About the project
"Nordic Civil Societies: Global, Transnational and Regional Encounters since 1800" studies the role of civil societies in "Norden" and the "Nordic model."
A focus on voluntary organisations’ role between the state, the market, and the private sphere opens new perspectives on ideas and practices which are understood as particularly Nordic.
The high membership rate in voluntary associations makes "Norden" an ideal case for investigating the link between civil society and democratic governance.
In the Nordic countries, the particular nexus between state and civil societies has had consequences for the "Nordic model" of society, cooperation within the Nordic region, and Nordic global engagement. The project studies these consequences.
The project comprises three pillars:
- Pillar I: Civil Societies and the State: Critical Perspectives on the Performance of a "Nordic Model" of Society
- Pillar II: Nordic Civil Societies since 1800: Transnational Cooperation, International Models and National Adaptions
- Pillar III: Beyond the Nordic: Civil Societies, Transnational Political Activism and Global Encounters
Nordic Civil Societies is led by Sunniva Engh, together with Klaus Nathaus and Ruth Hemstad, and involves 30 researchers from a range of disciplines. The project is hosted by the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH), University of Oslo (UiO).
Collaborating partners are:
- Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) UiO
- Department of Public and International Law (IOR), UiO
- Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, CBS
Nordic Civil Societies includes scholars from the following institutions:
- Institute of Health and Society (Helsam), University of Oslo
- Department of Sociology and Human Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences (ISS), University of Oslo
- Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School
- Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS), Helsinki University
- School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University
- Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn University
- Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES), University of Amsterdam
- Scandinavian Languages and Cultures, University of Amsterdam
- School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.
February 2020 - February 2023