Cool North - Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Nordic Countries

"Strategies for Regional Development, Cooperation, Good Neighbor Relations"

(Copenhagen; September 8th - 9th, 2014)
Symposium Agenda
Conference Moderator:
Verner Kristiansen
September 8th, 2014
12:00 Registration
12:30 Welcoming addresses
  • Halldor Asgrimsson (Former Prime Minister of Iceland and Secretary General of Nordic Council of Ministers)
  • Mogens Lykketoft (Speaker of The Danish Parliament)
  • Marianne Jelved (Minister of Culture of Denmark)
  • Dagfinn Høybråten (Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers)
13:30 Plenary Session 1: The Power of Culture in International Cooperation, Trust Building and Peace: Nordic experiences
  • Ole Wæver (Prof. at the University of Copenhagen)
  • Jakob Skovgaard Petersen (Prof. at the University of Copenhagen)
  • Morten Traavik (Norwegian Artist and Director)
14:30 Coffee Break
15:00 Plenary Session 2: Soft Powers of Culture, Media and Creative Industries
  • Michael Metz Mørch (Director, the Danish Cultural Institute)
  • Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning (Director, the Center for Cultural and Experience Economy)
  • Dr. Marie-Louise von Plessen (Art Historian & Curator)
  • Jonas Eder-Hansen (Development Director, the Danish Fashion Institute)
16:30 Plenary Session 3: Branding and Cultural Diplomacy conflicting or complementary?
  • Bernd Henningsen (Prof. at Humboldt University)
  • Marcus Andersson (CEO, Tendensor  International)
  • Ole Egberg Mikkelsen (Ambassador, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark)
  • Geir Helgesen (Director, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies)
18:00 Evening reception at the restaurant Snapstinget, the Parliament of Denmark
September 9th, 2014
9:00 Plenary Session 4: The Power of Culture in Regional Cooperation, Nordic-Baltic-Russian Cooperation
  • Annika Rembe (CEO, the Swedish Institute)
  • Karina Petersone (Director, the Latvian Institute)
  • Lene Espersen (Chairman, the Baltic Development Forum)
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 Plenary Session 5: - Can the Nordics better utilize their Smart Power Experience in International Affairs and Co-operation?

  • Bertel Haarder (Former Senior Danish Minister, Vice President of the Danish Parliament)
  • Halldor Asgrimsson
  • Karl-Erik Norrman (Former Swedish Ambassador; Secretary General, European Cultural Parliament)
12:00 Summing up and final remarks
15:00 Guided Tour of the National Museum of Denmark
  • Michael Andersen (Senior Curator and Head of Research and Collections, the Nationalmuseum Copenhagen)