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21st May 2022

Nostos Conference

Oslo, Norway

Nostos in Ancient Greek storytelling was the principle of homecoming – the return of a hero to his home – his ‘Oikos’ - at the end of a long journey.

New Direction together with Foreningen for alle konservative studenter and the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation are pleased to present the first Nostos conference in Oslo. Bringing together students and scholars from across Scandinavia to discuss what it means to be a conservative. The conference will focus on the life and legacy of the late English philosopher Sir Roger Scruton, who for many years served as the intellectual backbone of the European conservative movement.

The modern political landscape is dominated by the consequences of alienation – from family, from community, from tradition. However, the work of Roger Scruton emphasizes our fundamental human need for belonging. At the core of his political philosophy is his notion of our shared home; the Nostos Conference will be part of our journey there. Through exploring relevant aspects of Scruton’s thinking, like Oikos, Green Philosophy, Beauty and the Nation, we will seek to build a constructive vision for the future of conservatism in Europe.



Nostos Conference
Location

Hotel Bristol - Oslo
Kristian IVs gate 7, 0164 Oslo, Norway




Agenda

08:30

Registration

 

09:00

Welcome - Opening remarks

09:10

First Panel Session

SEXUALITY, COURTSHIP AND MARRIAGE    

  • Andreas Masvie, Journalist, Minerva and editor, Mentsch Magazine
  • Dag August Dramer, Philosopher and writer, Sivilisasjonen
  • Øyvind J.V. Evenstad, Philosopher and former president FAKS Oslo
  • Moderator: Jarl-Roar Simonsen, Vice President FAKS, President FAKS Tromsø

10:10

Coffee and tea break

 

10:40

Keynote Speech

WESTERN CIVILIZATION

  • Öde Nerdrum, Classical figurative painter

11:10

Second Panel Session

THE CRISIS OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN EUROPE

  • Carl Korsnes, Philosopher and Editor, Sivilisasjonen
  • Eric Norin, Architect and Vice President, Arkitekturrupproret
  • Professor Robert Adam PhD, Architect and Urban Designer and member of the Advisory Board of the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation 
  • Moderator: Alexander Zlatanos Ibsen PhD, Political commentator, Minerva and senior advisor, The Conservative Party

12:20

Interview - Conversation

GREEN CONSERVATISM

  • Johan Wennström, Writer, PhD Political Science
  • Moderator: Haakon Teig, President, FAKS and editor, Føniks

13:00

Lunch

 

14:00

Third Panel Session

NORDIC CONSERVATISM

  • Hannes Gissurarson PhD, Scholar and writer
  • Jakob Söderbaum, Master of Laws, Author and member of the Advisory Board of the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation
  • Kasper Støvring PhD, Literary scholar and author
  • Moderator: Øyvind J.V. Evenstad, Philosopher, Former president FAKS Oslo

15:00

Fourth Panel Session

SOVEREIGNTY AND THE NATION STATE FROM AN EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE

  • Kasper Støvring PhD, Literary scholar and author
  • Jorge Hernandez, Co-host of the Uncommon Decency podcast & associate researcher at Fundación Civismo
  • Christian Anton Smedshaug PhD, Manager AgriAnalyse, Associate Professor NMBU, member of the EEA Joint committee
  • Hannes Gissurarson PhD, Scholar and writer
  • Moderator: Robert Tyler, Senior Policy Adviser at New Direction

16:00

Keynote Speech

LIFE AND LEGACY OF SIR ROGER SCRUTON

  • Professor Ferenc Hörcher PhD, Historian of political thought, poet and member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation

19:00

Dinner with entertainment: Song by Countess Elizabet Torolphi Mörner 
Pianist : Åse Mathiesen Palm

 

20:00

Keynote

  • Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, Former Prime Minister of Iceland

SIR ROGER SCRUTON




Registration
Registration