War Narratives, Global Crises, and Memory Battles: Romanian-Icelandic Perspectives

The EDDA Research Center—in cooperation with the Ratiu Democracy Centre and the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania as well as the London School of Economics – LSE IDEAS—hosts an international conference on the perilous political and economic situation in Europe from Romanian and Icelandic perspectives. The conference, which is titled War Narratives, Global Crises, and Memory Battles, will take place at the Culture House in Reykjavik on 21 October 2022. It is part of a Romanian-Icelandic research project funded by the European Economic Area (EEA) – Norway grant scheme. The event brings together scholars and professionals in diverse fields to explore the security and economic consequences of the war in Ukraine, democracy and the rule of law, and memory politics in Iceland and Romania. It belongs to a conference series—held in Iceland and Romania in 2022–2023—which centers on the state of the liberal democratic order and on Romanian and Icelandic experiences of political, economic, and societal transitions and crises.

International Conference

The EDDA Research Center at the University of Iceland

Venue: The House of Collections (Safnahúsið)

Reykjavík, 21 October 2022


Opening Remarks


Valur Ingimundarson (University of Iceland)                       

Pamela Roussos Ratiu (Ratiu Democracy Centre)

Keynote Lecture


Chair: Jón Ólafsson (University of Iceland)

Christopher Coker (London School of Economics – LSE IDEAS): The World in Crisis: From COVID-19 to Ukraine


Panel 1: The Ukraine War: Political and Military Implications


Chair: Radu-Bogdan Albu (Babeş-Bolyai University)

Liliana Popescu (Romanian Diplomatic Institute): How Russia’s Actions in Ukraine Impacted on Romania’s Security. Implications and Responses

Georgian-Marius Ghincea (European University Institute): Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: The Political and Security Impact on Romania

Valur Ingimundarson (University of Iceland): Changing Perceptions of Russia: The Revival of Cold War Military Discourses in the North


Coffee Break


Panel 2: The Economic Consequences of the Pandemic and the Ukraine War


Chair: Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir (University of Iceland)

Valentin Lazea (National Bank of Romania): The Impact of COVID-19 and the Russia-Ukraine War on Romania’s Economy

Alexandra Popa (Romanian Center for European Policies): The Ukraine War and Romania: Agriculture and Food Security

Gylfi Zoega (University of Iceland): The Ukraine War and the Economic Fallout for Iceland




Panel 3: The Liberal Order and the Rule of Law


Chair: Alexandra Popa (Romanian Center for European Policies)

Adrian-Gabriel Corpădean (Babeş-Bolyai University) (co-author Mihaela Oprescu): Consolidation of the Rule of Law in Romania and the Transfer of Good Practices to Moldova, Ukraine, and the Western Balkans

Jón Ólafsson (University of Iceland): A Constitutional Deadlock in Iceland: Who Thinks What about the Constitution?

Kári Hólmar Ragnarsson (University of Iceland): Elements of a Way forward for Icelandic Constitutional Reform


Coffee Break


Panel 4: Memory and Crisis Politics


Chair: Georgian-Marius Ghincea (European University Institute)

Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir (University of Iceland): Forgetting in Times of Crises

Vera Knútsdóttir (University of Iceland): Archival Art, Memory, and Politics

Radu-Bogdan Albu (Babeş-Bolyai University): The Transformation of the Politics of Memory in Romanian-Ukrainian Relations



Bios of Participants