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

The Euroacademia Convention of European Studies

The 8th Euroacademia International Conference

The European Union and the Politicization of Europe

25 – 26 October 2019

Europa Hotel, Ghent, Belgium


Call for Panels and Papers

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 25 September 2019


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 a neo-functionalist slang we can say as an irony that the actual crisis in the EU legitimacy is a ‘spillover’ effect of institutional choices made some time before. To address the EU’s democratic deficit however is not to be a skeptic and ignore the benefits that came with it but to acknowledge the increasing popular dissatisfaction with ‘occult’ office politics and with the way EU tackles daily problems of public concern while the public is more and more affected by decisions taken at the European level. 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. Of course, the scenarios regarding the future of the EU, the impact of Brexit and re-emerging nationalism and far right politics will be at the center of the debate in the conference.


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. 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 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


The Conference is organized around but not limited to the following tentative panels or topics:


  • Diagnostics of Our Times: Where Is the 21st Century Europe Heading?
  • Thinking Europe: Contributions to Understanding a Claimed Unity
  • Europe and Identities
  • EU and Appropriations of Europe
  • Europe and the Inclusive/Exclusive Nexus
  • European Markets, Capital and Inequalities
  • The Crisis of Europe and its Political Challenges
  • How Plural European Societies Truly Are?
  • Europe and the United States
  • The Crisis of European Solidarity
  • Greece and the Questioning of the Factual European Unity
  • Europe and the Mediterranean Assortment
  • Social Causes and the Pursuit of Social Beliefs in Europe
  • Protest and Social Change
  • 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
  • European Values and the Process of Europeanization
  • Differentiated Integration and Club Based Hypotheses
  • Critical Economics and the Eurozone
  • 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
  • Europe and the EU as a Normative Power
  • Strategies for Bringing European Issues to Public Scrutiny
  • Core and Non-Core Europe?
  • Multicultural Ideals versus Reality
  • Explaining the Growth of Far Right Movements and Parties in Europe
  • Eastern Europe and the Enrollment to the School of Europeanization
  • Europe and the Logic of Growth through Austerity
  • Taking ECB Out of the Political Vacuum: Strategies for Accountability
  • Europe and Cosmopolitanism
  • Europe and the Post-National Orders
  • European Narratives of the Past: The Mnemonic/Amnesic Nexuses
  • The Democratic Deficit Issue: A Persistent Anomaly?
  • Assessing the EU External Action
  • Europe and Conflict Resolution
  • European Social Models: Welfare States and Neoliberal Suspicions
  • Increasing Public Salience for Supranational Issues
  • Lobbying and Policy Making Inside the EU
  • Political Discourse and European Integration
  • Cultural Policies and the Politicization of Europe
  • Mobility and Europeanization
  • European Symbols and Representations of a Common Identity
  • The Myth of Cosmopolitanism and the Search for a European Demos
  • Europe and Russia
  • European Diplomacy and Consensus in Foreign Policy
  • Feminist Readings of Contemporary Europe
  • Post-Colonialism and the Refurbished Other(s)
  • Educational Policies of Europeanization
  • The Eurozone Crisis and the Challenges to European Solidarity
  • EU, Migration and Asylum Policy
  • Migration and National Reactions among EU Memebr States
  • Europe 2020 – Scenarios for Future
  • The Future of EU Enlargement
  • Understanding the Implications of Exiting the EU
  • The Brexit and its impact on the EU

However, if you are willing to propose and/or chair a particular panel we welcome you to advance your proposal in the Propose a Panel section.

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Each Panel may contain a maximum of 5 speakers and a Chair that will act also as discussant in the proceedings.

