NORMED Seminars

In the context of NORMED, we will be holding regular seminars where we will be discussing the program’s broader themes.


1st Seminar Series

Small States in the Making: The Nordic and Mediterranean Regions

(April-June 2024)

This series of seminars aspires to cross-examine the Nordics and the Mediterranean, studying the two regions through the concept of “smallness”.

Geopolitically, both regions are not usually juxtaposed and are not examined together, as they appear to have many significant differences. Nevertheless, in modern times, the history of both regions is, in one sense, the history of small states/entities, which emerged through complex geopolitical rearrangements during the 18th and 19th centuries from the Baltic to the Mediterranean—changes and shifts caused by wars, revolutions, and the dissolution of Empires. The resulting political entities devised many ways to survive and relate to the larger states on their borders and the different great civilizations, such as Germanic, Slavic, Asian/Ottoman.

The seminars of this first series will take place at the RCH’s offices (26, Mandrokleous Str., Neos Kosmos, Athens – “Neos Kosmos” Metro Station).

If you wish to attend the seminar online, please register by sending an email at

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11 April 2024, 18:30-20:30 | Mogens Pelt

Mogens Pelt | Associate Professor in International History, The Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen

“Becoming small: the case of Denmark and the Imperative of the Regional (1814-1945)”



Ada Dialla, Professor of Modern and Contemporary European History, Department of Art Theory and History, Athens School of Fine Arts | President of the Executive Administrative Board, RCH



It is easy to get the impression that small states are “small by nature” and that we need to focus on the primate of smallness to understand the constraints placed upon them and the room of manoeuvre which they use to navigate in the game among nations.Instead this lecture will discuss the process by which Denmark became small and how that forced her to reinvent her place among nations and how it shaped the norms that came to form the political culture of that country.


Speaker’s CV

Mogens Pelt Ph.D et Dr.Phil. is Associate Professor in International History at the History Section at the Saxo-Institute, University of Copenhagen. He was the Director of the Danish Institute at Athens 2020 to 2024; he is directing the research project The Greek Revolution and European Republicanism, 1815-1830: Ideas of Nation, People and Citizenship in the Making of the Constitutional State (Independent Research Fund Denmark); co-director with Professor Catharina Raudvere at the Centre ‘Many Roads in Modernity: South-eastern Europe and its Ottoman Roots’, University of Copenhagen (Carlsberg Foundation); member of directing board of Centre of the Study of Nationalism University of Copenhagen). He was a Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at the Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University 2008-9, attached to the Commission established by the Danish Parliament to Investigate the Danish Security Intelligence Service 2007-8; a researcher in the project Captive States, Divided Societies, Political Institutions of Southeastern Europe in Historical Comparative Perspective (Volkswagen Foundation);  a visiting Fellow at the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University in 1999 and Deputy-director at the Danish Institute at Athens, 1993-96.


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15 May 2024, 18:30-20:30 | Apostolos Tsiouvalas

Apostolos Tsiouvalas | Research Fellow, PhD Candidate, Norwegian Centre for Law of the Sea (NCLOS), Faculty of Law, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway.

“Small States and Kinopolitical Power at Sea: Taming Nomadic Forces from Greenland to Greece”



George Kalpadakis | Senior Researcher, Modern Greek History Research Centre (KEINE), Academy of Athens



Under international law of the sea, the concept of ‘state sovereignty’ defines all relationships in the ocean space and serves as the fundamental tool to control mobilities and exercise jurisdiction over movement, often framed as the ‘kinopolitical power of the state’. Small states emphatically wield kinopolitical power to diminish any non-state mobilities and consolidate their position in the international arena. To examine the interplay between non-state mobilities (nomadic forces) at sea, which often challenge existing territorial assumptions, and the exercise of kinopolitical power by small states, this presentation delves into two examples. First, it draws insights from the way control over movement is wielded by a small Inuit nation striving for decolonization, Greenland, over its distinct Indigenous nomadic subgroups, by confining them within a delineated territory and implementing certain resource management mechanisms. Subsequently, examining migration policies and violent practices at sea, it shows how Greece, under the same territorial rationale, seeks to assert kinopolitical power in the Mediterranean Sea and control any non-state movement. Through these examples, this presentation highlights how sovereign territorial logics not only impose a singular spatiolegal architecture for the world’s oceans but also silence distinct ontologies of movement embedded in Indigenous, migrant, or other non-state jurisdictions in the ocean space.


Speaker’s CV

Apostolos Tsiouvalas is a PhD Research Fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Law of the Sea (NCLOS) at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. Apostolos is also a Research Associate at The Arctic Institute – Center for Circumpolar Security Studies, a think tank and registered 501c3 nonprofit organisation based in Washington D.C., U.S.A and board member of the Hellenic Polar Zones Society (ELEPOZ). Apostolos holds an LL.M. degree in Polar Law from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, an MPhil degree in Indigenous Studies from UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and a BA degree in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Apostolos’ main research interests revolve around legal anthropology, new materialism(s), legal pluralism, indigenous rights and environmental law in the Arctic. His doctoral project is critically exploring Law of the Sea’s understanding of motion in the world’s oceans as an artifact of legal modernity and seeks to revisit it in light of premodern theorizations of motion and legal anthropological research with Arctic Indigenous communities. Throughout his PhD studies, Apostolos has been awarded fully-funded fellowships at various institutions, including the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Ilisimatusarfik – the University of Greenland, the Polar Cooperation Research Centre in Kobe, Japan, and the Sustainable Ocean Alliance Fellowship program in Panama City, Panama. In 2022, Apostolos was honored with an award from the French Institute of Norway as the best early-career scholar in Norway focusing on ocean research, followed by research mobilities in Brest and Paris, France.


Download this seminar’s program here.

6 June 2024, 18:30-20:30 | Anne-Helen Mydland, Delia Tzortzaki

Roundtable Discussion [title to be announced]

Anne-Helen Mydland | Professor, The Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art, University of Bergen

Delia Tzortzaki | Adviser and the Legal Representative, Norwegian Institute at Athens



Kallirroe Linardou | Assistant Professor in Byzantine and Medieval Art, Department of Art Theory & History, Athens School of Fine Arts | Member of the Executive Administrative Board, RCH


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