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    1. Oct
      25
      Fri

      1. The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (8th Edition), 25 – 26 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium (all-day)
        Oct 25

        Call for Papers & Panels

        The 8th Euroacademia International Conference
        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe

        25 – 26 October 2019

        Europa Hotel
        Ghent, Belgium

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 25 September 2019

        See full details at http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8eupe/

        Conference Description:
        The European Union was described by Jacques Delors as an ‘unidentified political object’ and by Jose Manuel Barroso as the first ‘non-Imperial empire’. The descriptors assigned to the European Union are creative and diverse yet the agreement on what is the actual shape that the EU is taking is by no means an easy one to be achieved. Historical choices shaped and reshaped the size and functioning of the EU. The goal of an emerging ‘ever closer union’ is still in search for the paths of realization while pragmatics compete with ideal goals setting. The agreement seems to come when it’s about the growing impact of the decisions taken in Brussels on the daily lives of the European citizens and the increasingly redistributive outcomes of the policy choices inside the EU. These dynamics created the framework for the politicization of Europe and opened a vivid debate about the direction and proportions of such a process.

        The politicization of Europe is a process that 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. As some argue, the lack of fully democratic procedures led to Brexit while many European citizens largely are disenchanted with the way decisions are made in the EU. 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. To all that recent times added the economic crisis and a re-emergence of nationalism in many European countries and an increase in anti-EU sentiments. The optimist supporters of EU believe in its power to constantly reinvent and reshape in deepening integration 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 8th International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ aims to survey some of the current debates in EU studies 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 invites to dialogue 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 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 sceptic 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. The question to be addressed in the conference is weather the increasing politicization of the EU will lead to a full democratization of EU politics or to increasing fragmentation and division.

        Is the EU becoming an increasingly politicized entity? Is the on-going politicization of Europe a structured or a messy one? Do political parties within the European Parliament act in a manner that strengthens the view of the EU as an articulate political system? Are there efficient ways for addressing the democratic deficit issue? Can we find usable indicators for detecting an emerging European demos and a European civil society? Does an Europeanization of the masses take place or the EU remains persistently a genuinely elitist project? Did the Lisbon Treaty introduce significant changes regarding the challenges facing the EU? Can we see any robust improvements in the accountability of the EU decision making processes? Are there alternative ways of looking at the politicization processes and redistributive policies inside the EU? What is the impact of Brexit for the future of the EU? Can we expect a future of European solidarity or division? These are only few of the large number of questions that unfold when researchers or practitioners look at the EU. It is the aim of the 8th International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ to address in a constructive manner such questions and to offer a platform for dissemination of research results or puzzles that can contribute to a better understanding of the on-going process of politicization within the European Union.

        The conference welcomes papers advancing contributions from the widest area of inquiry related to the EU, from theoretic contributions and methodological proposals to case studies at EU level and regional or national levels. It aims to be an interdisciplinary event that adds value to the debate about the present and future of the EU based on the firm belief that deepening the specialized dialogue on EU topics leads to asserting the European critical thinking and to a better understanding of European realities. Papers addressing current challenges from the Eurozone crisis to Brexit or re-emergence of nationalist parties and attitudes in member states as well as security studies and IR papers are especially welcomed.

        The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the following panels:

        ~ The Crisis of Europe and its Political Challenges
        ~ Populism and Re-Emergence of Right-Wing Leaning Nationalism in Europe
        ~ The Crisis of European Solidarity
        ~ Greece and the Questioning of the Factual European Unity
        ~ Is Euro-enthusiasm Still Possible?
        ~ The Politicization of Europe: Desirable or Contestable
        ~ The Neo-medieval EU: Resembling an Enlightened Despotism?
        ~ The EU as a Political System: Features and Curiosities
        ~ Differentiated Integration and Club Based Hypotheses
        ~ Re-distributive Policies inside the EU Impacting the Medium Voter
        ~ European Elections and Strategies for Politicization
        ~ European Parties and Party Politics in the European Parliament
        ~ Strategies for Bringing European Issues to Public Scrutiny
        ~ Taking ECB Out of the Political Vacuum: Strategies for Accountability
        ~ The Democratic Deficit Issue: A Persistent Anomaly?
        ~ In Search of a European Demos
        ~ Ethnicity and Migration in Europe
        ~ Asylum Policy and the EU
        ~ The European Solidarity and the Refugee Crisis
        ~ Inclusion/Exclusion Nexuses
        ~ Looking for a European Civil Society
        ~ Appropriations and Politicization of Wider European Values and Narratives
        ~ Persisting Intergovernmentalism?
        ~ EU and Traces of Imperial Politics
        ~ EU and Identitarian appropriations
        ~ Scenarios for Change inside the EU
        ~ The Future of EU Enlargement
        ~ The Europeanization of Balkans
        ~ Taking Euroscepticism Seriously
        ~ Assessing the EU External Action
        ~ Increasing Public Saliency for Supranational Issues
        ~ Lobbying and Policy Making Inside the EU
        ~ Cultural Policies and the Politicization of Europe
        ~ Educational Policies of Europeanization
        ~ Representations of EUrope
        ~ Arts and the Imaginary Shape of the EU
        ~ Mobility and Europeanization
        ~ Europe 2030 – Scenarios for Future
        ~ Brexit and its Impact on the Future of EU