Deadline for Panel Proposals: 15th of September 2019


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Thinking Europe: Philosophy, Autonomy and Culture


Panel Description


Europe was not evolutionary shaped as a unitary entity but emerged from a tumultuous history as a ‘self-organizing vertigo’ (Edgar Morin). Some cultural unity within Europe is claimed by the daily mentalities and discursive practices even if it’s just under the form of a unita debole, to put it in Gianni Vattimo’s terms. The ‘European dream’ (Jeremy Rifkin) forms at the crossroad between the ideal and real multiculturalism. Europe became a category of thought – even if an essentially contested one – through dispute, difference, inclusive and exclusive practices. The idea of a Europe often involves a persistent and camouflaged historicism intrinsic in the European version of quasi – universalistic modernity (Gerard Delanty). The works of Cornelius Castoriadis on reflective questioning of socially instituted representations are useful in reminding us of what Europe stands for as a project among others. If there is a minimal specificity of Europe that could be defended, Castoriadis has argued throughout his work, it is precisely the lack of an unquestionable point from which a European distinctiveness could be reified. By historical contingency, for Castoriadis, it was in Europe that a genuine interest in the others as others emerged in the frame of the project of social and individual autonomy originated in ancient Greece and reasserted by the European modernity. The project of autonomy as essential for the European self-configuration implies an unlimited possibility of questioning our own institution and of acting in regard to it. The European specificity comes from its traditions originated in Ancient Greece encouraging the constant and never-ending reflective re-evaluation.
This panel aims to revisit precisely this patrimony of critical thinking. It is the belief implicit in this panel that the contemporary understandings of Europe should be placed more firmly within this tradition of aspiration for autonomy as putting into question the institutions of the society and their emanated representations and shake the walls of their cognitive closure. This is because, autonomy as unlimited questioning is a premise and not an outcome of European culture. The patrimonial European identity can be conceived as an experienced identification with a generous culture from which many individuals extract and share feelings of belonging. It is the role of critical thinking and philosophy to place the Europeaness in touch with its generous, magmatic cultural elements and question historically circumstantial projects of political appropriations of identitarian claims.
The panel welcomes papers on any theoretical effort for understanding Europe and Europeaness, be it contemporary or a call to re-reading the past.
Some suggested topics for the panel are:

  • Thinking Europe – Arguments for a Fragile Unity of the European Culture
  • Ancient Greece and the Theoretical Foundation of the European Project
  • Elements of European Histories of Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Culture: Specifics of the European Thought
  • Renaissance and humanism influence on modern identity
  • Autonomy, Critical Evaluation and Culture
  • European Philosophical Traditions
  • Fragments of European Political Thought
  • Euro-centric Thinking and Claims of Universalism
  • European Thinking and the ‘Other’
  • Is there a European Philosophy Pedigree?
  • Castoriadis: Europe and Autonomy
  • Derrida: Europe as a ‘Pre-Adult’ Space of Liberty
  • Foucault and Eurocentric Thinking
  • Enlightenment, Modernity and Grand Narratives
  • Europe and the Responsibility of Thinking
  • The Future of European Thinking

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 25th of September 2019 to [email protected]

