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    1. Apr
      26
      Sun

      1. Re-Inventing Eastern Europe (The Fourth Edition) (all-day)
        Apr 26 – Apr 27

        The Fourth International Conference

         

        Re-Inventing Eastern Europe’

         

        24 – 25 April 2015

        Krakow, Poland
         

        With a visit of Auschwitz – Birkenau on 26th of April

         

        Call for Panels and Papers

        Deadline: 15 March 2015

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        Re-Inventing Eastern Europe (The Fourth Edition) (all-day)
    2. Oct
      5
      Mon

      1. Deadline for Paper Proposals: The Fourth Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again (all-day)
        Oct 5

        CALL FOR PAPERS
        The Fourth Global Forum of Critical Studies
        Asking Big Questions Again
        13 – 14 November 2015, Lucca, Italy
        Palazzo Bernardini

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 5th of October 2015

        The Fourth 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 Fourth Euroacademia Forum on Critical Studies proposes the 5 sections (that are by no means exclusive):
        Theory/Philosophy
        Politics
        Cultural Studies
        Political Economy
        Arts and Performance

        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/fourth-forum-of-critical-studies/

        You can apply on-line by completing the Application Form on the conference website or by sending a 300 words abstract together with the details of contact and affiliation until 5th of October 2015 at [email protected]

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        Deadline for Paper Proposals: The Fourth Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again (all-day)
    3. Oct
      15
      Thu

      1. Deadline for Paper Proposals: The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (Fourth Edition) (all-day)
        Oct 15

        Call for Papers

        Euroacademia and the School of International Relations and Diplomacy from Anglo-American University in Prague, cordially invites applications for:

        The Fourth International Conference
        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe

        27 – 28 November 2015

        To be held at Anglo-American University, Prague, Czech Republic

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 15 October 2015

        See full details at: http://euroacademia.eu/conference/european-union-and-the-politicization-of-europe-4th-edition/

        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 while the goal of an emerging ‘ever closer union’ is still in search for the paths of real and not ideal accomplishment. 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 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 political systems 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 in 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 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 European level.

        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 Europeanization of the masses take place or the EU remains 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? Is the on-going crisis changing the European politics dramatically? 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 Fourth International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ to address in a constructive manner such questions and to offer o 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 is organized yet by no means restricted to the following panels:

        ~ The Crisis of Europe and its Political Challenges
        ~ 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
        ~ 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 Euroskepticism 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 2020 – Scenarios for Future

        Deadline:
        15 October 2015 – deadline for sending 300 words abstracts and details of affiliation

        The 300 word abstracts and the affiliation details should be submitted in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
        1) author(s), 2) affiliation, 3) email address, 4) title of abstract, 5) body of abstract 6) preferred panel or proposed panel
        The abstract and details can be sent to [email protected] with the name of the conference specified in the subject line or through the on-line application form available at http://euroacademia.eu/conference/european-union-and-the-politicization-of-europe-4th-edition/
        We will acknowledge the receipt of your proposal and answer to all paper proposals submitted.

        The conference is organized by Euroacademia in cooperation with the School of International Relations and Diplomacy from the Anglo American University in Prague, Czech Republic.

        Euroacademia is a non-profit organization, based in Paris, Brussels and Vienna, aiming to foster academic cooperation, networking and a platform for dissemination and valorization of academic research results, trends, and emerging themes within the area of concern for European studies, political science, critical studies, cultural studies, and wider and inclusive interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches that contribute to a better understanding of the ‘self-organizing vertigo’ (Edgar Morin) of the European realm. Euroacademia is a hub for academic interaction on and about Europe.
        For more information visit www.euroacademia.eu

        Anglo-American University is the oldest private institution of higher education in the Czech Republic and provides a personalized and distinctive university education in the English language. Utilizing the best from American and British academic traditions, Anglo-American University educates future leaders and global citizens in a multicultural setting of students and faculty from over 60 different countries.
        For more information visit http://www.aauni.edu/

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        Deadline for Paper Proposals: The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (Fourth Edition) (all-day)
    4. Nov
      13
      Fri

      1. The Fourth Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again (all-day)
        Nov 13

        The Fourth 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. The Forum is also an open stage for sharing existing or ready formed intellectual visions and expose them to dialogue and scrutiny in a critically reflective environment.

