Haakon Andreas Ikonomou

Haakon Andreas Ikonomou

Associate Professor

My academic interests are international organizations, global disarmament governance, international bureaucracy and diplomacy, European integration, Scandinavian internationalism, digital history, oral history and biography.

I am a Gerda Henkel Fellow within the Special Programme "Security, Society, and the State”, working on the research project European Security in a Changing World: General disarmament between international organization & state sovereignty, 1890s-1930s.

Until July 2025, I am heading the DFF-funded collective project "Autonomy and Expertise in International Administrations, 1940s-1970s" (RP1).

Additionally, I am directing the digital history project Visualizing the League of Nations Secretariat - A Digital Research Tool, where I'm developing a digital visualization of the Secretariat's human composition over time. Together with a stellar team of historians, computer scientists and students, we are also developing a Research Guide for the United Nations Library & Archives Geneva.

Last semester (Spring 2022), I taught the course: "The League of Nations: International Organization, International Politics and Internationalism, 1850s-1950s". The course was structured around a research based teaching experiment, kindly funded by KU, entitled "Network-based analysis of the League of Nations Secretariat". (co-taught with Obaida Hanteer, Søndre Campus Datalab).

In the pipeline for 2022/23, are three publications:

- "Thanassis Aghnides, Ayrilios Spatharis and the Population Exchange", Ikonomou, H. A. & Kamouzis, D., in They All Made Peace – What is Peace? The 1923 Lausanne Treaty and the New Imperial Order. Conlin, J. & Ozavci, O. (red.). University of Chicago Press, 2023.

- The special issue Scandinavian Internationalist Diplomacy, co-edited with Andreas Hellenes (Chalmers), Carl Marklund (Södertörn) and Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard (DIIS), with Diplomatica: A journal of diplomacy and society (Brill, in review).

- The monograph The International Bureaucrat in the Twentieth Century - A Global Biography of Thanassis Aghnides (under contract).


I am Review and Online Media Editor of Diplomatica: A journal of diplomacy and society (Brill), co-founder and steering committee member of Global Biography Working Group (GloBio), and co-director of the "Europe and International Cooperation in the 20th Century" (EIC) research group at the Centre for Modern European Studies (CEMES).

 

Supervised MA theses:

Mette Hedegaard Voss "Dansk samhandel med Sovjetunionen i overgangen til Den Kolde Krig", Spring 2022

Faegh Zamani and Zilas Nøhr Ladefoged "Danske mediers fremstilling af terrorisme", Spring 2022

Bjørn Friis Hegedüs and Oliver Bengtson Oemig "'STOP THE STEAL' - Donald Trump og de historiske rødder i hans brug af konspirationsteorier og populistisk retorik på Twitter i perioden 2015-2021", Spring 2022

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