European Identity: From Culture to Politics


Panel Description

The specificity of European culture and civilization was and still is the subject of tremendous reflections and writings. The sources of European uniqueness are multiple and the history of European culture exercised a universal impact that is hard to assess in its immense diversity. The cultural heritage and patrimony of the ‘old continent’ is inestimable through most diverse creative instances from literature, philosophy and arts to science and technology. It’s a patrimony that through belonging, any European can, and often will, claim without hesitation in a self-definition. A generous creative magmatic nucleus offers Europeans, wherever they live and regardless of any institutional frame, a reliable chance to dialogically identify with a rich and creative common inheritance. European culture is an open patrimony that accommodates well a fluid and dynamic identity. Some degree of cultural unity in Europe is claimed by the daily mentalities and discursive practices even if it’s just under the form of a ‘self-organizing vertigo’ (Edgar Morin, 1987). This unity is a loose, multi-leveled and multilayered one, in constant negotiation with national and regional cultures, history and traumatic memories, practices of ‘othering’ and feelings of belonging. Europeanness in all its plenitude is an inclusive and embracing idea.
Europe stands for a project among others. If there is a minimal specificity of Europe that could be defended, it is precisely the lack of an unquestionable point from which a European distinctiveness could be reified. The critical stand-point and dialogical questioning are part of the European ‘spirit’. The problems with the European identity occur when its disputed cultural unity is reified in political projects that place the European commonality as a basis for legitimizing political arrangements with precise institutional pragmatic goals and limited scope. The advance and transfiguration of the project of an ‘ever closer union’ brought about and intensified the searches and disputes on and around the idea of an emergent EUropean identity, particularly in moments of crisis. However the search for the substance, determinants, manifestations or specific features of such an identity opened the way for the image of an ‘identitarian Babel’. So far the EUropean identity is either a disciplinary debate within the frame of European studies in search of legitimacy for the EU institutions or an elite narrative that is compelled to confront its fictive design when facing the ‘failed Europeanization of the masses’ (Giandomenico Majone, 2009). Due to the confusion between identities and identifications, that is particularly emphatic within the EU studies, some scholars demanded that the concept of identity shall be abandoned. Inside the EU, identitarian issues turned out to be efficient tools for politicization of a ‘constraining dissensus’ (Hooghe and Marks 2009) while universalizing terms included in the making of the EUropean identity usually tend or intend to obscure the localized origins of any identitarian project.
Students of EUropean identity are most often voluntary or involuntary supporters of a ready-made idea of the EU. Yet acknowledging the beneficial and progressive nature of the EU in a wide variety of domains of political, social or economic realms in Europe and outside does not require transforming limited and occasional identifications in a stronger identitarian package whose unintended consequences can easily exclude or function against the very values is thought to instill. The paradox of the EUropean identity is that clarifying it more means leaving out so much that such exclusion becomes an act of contradiction in itself as it opposes any minimal content of such an identity. Politicized identitarian narratives inside the EU are in a phase of pre-contestation, meaning by that they rather set the conditions of possibility for a potential future EUropean identitarian articulation when the parameters of what EU stands for in Europeans citizens’ identifications will be clearer. In the meantime, in Europe, national identities are re-gaining emphasis, weakening the post-national cosmopolitan ideals of the EU, while nationalism and Eurosceptic right wing parties gain substantial political terrain. This panel aims to address the on-going challenges surrounding the European identity and the processes of Europeanization. The panel welcomes both contributions that address the cultural and intellectual history of the European identity and political studies that discuss the identity making processes involved by the EU. Case-studies and papers focusing on the national/European identity nexus are welcomed.
Some example of topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Features of Europeanness: What is Europe?
  • European Culture and Civilization: History Readings on European Patrimony
  • European Variable Geographies of Identification
  • European Identity and Belonging
  • Memory and Identity in Europe
  • Europe and the Post-National Cosmopolitan Ideal
  • European Values and Norms
  • Europe and the ‘Other’
  • The Power of Naming and Alterity Making in Europe
  • Identity and Conflict
  • Multiculturalism and Identities in Europe
  • Tolerance and Recognition in Europe
  • National versus European Identity
  • Regional Identities in Europe
  • European Identity and Globalization
  • EU and Politics of Identity
  • Europeanization and European Normative Influence
  • Nationalism and Europeanization
  • Euroscepticism and Identities
  • Hierarchies of Europeanisation: Core/Periphery Nexuses
  • European Symbols and Imaginary Representations
  • EU Enlargement and Identities
  • European Identity in International Relations
  • External Perceptions of Europe

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 25th of September 2019 to [email protected]

