The 2020 Copenhagen Fellowship delves into the complex issues of human rights through the lens of the Unity of the Danish Realm.
The 2020 Copenhagen Fellowship will examine the union’s long and complex history from a human rights perspective, and the relationship of the majority in Denmark and the capital Copenhagen with the country’s minorities across the North Atlantic.
Join us as we dive into the pressing realities of this often overlooked region and Denmark’s role in shaping it.
Topics of interest include: how climate change is changing the physical and political landscape of the region, how geopolitical interests are shaping the union’s future, and the social, economic, and cultural rights for minorities, specifically indigenous peoples. As a cohort, we will ask: what do Greenlandic and Faroese wishes for independence mean for Denmark and its engagement in the Arctic, what does climate change mean for North Atlantic peoples from a human rights perspective, and how does Denmark cooperate with Greenland to promote human rights domestically. These issues, and more, deal with the changing nature of globalization, modernity, and identity, to name just a few of the program’s themes.
Study trip to the Faroe Islands
Located between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands is a self-governing archipelago in the Kingdom of Denmark. In cooperation with local non-government and other organizations in the Faroe Islands, the 2020 Copenhagen Fellowship will visit the Faroe Islands and examine the idea of the “Unity of the Realm” from a Faroese perspective.
During the visit, we will ask:
- How do the Faroese envision their future?
- How do Faroese communities experience the growing global interest in the Arctic region?
- How is climate change affecting life and livelihood?
- What is the relationship between Tórshavn, the Faroese capital, and the outer islands? What is Tórshavn’s relationship with Copenhagen?
- How do the Faroese view their relationship with Denmark, past and present?
Due to the world wide outbreak of Covid-19 Humanity in Action Denmark has been forced to cancel the study trip to the Faroe Islands. We hope we can resume this important part of the Fellowship in 2021.