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        The Fourth Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again (all-day)
    5. Nov
      14
      Sat

      1. The Fourth Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again (all-day)
        Nov 14

        The Fourth 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. The Forum is also an open stage for sharing existing or ready formed intellectual visions and expose them to dialogue and scrutiny in a critically reflective environment.

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        The Fourth Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again (all-day)
    6. Nov
      27
      Fri

      1. The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (Fourth Edition) (all-day)
        Nov 27

        Euroacademia and Anglo American University, Prague – School of International Relations and Diplomacy

        The Fourth International Conference
        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe

        27 – 28 November 2015

        Anglo American University, Prague, Czech Republic

        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 a Europeanization of the masses take place or the EU remains a genuinely elitist project? Did the Lisbon Treaty introduced 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? 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 Fourth International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ to address in a constructive manner such questions and to offer o 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 is organized by Euroacademia in cooperation with the School of International Relations and Diplomacy from the Anglo American University in Prague, Czech Republic.

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        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (Fourth Edition) (all-day)
    7. Nov
      28
      Sat

      1. The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (Fourth Edition) (all-day)
        Nov 28

        Euroacademia and Anglo American University, Prague – School of International Relations and Diplomacy

        The Fourth International Conference
        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe

        27 – 28 November 2015

        Anglo American University, Prague, Czech Republic

        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 a Europeanization of the masses take place or the EU remains a genuinely elitist project? Did the Lisbon Treaty introduced 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? 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 Fourth International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ to address in a constructive manner such questions and to offer o 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 is organized by Euroacademia in cooperation with the School of International Relations and Diplomacy from the Anglo American University in Prague, Czech Republic.

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        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (Fourth Edition) (all-day)
    8. Jan
      29
      Fri

      1. Re-Inventing Eastern Europe (Fifth Edition) (all-day)
        Jan 29 – Jan 30

        Euroacademia cordially invites you to The Fifth Euroacademia International Conference
        ‘Re-Inventing Eastern Europe’

        Call for Papers
        The Fifth Euroacademia International Conference
        Re-Inventing Eastern Europe

        29 – 30 January 2016

        Riga, Latvia

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 10 December 2015

        Conference Description:

        The Fifth 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 prophesized 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, 20 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 is organized yet by no means restricted to the following panels:

        The Agenda of the Enlightenment: Inventing Eastern Europe ~ Europe East and West: On the Persistence of the Division ~ Reviewing Alternative Modernities: East and West ~ Writing About the East in West ~ Writing about the West in East ~ The Eastern European ‘Other’ Inside the European Union ~ 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 ~ Inclusion/Exclusion Nexuses ~ Myths and Misconceptions on Eastern Europe ~ Core Europe/Non-Core Europe ~ Central Europe vs. Eastern Europe ~ Reading the Past: On Memory and Memorialization ~ Eastern Europe and the Crises ~ Assessing Convergence in Eastern Europe ~ Explaining Divergence in Eastern Europe ~ Central and Eastern Europe and the EU ~ Scenarios for the Future of Eastern Europe ~ Eastern Europe and Asymmetries of Europeanization ~ Axiological Framings of Eastern Europe ~ Eastern Europe in Western Literature ~ 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’ ~ Lifestyles and the Quotidian Peculiarities of the Invented East ~ 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 ~ Changing Politics and the Transformation of Cities ~ Eastern Europe and Artistic Movements

        Participant’s Profile
        The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest in Eastern Europe from all parts of the world. Post-graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers are welcome to submit an abstract. Representatives of INGOs, NGOs, Think Tanks and activists willing to present their work with impact on or influenced by specific understandings of Eastern Europe are welcomed as well to submit the abstract of their contribution.

        Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted based on their proven quality. The submitted paper is expected to be in accordance with the lines provided in the submitted abstract.