        For complete information before applying see full details of the conference at:

        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8eupe/

        You can apply on-line by completing the Application Form on the conference website or by sending 300 words titled abstract together with the details of contact and affiliation until 25th of September 2019 at [email protected]

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        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (8th Edition), 25 – 26 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium (all-day)
    2. Oct
      26
      Sat

      1. The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (8th Edition), 25 – 26 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium (all-day)
        Oct 26

        Call for Papers & Panels

        The 8th Euroacademia International Conference
        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe

        25 – 26 October 2019

        Europa Hotel
        Ghent, Belgium

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 25 September 2019

        See full details at http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8eupe/

        Conference Description:
        The European Union was described by Jacques Delors as an ‘unidentified political object’ and by Jose Manuel Barroso as the first ‘non-Imperial empire’. The descriptors assigned to the European Union are creative and diverse yet the agreement on what is the actual shape that the EU is taking is by no means an easy one to be achieved. Historical choices shaped and reshaped the size and functioning of the EU. The goal of an emerging ‘ever closer union’ is still in search for the paths of realization while pragmatics compete with ideal goals setting. The agreement seems to come when it’s about the growing impact of the decisions taken in Brussels on the daily lives of the European citizens and the increasingly redistributive outcomes of the policy choices inside the EU. These dynamics created the framework for the politicization of Europe and opened a vivid debate about the direction and proportions of such a process.

        The politicization of Europe is a process that 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. As some argue, the lack of fully democratic procedures led to Brexit while many European citizens largely are disenchanted with the way decisions are made in the EU. 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. To all that recent times added the economic crisis and a re-emergence of nationalism in many European countries and an increase in anti-EU sentiments. The optimist supporters of EU believe in its power to constantly reinvent and reshape in deepening integration 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 8th International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ aims to survey some of the current debates in EU studies 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 invites to dialogue 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 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 sceptic 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. The question to be addressed in the conference is weather the increasing politicization of the EU will lead to a full democratization of EU politics or to increasing fragmentation and division.

        Is the EU becoming an increasingly politicized entity? Is the on-going politicization of Europe a structured or a messy one? Do political parties within the European Parliament act in a manner that strengthens the view of the EU as an articulate political system? Are there efficient ways for addressing the democratic deficit issue? Can we find usable indicators for detecting an emerging European demos and a European civil society? Does an Europeanization of the masses take place or the EU remains persistently a genuinely elitist project? Did the Lisbon Treaty introduce significant changes regarding the challenges facing the EU? Can we see any robust improvements in the accountability of the EU decision making processes? Are there alternative ways of looking at the politicization processes and redistributive policies inside the EU? What is the impact of Brexit for the future of the EU? Can we expect a future of European solidarity or division? These are only few of the large number of questions that unfold when researchers or practitioners look at the EU. It is the aim of the 8th International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ to address in a constructive manner such questions and to offer a platform for dissemination of research results or puzzles that can contribute to a better understanding of the on-going process of politicization within the European Union.

        The conference welcomes papers advancing contributions from the widest area of inquiry related to the EU, from theoretic contributions and methodological proposals to case studies at EU level and regional or national levels. It aims to be an interdisciplinary event that adds value to the debate about the present and future of the EU based on the firm belief that deepening the specialized dialogue on EU topics leads to asserting the European critical thinking and to a better understanding of European realities. Papers addressing current challenges from the Eurozone crisis to Brexit or re-emergence of nationalist parties and attitudes in member states as well as security studies and IR papers are especially welcomed.

