Call for Papers: “States of Exception” and the Politics of Anger – University of Iceland, 19-20 October 2018


The EDDA Research Center in Critical Contemporary Research at the University of Iceland invites proposals for an international conference—to be held in Reykjavik on 19–20 October 2018—on emergency politics from historical and contemporary perspectives. It aims to bring together scholars in diverse academic fields and working within different thematic and national paradigms to explore “states of exception.”

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Call for Applications: Two Doctoral Studentships in the Research Program Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World


Södertörn University welcomes PhD-proposals in Gender Studies and history to be carried out within the international multi-sited and interdisciplinary PhD programme of “Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World (ReNEW): An Excellence Hub in Research, Education and Public Outreach”.

i. Information about the Studentship in Gender Studies 

ii. Information about the Studentship in History

Application deadline: 15 February 2018 at 11:59 pm.

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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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Book publication: Inequality in Iceland by Stefán Ólafsson and Arnaldur Sölvi Kristjánsson

Inequality in Iceland has just been published by the University of Iceland Press in cooperation with the EDDA center. The book will be launched at a public event at the Nordic House on 1 December 2017, 12:00-13.30.

The book is about inequality of income and wealth in Iceland, covering the period from 1927 to the present. It shows that inequality was quite pronounced before the Second World War. From the 1940s onward, the distribution of both income and wealth became much more equal. For about half a century, Iceland, along with the other Nordic countries, probably had the world’s highest level of equality. This age of equality was a period of extensive economic growth, rapid modernization of society and the economy, improved standards of living and the build-up of a Nordic-style welfare state. Read more »

Democracy faces climate change: An Exploratory workshop

EDDA hosted the final workshop in the NOS-HS funded exploratory workshop series “Democratic Experiments” in cooperation with Guðni Elísson’s Climate discourse project “Earth 101”, 19-21 October 2017. The project has earlier held workshops on Epistemic Democracy (Turku 16 October 2016) and on the Future of Democracy (Reykjavík 20-21 May 2016). The focus of this third and final workshop in the project was on two issues that have attracted public and scholarly attention to an ever greater extent in recent years:

  1. How can/does democracy (today) deal with climate change? Can democratic publics or democratically elected leaders respond to climate change forcefully enough to avoid environmental catastrophe?
  2. What are the political consequenses of a failure to respond forcefully to climate change? Is there a future for democracy if democratic governments are unable to respond to environmental disasters?

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