Dr. Eiríkur Bergmann, associate professor

Main research area

· European Integration
· International Political Economy
· Nationalism



Research programs

Imagined Recovery: The Justification of Worth in the Icelandic FINANCIAL Crisis

This is a cultural political economy study of the financial crisis drawing on the work of e.g. Bob Jessop and Luc Boltanski et al. Iceland provides a potentially paradigmatic case study into financialisation and “imagined recovery” from a profound financial crisis facilitated by weakened democratic structures and processes of checks-and-balances. This ongoing research project is undertaken in collaboration with Dr. Claes Belfrage (Queen Mary, University of London) and Dr. David M. Berry (Swansea University). We plan the project in several phases. Currently we are coming to the end of the first phase with our first publication forthcoming in 2013 in Economy and Society: Justifying Regimes of Accumulation: Rendering Cultural Political Economy Testable – The Icelandic Case. We will submit an ESRC standard grant proposal in the spring of 2012.

We are also currently developing a more traditional political science paper to be submitted to Scandinavian Political Studies Journal under the heading: Reconstituting the commitment to Icelandic Capitalism. Subsequently we will target Cambridge University Press for book proposal on Icelandic Viking Capitalism.

Microstates on the periphery of Europe: Postcolonial Sovereignty GAMES (MEPS)

In this international research project, co-ordinated by Copenhagen University, an interdisciplinary group of scholars from around the world investigates the interplay between post-colonialism and European integration through in-depth case studies and theoretical explorations. In the project I am part of the group focusing on the imperial legacies of the Nordic states where we ask how Iceland, Greenland, the Faroese and Åland use the EU in their efforts to achieve independent subjectivity. The project presents the first systematic comparison of the triangular relations between the EU, the Nordic micro-polities, and their respective 'mother countries'. My work specifically analyses the triangular RELATIONSHIP between Iceland and the EU and Iceland‘s home base within the family of the Nordic states:  Iceland: A Postimperial Sovereignty Project still in progress. Special attention is given to the impact of Iceland‘s identity which is heavily influenced by its colonial past. My contribution will feature in an edited book published in Cooperation and Conflict. In In Rebecca Adler-Nissen and Ulrik Pram Gad (Ed’s.) Postcolonial Sovereignty GAMES. Forthcoming in 2012.

Distant voices – Ideas from the periphery on the EU as a democracy

This is a spinoff research project out of the SENT-Network for European Studies with partners from Turkey, Portugal, Hungary, Norway and Iceland – headed by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The project analyses and compares ideas of the EC/EU as a democracy as these have developed in southern, northern and eastern Europe respectively. The purpose is to identify and discuss similarities and differences in the ways politicians/civil society/public opinion in these countries have expressed themselves on the weaknesses and virtues of the EU as a political system, as well as whether these viewpoints have changed over time and if so, why. The kickoff MEETING for this project is scheduled in Paris in late April. The research team will develop a proposal for a special issue to be submitted to Journal of European Integration.

Participation in European research co-operation

· Participant in Menu for Justice - The EC Network in European legal studies 

Among 50 universities and academic instituions in 30 European states. Supported by the European Commission through the ERASMUS program. 2010 - 2013

· Participant in SENT - The EC Network in European studies

Among 66 universities and academic instituions in 30 European states. Supported by the European Commission through the ERASMUS program. 2008 – 2011

Previous European research co-operation

· Administrative project manager. ELSAGEN. Project FUNDED by EUs 5th RTD framework programme.  (Partners in 5 European countries).  2002 - 2004

· Administrative project manager. VMART. Project funded by EUs 5th RTD framework programme.  (Partners in 6 European countries).  2001 - 2003

· Partner. IDEALIST. Project funded by EUs 5th RTD framework programme. (Partners in 31 European countries).  2002 - 2004

· National Contact Point. Iceland. Sience and Society (Part of the EU’s RTD programme.). From

· National Contact Point. Iceland. Priority 7, Knowledge based society. (Part of the EU’s RTD programme).  2003 – 2005

· National Contact Point. Iceland. IST. (Part of the EU’s RTD programme). 1999 - 2001

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