Several prominent Canadian and NACS scholars will be taking part in the prestigious MATCHPOINTS seminar on demcracy and democratization, which is being held at the University of Aarhus 14-16 May 2011:
University of Aarhus, Denmark. NACS is co-sponsoring a seminar on "Stories of Nationhood in Plural Societies" with Professors Andrew Cohen (Carleton University, Ottawa) and Jack Granatstein (York University, Toronto) among the invited speakers.
Michael Böss was recently appointed new director of the Canadian Studies Centre and we look forward to celebrate the new prospects this brings with a small reception.
Lessons from Europe's and Canada's constitutional experiences
WP 2 - Constitutional politics
Oslo, 20-21 March 2009
Organised by ARENA - Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
in cooperation with:
Nordic Association for Canadian Studies (NACS/ANEC)
European Network for Canadian Studies (ENCS)
Co-funded by DFAIT (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
This workshop was organised within RECON's work package 2 , which deals with (a) the constitutionalisation of the EU, (b) the Europeanisation of national constitutions, and (c) comparisons of constitutionalism in the EU and in other selected entities. Read more on theresearch objectives of WP2 and on the overall research objectives of RECON.
The purpose of this workshop was to compare the EU with Canada (a multinational and multicultural state), in an area that is of particular relevance to democracy and also to the present European situation: the representative and participatory character of constitution-making and their link to constitutional failure.
Participants from the Oslo Workshop 20-21 March 2009, visiting the Sinnataggen statue in the Vigeland Park:
Peter Russell , Marilou McPhedran, John Erik Fossum, and Jeremy Webber.
M. Daniel Chartier, Directeur du Laboratoire de l'Imaginaire du Nord à l'Université du Québec à Montréal a donné une conférence « De circumpolaire au particulier: la nordicité culturelle du Québec » à l'Université d'Aarhus le 17 mars 2009 et encore à la Journée de la Francophonie à Copenhague le 19 mars.
Aarhus: "The North is hot again". On March 3 an informal small-scale workshop was held on the changing situation in the Arctic. Experts participants and discussants from Canada and Norway discussed issues regarding climate changes and some of the social, economic and political consequences of these transformations.
The four speakers and their themes were:
Dr. Heather A. Smith (University of Northern British Columbia, Canada):
Redefining Security in the Arctic: The Inuit Circumpolar Council and Climate Change.
Dr. Stéphane Roussel (Université du Québec à Montréal UQAM):
Alone, in Couple, or in Group? Canada's Options for Managing Arctic Security Issues.
Geir Hønneland (the Fridthjof Nansen Institute, Oslo):
The Barents Cooperation and the bilateral cooperative regimes between Norway and Russia within fisheries management, environmental protection, and nuclear safety.
Ekatarina Piskunova (Université de Montréal) on Russia and the North
This workshop was supported by the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Nordic Association of Canadian Studies NACS/ANEC, and the Canadian Studies Centre, Aarhus University.