Europe’s democratic challenge

RECON outreach conference

24 November 2011, 9:00-13:00

Litteraturhuset (Wergeland room, ground floor), Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo


Europe has recently been struck with a crisis that also exposes the democratic challenges facing the European Union. What are the prospects for democracy beyond the nation state in this time of crisis? This question will be discussed by scholars from across Europe and beyond when RECON presents highlights from five years of research at a public seminar in Oslo.

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Summary and photos from the event


See a livestream from the seminar here!


Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre will give the opening speech to the seminar. RECON’s 120 affiliated scholars have discussed the conditions for democracy in the EU through a series of studies across a large number of policy fields and institutional realms. This seminar will gather scholars and students, policy makers, professionals, organisations, media, civil society and the general public to exchange knowledge and engage in discussions. More on the RECON project.

The seminar is a part of the University of Oslo’s 200th anniversary celebration.

The conference is open, but registration is required. Attendance is limited to 200 and seats are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. There is no conference fee. The conference will be held in English. 


RECON’s concluding conference ‘What is Left of European democracy?‘ will take place on 25-26 November. At this academic conference, more space is allocated for discerning what this collective research effort has generated and what the democratic implications of these will be.


Practical information


Programme (download pdf)


Erik O. Eriksen
RECON Scientific Coordinator, ARENA, University of Oslo


Jonas Gahr Støre
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs



A constitutional future for Europe?

John Erik Fossum
RECON Substitute Coordinator, ARENA, University of Oslo

A European representative democracy?
Christopher Lord
ARENA, University of Oslo

Contesting Europe
Ulrike Liebert
CEuS, University of Bremen


Coffee break


European or national identity?
Zdzislaw Mach
Jagiellonian University, Krakow

 Security – beyond democracy?
Helene Sjursen
ARENA, University of Oslo

Gender democracy?

Yvonne Galligan
CAWP, Queen’s University Belfast

Is the monetary union inadequate?
David Mayes
University of Auckland

Constitutionalism beyond the state
Christian Joerges
ZERP, University of Bremen


Aslak Bonde
Independent political analyst


General discussion



We are pleased to welcome all conference participants to a light lunch following the event, in Litteraturhuset’s Amalie Skram room (1st floor).




Reconstituting Democracy in Europe – Snapshots of findings

Selected findings in brief from all RECON’s research fields are available in this pamphlet (pdf).


Outreach in Brussels

RECON organised a similar outreach event in Brussels in May 2011. More information, including a podcast of the entire event, is found here. See also Erik O. Eriksen’s introductory speech to the May conference




The conference is organised by RECON-coordinator ARENA – Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo.

For more information, please contact Marit Eldholm (ARENA, University of Oslo): marit.eldholm(at)