6th Forum of Critical Studies Lucca November 2017

7th Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again


23 – 24 November 2018

4* West End Hotel, Nice, Côte d’Azur, France



DEADLINE: 15 October 2018

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 7th 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 7th 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
Identities and the Cities: Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction
The Sequential Art: Comics as a Cultural Nexus
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Rome Academia

Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers (8th Edition)


28 – 30 September 2018

Agora Cultural Centre, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy


Europe became in the 20th century an elaborated yet contested notion as a particular field of European studies emerged and extensive and diverse research was directed recently towards an intensified search for what Europe is about. The creation of the European Union made things even more specialized and increased the stake of methodological rigor as more and more Europeans are affected by the decisions taken in Brussels. The number, diversity and quality of research projects focused on European issues is unprecedented, yet, as it is usually the case with specialization it gradually led to discursive communities that rarely meet and debate their approaches in open floors together with peers from other continents, academic traditions and cultures. It is the aim of this conference to build a bridge among specialists from different regions, academic traditions and cultures that share a common interest in studying and addressing Europe as a reflexive concern. The current political and cultural context requires even more nowadays a deeper reflection on the future of Europe.
What is Europe and its place in the world? Is there something particular that sediments in time a ‘European way’? How does Europe see itself and how do others see it? Is Europe inclusive or club-based exclusive? Is Europe becoming a normative power or just envisages itself as one? Is the European multiculturalism a fact or an ideal? Is the European Union a reflection of Europe or an appropriation of it? These are just few questions out of an enormous space for inquiry that are to be addressed and confronted within the topic of the conference.
The Euroacademia International Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers’ became a regular event to take place in every year in a different European location. After six successful editions – in Vienna, Paris, Prague, Athens, Barcelona, Nice and Porto – Euroacademia moves the stage of reflection, sharing, dialogue, debate and research dissemination on Europe to Lucca, in the heart of Tuscany . Join us!


Conference Panels

Thinking Europe: Philosophy, Autonomy, Culture and Identity Formation through Inclusion/Exclusion Nexuses
European Cultural Heritage (Section One): Regional, National and European Imaginary Significations of Magmatic Cultural Creation
European Values and Europeanization: Migration and Asylum Policies, Alterity Making Practices and the Geographies of Orientalism
Reinventing Eastern Europe: Europe, the EU and the Est / West Dichotomies in Identity Making Practices
Urban Heritage, Transformation and Change in European Urban Image Construction
European Cultural Heritage (Section Two ): History, Identity Making and Cultural Influence
Art, History and Identity Making Practices from European Paintings to External Representations in Sequential Art


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