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About MatchPoints Seminar 2020

Since 2007, Aarhus University has hosted the international annual MatchPoints Seminar, which brings together researchers, politicians as well as private and public partners to discuss current societal issues. In recent years, Trust, the Arctic and the Welfare State have headlined the seminar, with keynote speakers including Robert Putnam, Francis Fukuyama, James Heckman and Margrethe Vestager. It is within this tradition that Aarhus University has decided to make Denmark and Germany in Europe – Cooperation, Conflict and Future Challenges the topic of the 2020 MatchPoints Seminar on 23-25 April 2020 at Aarhus University.

MatchPoints will be organised horizontally as well as vertically. In the horizontal plenary session, all seminar participants will be addressed by 4-5 invited keynote speakers of the highest prominence, among them columnist, historian and Professor Anne Applebaum, Professor Astrid Erll and Professor Ole Wæver. Leading government officials and/or politicians from the two countries are also invited to address the seminar. However, the main part of the programme will be organised vertically within a framework of parallel themes. The themes will reflect different aspects of Danish-German relations, official as well as unofficial, or wider European experiences of a political, economic and cultural nature of relevance for the topic.

The seminar will address a wide range of topics within the following four main themes:


State, nation, nationalism and borders in the Danish-German relationship 1820-2020

  • Border Issues prior to and after 1871
  • German-Nordic Relations and the Re-making of the European Order after 1919
  • The German Model and its Role in the European Economic Space after 1945
  • Germany, Denmark and the New Geopolitical Turn in European Politics

Danish-German-European cultural change and exchange

  • Critical Theory and the Legacies of 1968
  • Memory Culture
  • Media and Identity
  • Movement and Migration

Danish-German-European-Global economic integration and cooperation (still in planning)

  • Clean Tech
  • Barriers to Trade – Germany / Denmark
  • EMU Challenges
  • Labour Market – National, European, and Global

Together in the EU: the future of the European Union

  • Populism and Euroscepticism
  • Migration: Social and Political Challenges
  • European Security
  • European Cohesion

A cultural matinée and a dinner will constitute the evening program on 23 and 24 April. On 25 April an outreach event addressing the general public interest in the seminar theme, Denmark and Germany in Europe, will be organized.