Populism, Nationalism and Right-Leaning Parties in Europe


Panel Description

European Union emerged as an economic cooperation platform and aimed gradually and ambitiously at becoming much more than a common market. Pursuing the path of a community of values, the EU grew in proportions and deepened the political processes that define integration. Aiming to become an ‘ever closer union among the peoples and Member States’, EU seems to aliment simultaneously post-national ideals and national criticisms. Moments of enthusiasm were challenged by realism or sometimes regressed into skepticism. Europeanization became a process of norm diffusion even if coined often as an elitist project while the Europeanization of the masses seemed to have failed in many aspects. The estrangement of politics in Brussels from the median voter translated often in a perception of ‘occult’ European politics and constrains to national choices. The persistent nature of secondary level elections for the European Parliament left place for conserving the focus at the level of national politics on matters of popular saliency. Europe emerged simultaneously as an organization with a strong level of integration and fragmented by national perceptions.
The crisis deepened a north/south division pointing to a lack of solidarity in times of hardness for its members. The Greek crisis emphasized a perceived axiological hierarchy in Europe and a preference for particular economic models of austerity. All over Europe the economic crisis brought about social anxiety and opportunities for populist anti-globalization parties to reach for an increase in the number of supporters and voters. Eurosceptic agendas found ways to advance in the populist environment. The refugee crisis and the growing perceived threat of terrorism led to a search for more security at the national level while creating a momentum of re-intersection between nationalist parties’ agendas with Eurosceptic discourses. Brexit added more tension to all that by pointing to the disenchantment of not fully democratic politics at the level of EU and advancing the renewal of popular claims from national governments to defend their self-determination. Populist-nationalism leaning towards the far right has significantly increased in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Croatia. They capitalize on anti-globalization and perceived threats of multiculturalism, immigration and perceived political corruption. Even if they all lack any substantive and credible economic policies and act as misleading, oversimplifying political actors with electoral ambitions, the proportions are nowadays emphatic and can produce significant change in political agendas.
This panel aims to address the diverse implications of the growing proportions of populism and right wing leaning nationalism in Europe. Papers discussing the ideological features of such developments as well as historical contributions, parties’ platform analysis, electoral politics or comparative analysis are equally considered.
Some of the topics to be considered non-exclusively for the panel include:

  • European Politics: From Real to Constructed Threats
  • European Identity versus National Identities: Recent Challenges
  • European Variable Geographies of Identification
  • Brexit: Populism and Reclaims of Sovereignty
  • Memory and Identity in Europe
  • EU – Multinational, Supranational or Post-National?
  • Theoretic Perspectives on the Return of Nationalism(s)
  • Europe and the ‘Other’
  • Populism and Perceived Threats in Europe
  • Identity and Conflict
  • Nations and Nationalism: The Return of National Identities into Focus
  • EU, Nationalism and Challenges to Post-National Ideals
  • European Nations – Unfinished Projects?
  • Electoral Behavior, Populism and Nationalism
  • Political Parties, Populism and Eight Wing Leaning Nationalism
  • EU and Politics of Identity
  • Europeanization and European Normative Influence
  • Populism and the Crisis of Contemporary Politics
  • The Refugee Crisis and its Impact on Right Wing Leaning Nationalism
  • East/West Nexuses and Nationalism in Europe
  • Populism and Anti-Globalization
  • Country Specific Studies of Populist and Right Wing Leaning Nationalist Parties
  • Populism and Nationalism in European Media
  • Trump’s Election and Impact on Populism in Europe
  • Recent Elections in Austria and Germany
  • The Crisis of European Solidarity
  • Populism, Nationalism and Euroscepticism
  • Euro-Enthusiasm and the Future of European Integration

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 25th of September 2019 to [email protected]

The Eurozone Crisis. Transformative Impact on the European Project and Model(s) of Capitalism


Panel Description


Europe in these days appears to move from one ‘crisis’ to the next. The deep and apparently perennial crisis of the Eurozone has been on the headlines for a couple of years now, and shows signs of a further exacerbation. The crisis raises several issues of interest for students of political science, political economy and international relations. What appears clear is that the problems of the Eurozone are signals of a weakening (if not an outright failure) of European integration as it was envisaged starting from the early 1990s. The political and cultural dimensions of the crisis of the Eurozone should thus not be overlooked, as well as its wider significance for the whole European project. The consequences of a falling apart of the Eurozone are unpredictable and may usher in a period of heightened political turbulence. In the wake of the Eurozone crisis, some commentators and scholars openly take into consideration the possibility that the European Union itself may be in danger. Moreover, the deeply transformative effects on the European model(s) of capitalism generated by the crisis are under everyone’s eyes.
The panel grapples with these issues adopting a wide outlook, welcoming contributions from students of economics or political economy, as well as political science and international relations.

