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.

Organisers of MatchPoints Seminar 2020

Professor Thorsten Borring Olesen is Chair and Coordinator of the MatchPoints Seminar 2020. The Seminar has further set up an organising committee consisting of members from both within and outside Aarhus University. Click here to see a full list of members in the steering committee.

Partners and sponsors

The seminar is financed by Aarhus University and the City of Aarhus with additional generous contributions from Salling Fondene, the Goethe-Institute Dänemark, the German Embassy in Denmark, the Carlsberg Foundation and Jyllands-Postens Foundation. Folkeuniversitet in Aarhus and DIIS are part of the organizing team.

Regarding registration

If you wish to register for the academic Matchpoints Seminar on Thursday and Friday (including possible participation in evening events), please register by clicking the blue botton above.

If you only wish to register for the Musical Odyssey on Thursday evening April 23 and/or the Public Event on Saturday April 25, please register by clicking on the blue bottons below.

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