        The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the following panels:

        ~ The Crisis of Europe and its Political Challenges
        ~ Populism and Re-Emergence of Right-Wing Leaning Nationalism in Europe
        ~ The Crisis of European Solidarity
        ~ Greece and the Questioning of the Factual European Unity
        ~ Is Euro-enthusiasm Still Possible?
        ~ The Politicization of Europe: Desirable or Contestable
        ~ The Neo-medieval EU: Resembling an Enlightened Despotism?
        ~ The EU as a Political System: Features and Curiosities
        ~ Differentiated Integration and Club Based Hypotheses
        ~ Re-distributive Policies inside the EU Impacting the Medium Voter
        ~ European Elections and Strategies for Politicization
        ~ European Parties and Party Politics in the European Parliament
        ~ Strategies for Bringing European Issues to Public Scrutiny
        ~ Taking ECB Out of the Political Vacuum: Strategies for Accountability
        ~ The Democratic Deficit Issue: A Persistent Anomaly?
        ~ In Search of a European Demos
        ~ Ethnicity and Migration in Europe
        ~ Asylum Policy and the EU
        ~ The European Solidarity and the Refugee Crisis
        ~ Inclusion/Exclusion Nexuses
        ~ Looking for a European Civil Society
        ~ Appropriations and Politicization of Wider European Values and Narratives
        ~ Persisting Intergovernmentalism?
        ~ EU and Traces of Imperial Politics
        ~ EU and Identitarian appropriations
        ~ Scenarios for Change inside the EU
        ~ The Future of EU Enlargement
        ~ The Europeanization of Balkans
        ~ Taking Euroscepticism Seriously
        ~ Assessing the EU External Action
        ~ Increasing Public Saliency for Supranational Issues
        ~ Lobbying and Policy Making Inside the EU
        ~ Cultural Policies and the Politicization of Europe
        ~ Educational Policies of Europeanization
        ~ Representations of EUrope
        ~ Arts and the Imaginary Shape of the EU
        ~ Mobility and Europeanization
        ~ Europe 2030 – Scenarios for Future
        ~ Brexit and its Impact on the Future of EU

        For complete information before applying see full details of the conference at:

        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8eupe/

        You can apply on-line by completing the Application Form on the conference website or by sending 300 words titled abstract together with the details of contact and affiliation until 25th of September 2019 at [email protected]

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        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (8th Edition), 25 – 26 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium (all-day)
    3. Dec
      13
      Fri

      1. Re-Inventing Eastern Europe (7th Edition), Prague, Czech Republic, 13 – 14 December 2019 (all-day)
        Dec 13

        Call for Papers
        7th Euroacademia International Conference
        Re-Inventing Eastern Europe
        30 Years from the Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe

        13 – 14 December 2019
        School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Anglo-American University, Prague, Czech Republic

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 1 November 2019

        Conference Description:

        The 7th Euroacademia International Conference ‘Re-Inventing Eastern Europe’ aims to make a case and to provide alternative views on the dynamics, persistence and manifestations of practices of alterity making that take place in Europe and broadly in the mental mappings of the world. It offers an opportunity for scholars, activists and practitioners to identify, discuss, and debate the multiple dimensions in which specific narratives of alterity making towards Eastern Europe preserve their salience today in re-furbished and re-fashioned manners. The conference aims to look at the processes of alterity making as puzzles and to address the persistence of the East-West dichotomies.

        Not a long time ago, in 2010, a British lady was considered bigoted by Gordon Brown upon asking ‘Where do all these Eastern Europeans come from?’. Maybe, despite her concern with the dangers of immigration for Britain, the lady was right in showing that such a question still awaits for answers in Europe. The ironic thing however is that a first answer to such a question would point to the fact that the Eastern Europeans come from the Western European imaginary. As Iver Neumann puts it, ‘regions are invented by political actors as a political programme, they are not simply waiting to be discovered’. And, as Larry Wolff skillfully showed, Eastern Europe is an invention emanated initially from the intellectual agendas of the elites of the Enlightenment that later found its peak of imaginary separation during the Cold War.
        The Economist, explicitly considered Eastern Europe to be wrongly labeled and elaborated that ‘it was never a very coherent idea and it is becoming a damaging one’. The EU enlargement however, was expected to make the East – West division obsolete under the veil of a prophesied convergence. That would have finally proven the non-ontologic, historically contingent and unhappy nature of the division of Europe and remind Europeans of the wider size of their continent and the inclusive and empowering nature of their values. Yet still, 30 years after the revolutions in the Central and Eastern European countries, Leon Mark, while arguing that the category of Eastern Europe is outdated and misleading, bitterly asks a still relevant question: ‘will Europe ever give up the need to have an East?’
        Eastern Europe was invented as a region and continues to be re-invented from outside and inside. From outside its invention was connected with alterity making processes, and, from inside the region, the Central and Eastern European countries got into a civilizational beauty contest themselves in search of drawing the most western profile: what’s Central Europe, what’s more Eastern, what’s more Ottoman, Balkan, Byzantine, who is the actual kidnapped kid of the West, who can build better credentials by pushing the Easterness to the next border. A wide variety of scholars addressed the western narratives of making the Eastern European other as an outcome of cultural politics of enlightenment, as an effect of EU’s need to delineate its borders, as an outcome of its views on security , or as a type of ‘orientalism’ or post-colonialism. Most of these types of approaches are still useful in analyzing the persistence of an East-West slope. The region is understood now under a process of convergence, socialization and Europeanization that will have as outcomes an ‘ever closer union’ where the East and the West will fade away as categories. Yet the reality is far from such an outcome while the persistence of categories of alterity making towards the ‘East’ is not always dismantled. The discourse on core-periphery, new Europe/old Europe is rather gaining increasing ground in the arena of European identity narratives often voiced by the EU. The conference aims to address globally or through case studies the diversity and change within the CEE region 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

