Rethinking European Integration

A starting point for the research group is the need to reconsider the processes of European integration in a broader social, cultural and historical context going beyond mainstream research. The European Union is a central focus of the research group. However, to understand the nature of the EU it is necessary to analyze it within a broader societal framework and as part of a wider European history.

With this as a point of departure, the three main clusters for investigation of the research group will be:

  • First, processes of European integration have shaped the development of European (nation) states during the twentieth century – those within the EU as well as those staying outside. At the same time regional European integration is part of wider globalization processes as well as a particular response to them.
  • Second, processes of European integration go beyond European Union integration. As an international organization the EU follows from, overlaps and coexists with, or competes for influence with other international organizations including: The League of Nations, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the GATT/WTO, the OEEC/OECD and others.
  • Finally, European integration has been a response to conflict in the European state system and within European societies. Conflicts over the role of identity, historical memory, borders and the interaction of these issues with the broader social and political developments of European societies are of central importance here. Crucially while some of these conflicts have provided impetus for further integration, they have also hampered its progression.

Purpose of the research group

The purpose of this research group is to rethink research on European integration on the basis of an interdisciplinary approach. Research on European integration has until fairly recently been dominated by a few disciplines – politics, law and economics – which have generated a wealth of studies, but for the most part have a restricted focus on the European Union, its law and its policies. Other disciplines including sociology, ethnology, anthropology, history and cultural studies have made inroads into European integration studies but not managed to become influential enough to contribute to the larger research agenda. Despite the plurality of disciplines now studying the process of European integration, interdisciplinary efforts are few and far between. It is imperative therefore to rethink the study of European integration through a truly interdisciplinary debate including all disciplines contributing to European integration studies. 





 Research group members

Research group members

Members from the University of Copenhagen

Alexandre Bernier, History
Rebekka Byberg, History
Dino Knudsen, History
Sigfrido Manuel Ramirez Perez, History
Joelle Dumouchel, Political science
Holly Snaith, Political science
Rebecca Wolffberg, Political science
Rasmus Skov Andersen, History

Name Title Phone E-mail
Amnon Lev Head of Centre, Associate Professor +4535323118 E-mail
Anders Wivel Professor +4535323358 E-mail
Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen Professor +4535323426 E-mail
Haakon Andreas Ikonomou Teaching Associate Professor +4535335625 E-mail
Helle Krunke Head of Centre, Professor +4535324382 E-mail
Jacob Jensen Postdoc   E-mail
Jens Arnholtz Associate Professor +4535323214 E-mail
Jesper Vestermark Køber Postdoc +4522360864 E-mail
Juan Antonio Mayoral Diaz-Asensio Associate Professor +4535333648 E-mail
Marie Sandberg Associate Professor +4551299017 E-mail
Mikael Rask Madsen Head of Centre, Professor +4535323199 E-mail
Morten Rasmussen Associate Professor +4529620550 E-mail
Niklas Olsen Professor +4551299676 E-mail
Rebecca Adler-Nissen Professor +4530224075 E-mail
Stuart James Ward Professor +4535328164 E-mail

External members

Dorte Andersen, Department of Border Region Studies, University of Southern Denmark  
Derek Beach, Political science, Aarhus University
Susana Boras, Copenhagen Business School
Hagen Schulz-Forberg, European studies, Aarhus University 
Karen Gram-Skjoldager, History and Area Studies, Aarhus University
Eva Hartmann, Copenhagen Business School
Poul Fritz Kjær, Copenhagen Business School 
Ann-Christina Lauring Knudsen, European studies, Aarhus University 
Daniel Maul, History, Aarhus University
Thorsten Borring Olesen, History, Aarhus University
Jonas Pedersen, History, Aarhus University
Christilla Roederer-Rynning, Political science, University of Southern Denmark 
Hagen Schulz-Forberg, European Studies, Aarhus University
Laura Anne Landorff, European Studies, Aarhus University
Martin Beddeleem, School of Culture and Society, Exchange – Aarhus University
Nynne-Cecilie Schmidt, History, University of Southern Denmark
Søren Friis, History, Aarhus University
Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen, Copenhagen Business School
Valeria Camporesi, Unicersidad autónoma de Madrid
Catharina Sørensen, Tænketanken EUROPA
Troels Krarup, Copenhagen Business School
David Duarte, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
Brigitte Leucht, University of Portsmouth