Some suggested topics for the panel are:

  • How can the crisis of the European project be understood with reference to the various theories of European integration?
  • What agency is involved in the transformation of the European model(s) of capitalism?
  • What does the crisis of the Eurozone mean for the European Union’s role in global political and economic affairs?
  • The discourse and narrative of the Eurozone crisis: crisis for whom and for what purposes? Media and the crisis.
  • Austerity measures and their impact on the Eurozone crisis
  • Greece and the scenario of exiting the Eurozone
  • The Eurozone crisis and the crisis of European solidarity
  • European Central Bank and the Eurozone crisis
  • Brexit and its Impact on the Eurozone

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 25th of September 2019 to [email protected]

European Cultural Heritage – Celebrating Diversity


Panel Description


In 2017 the European Council and the European Parliament representatives took the decision of establishing a European Year of Cultural Heritage. 2018 was expected to be the year to fulfill for the first time the celebratory idea of a European Cultural heritage. The concept of European cultural heritage encompasses a variety of references to the European heritage in its most diverse dimensions. These include monuments, sites, traditions, transmitted knowledge and expressions of human creativity, as well as collections conserved and managed by museums, libraries and archives. The reference to the European cultural heritage is an opportunity to indicate the European unity in diversity but also the actual diversity in diversity. Since the European patrimonial inheritance is immense and intense, it is also fragmented in a mosaic that in its diversity stands for the authentic European cultural history. The European culture substantively precedes the European Union and it’s a precondition of its existence. This panel looks at the advancement of the European Year of Cultural Heritage as an opportunity for exchange and analysis of a common magmatic European patrimony.
The 2018 Year of Cultural Heritage was declared to be conceived as an occasion to `highlight the importance of European culture`. An importance that is however acknowledged in its grandeur and that needs constant deepening and re-visitation/interpretation. The European Year of Cultural Heritage was a bottom-up approach on the participatory governance of cultural heritage aimed to fostering awareness of European history and values and to strengthen a sense of European identity. However, the patrimonial European identity goes in terms of temporal and geographical extensions well beyond the EU as political arrangements. This panel aims also to address cultural heritage appropriations in political projects inside the EU in asserting the intrinsic value of European cultural heritage for a European unity. The politicization of culture in the process of inventing a European identity co-substantial to the EU as an institution brings also about inclusion/exclusion nexuses and cultural recognition inside the EU.
This panel welcomes the most diverse and multi-disciplinary approaches to the European cultural heritage in holistic terms and/or details.
Some example of topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Intellectual History and Cultural Heritage
  • European Culture as Shared Patrimony
  • Heritage and Diversity in Europe
  • European Heritage and European Identity
  • History, Heritage and Change
  • Art History and European Artistic Heritage
  • Monuments, Museums, Galleries and Exhibition
  • Projects Promoting a European Dimension of Cultural Heritage
  • History and Heritage: Sites of Conflict as European Heritage
  • European Cultural Heritage and the Pre-National/National and Post-National Moments
  • European Capitals of Culture and European Identity
  • Local/National/European/Global Dimensions of Cultural Heritage in Europe
  • Cultural Production, Mobility, Exchange and Cultural Heritage in Europe
  • Urban Cultural Heritage as Identity-Anchor
  • Minor Places: Dominant Culture and Site-Specific Urban Identities
  • Architecture and European Heritage
  • Art and Industry in Urban Development
  • Urban Cultural Heritage
  • Rural Cultural Heritage
  • Industrial Heritage
  • Cultural Tourism in Europe
  • Forgotten or Ignored Sites of Memorialization
  • Non-Monuments and Counter-Monuments in Europe
  • Urban Landscapes and Sustainable Cities
  • Heritage through Traces: Destroyed Sites and Monuments
  • European Cultural Policy and its Impact on Cultural Preservation, Education and Promotion
  • European Cultural Diplomacy
  • European Cultural Dialogue and Exchange with Non-European Cultures
  • Creative Societies and Cultural Production
  • Assessments of Cultural Funding in the EU
  • A European Culture to Protect: Sustainable Development and Preservation
  • European Cultural Heritage, Euro-centrism and Multiculturalism
  • Arts and Intercultural Dialogue
  • Cultural Institutes and the Promotion of Cultural Heritage
  • Lived Cultural Patrimony: Quotidian Sites of Cultural Heritage
  • Preservation, Conservation, Restoration and Rehabilitation
  • Mnemonic Loci
  • Participatory Governance and Cultural Heritage
  • Cultural Production, Markets and Globalization’s Impact on European Cultural Heritage
  • Impact Assessment of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 25th of September 2019 to [email protected]

Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in European Urban Image Construction


Panel Description


Urban image construction is a reflection, expression and constitutive factor of local identity formation and dynamics. Cities simultaneously localize identities and connect them with wider global signs of utility, function and symbolic order. Elasticity of the label identity accommodates everything that surrounds us as presence or absence, persistence or change. As a theatrical scenery, cities change after each act, sometimes with discrete adaptations, sometimes with radical interventions. If the scenery is composed of streets, parks, roads, museums, monuments, shopping malls and buildings connected through the intricate network of the perpetual and cumulative actions of its inhabitants, every adaptation and intervention affects its multi-dimensional identities. Changes in urban visual identities unfold as a form of public art feeding from the immense potential of social imaginary significations accommodated by a time’s perception of stability, structure and continuity. Urban change is itself a production of meaning, interpretation and identity making practices.
As the chaotic canvases of cities are being stretched over a framework of identity, its further exploration seems more than appropriate. Amidst the incredibly rapid urban growth crowding more than half of the world population in towns and cities, the questions are only going to keep multiplying. How are city identities made and re-made, used and abused, imagined and narrated, politicized and communicated, expressed and projected, imposed and marketed? And above all, how do they thrive within the dynamic interpolation of the nexus of local-global, center-periphery, urban – suburban, old and new. As out-dated as these dichotomies may sound, in many places their daily life is far from over. As old cities became new capitals and new capitals struggle for more capital, the challenges of maintaining public-driven collective identities in the face of cultural fragmentation and diversification, coupled with consumer-attractiveness is turning them into urban palimpsests. Urban environments reflect the human needs and values. In an increasingly globalized world, the human beings are becoming more citizens of the world than citizens of the cities. The increasing mobility of the new pilgrims of globalization creates more of the same in the logic of universalized urban functionality. Within this logic, the cities are now in the position to re-evaluate their impact on the world and shape their future in a manner that assumes a wider responsibility that evades a localized mentality. Urban local identities are becoming increasingly thin and rely strongly on negotiating a local specificity with universalized functionality and global responsibility. An increasing need for uniqueness and distinctiveness foster site-specificity aimed at placing a particular urban identity within a global economic hierarchy. Public art became essential for affirming distinctive local urban identities in a universe of serialization and commodification.
As the research on cultural identities of the city is becoming more abundant, this panel aims at adopting a wide-lens inter-disciplinary approach, while focusing on various transitional processes affecting identities in the urban context in its global-regional-national-local interplay.
Some example of topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Collective Memory, Identity and Urban Image Construction
  • Appropriation, Instrumentalisation and Functualisation of Public Spaces
  • Contemporary Nomadism and the City as a Common Denominator for Collective Identities
  • Architecture as ‘Politics with Bricks and Mortar’
  • History, Heritage and Urban Change
  • Urban Regeneration Projects, Landmark Buildings and ‘Starchitects’
  • Non-Places and (Non)Identity
  • Immigrants and the Cultural Identity of Cities
  • City Marketing and City Branding
  • Cities and Public Goods
  • European Capitals of Culture and European Identity
  • Cities and Sites of Memorialisation
  • Identity Creation and the Cultural Offer of the City
  • Urban Cultural Heritage as Identity-Anchor
  • Minor Places: Dominant Culture and Site-Specific Urban Identities
  • Creative Changes of the Cities
  • Art and Industry in Urban Development
  • Urban Aesthetics
  • Urban Installations
  • Critical Architecture
  • Urbanism and Social Intervention: Inclusion of the Marginalized
  • Centre/Periphery Nexuses in Contemporary Urban Development
  • Cities and the Quality of Life
  • Urban Landscapes and Sustainable Cities
  • Contemporary Cities and Environmental Responsibility
  • Ugliness, Kitsch and Value in Shaping Contemporary Urban Spaces
  • Urban Sites of Identification
  • Temporary Urban Interventions
  • Architecture as Public Art

