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

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