The Europe Dialogues

The Institute for International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland is hosting a seminar series this autumn called The Europe Dialogues. Every Friday researchers at the University of Iceland will present their research on Iceland and Europe. The purpose of the seminar series is to engender an informed debate about Iceland and Europe. In addition to the seminars, the Institute is organising two conferences this autumn: Fifteen Years on: Finland and Sweden in the European Union and Nordic Societies and European Integration. The seminars are held every Friday in Háskólatorg (University Square) room 103 between 12 and 13, unless otherwise stated.

Reviews of the seminars are written by MA students in Journalism – abstracts are published below.

Click here for the full seminar agenda (pdf).

The Europe Dialogues

Friday 3rd September: The Missing Link in EU Democracy?

Maximilian Conrad, newly appointed Associate Professor in European Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Iceland.

Slides from the seminar 

Friday 10th September: Europeanisation in Iceland: Can Iceland influence the EU and how are EU policies Enforced in Iceland?

Jóhanna Jónsdóttir, doctoral student in Political Science, University of Cambridge. (Her viva is on September 15)

Slides from the seminar

Friday 17th September: Is the EU and will it ever be a Defence Alliance?

Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor in Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Iceland.

Slides from the seminar

Review – abstract

Friday 24th September: The EU Policy and its impact on the language of small states 

Gauti Kristmannsson, Associate Professor of Translation Studies, Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland.


Friday 1st October: European National Heroes

Jón Karl Helgason , Associate Professor of Icelandic and Cultural Studies,  Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland.


Friday 8th OctoberEquality into Reality: Action for Diversity and  Non-Discrimination in Iceland

Brynhildur G. Flóvenz, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Iceland.


Friday 15th October: 15 Years On: Finland and Sweden in the European Union.

All Day Conference at the National Museum.
In cooperation with the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Conference Program


Friday 22nd October: Fisheries: Iceland and Norway´s common interests  towards the EU 

Þórólfur Matthíasson, Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Iceland.


Friday 29th October: The Icelandic Social Sciences Conference.

For full schedule, see Social Science website


Friday 5th November: Details to be confirmed


Friday 12th November: Nordic Societies and European Integration.   

All Day Conference in the National Library. Conference Program.


Friday 19th November: The future of rural communities: EU policy and support for small and remote areas

Magnfríður Júlíusdóttir, Assistant Professor of Human Ecological Geography, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland.


Friday 26th November: Iceland’s Application for EU Membership – A View from Brussels

Graham Avery, Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre, Brussels.


The Icelandic EU application
Stefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy in European Union. Date and location to be announced.

The seminar series will continue in the spring.