        The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the following topics:
        - The Agenda of the Enlightenment: Inventing Eastern Europe
        - Thinking Eastern Europe: Contributions to Understanding an Invented Region
        - Europe East and West: On the Persistence of the Division
        - Reviewing Alternative Modernities: East and West
        - Europe and the Inclusive/Exclusive Nexus
        - Mental Mappings on Eastern Europe
        - People-ing the Eastern Europeans
        - Geopolitical Views on the East-West Division
        - Post-colonial readings of Eastern Europe
        - Making Borders to the East: Genealogies of Othering
        - Europe as Seen from its East
        - Myths and Misconceptions on Eastern Europe
        - Social Causes and the Pursuit of Social Beliefs in Central and Eastern Europe
        - Protest and Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe
        - Central Europe vs. Eastern Europe
        - Reading the Past: On Memory and Memorialization
        - The Eastern European ‘Other’ Inside the European Union
        - Core Europe/Non-Core Europe
        - European Values and the Process of Europeanization of Eastern Europe as Pedagogy
        - Assessing Convergence in Eastern Europe
        - Explaining Divergence and Diversity in Eastern Europe
        - Central and Eastern Europe and the EU
        - Scenarios for the Future of Eastern Europe
        - Debating the End of European Solidarity
        - Eastern Europe and Asymmetries of Europeanization
        - Re-making Eastern Europe: Pushing the Easterness to the Next Border
        - From the Ottoman Empire to Russia: Cultural Categories in the Making of Eastern Europe
        - Go West! Migration from Eastern Europe and Experiences of ‘Othering’
        - Explaining the Growth of Far Right Movements and Populist Parties in Eastern Europe
        - Lifestyles and the Quotidian Peculiarities of the Invented East
        - Europe and the Logic of Growth through Austerity: The Impact on Eastern Europe of the Crises
        - Visual Representation of Eastern Europe in Film: From Dracula to Barbarian Kings
        - Guidebooks for the Savage Lands: Representations of Eastern Europe in Travel Guides
        - Urban Landscapes in Eastern Europe
        - Religion and Politics in Eastern Europe
        - European Narratives of the Past: The Mnemonic/Amnesic Nexuses
        - Eastern European Literature and Authors
        - Changing Politics and the Transformation of Cities in Eastern Europe
        - Eastern Europe and Artistic Movements
        - Writing about the East in West
        - Writing about the West in East
        - The Eastern European ‘Other’ Inside the European Union
        - The Formation of European Subaltern Identities
        - Europe and Russia
        - European Diplomacy and Consensus in Foreign Policy: What Role for Eastern Europe?
        - Feminist & Queer Readings of Contemporary Eastern Europe
        - Gender Politics in CEE
        - Illiberal States – From Negative Determinants to a Self-Affirming Ideology and State Positioning
        - Anti-Immigration, Nationalism and Far Right Parties in Central and Eastern Europe
        - Migration Routes and New Walls in CEE
        - Assessing the Quality of Democracy and Convergence in the Region

        DEADLINE FOR 300 WORDS ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION IS 1ST OF NOVEMBER 2019

        For on-line application and complete information on the event, please see:

        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/7th-reinventing-eastern-europe/

        The 300 words titled abstract and details of affiliation can also be sent to [email protected] with the name of the conference specified in the subject line. We will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals. In case you received no confirmation in one day after applying on-line, please re-send your abstract by e-mail as well.

