ARENA Senter for europaforskning fyller 25 år

Rupture and renewal in Europe


ARENA's 25th anniversary conference

Monday 18. November 2019, 12:00 until 18:00

Venue: Amalie Skram

Host: ARENA Senter for europaforskning (UiO)

Entrance: Gratis med påmelding på

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of ARENA Centre for European Studies, and 25 years of studying European integration. It is also 25 years since the referendum on Norwegian EU membership and the EEA Agreement came into force.

The Europeanisation of the nation state has come a long way, and the non-member Norway is also deeply affected by the integration process. Yet, the breadth and depth of Europeanisation is not very well known among the population at large. Meanwhile, the EU in 2019 is dealing with a number of external and internal challenges, including Brexit; geopolitical strains in the Union’s relationship with both Russia and the United States; challenges to the freedom of the media and the rule of law in some member states; continued difficulties in the reform of the monetary union; and populist challenges to representative democracy and expertise on which the Union depends. At the same time, as Brexit demonstrates, there is a lack of knowledge of how the EU actually works among officials as well as the population at large.

We mark the 25th anniversary of ARENA with a conference addressing the current crises and challenges the EU is facing. We also ask: how can researchers advance knowledge of key processes of integration and disintegration? How can ARENA contribute to further that research?

Conference in Amalie Skram 12:00-3:45 PM,

Reception in Kverneland 3:45-6 PM



12:00 Welcome

Erik O. Eriksen, Professor and Director, ARENA Centre for European Studies

12:10 Opening: ARENA and the EEA Agreement 25 years

Ine Eriksen Søreide, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs

12:45 Keynote speech: What now, EU?

Brigid Laffan, Director and Professor, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

13:15 Panel: Populist opposition and the quest for reform

Chair: Asimina Michailidou, Senior Researcher, ARENA Centre for European Studies

Brigid Laffan, Professor, European University Institute

Magdalena Gora, Assistant Professor, Jagiellonian University

Christopher Lord, Professor, ARENA Centre for European Studies

Hans-Jörg Trenz, Professor, ARENA Centre for European Studies and University of Copenhagen

13:45 Discussion and Q&A

14:15 Coffee break

14:30 The EU’s present predicaments: Snapshots from ARENA’s research

Chair: Jarle Trondal, Professor, ARENA Centre for European Studies and University of Agder

Can differentiation solve Europe’s current challenges? Prof. John Erik Fossum

EU in the world – a promoter of global justice? Prof. Helene Sjursen

How to solve the legitimation problems in the Eurozone? Prof. Christopher Lord

What kind of mandate for the unelected in Europe? Postdoctoral fellow Andreas Eriksen

15:15 Discussion and Q&A

15:45 Reception

Reflections on ARENA and Norwegian social science, Ragnar Lie, former Administrative Director of ARENA Centre for European Studies


Light food and drinks will be served.

The event is free and open to all, but requires registration here.