The European Union and the Politicization of Europe
 

The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (8th Edition)

25 – 26 October 2019

Ghent, Belgium

 
 
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 persistently 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? 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.
 
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 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 welcomes papers advancing contributions from the widest areas 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.
 

Conference Panels

Thinking Europe: Philosophy, Intellectual History, Cultural Autonomy and the Making of the ‘Other’
The Eurozone Crisis, Economics & Policy Making: Transformative Impact on the European Project and Model(s) of Capitalism
Populism, Nationalism and the Political Crisis of Europe: Assessing the Narratives, Conditions and Impact of Right-Leaning Parties in Europe
EU and the Political Challenges of European Integration: Addressing the Models of Integration, EU’s Legitimacy Crisis, Public Perceptions, and Voting Behavior inside EU
The Making of European Identity through Visual and Narrative Practices: Cultural Diplomacy, Visual Synchronicity, Visual Hierarchies and Narrative Deconstruction of Dominant Culture
Europe and its Political Challenges: Assessing the Migration Crisis in Europe in Human Costs and Value-Driven Perceptions
Assessing the EU’s Claims of Normative Influence, International Identity and External Perceptions

 

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International Conference: Re-Inventing Eastern Europe
 

Re-Inventing Eastern Europe (7th Edition)

The 7th Euroacademia International Conference

Re-Inventing Eastern Europe

30 Years from the Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe

 

13 – 14 December 2019

 

Anglo American University, Prague, Czech Republic

School of International Relations and Diplomacy

 

Deadline: 1st of November 2019

 
The 7th Euroacademia International Conference ‘Re-Inventing Eastern Europe’ aims rather than asserting to make a case and to provide alternative views on the dynamics, persistence and manifestations of the 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 locate, 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.
 
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 a 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 discourses on core/non-core, new Europe/old Europe, pioneers/followers, teachers/pupils, center/periphery, cosmos/chaos are often maintaining significant ground within the arena of European identity narratives often yet not exclusively voiced by the EU.
 

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6th Forum of Critical Studies Lucca November 2017
 

8th Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again

 

24 – 25 January 2020

Venice, Italy

 

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANELS

DEADLINE: 5 December 2019

 
 
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 most the 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 a peculiar 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 and social practices.
 
The 8th Euroacademia Global Forum of Critical Studies aims to bring into an open floor the reflexive and questioning interaction among academics, intellectuals, practitioners, artists 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. The 8th edition of the forum aims to become a creative meeting point for all the critical studies perspectives coming from intellectuals, academics, performing artists, change makers and idea shapers.
 

New Proposed Panels

Philosophy, Autonomy and Culture
Theory and Praxis: Bridging the Gap in Critical Theory
Marxism Reloaded or Philosophy in Times of Poverty
The Eurozone Crisis. Transformative Impact on the European Project and Model(s) of Capitalism
Art as Cultural Diplomacy
Art History and Representations of Identity
Performing Identity: Identity and Performance in Literature, Theater and the Performing Arts
(En)Gendering Identity: Gender in Culture, Education and Society
Identities and the Cities: Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction
The Sequential Art: Comics as a Cultural Nexus
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