40th Anniversary Conference of the Danish European Community Studies Association, Danish Institute for International Studies, 6-7 October 2016


The annual DSE conferences provide a unique setting for EU and European studies scholars from Denmark and beyond to discuss new research, meet colleagues and engage with the topic of Europe and European integration.

This anniversary edition will also feature more festive activities including a high-level debate on current European affairs open to the public and presentation of a festschrift celebrating the DSE and Denmark’s relationship with the EU.

The conference will be co-hosted by the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Institute for International Studies on 6-7 October 2016.

Conference theme: Renationalization of European politics?

It is often claimed that renationalization can be understood both as a central problem and key solution facing Europe at this juncture, but is this accurate? The past year has revealed deep cracks in the foundations of the European project, exemplified not least by the re-introduction of border controls and the rise of nationalist parties across the continent. Two separate countries in very different circumstances have come so close to leaving the European Union that Grexit and Brexit now are household terms. Simultaneously, there have been renewed calls for national parliamentary controls over the EU policy process amid a European legitimacy crises, centered not least on the inability of EU institutions to deal with a multitude of diverse crises and a resurgence of intergovernmental decision-making structures. In the wake of the economic crisis, even the ‘unstoppable’ trend of financial globalization was reversed and most strongly so in Europe. Is renationalization the best concept to understand these developments?

This year will feature a keynote address by Frank Schimmelfennig, Professor of European Politics at ETH Zurich, who has published extensively in leading journals on European integration and, more specifically, on differentiated integration, EU enlargement and democratization. The topic of the keynote will be European integration in times of crisis.”

More information can be found on the conference website.