Jean Monnet conference 1-2 June 2022

The papers have been uploaded in a protected paper room, password has been sent to participants on e-mail:

The conference is intended to contribute to building an interdisciplinary transnational network for European Studies across the Nordic countries. The conference will be hosted at the Kristiansand campus of the University of Agder and bring together scholars working on European integration across the Nordic countries from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The discussants of the scholarly papers will include policymakers and practitioners.

Conference topic

The conference will explore recent developments of “European Differentiated Integration”, broadly understood. It is based on the Jean Monnet Centre’s focus on differentiation in Europe, including both EU- and non-EU member states, formal and informal arrangements, enhanced integration vs. disintegration, as well as various levels, actors, and policy fields. The geographic focus is not restricted to the Nordic region but encompasses the whole continent.

Conference format

The conference will consist of panels in which papers are presented and discussed. The panels will be put together by the conference organizers based on the themes of submitted paper proposals. The conference language is English. We aim at a physical event but some selected contributions may take place digitally.

Confirmed keynote speech by Alexander Stubb.

Invited papers

We invite papers, based on abstract sent us within the deadline in February, that focus on differentiated integration in the area of European studies from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, e.g., law, economics, sociology, political science, history, (political) geography, area studies and related disciplines, or follow an interdisciplinary approach. All papers must be the result of original research and present recent, unpublished findings. They must be written in English and not exceed 10,000 words. Given the interdisciplinary format of the conference and the objective to include practitioners, we strongly encourage the usage of accessible language. The papers should include a specific section on policy implications. All papers must be be submitted by 17 May 2022 and will be stored in a “paper room” that is open to the participants. Please access the paper room here


We invite both junior and senior scholars to participate in the conference. With a view to the network building aim of the conference, participants should be based in the Nordics or have a strong demonstrable research focus on this region.

Paper proposals

The selection of conference papers will be done primarily on the basis of submitted abstracts of max. 250 words. The paper proposal must specify the specific contribution of the paper to the overall conference topic. Abstracts can be submitted under The deadline has expired

Practical information about the conference

There will be no conference fee, but participants must cover their own travelling and accommodation costs. We have reserved hotel room contingents at special rates and can help with finding alternative accommodation. Lunches and the conference dinner will be sponsored by the Jean Monnet Centre and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Agder.

Further information

Any questions about the conference can be directed to the organizers under


We have reserved some rooms participants can book until April 30.

Option 1

Kristiansand Bystrandra Scandic hotel

When booking, please use the booking code BUNI310522. The price is NOK 1030 per night.


For more info, see their webpage

Option 2

Citybox hotel

Send an e-mail to with the following reference : 6349 (answered mon- fri 0800-1600)

The price is

Small double room: 999 NOK per rom/night

Standard Double room: 1199 NOK per rom/night

For more info, see their website.

Travel to Kristiansand

You can reach Kristiansand by boat from Denmark (Hirtshals), train or airplane. The nearest airport in Kristiansand is Kjevik, appr 15 km from the city center. Kjevik, besides national destinations, has direct flights to Amsterdam/ Schipol and Copenhagen/ Kastrup

About Kristiansand

Kristiansand is the county capital of Vest-Agder, which together with the neighbouring counties constitutes the Sørlandet region. The sheltered coastline with scenic fishing villages and vast uninhabited areas is one of the region’s most valuable assets and provides unforgettable experiences. A short inland drive by car brings visitors to the scenic Setesdal valley with some of the oldest preserved rural wooden settlements in Norway.

Getting Around

Kristiansand’s public transport is frequent and connects all parts of the city. We recommend to buy a ticket with the AKT billett app”.

For more information about AKT ticket options:

To and From CAMPUS KRISTIANSAND (Gimlemoen)

The closest stop to campus is Universitetet. This stop is operated by both local and long distance buses.
There are several buses that travel between the campus and the city centre.

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