Rethinking Europe in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region

Târgu Mureș, Romania, 28-29 May 2020

• Proposals for panels and roundtables (approx. 500 words): 15 March 2020
• Abstracts for individual papers (approx. 300 words): 15 March 2020

When approaching the rethinking of Europe we shouldn’t eschew the fact that Europe, including Baltic and Nordic Europe, has changed quite dramatically in the past hundreds of years, and this conference aims at digging ideationally in these layers of history, even going further to the time when the Vikings recreated the European networks as a result of their trade and pillage expeditions. The Hansa, the Kalmar Union, the Swedish realm (some continue to this day calling it empire), the Russian Empire, Norway’s independence in 1905, the First World War, the independence of Finland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia a hundred years ago, the League of Nations, the Second World War and the Soviet occupational regimes forced upon in the Baltic states, the Cold War and the Iron Curtain, and finally the freedom regained by the Baltic nations and the adhering by Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania to the EU, and of the latter three countries to NATO had a tremendous impact on the region and falls within the aims of this conference. How was this region recreated mentally, how was it recomposed on the portative of decision makers, writers, intellectuals, musicians, painters, architects, film makers, journalists, diplomats, and how much of their thoughts found reflections in what actually happened in the region? Cultural institutions and networks, language and its social content, various cultural currents and political ideologies and doctrines would be closely investigated and discussed in the keynote speeches and panels of the conference.

Conference proposed panels:

• The EU after Brexit: perspectives on the future of Europe
• Perceptions of the Brexit process in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region
• Rethinking Europe during the accession process of the the Baltic states, Finland and Sweden at the EU
• Dividing Europe during the Cold War in the Baltic Sea Region: perspectives over the Iron Curtain
• Imagining Europe in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region during the two world wars
• Crafting Europe during the peace conferences
• Rethinking Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region in Europe during the interwar period
• Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea Region and the idea of Europe in history
• The Vikings and the reconnecting of Europe
• Rethinking Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region during the age of medieval monarchies
• The emergence of modernity in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region
• European lectureships at Nordic and Baltic universities
• Teaching in English versus teaching in smaller languages
• Recent influences of the English language on Scandinavian and Baltic languages
• European literary influences in the North
• Cultural relations between the Nordic and the Baltic countries and the rest of Europe


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