“States of Exception” and the Politics of Anger

The EDDA Research Center,  in cooperation with the ReNEW Excellence Hub, hosts an international conference—to be held at the University of Iceland on 19–20 October 2018—on emergency politics. It brings together scholars in diverse academic fields to explore “states of exception” from historical and contemporary perspectives and in different geographies, with emphasis on Europe, the Nordic region, and the United States.

In the past two decades, Carl Schmitt and Giorgio Agamben’s accounts of the “state of exception” have captured the imagination of scholars working in the fields of history, politics, law, economics, and literature. What has accompanied the resurgence of interest in “exceptions” is the proliferation and increasing use of government or supranational emergency powers or other extraordinary measures to deal with political and social unrest, terrorism, and financial crises. Read more »

Democratic Constitutional Design  –  The Future of Public Engagement

The EDDA Research Center, in cooperation with the Icelandic Prime Minister’s Office will host an international conference entitled “Democratic Constitutional Design – The Future of Public Engagement,“ which will be held at the University of Iceland 27–29 September 2018.

The conference offers venue for exploring the most recent developments in democratic participation and public engagement in policy- and decision-making. The discussion will review past efforts in Iceland and elsewhere to base constitutional design and lawmaking on direct public input. On the final day of the conference The Constitutional Society of Iceland will invite participants to meet with Icelandic citizens, have fun and enjoy the nature of Reykjavík while discussing democratic engagement. Please bring swimming suits.

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EDDA-ReNEW Fellowship Awards

The EDDA Center is pleased to announce the award of three PhD and postdoctoral fellowships as part of its participation in the Nordic Excellence Hub “Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World” (ReNEW).

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EDDA Grants Awarded to Support Dis/ability and Citizenship Projects

Annadís G. Rúdólfsdóttir and Berglind Rós Magnúsdóttir, both of whom are Associate Professors at the School of Education, University of Iceland, have been awarded research area development grants by the EDDA Center. They will cover a six-month salary of two doctoral students: Freyja Haraldsdóttir and Eva Harðardóttir.

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Call for submissions

The year 2017 will be remembered as the year when women ran out of tolerance for sexual harassment and violence, and the burgeoning of the #metoo revolution. Women in Hollywood became the most visible face of the movement, paving the way with their accusations against Harvey Weinstein and other prominent figures. But Tarana Burke’s initial birthing of the idea of Me Too, and the providing of a forum for survivors to Just Be, reminds us that the movement is nothing if not intersectional.It brought the specificity of race and class, caste and sexualities, into the universality of gender harassment. The movement, as we know, rapidly became global, bringing, in its wake,  support, as well as dissent, from men and women around the world.

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