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        Re-Inventing Eastern Europe (7th Edition), Prague, Czech Republic, 13 – 14 December 2019 (all-day)
    4. Dec
      14
      Sat

      1. Re-Inventing Eastern Europe (7th Edition), Prague, Czech Republic, 13 – 14 December 2019 (all-day)
        Dec 14

        Call for Papers
        7th Euroacademia International Conference
        Re-Inventing Eastern Europe
        30 Years from the Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe

        13 – 14 December 2019
        School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Anglo-American University, Prague, Czech Republic

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 1 November 2019

        Conference Description:

        The 7th Euroacademia International Conference ‘Re-Inventing Eastern Europe’ aims to make a case and to provide alternative views on the dynamics, persistence and manifestations of practices of alterity making that take place in Europe and broadly in the mental mappings of the world. It offers an opportunity for scholars, activists and practitioners to identify, discuss, and debate the multiple dimensions in which specific narratives of alterity making towards Eastern Europe preserve their salience today in re-furbished and re-fashioned manners. The conference aims to look at the processes of alterity making as puzzles and to address the persistence of the East-West dichotomies.

        Not a long time ago, in 2010, a British lady was considered bigoted by Gordon Brown upon asking ‘Where do all these Eastern Europeans come from?’. Maybe, despite her concern with the dangers of immigration for Britain, the lady was right in showing that such a question still awaits for answers in Europe. The ironic thing however is that a first answer to such a question would point to the fact that the Eastern Europeans come from the Western European imaginary. As Iver Neumann puts it, ‘regions are invented by political actors as a political programme, they are not simply waiting to be discovered’. And, as Larry Wolff skillfully showed, Eastern Europe is an invention emanated initially from the intellectual agendas of the elites of the Enlightenment that later found its peak of imaginary separation during the Cold War.
        The Economist, explicitly considered Eastern Europe to be wrongly labeled and elaborated that ‘it was never a very coherent idea and it is becoming a damaging one’. The EU enlargement however, was expected to make the East – West division obsolete under the veil of a prophesied convergence. That would have finally proven the non-ontologic, historically contingent and unhappy nature of the division of Europe and remind Europeans of the wider size of their continent and the inclusive and empowering nature of their values. Yet still, 30 years after the revolutions in the Central and Eastern European countries, Leon Mark, while arguing that the category of Eastern Europe is outdated and misleading, bitterly asks a still relevant question: ‘will Europe ever give up the need to have an East?’
        Eastern Europe was invented as a region and continues to be re-invented from outside and inside. From outside its invention was connected with alterity making processes, and, from inside the region, the Central and Eastern European countries got into a civilizational beauty contest themselves in search of drawing the most western profile: what’s Central Europe, what’s more Eastern, what’s more Ottoman, Balkan, Byzantine, who is the actual kidnapped kid of the West, who can build better credentials by pushing the Easterness to the next border. A wide variety of scholars addressed the western narratives of making the Eastern European other as an outcome of cultural politics of enlightenment, as an effect of EU’s need to delineate its borders, as an outcome of its views on security , or as a type of ‘orientalism’ or post-colonialism. Most of these types of approaches are still useful in analyzing the persistence of an East-West slope. The region is understood now under a process of convergence, socialization and Europeanization that will have as outcomes an ‘ever closer union’ where the East and the West will fade away as categories. Yet the reality is far from such an outcome while the persistence of categories of alterity making towards the ‘East’ is not always dismantled. The discourse on core-periphery, new Europe/old Europe is rather gaining increasing ground in the arena of European identity narratives often voiced by the EU. The conference aims to address globally or through case studies the diversity and change within the CEE region 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

        The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the following topics:
        - The Agenda of the Enlightenment: Inventing Eastern Europe
        - Thinking Eastern Europe: Contributions to Understanding an Invented Region
        - Europe East and West: On the Persistence of the Division
        - Reviewing Alternative Modernities: East and West
        - Europe and the Inclusive/Exclusive Nexus
        - Mental Mappings on Eastern Europe
        - People-ing the Eastern Europeans
        - Geopolitical Views on the East-West Division
        - Post-colonial readings of Eastern Europe
        - Making Borders to the East: Genealogies of Othering
        - Europe as Seen from its East
        - Myths and Misconceptions on Eastern Europe
        - Social Causes and the Pursuit of Social Beliefs in Central and Eastern Europe
        - Protest and Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe
        - Central Europe vs. Eastern Europe
        - Reading the Past: On Memory and Memorialization
        - The Eastern European ‘Other’ Inside the European Union
        - Core Europe/Non-Core Europe
        - European Values and the Process of Europeanization of Eastern Europe as Pedagogy
        - Assessing Convergence in Eastern Europe
        - Explaining Divergence and Diversity in Eastern Europe
        - Central and Eastern Europe and the EU
        - Scenarios for the Future of Eastern Europe
        - Debating the End of European Solidarity
        - Eastern Europe and Asymmetries of Europeanization
        - Re-making Eastern Europe: Pushing the Easterness to the Next Border
        - From the Ottoman Empire to Russia: Cultural Categories in the Making of Eastern Europe
        - Go West! Migration from Eastern Europe and Experiences of ‘Othering’
        - Explaining the Growth of Far Right Movements and Populist Parties in Eastern Europe
        - Lifestyles and the Quotidian Peculiarities of the Invented East
        - Europe and the Logic of Growth through Austerity: The Impact on Eastern Europe of the Crises
        - Visual Representation of Eastern Europe in Film: From Dracula to Barbarian Kings
        - Guidebooks for the Savage Lands: Representations of Eastern Europe in Travel Guides
        - Urban Landscapes in Eastern Europe
        - Religion and Politics in Eastern Europe
        - European Narratives of the Past: The Mnemonic/Amnesic Nexuses
        - Eastern European Literature and Authors
        - Changing Politics and the Transformation of Cities in Eastern Europe
        - Eastern Europe and Artistic Movements
        - Writing about the East in West
        - Writing about the West in East
        - The Eastern European ‘Other’ Inside the European Union
        - The Formation of European Subaltern Identities
        - Europe and Russia
        - European Diplomacy and Consensus in Foreign Policy: What Role for Eastern Europe?
        - Feminist & Queer Readings of Contemporary Eastern Europe
        - Gender Politics in CEE
        - Illiberal States – From Negative Determinants to a Self-Affirming Ideology and State Positioning
        - Anti-Immigration, Nationalism and Far Right Parties in Central and Eastern Europe
        - Migration Routes and New Walls in CEE
        - Assessing the Quality of Democracy and Convergence in the Region

