 2024

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Welcome to a half-day symposium hosted by the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology at Lund University in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law and supported by the Centre for Modern European Studies (CEMES) network of Lund University, Malmö University, and the University of Copenhagen.

The 9 May marks the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration signed in 1950 and it has become the main event in the celebration of peace and unity in the European Union (EU). It is also an opportunity to engage with broader European debates including interrogating the state of the union, the challenges facing Europe as a continent and the continuity of Europe as a historical, social and political idea. As the European Parliament elections will be held on 6-9 June this year, Europe Day is this year also an occasion to discuss key challenges on the EU agenda and the role of the EU citizens in shaping the future of Europe.

The CEMES Europe Day symposium marks the first annual event aimed at facilitating interactions between Lund University, Malmö University, and the University of Copenhagen on matters of contemporary Europe. The Europe Day symposium will rotate between the universities providing an annual opportunity for intellectual exchange and connection.

This event specifically targets master’s students at Lund, Malmö and Copenhagen Universities and will serve to launch the CEMES student group. The symposium will consist of a student-led session and two panel discussions with an emphasis on interdisciplinary perspectives on Europe including critical and historical approaches to European integration.

For those who sign up for the event, lunch sandwiches will be provided!


12:30 Welcome and lunch sandwiches
13:00 Introduction
13:15 Launch of the CEMES student group and an interactive activity
14:15 Ian Manners, Marja-Liisa Öberg + 3-4 TBC Panel 1: Borders and Boundaries
15:15 Coffee break
15:30 Elsa Hedling + 4 speakers* Panel 2: Democratic dilemmas and a new information environment in Europe?*

* Panel 2: Democratic dilemmas and a new information environment in Europe?

In an era marked by unprecedented technological advancements and a rapidly evolving information and security landscape, European democracies face a myriad of democratic dilemmas. This panel will discuss the state of European democracy and the emergence of a new information environment. From the proliferation of social media platforms to the spread of disinformation and the distrust in traditional media channels, the panelists will explore how these factors intersect with democratic dilemmas in a European and EU specific context. Notably, the potential for EU enlargement adds another layer of complexity. Through interdisciplinary perspectives, the discussion aims to shed light on the complexities and historical experiences of navigating democratic dilemmas in the face of an ever-changing information ecosystem. Topics will include the role of technology in shaping political discourse, the impact of disinformation on public trust and elections, and strategies for safeguarding democratic values amidst technological disruption.


Elsa Hedling, European Studies, Lund University


  • Hedvig Ördén. Psychological Defence Research Institute (PDRI), Lund University
  • Bo Pettersson, Global Political Studies, Malmö University
  • Emil Eiby Seidenfaden, The Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen
  • Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, European Studies, Lund University


Please register for the event by writing to CEMES centre coordinator Emil Eiby Seidenfaden

In case you want a lunch sandwich, please sign up by 1 May.