        DEADLINE FOR 300 WORDS ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION IS 10TH OF DECEMBER 2015

        The 300 word abstracts and the affiliation details should be submitted in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
        1) author(s), 2) affiliation, 3) email address, 4) title of abstract, 5) body of abstract 6) preferred panel or proposed panel

        The abstract and details can be sent to [email protected] with the name of the conference specified in the subject line or through the on-line application form available at www.euroacademia.eu

        We will acknowledge the receipt of your proposal and answer to all paper proposals submitted.

        For complete information before applying please see:

        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/fifth-reinventing-eastern-europe/

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        Re-Inventing Eastern Europe (Fifth Edition) (all-day)
    9. Jan
      30
      Sat

      1. Re-Inventing Eastern Europe (Fifth Edition) (all-day)
        Jan 30 – Jan 31

        Euroacademia cordially invites you to The Fifth Euroacademia International Conference
        ‘Re-Inventing Eastern Europe’

        Call for Papers
        The Fifth Euroacademia International Conference
        Re-Inventing Eastern Europe

        29 – 30 January 2016

        Riga, Latvia

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 10 December 2015

        Conference Description:

        The Fifth 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 prophesized 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, 20 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 is organized yet by no means restricted to the following panels:

        The Agenda of the Enlightenment: Inventing Eastern Europe ~ Europe East and West: On the Persistence of the Division ~ Reviewing Alternative Modernities: East and West ~ Writing About the East in West ~ Writing about the West in East ~ The Eastern European ‘Other’ Inside the European Union ~ 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 ~ Inclusion/Exclusion Nexuses ~ Myths and Misconceptions on Eastern Europe ~ Core Europe/Non-Core Europe ~ Central Europe vs. Eastern Europe ~ Reading the Past: On Memory and Memorialization ~ Eastern Europe and the Crises ~ Assessing Convergence in Eastern Europe ~ Explaining Divergence in Eastern Europe ~ Central and Eastern Europe and the EU ~ Scenarios for the Future of Eastern Europe ~ Eastern Europe and Asymmetries of Europeanization ~ Axiological Framings of Eastern Europe ~ Eastern Europe in Western Literature ~ 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’ ~ Lifestyles and the Quotidian Peculiarities of the Invented East ~ 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 ~ Changing Politics and the Transformation of Cities ~ Eastern Europe and Artistic Movements

        Participant’s Profile
        The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest in Eastern Europe from all parts of the world. Post-graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers are welcome to submit an abstract. Representatives of INGOs, NGOs, Think Tanks and activists willing to present their work with impact on or influenced by specific understandings of Eastern Europe are welcomed as well to submit the abstract of their contribution.

        Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted based on their proven quality. The submitted paper is expected to be in accordance with the lines provided in the submitted abstract.

        DEADLINE FOR 300 WORDS ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION IS 10TH OF DECEMBER 2015

        The 300 word abstracts and the affiliation details should be submitted in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
        1) author(s), 2) affiliation, 3) email address, 4) title of abstract, 5) body of abstract 6) preferred panel or proposed panel

        The abstract and details can be sent to [email protected] with the name of the conference specified in the subject line or through the on-line application form available at www.euroacademia.eu

        We will acknowledge the receipt of your proposal and answer to all paper proposals submitted.

        For complete information before applying please see:

        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/fifth-reinventing-eastern-europe/

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        Re-Inventing Eastern Europe (Fifth Edition) (all-day)
    10. Mar
      4
      Fri

      1. Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities (Fourth Edition) (all-day)
        Mar 4 – Mar 5
        The Fourth Euroacademia International Conference

        Identities and Identifications

        Politicized Uses of Collective Identities

         

        CALL FOR PANELS AND PAPERS

        4 – 5 March 2016
         
        Cultural Centre – Don Orione Artigianelli

        Venice, Italy

         

        Deadline: 15th of January 2016

        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/identities-and-identifications-fourth-edition/

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        Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities (Fourth Edition) (all-day)