        DEADLINE FOR 300 WORDS ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION IS 1ST OF NOVEMBER 2019

        For on-line application and complete information on the event, please see:

        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/7th-reinventing-eastern-europe/

        The 300 words titled abstract and details of affiliation can also be sent to [email protected] with the name of the conference specified in the subject line. We will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals. In case you received no confirmation in one day after applying on-line, please re-send your abstract by e-mail as well.

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        Re-Inventing Eastern Europe (7th Edition), Prague, Czech Republic, 13 – 14 December 2019 (all-day)
    5. Jan
      24
      Fri

      1. The 8th Euroacademia Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again, 24 – 25 January 2020, Venice, Italy (all-day)
        Jan 24

        CALL FOR PAPERS
        The 8th Forum of Critical Studies
        Asking Big Questions Again

        24 – 25 January 2020
        Venice, Italy
        4* West-End Hotel

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 5th of December 2019

        The 8th Euroacademia Global Forum of Critical Studies aims to bring into an open floor the reflexive and questioning interaction among academics, intellectuals, practitioners and activists profoundly concerned with evaluative understandings of the world we’re living in. The focus of the forum is to initiate an arena where no question is misplaced and irrelevant as long as we acknowledge that evaluation, critical thinking and contestation are accessible trajectories to better understand our past, present and alternative scenarios for the future.

        Conference Description:
        Some say that the 21st Century or modernity altogether made humans more concerned with doing rather than being. As the classical Greek civilization valued the most reflexive thinking as a form of freedom from natural necessities, contemporary times profoundly involve individuals and the imaginary accompanying social practices in a restless logic of consumption, competition and engagement that profoundly – or some would say, radically – suspends or indefinitely postpones the autonomous capacity of human beings to question and reflect upon the social order and the meaning of social practices. The fast advancement of the logic of post-industrial societies, the gradual dissolution of alternative models to the capitalist logic and a multitude of other alerting factors pushed ahead a global spread culture of one-dimensional productions of meaning that advances a closure rather than a constant reflexive re-evaluation of cultural/social practices.
        Many alternatives at hand are often condemned to marginality or lost in the plural practices where everything goes as long as it’s part of an intellectual market. The ‘fatal strategies’ of post-industrial societies to keep individuals captive, busy and seduced by contingent social arrangements and economic practices minimized the questioning detachment required to evaluate and give meaning through reflexive criticism and unlimited interrogation. Various labels were given to our unfolding times from apocalyptic ones to some more comforting yet not by chance lacking some vital optimism. Despite a wide-spread discontent and suspicion towards the daily realities of our current societies, most of the big questions are often left outside by the self-involved active pursuit of an imagined well-being that is no longer transgressed by harsh critical evaluation of its meaning. The academic arena itself also advances, supports, integrates and promotes limited particular methodologies that generate an effect of mainstreaming and often keeps researchers or practitioners out of the battle-ground for big questions.
        The ongoing economic crisis made reality even harsher and pushed ahead the need for more thinking as many habitual categories lost their meaning or relevance. New ways of thinking could transgress some inappropriate conceptions or misconceptions that preserve their centrality due to the mechanics of habits. This is a time when a call to thinking is well-placed. This is a call to arms for critical studies that promotes alternative, questioning and multi-dimensional thinking.

