You’ve stumbled onto Udenriget.dk, the website of Søren Friis. Who’s that, you ask? Good question! I suppose I consider myself a writer and researcher mainly focused on global politics and history. I’m based in Denmark and usually cover topics from a Danish/Nordic perspective. My research bio - one version at least - 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 organized courses in international and global history at Aarhus University and is a former visiting scholar at Uppsala University. His media contributions include a number of articles and commentaries in the national press, e.g. as regular contributor to Politiken, the largest Danish daily. He has commented on global issues on radio and television and contributed as writer and editor to popular magazines and news sites. As a participant in the Towards Good Society Project 2013-16, he began pursuing research on emerging transnational (elite) networks in the 1920-30s, which he has presented at international conferences.
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 2018.
- “International Studies as Social Science Diplomacy: Copenhagen’s Institute of Economics and History, the International Studies Conference, and Beyond,” presented at ESSHC – European Social Science History Conference 2018, Belfast, April 2018.
- “The Scandinavian Center: Denmark and the Early Years of International Studies under the League of Nations,” at The Invention of International Bureaucracy blog, June 2017. Selected for a forthcoming anthology.
- “Social Science Diplomacy: Dimensions of Transnational Networking at Denmark’s First International Studies Think-Tank,” presented at APH Int’l 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,” presented at ECPR General Conference 2015, Montréal, August 2015.
- “Security and Development: Critical Reflections on a Conceptual and Political Nexus” (selected review), in H-Soz-u-Kult, October 2014.
- “Reclaiming Liberty and Security as Universal Concepts” (book review), in Contributions to the History of Concepts, 9 (2), 2014, pp. 104-108.
- “Weak Links and Strong Ties: Connecting Security and Development in Scandinavia”, presented at IMT Lucca PhD Conference in Political History, March 2014.
- “Securitized Development/Humanized Security: Linking Security and Development in Scandinavian Global Policies,” presented to the Dept. of Government IP Group, Uppsala University, November 2013.
- Europa i Forandring (textbook on the EU, 2nd edition), co-edited 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.