Department of Culture and Learning

Panel descriptions

Parliamentary Actors in the EU: Perspectives and Trends in Times of Crisis

Chair: Laura Landorff, AAU

In times of continuing distrust in European Union (EU) institutions and increasing dissatisfaction of EU citizens with how (parliamentary) democracy works, it is more important than ever to have a thorough look at parliamentary actors within the EU system, and how they respond to the EU’s legitimacy problem.  Consequently, this panel on ‘Parliamentary Actors in the EU‘ invites contributions shedding new light on practices of intra- and inter-parliamentary cooperation and coordination at EU level, including research on the role of national parliaments and civil society in EU affairs. 

The Internal Politics of the EU I: Interests and institutions

Chair: Manuele Citi, CBS

Interests are shaping the interaction between institutions in the European Union (EU). This panel examines the inter- and intrainstitutional dynamics to establish how these are shaping the politics, policies and polities of the EU.

Internal Politics in the EU II: Preference development and Institutional responses in the EU

Chair: Sevie Chatzopoulou, RUC

Important events and crises have challenged the EU’s structures the last ten years, financial crisis, food and environmental challenges, even more recently existential crisis.  In response to these contingent events and challenges the EU institutions are required to evolve, expand their capacities and develop new strategies and policies.  This panel considers some processes and responses to certain of these challenges both broadly, such as the responses in economic governance, the EU- Brexit negotiations but also more specifically at the agency level with respect to Home Affairs and regulatory policies.

European Foreign Policy: Encounters between the EU-Domestic Politics of Foreign Policy and International Challenges

Chair: Knud Erik Jørgensen, AU

The aim of the panel is to contribute to a general assessment of the EU's global strategy, including the main linkages to EU domestic politics (for instance regarding environment and migration policies). Participants will analyze the trajectories and priorities of European foreign policy, identify the main sponsors of the chosen strategy but also examine the critique forwarded by opponents of the chosen strategy. Concerning the international challenges, panelists will analyze i) how Europe is squeezed between Trump's America and Putin's Russia 's; ii) the clout and reach of European foreign policy in a changing global environment; iii) the changing global environment in which BRICS, at least BRS, seem no longer to be rising markets/powers and the fate of key multilateral institutions up for severe questioning.  

European Affairs

Chair: Søren Dosenrode, AAU

If you didn’t find the panel suiting your paper, but would like to present a paper – or a draft for a paper – and get feedback from colleagues within the field of European studies, you are welcome to join our panel. This panels scope is wide as indicated in the title: European affairs. The only expectation to you, is that you are just as engaged in discussing your colleagues papers, as they are in yours.

The Foreign and Security Policy of the EU and its member states

Chair: Christine Nissen, The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

The EU’s foreign and security policy is at a decisive crossroad following following instability in Europe’s near neighborhood, the election of President Trump and the British decision to leave the European Union. The panel broadly addresses questions related to the EU and its member states’ foreign and security policies. The conveners of this panel encourage contributions from all disciplines, in order to provide valuable insights into the comprehensiveness of European foreign policy.


Conference Coordinator: Søren Dosenrode

Conference Secretary: Marianne Ellersgaard