        Panels:
        When it’s about critical thinking and critical studies there is intrinsically an unending open list of topics to be included. The Fifth Euroacademia Forum on Critical Studies proposes the 5 sections (that are by no means exclusive):
        • Theory/Philosophy
        • Politics
        • Cultural Studies
        • Political Economy
        • Arts, Literature, Film and Performance Studies

        Papers on the following topics (and not only) are welcomed:
        Diagnostics of Our Times: Where Is the 21st Century Heading? ~ Our Societies Are As Good As It Gets: How to Escape the Closure of Meaning? ~ Consumerist Societies and the Captivity of Thinking ~ The Being/Doing Nexus ~ Assessing Models of Capitalism ~ Markets, Capital and Inequalities ~ The Remains of Individual Autonomy ~ How Plural Our Societies Truly Are? ~ Debating Ideal vs. Real Multiculturalism ~ Social Narcissism and Consumerism ~ The Role of Critical Thinking: Proposing Alternative Methodologies ~ Are There Any Alternatives to Capitalism Left? ~ Social Causes and the Pursuit of Social Beliefs ~ Protest and Social Change ~ Re-Thinking Revolutions ~ Hegemony and the Remaining Possibilities for Social Criticism ~ Loneliness and Isolation in the Era of Mass Communication ~ Living Low Cost: Values, Meaning and Market Exchange ~ Ideology and Other Dominant Narratives ~ Critical Economics ~ Post-Modernism and the Critique of Modernity ~ Marx and the 21st Century ~ Debating the End of Communism ~ Non-Oppositional Societies ~ Consolation, Complicity and Passivity Today ~ Who Still Waits For A Revolution? ~ C. Castoriadis and the Project of Autonomy ~ French Thinking and Alternatives for Thought ~ Eastern Europe and the Enrollment to the School of Capitalism ~ China and the Logic of Growth ~ Crises of Culture ~ Left and Right: Political Spectrums and Pluralism Re-Discussed ~ Art as an Exchange Value ~ Originality and Complacency ~ Literatures and Authors ~ Heroes and Heroines in Electronic Literature ~ Fiction and the Fictionalization of the Contemporary World ~ Film and the Persisting Hunger for Heroic Imagination ~ The Illusory Charity and Imagined forms of Contemporary Humanisms ~ The Growing Social Irrelevance of Philosophy ~ Replacement of the Logic of Becoming by the Logic of Earning ~ How Do We Look Back at Tradition? ~ Just Wars or Unjust Thinking? ~ The Myth of Cosmopolitanism ~ Facing the Self ~ Communication, Media and Simulacrum ~ Science, Pragmatics and Vocation: Who Pays What We Can’t Sell? ~ Is There Still a Postmodern or Any Other Kind of Condition? ~ Post-Marxist Way of Looking at Facts ~ The School of Suspicion and Evaluative Thinking ~ Feminist Readings of Our Contemporary World ~ Post-Colonialism and the Refurbished Other(s) ~ Theory and Power ~ Queer Theory and Living After the Sexual Revolution ~ Subaltern Theory

        For complete information before applying see full details of the conference at:

        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8fcs/

        You can apply on-line by completing the Application Form on the conference website or by sending a 300 words titled abstract together with the details of contact and affiliation until 5th of December 2019 at [email protected]

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        CALL FOR PAPERS
        The 8th Forum of Critical Studies
        Asking Big Questions Again

        24 – 25 January 2020
        Venice, Italy
        4* West-End Hotel

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 5th of December 2019

        The 8th Euroacademia Global Forum of Critical Studies aims to bring into an open floor the reflexive and questioning interaction among academics, intellectuals, practitioners and activists profoundly concerned with evaluative understandings of the world we’re living in. The focus of the forum is to initiate an arena where no question is misplaced and irrelevant as long as we acknowledge that evaluation, critical thinking and contestation are accessible trajectories to better understand our past, present and alternative scenarios for the future.

