ESRC Seminar Series
The seminar series is now finished, but please follow the links below for information about the seminars.
- Lessons from the North? Education, teaching and schools (30 March 2012)
- Politics of Environment and Energy in the Nordic and Baltic States (30 September 2011, audio recordings of presentations)
- Diversity and Tolerance in the Nordic and Baltic States (4 May 2011) (Programme)
- Health and Welfare in the Nordic and Baltic States (26 November 2010) (Video summaries and audio recordings of presentations)
- Nordic and Baltic Economies: Problems and Prospects (29 April 2010) (Video summaries and audio recordings of presentations)
The inter-disciplinary seminar series brings together social scientists and historians to analyse an under-researched region that is of particular interest both from the academic and the British perspective.
The region contains states with similar population sizes and strong cultural and economic ties that have yet had very different recent histories. The Nordic/Baltic region combines established, aligned and non-aligned democracies and post-communist states, wedged between stable Scandinavia and unstable Russia in a way that no other region in Europe does.
From a British perspective, the region has mental similarities – firmly in Europe, yet somehow not quite – and historically significant ties to the United Kingdom, most recently highlighted by financial ties to the Nordic countries and remarkably high numbers of migrants from the Baltic states.
We argue that the Nordic and Baltic states provide an ideal ground for analysing the dynamic interplay between economic, cultural and historical factors and testing hypotheses about region building processes (e.g. within the frameworks of the EU and NATO) and convergence (e.g. economic, social and environmental policy, value orientations).
- Dr Mary Hilson, Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian History [personal website]
- Dr Titus Hjelm, Lecturer in Finnish Society and Culture [personal website]
- Dr Richard Mole, Senior Lecturer in Political Sociology [personal website]
- Dr Allan Sikk, Lecturer in Baltic Politics [personal website]