The Norwegian Independence and Constitution of 1814

Norway, Great Britain and Beyond

  • Wednesday 9 April 2014, 9:00-18:00 
  • Registration: All welcome!
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The Research Council of Norway, the National Library of Norway, Norvik Press Ltd and UCL's Department of Scandinavian Studies are pleased to welcome you to a one-day seminar on 9 April 2014 to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution of 1814.

Programme

9:00-9:30: WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION:

  • University College London, Department of Scandinavian Studies (Dr Elettra Carbone and Dr Mary Hilson) and National Library of Norway (Dr Ruth Hemstad)
  • The Royal Norwegian Embassy in London (The Ambassador of Norway, Mr Kim Traavik)
  • The Norwegian Research Council (Department Director Jon Holm)

9:30-10:30: SESSION I: SCANDINAVIA AND THE NAPOLEONIC WAR

Chair: Professor Ola Mestad, University of Oslo

9:30-9:50: The Danish Empire, Professor Iver Neumann, London School of Economics

9:50-10:30: Book Launch: Experiences of War and Nationality in Denmark and Norway, 1807-1815 (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) by Dr Morten Ottosen & Post. doc. Rasmus Glenthøj, University of Oslo & University of Southern Denmark
Comment (book launch): Professor Michael Broers, Oxford University

10:30-11:00: COFFEE BREAK


11:00-12:00: SESSION II: INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE CESSION OF NORWAY

Chair: Professor Dag Michalsen, University of Oslo

11:00-11:20: The Transformation of International Law and Norwegian Sovereignty in 1814, Professor Ola Mestad, University of Oslo

11:20-12:00: Book launch: Like a Herd of Cattle: Parliamentary and Public Debates regarding the Cession of Norway, 1813–1814 (Oslo Studies in Legal History, 9: 2014), Dr Ruth Hemstad, National Library of Norway
Comment (book launch): Professor Thomas Munck, University of Glasgow

12:00-13:00: UCL STUDENTS CELEBRATE 1814

UCL Students present their contribution to the Bicentenary Norwegian Constitution 1814-2014
Chair: Dr Elettra Carbone, UCL

12:00-12:15: Hva er viktigst for deg? First Year Norwegian Students 

12:15-12:30: An International Commemoration of 1814, Poster Presentation, Nordic Histories and Cultures students

12:30-12:45: Hvorfor er grunnloven viktig for meg? Second Year Norwegian Students 

12:45-13:00: Min familie i historien, Forth Year Norwegian Students

13:00-14:00: LUNCH BREAK


14:00-16:00: SESSION III:  NORWAY, GREAT BRITAIN AND BEYOND – COMMUNICATION & CULTURE IN 1814

Chair: Dr Mary Hilson, UCL Scandinavian Studies

14:00-14:30: Business and Communication: British Agents in Norway in 1814, Research Fellow Bård Frydenlund, University of Oslo 

14:30-15:00: The Poetics of 1814: The Norwegian Constitution in Literature, Dr Elettra Carbone, UCL Scandinavian Studies

15:00-15:30: One Hundred Years On: The Art of Norway at the 1914 Jubilee Exhibition, Dr Sara Ayres

15:30-16:00: General discussion

16:00-16:30: COFFEE BREAK


16:30-17:30: SESSION IV: CONSTITUTIONS AND THE INTERNATIONAL TREATY SYSTEM 

Chair: Professor Patrick Salmon, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

16:30-17:00: The Virtues of Evolution in an Age of Revolution: Norway's Enduring Constitution in Comparative Perspective by Dr James Melton and Dr Tom Ginsburg, UCL Constitution Unit, delivered by Christine Stuart, UCL Constitution Unit

17:00-17:30: The Nordic Countries, Great Britain and the Vienna System, Professor Dag Michalsen, University of Oslo

17:30: CONCLUDING REMARKS AND FINAL DISCUSSION

Chair: Professor Patrick Salmon, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The organisers would like to thank The Research Council of Norway and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London for their generous support. 

Download a copy of the programme (pdf).

For more information on the Norwegian Constitution of 1814 and on the celebration of the 2014 jubilee visit:

For further information about this event, please contact Dr Elettra Carbone or Dr Ruth Hemstad.