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EDDA Receives a Project Grant from Nordforsk together with Five Partners in the Nordic Countries

ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World) aims to develop path-breaking research on the Nordic region within a challenging global context. Promoting mobility, exchange, high-level conferences and education, it brings together six Nordic universities in one strategic hub, with world-wide connections. It involves key disciplines and diverse strands of scholarship, uniting existing research initiatives within the social sciences and humanities that engage with Norden. ReNEW also facilitates cooperation and partnership between researchers and decision makers from the public, private and third sectors.


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Feminist Resistance to the Rise of Nationalism and Populism

RINGS Conference and General Assembly

The RINGS Conference “Feminist Resistance to the Rise of Nationalism and Populism” will be held 4–6 October 2017 at the University of Iceland. It is organized by the EDDA Research Center and RIKK – Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference in collaboration with the United Nations Gender Equality and Training Programme (UNU-GEST). RINGS, the International Research Association of Institutions of Advanced Gender Studies, is a global association of centres of advanced gender studies. The participating centres span Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe and North America. Two previous conferences and assembly meetings have been held since the inauguration of RINGS in October 2014 at Örebro University: the first one in Prague in 2015 and the second in Cape Town in 2016. Read more »

EDDA Researchers Receive a Project Grant from the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannis)  

EDDA researchers Ragnheiður Kristjánsdóttir, Associate Professor of History at the University of Iceland, Erla Hulda Halldórsdóttir, Assistant Professor of Gender History, and Þorgerður Þorvaldsdóttir, a Specialist in Gender and History, have been accorded a special project grant by the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannis). The project, which is entitled “Following Women‘s Civil Rights: Social and Cultural Study of Women as Political Agents, 1915–2015”, is led by Ragnheiður Kristjánsdóttir and supported by EDDA. Rannis administers the main public competitive funds in the fields of research, innovation, education and culture in Iceland. Out of 173 applications this year, 33 project were selected and thereof only three projects within the field of humanities and the arts.

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Book Publication: Iceland’s Financial Crisis

Iceland's Financial Crisis

Iceland’s Financial Crisis: The Politics of Blame, Protest, and Reconstruction has just been published by Routledge. The work, which is edited by Valur Ingimundarson, Philippe Urfalino, and Irma Erlingsdóttir, originated in an EDDA-sponsored transnational collaborative research project and the Center’s international conference In/Equalities, Democracy, and the Politics of Transition.

The edited volume deals with the political, economic, social and legal responses to the collapse of the Icelandic financial system in 2008. Interdisciplinary, with contributions from historians, economists, sociologists, legal scholars, political scientists, and philosophers, the book also compares and contrasts the Icelandic experience with other national and global crises. It examines the economic magnitude of the crisis, the social and political responses, and the transitional justice mechanisms used to deal with it. It studies both backward-looking elements, including a societal and legal reckoning—which included the indictment of a prime minister and jailing of leading bankers for their part in the financial crisis—and forward-looking features, such as an attempt to rewrite the Icelandic constitution. Throughout, it underscores the contemporary relevance of the Icelandic case. While the Icelandic economic recovery has been much quicker than expected, it shows that public faith in political elites has not been restored.
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Reykjavik Roundtable on Human Rights: Democratic Accountability, State Sovereignty, and International Governance

Together with the Berlin-based Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), EDDA hosts the “Reykjavik Roundtable on Human Rights: Democratic Accountability, State Sovereignty, and International Governance” that will be held on 28 April 2016 at the National Heritage Building in Reykjavík. The purpose of the conference is to gather academics, judges and defense lawyers at the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice, politicians, and human rights representatives at the Council of Europe and other institutions to discuss the tension between human rights regimes and Great Power politics. Panel themes include human rights violations and state sovereignty; democratic accountability, transnational rights, and international obligations; the mediation of human rights protection in the United Nations; human rights conventions: international governance, state prerogatives, and non-state involvement.

The conference program is available here.

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