The Nordic perspective on Europe will be explored at the conference organized by The Council of Finnish
Academies at The House of the Estates Helsinki on 14 November 2018.
At the heart of this dialectic of “European Union and Disunion” are deeply rooted narratives shaping the
way we conceive Europe. All sectors, including the public, policy-makers, the media, scientists and scholars,
are deeply influenced by such narratives, which determine how we think, act and feel. While narratives are
entrenched in long standing cultural, social and economic customs, traditions and institutions, they are not
static. They move, overlap and transform over time and space, competing and often contradicting each
other. They are the prism through which emotions about Europe are refracted.
Europe on Test: Narratives of Union and Disunion” – a series of conferences hosted by selected Academies
of Sciences and Humanities in various European cities and coordinated by ALLEA – will address these and
other aspects of relevance for the future of Europe as a community. Renowned scholars will debate and
illuminate the significance of such narratives from a variety of different angles and within their national