You’ve stumbled onto Udenriget.dk, the website of Søren Friis. Who? Well, I suppose I consider myself a writer and researcher, mainly focused on global politics and history. I’m based in Aarhus, Denmark, and usually cover topics from a Danish or Nordic perspective. As a researcher my bio goes as follows:
Søren Friis is a PhD candidate at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, from where he holds an MA in International Studies. His PhD project critically examines the “security-development nexus” as concept and practice in Scandinavian foreign policies. He has published on the relationship between security and development, as well as other contemporary issues, in a variety of venues. He is a co-editor and contributor to the forthcoming volume Zero Hours: Politics of Time in Global Perspectives, 1940s-1970s (Palgrave Macmillan).
Søren Friis has given several courses in international and global history at Aarhus University. He is a former visiting scholar at Uppsala University. His media contributions include a number of articles and commentaries in the national press, including a stint as regular contributor to Politiken, the largest Danish daily. He has commented on global policy issues on radio and television and contributed as writer and editor to popular magazines and journals. As a participant in the Towards Good Society Project 2013-16, he pursued (ongoing) research on emerging transnational networks of civil society actors during the interwar years and beyond.
If you’re interested in putting me to use as a writer, editor or collaborator, please get in touch.
Publications and research (selected)
- “Development Revisited: The Concept of Development and Global Time/Space Practices”, with Marie-Christine Boilard, in H. Schulz-Forberg and S. Friis (eds.), Zero Hours: Politics of Time in Global Perspectives, 1940s-1970s, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2017.
- “The Scandinavian Center: Denmark and the Early Years of International Studies under the League of Nations”, at The Invention of International Bureaucracy, AU project blog, June 2017.
- “Social Science Diplomacy: Dimensions of Transnational Networking at Denmark’s First International Studies Think-Tank”, at APH 4th International PhD Conference, Aarhus, June 2016.
- “Vores sikkerhed og verdens udvikling: Sikkerhed, bistand og begrebsforandring mellem Danmark og FN”, in temp – tidsskrift for historie, 10, 2015, pp. 116-142.
- “Securing Development: The Conceptual Entanglement of Security and Development in Scandinavia”, at ECPR General Conference, Montréal, August 2015.
- “Security and Development: Critical Reflections on a Conceptual and Political Nexus”, in H-Soz-u-Kult, October 2014.
- “Reclaiming Liberty and Security as Universal Concepts”, in Contributions to the History of Concepts, 9:2, 2014, pp. 104-108.
- “Weak Links and Strong Ties: Connecting Security and Development in Scandinavia”, at IMT Lucca PhD Conference in Political History, March 2014.
- “Securitized Development/Humanized Security: Linking Security and Development in Scandinavian Global Policies”, Dept. of Government IP Group, Uppsala University, November 2013.
- Europa i Forandring (European Union textbook, 2nd edition). Co-editor with M. Kelstrup, D.S. Martinsen and M. Wind. Copenhagen: Hans Reitzel, 2012.
- Between Interests and Values: Danish Foreign Policy Discourse and the Iraq Conflict. Master’s thesis, International Studies, Aarhus University, April 2010.
Selected articles and working papers are available at au.academia.edu/SørenFriis.