The 4th Euroacademia Global Conference 'Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers'

23-24 May 2014, Athens, Greece

5* Electra Palace Hotel

 

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Extended Deadline for Paper Proposals: 25th of April 2014
 
What is Europe and its place in the world? Is there something particular that sedimented in time and through a controversial history a European way? How does Europe see itself and how do others see it? Is Europe inclusive or club-based exclusive? Is Europe becoming a normative power or just envisages itself as one? Is the European multiculturalism a fact or an ideal? Is the European Union a reflection of Europe or an appropriation of it? These are just few questions out of an enormous space for inquiry that are to be addressed and confronted within the topic of the conference.
 
The 4th Euroacademia Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers’ became a regular event to take place in every year in a different European location. After three successful editions – the first one in Vienna, the second in Paris and the third in Prague – Euroacademia moves the stage of reflection, sharing, dialogue, debate and research dissemination on Europe to its origins where the specificity of European thinking and world vision has emerged: in Athens. Join us!
 

New Panels

 

Art as Cultural Diplomacy
Thinking Europe: Philosophy, Autonomy and Culture
The European Way – Identitarian Representations of Europe in Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Literature
Europe and the European Union: Politicizing Europeaness
Histories and Imaginaries: European Art versus American Art

 

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  • The Third International Conference

    The European Union and the Politicization of Europe


    20 - 21 June 2014, Lisbon, Portugal
    5* Eurostars Hotel das Letras
     
    CALL FOR PANELS AND PAPERS
    Deadline for Panels: 15 April 2014
    Deadline for Papers: 15 May 2014
     

    The politicization of Europe takes various shapes and addresses significant puzzles. While it is clear that the EU doesn’t resemble a state it is less clear if the decisions that shape its policies are configured by Pareto efficient outcomes or by dynamics that are intrinsic to a political system and defined by emerging party politics within the European Parliament. The democratic problem or the democratic deficit issue was and continues to be one of the main challenges facing the European Union in any terms or from any position is understood or described. The problem of accountability for the decision making inside the EU was there from the beginning and it emerged gradually as more emphatic on the agenda of vivid debates as the powers of the EU have grown after the Maastricht Treaty. This was concomitant with a growing disenchantment of citizens from member states with politics in general, with debates over the democratic deficits inside member states, with enlargement and with a visible and worrying decrease in voters’ turnouts at both national and especially European elections. The optimist supporters of EU believe in its power to constantly reinvent and reshape while the pessimists see either a persistence of existing problems or a darker scenario that could lead in front of current problems even to the end of the EU as we know it.




           

    The Third Euroacademia International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ aims to survey some of these current debates and addresses once more the challenges of the EU polity in a context of multiple crises that confronted Europe in recent years. It supports a transformative view that involves balanced weights of optimism and pessimism in a belief that the unfold of current events and the way EU deals with delicate problems will put an increased pressure in the future on matters of accountability and will require some institutional adjustments that address democratic requirements for decision making. However in its present shape and context the EU does not look able to deliver soon appropriate answers to democratic demands. In a neo-functionalist slang we can say as an irony that the actual crisis in the EU legitimacy is a ‘spillover’ effect of institutional choices made some time before. To address the EU’s democratic deficit however is not to be a skeptic and ignore the benefits that came with it but to acknowledge the increasing popular dissatisfaction with ‘occult’ office politics and with the way EU tackles daily problems of public concern while the public is more and more affected by decisions taken at the European level.



       

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    Past Euroacademia International Events


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  • The European Union and the Politicization of Europe

     

  • International Conference: Re-Inventing Eastern Europe

     

  • The Second Euroacademia Global Conference – Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers