Denmark and Germany - Cooperation, conflict and future challenges

Ort
Aarhus
Veranstaltungsort
Aarhus University
Veranstalter
Aarhus University
Datum
23.04.2020 - 25.04.2020
Von
Aarhus University

Arch-enemies and best friends. Historically, Denmark and Germany have had a turbulent and volatile relationship. The conference MatchPoints Seminar 2020 at Aarhus University will focus on the Danish-German relationship – historically, culturally, economically and politically. As neighbours, Denmark and Germany both have an interest in developing a close relationship to serve as a foundation for tackling the large, complex challenges facing the EU and Europe in the near future: Brexit, new protectionism, the flow of refugees and migrants and urgent climate challenges. These themes will all be addressed at the conference.
Meet among others professor Anne Applebaum, professor Astrid Erll, professor Marcel Fratzscher and professor Ole Wæver. Leading government officials and politicians from the two countries will also join the seminar.
2020 is an important year for the Danish-German relationship. The year marks the centenary of the reunion of Southern Jutland with the rest of Denmark as well as other anniversaries, and the governments of Denmark and Germany have named 2020 Danish-German Year of Cultural Friendship. The MatchPoints Seminar 2020 is relevant in this context.

Programm

Thursday 23 April 2020

07.45 Registration opens
08.00-09.30 Pre-conference morning session
History Track: Border Issues prior to and after 1871 (1)

10.00-11.00

Opening of MatchPoints 2020 at the Lakeside Lecture Theatres - Per Kirkeby Auditorium
Welcome speeches by:

Rector Brian Bech Nielsen, Aarhus University
Chief Municipal Executive Niels Højberg, City of Aarhus
Professor and MatchPoints Coordinator Thorsten Borring Olesen, Aarhus University
German Ambassador to Denmark Detlev Rünger
Danish Ambassador to Germany Friis Arne Petersen

11.00-12.00 Keynote lecture:
Professor Astrid Erll, Goethe University Frankfurt

Odyssey 2020: Migration, Narration, and Memory in Europe
12.00-13.15 Lunch
13.15-14.45 Parallel sessions
History Track: Border Issues prior to and after 1871 (2)
Culture Track: Critical Theory and the Memory of '68 (1)
Economy Track: Green Growth and Sustainability (1)
European Perspective Track: Populism and Euroscepticism
14.45-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.45 Parallel sessions
History Track: German-Nordic relations and the Re-making of the European Order after 1919
Culture Track: Critical Theory and the Memory of '68 (2)
Economy Track: Green Growth and Sustainability (2)

European Perspective Track: Migration: Social and Political Challenges
16.45-17.45 Keynote lecture:
Professor Ole Wæver, University of Copenhagen

Europe and its Future Challenges
18.00-19.00 Light dinner at Samfundsfagenes kantine
(free of charge for conference participants, but registration required)
19.15-19.30 Transfer by bus to Concert Hall Aarhus
(free of charge for conference participants, but registration required)
20.00-22.00 Evening programme at Rythmic Hall in Concert Hall Aarhus:
Musical Odyssey - Beethoven, Europe and the Danish-German border
(free of charge for conference participants, but registration required)

Friday 24 April 2020
09.00-10.00 Keynote lecture:
Professor, Ph.D. and President of DIW Berlin Research Marcel Fratzscher

The Germany Illusion – Between Economic Euphoria and Despair
10.00-10.30 Coffee break
10.30-12.00 Parallel sessions
History Track: Germany, Denmark and the New Geopolitical Turn in European Politics
Culture Track: Media and Identity
Economy Track: Is there (still) a German Economic Model for Europe?
European Perspective Track: European Security
12.00-13.15 Lunch
13.15-14.45 Parallel sessions
History Track: The German Model and its Role in the European Economic Space after 1945
Culture Track: Movement and Migration
Economy Track: Old and New Economic Borders in Europe
European Perspective Track: European Cohesion
14.45-15.15 Coffee break

15.15-16.15

Keynote lecture: Professor and columnist Anne Applebaum, Washington Post and London School of Economics
Europe and the German Question

Bismarck once said that "the great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood." Yet modern Germany has adopted exactly the opposite point of view. Until the present, Germany's neighbors have welcomed and encouraged a pacifist Germany with no foreign policy ambitions. But in a world dominated by autocrats, is this anti-Bismarckian Germany still good for Europe and the world? This pertinent question will constitute the entry point of Anne Applebaum’s keynote lecture at MatchPoints2020 in which she use history as a prism for understanding present day politics, in casu the German approach and understanding of its role in European and international politics.
16.15-17.30 Roundtable:
Denmark and Germany in Europe: Cooperation, Conflict, and Future Challenges - Discussions in plenum with keynotes and politicians

Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod
Director, Relations with European Union Member States, Sibylle Sorg, Federal Foreign Office Berlin
Professor and columnist Anne Applebaum
Professor Ole Wæver

Moderator: Jørn Mikkelsen (Jyllands-Posten)
17.30-18.00 Transfer by bus to Conference dinner venue (bus is free of charge for conference participants, but registration required)
18.00-21.30 Conference Dinner at Smedien – (separate registration required)

Saturday 25 April 2020
Public event arranged by The Open University in Aarhus (Folkeuniversitetet). In Danish - read more and register here: https://matchpoints.au.dk/public-event-saturday/

Kontakt

Astrid Elkjær Sørensen

Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Jens Chr. Skous vej 7, 8000 Aarhus

hisaes@au.dk

Zitation
Denmark and Germany - Cooperation, conflict and future challenges, 23.04.2020 – 25.04.2020 Aarhus, in: H-Soz-Kult, 27.01.2020, <www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-42326>.