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Invitation to the annual seminar of the Danish Society for European Studies

Invitation to the annual seminar of the Danish Society for European Studies

The overall theme of this year's annual conference of the Danish Society for European Studies is "Securitizing Europe" - and we invite panel proposal and abstracts within this theme.


03.11.2022 kl. 10.00 - 04.11.2022 kl. 14.00


Call for Proposals

DSE Seminar 2022
Securitizing Europe

Aalborg University, 3-4 November 2022

When the Cold War ended in 1991, there was a general feeling that human rights, democracy, and prosperity would prevail, helped on their way by globalization and interdependence, as described by Francis Fukuyama in his seminal work The End of History and the Last Man from 1992. Then followed a decade where the liberal dream thrived. A first blow to this dream came with the rise of anti-democratic, global terrorism, epitomized by the attack on the World Trade Center or ‘9/11’, and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan the same year. Still, this was not really hitting Europe proper, on the contrary, the Northern Ireland conflict was ended with the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. However, the bombings in Madrid (2004), and London (2005), the terrorist attacks in Paris (2015) and Copenhagen the same year to mention but a few, brought Islamist-motivated terror to Europe, reminding more of Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations than of Fukuyama’s vision. Later came the financial crisis (2007-2008), the migration crisis (2015), the Covid-19 pandemic (2020-2022).

However, no matter how brutal and fatal terrorism is, how devastating financial crisis it, or how terrible Covid-19 was and is, not to mention the environmental crisis and climate changes, old-fashioned high-intensity war, understood with Carl von Clausewitz’s words as "[..] an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will [.]" is something different. February 24th, 2022 changed Europe, and the International System. For the first time since World War II has a free and sovereign European state been attacked full scale by another - the short 2008 Russian attack on Georgia, and the 2014 annexation of Crimea was of a different nature.

This year’s key-note speaker will be Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, University of Gent, and Director of the ‘Europe in the World Programme’ at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations. In his blog post World politics in 2021: Infected by rivalry, he wrote ‘If China is rising, it must be seeking world domination. If Russia is declining, it must be plotting revenge. The United States, in turn, will surely not refrain from anything to maintain its dominance. And the European Union?’ The director of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs formulated it like this, when he visited AAU in the autumn ‘The US is stepping back, China is stepping up, and Russia steps on anyone’, these words summarize the situation well, unfortunately. European security is a topic of the highest relevance. Thus prof. Biscop will talk on: ‘European security in a new setting’?

Europe and the European Union is facing war, inflation, corona, environmental crisis, climate crisis, energy crisis, the threat toward the western, liberal democratic model. Add to this, refugees from Ukraine and Africa and Afghanistan, to mention but a few. We invite panel proposals on European security or securitization in the broadest sense.[1]

Provisory Program

3 November 2022

10:00 - 11:00 Arrival & registration (tea & coffee)
11:00 -11:15  Welcome: Sevie Chatzopoulou (Roskilde University), Søren Dosenrode (Aalborg University), Nico Groenedijk (ECSA World)
11:15 - 12:30 Keynote (incl discussion): Prof. Sven Biscop (University of Ghent): ‘European security in a new setting’?
12:30 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 16:30 Panels
18:30 → Conference dinner

4 November 2022

09:00 - 11:00 Panels
11:00 - 12:00 DSE annual general meeting
12:00 - 13:00 Sandwich lunch
13:00 → Meeting in NAES – Nordic Association for European Studies

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Important Dates

Panel proposals:  29 September 2022
Paper proposals/abstracts:  19 October 2022 (acceptance notifications will be sent on a continuous basis)
Registration deadline:  28 October 2022

Proposals must be via email to

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Participation in the conference incl. coffee/tea/lunches:

Early bird fee (until 15 Oct. 2022):  DKK 500 (incl. 25% VAT)
Standard fee (after 15 Oct. 2022):  DKK 750 (incl. 25% VAT)
Conference dinner:  DKK 555 (incl. 25% VAT)

(Restaurant Textur (4 courses incl. 4 glasses of wine or juice)). 

Please register via this link


We have obtained a special conference rate for DSE delegates at Pier 5 Hotel, Rendsburggade 5, DK-9000 Aalborg. Please book your hotel via this link (use the booking code: staywithAAU).

Single room incl. breakfast: DKK 895-975 (depending on type of room)

NB! The hotel rooms reserved for DSE delegates will be released on 1 October 2022 and availability after this date cannot be guaranteed, so early booking is advised (there is another congress in town on the same dates as the DSE seminar so hotel rooms may be sold out quickly).

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Local organizer

The DSE 2022 seminar is organized and hosted by Søren Dosenrode, The Regional and International Studies research group (REGIS), Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University.

[1] And we remember that it is our tradition that one can propose panels on topics outside the overall frame, too.

Photo: Dati Bendo, © The European Union


Regional and International Studies research group (REGIS), Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University


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