Topic: identity

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Security in the Clouds
Future Internet, Ghent, 15 December.


» Notes on European political culture

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Apr

2010

Finance and European identity

Members of the Eurozone, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarokzy agreed on 25 March to coordinate financial support to help Greece face its debt problems. The following day the European Council put its weight behind the agreement, solving, at least for the moment, the Greek debt crisis.

The crisis has set off an extraordinary set of political events on the European playing field. In a new way it unexpectedly raised old issues of European identity, of inclusion and exclusion in Europe, this time relative to the Eurozone. [ More… ]

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Feb

2010

Ukraine in the heart of Europe

On February 7 the ‘Russia-friendly’ Viktor Yanukovych defeated Yulia Tymoshenko, the liberalizing, Western-leaning co-leader of the Orange Revolution, in the second round of the Ukranian presidential elections. As reported by Reuters: here.

A first-cut analysis is straight forward. The European Union, having admitted Bulgaria and Romania on still-flimsy premisses, having held Turkey in limbo and given Russia itself preferred partner status (short-term Schengen visas for Russians are now entirely waved), it has for years turned its back on Ukraine’s petitions for membership. If the West says ‘talk to the hand’, we turn to the East.

Ukraine’s principle Western partner, the European Union, has been far from a loyal friend. While the world stood still for the Orange Revolution(s) of 2006 (and 2007), the EU seems unmoved. See the analysis of FAZ writer Andreas Umland here.

While it is clear that corruption and a disfunctioning legislative system leave it far from an ideal European counterpart, the uncanny conclusion drawn by by the frontpage of the Wazsaw Gazetta that Russia is now closer to being an EU member than Ukraine, gives rime and reason to an odd political irony. [ More… ]

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» Publications - articles & chapters

The Ambivalence of the National: Jakob Aall and Dano-Norwegian Identity, Nations and Nationalism 10(4): 619-637.
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Som det egentlig var? Det egne og det andre i 1800-tallets kulturhistoriografi (As it actually was? The selfsame and the other in 19th Century cultural historiography), (with Frode Helland), in Bjarne Hodne & Randi Sæbøe (eds.), Kulturforskning, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget: 19–28.
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Den opplyste romantikken og den romantiske opplysningen (Enlightened Romanticism and Romantic Enlightenment), in J. Peter Burgess (red.), Den norske pastorale opplysningen. Nye perspektiver på norsk historiografi (The Norwegian Pastoral Enlightenment: New Perspectives on Norwegian Historiography), Oslo, Abstrakt Forlag.
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Introduction: Europe without the Myth of Europe, in J. Peter Burgess (ed.) Museum Europa: The European Cultural Heritage between Economics and Politics, Kristiansand: Norwegian Academic Press.
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Introduction: Europe without the Myth of Europe, in J. Peter Burgess (red.) Den norske pastorale opplysningen. Nye perspektiver på norsk historiografi (The Norwegian Pastoral Enlightenment: New Perspectives on Norwegian Historiography), Oslo, Abstrakt Forlag.
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The Ambivalence of the National. Dano-Norwegian Identity through the Eyes of Jacob Aall 1799-1814, preface to Jen Johan Hyvik, Fædrelandske Ideer’. Jacob Aalls nasjonsforståelse 1799-1814, Kristiansand, Høyskoleforlag.Download


The Abduction of ‘The Abduction of Europa’, in J. Peter Burgess (ed.) Museum Europa: The European Cultural Heritage between Economics and Politics, Kristiansand: Norwegian Academic Press.
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