        Conference Description:
        Some say that the 21st Century or modernity altogether made humans more concerned with doing rather than being. As the classical Greek civilization valued the most reflexive thinking as a form of freedom from natural necessities, contemporary times profoundly involve individuals and the imaginary accompanying social practices in a restless logic of consumption, competition and engagement that profoundly – or some would say, radically – suspends or indefinitely postpones the autonomous capacity of human beings to question and reflect upon the social order and the meaning of social practices. The fast advancement of the logic of post-industrial societies, the gradual dissolution of alternative models to the capitalist logic and a multitude of other alerting factors pushed ahead a global spread culture of one-dimensional productions of meaning that advances a closure rather than a constant reflexive re-evaluation of cultural/social practices.
        Many alternatives at hand are often condemned to marginality or lost in the plural practices where everything goes as long as it’s part of an intellectual market. The ‘fatal strategies’ of post-industrial societies to keep individuals captive, busy and seduced by contingent social arrangements and economic practices minimized the questioning detachment required to evaluate and give meaning through reflexive criticism and unlimited interrogation. Various labels were given to our unfolding times from apocalyptic ones to some more comforting yet not by chance lacking some vital optimism. Despite a wide-spread discontent and suspicion towards the daily realities of our current societies, most of the big questions are often left outside by the self-involved active pursuit of an imagined well-being that is no longer transgressed by harsh critical evaluation of its meaning. The academic arena itself also advances, supports, integrates and promotes limited particular methodologies that generate an effect of mainstreaming and often keeps researchers or practitioners out of the battle-ground for big questions.
        The ongoing economic crisis made reality even harsher and pushed ahead the need for more thinking as many habitual categories lost their meaning or relevance. New ways of thinking could transgress some inappropriate conceptions or misconceptions that preserve their centrality due to the mechanics of habits. This is a time when a call to thinking is well-placed. This is a call to arms for critical studies that promotes alternative, questioning and multi-dimensional thinking.

        Panels:
        When it’s about critical thinking and critical studies there is intrinsically an unending open list of topics to be included. The Fifth Euroacademia Forum on Critical Studies proposes the 5 sections (that are by no means exclusive):
        • Theory/Philosophy
        • Politics
        • Cultural Studies
        • Political Economy
        • Arts, Literature, Film and Performance Studies

        Papers on the following topics (and not only) are welcomed:
        Diagnostics of Our Times: Where Is the 21st Century Heading? ~ Our Societies Are As Good As It Gets: How to Escape the Closure of Meaning? ~ Consumerist Societies and the Captivity of Thinking ~ The Being/Doing Nexus ~ Assessing Models of Capitalism ~ Markets, Capital and Inequalities ~ The Remains of Individual Autonomy ~ How Plural Our Societies Truly Are? ~ Debating Ideal vs. Real Multiculturalism ~ Social Narcissism and Consumerism ~ The Role of Critical Thinking: Proposing Alternative Methodologies ~ Are There Any Alternatives to Capitalism Left? ~ Social Causes and the Pursuit of Social Beliefs ~ Protest and Social Change ~ Re-Thinking Revolutions ~ Hegemony and the Remaining Possibilities for Social Criticism ~ Loneliness and Isolation in the Era of Mass Communication ~ Living Low Cost: Values, Meaning and Market Exchange ~ Ideology and Other Dominant Narratives ~ Critical Economics ~ Post-Modernism and the Critique of Modernity ~ Marx and the 21st Century ~ Debating the End of Communism ~ Non-Oppositional Societies ~ Consolation, Complicity and Passivity Today ~ Who Still Waits For A Revolution? ~ C. Castoriadis and the Project of Autonomy ~ French Thinking and Alternatives for Thought ~ Eastern Europe and the Enrollment to the School of Capitalism ~ China and the Logic of Growth ~ Crises of Culture ~ Left and Right: Political Spectrums and Pluralism Re-Discussed ~ Art as an Exchange Value ~ Originality and Complacency ~ Literatures and Authors ~ Heroes and Heroines in Electronic Literature ~ Fiction and the Fictionalization of the Contemporary World ~ Film and the Persisting Hunger for Heroic Imagination ~ The Illusory Charity and Imagined forms of Contemporary Humanisms ~ The Growing Social Irrelevance of Philosophy ~ Replacement of the Logic of Becoming by the Logic of Earning ~ How Do We Look Back at Tradition? ~ Just Wars or Unjust Thinking? ~ The Myth of Cosmopolitanism ~ Facing the Self ~ Communication, Media and Simulacrum ~ Science, Pragmatics and Vocation: Who Pays What We Can’t Sell? ~ Is There Still a Postmodern or Any Other Kind of Condition? ~ Post-Marxist Way of Looking at Facts ~ The School of Suspicion and Evaluative Thinking ~ Feminist Readings of Our Contemporary World ~ Post-Colonialism and the Refurbished Other(s) ~ Theory and Power ~ Queer Theory and Living After the Sexual Revolution ~ Subaltern Theory

        For complete information before applying see full details of the conference at:

        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8fcs/

        You can apply on-line by completing the Application Form on the conference website or by sending a 300 words titled abstract together with the details of contact and affiliation until 5th of December 2019 at [email protected]

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        The 8th Euroacademia Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again, 24 – 25 January 2020, Venice, Italy (all-day)