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 25th of September 2019 to [email protected]

Art as Cultural Diplomacy: (Re)Constructing Notions of Eastern and Western Europe


Panel Organizer: Cassandra Sciortino, University of California, Santa Barbara


Panel Description


The panel Art as cultural diplomacy seeks papers that explore the function of art (in its broadest definition) as an instrument of cultural diplomacy by the state and, especially, by nongovernmental actors. The main theme of the session is the question of art and diplomacy in Europe before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Papers are welcome which explore issues related to the role of art, diplomacy and the politicization of the European Union and its candidate countries, as are those which consider how the arts have pursued or resisted East-West dichotomies and other narratives of alterity in Europe and worldwide. The panel seeks to combine a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives to explore how art–its various practices, history, and theory–are an important area of inquiry in the expanding field of cultural diplomacy.
Some examples of topics include:

  • How can art serve as a neutral platform for exchange to promote dialogue and understanding between foreign states?
  • How can art, including organized festivals (i.e. film, art, music.), cultivate transnational identities that undermine dichotomies of East and West, and other narratives of alterity in Europe and beyond it?
  • The implications for art as an instrument of diplomacy in a postmodern age where geopolitics and power are increasingly mobilized by image based structures of persuasion.
  • How has/can art facilitate cohesion between European Union member states and candidate states that effectively responds to the EU’s efforts to create “unity in diversity.”
  • The politics of mapping Europe: mental and cartographic
  • Community based art as a social practice to engage issues of European identity
  • The difference between art as cultural diplomacy and propaganda
  • The digital revolution and the emergence of social media as platforms for art to communicate across social, cultural, and national boundaries?
  • Diplomacy in the history of art in Europe
  • Artists as diplomats
  • Art history as diplomacy–exhibitions, post-colonial criticism, global art history, and other revisions to the conventional boundaries of Europe and its history of art
  • The international activity of cultural institutes

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 25th of September 2019 to [email protected]

Identity in the Visual

Panel Organizer: Daniela Chalániová (Anglo-American University, Prague)

Panel Description

Ever since the so called ‘linguistic turn’ in the 1970s, majority of research on identity in political and social sciences has been focused on language and text – as language has been considered the primary tool for meaning formation, and ideas exchange. Today, we are twenty years from a digital revolution of the 1990s, which on the one hand, made communication faster, more efficient and more global, on the other hand made the linguistic exchange just one of many possibilities. While arguably some visual elements such as symbols and flags have been recognized as important for collective identification, the impact of journalist, fashion and travel photography, films, comic books and documentaries, billboards and brands, sports and arts,has largely been neglected by mainstream political science scholars, who viewed images as something rather suspicious. However, with increasing interest in the visual/aesthetic aspects of political and social life (the so called ‘visual/aesthetic turn’ of the late 1990s) it is only logical to take a hard look at identity beyond language, that is, from an interdisciplinary visual perspective.
Images, just like words, are able to communicate norms, meanings and values, they polarize as well as unite communities, identify who is ‘in’ and who is ‘out’. Images communicate meanings through logic of association, rather than logic of argumentation as texts often do, appealing to our emotional rather than logical cognition. Images trigger the unconscious processes of stereotyping and value judgments associated with them, effectively constructing affiliation or differentiation, a Self and the Other, with behavioural consequences. Therefore, analysis of visual material in connection to identity should occupy a more prominent place among identity scholars. Political and social science, however, lacks in tools of visual analysis, therefore it needs to broaden its scope into other disciplines such as communication studies, artsand history, cultural studies, media studies, theatre, iconography, semiotics, marketing and advertising, public relations, fashion, photography, cinematography, etc.
Thus, this panel aims at a more inclusive interdisciplinary approach to identity building, especially in terms of the empirical scope. The goal is to collect empirical as well as theoretical and methodological papers on political and social identity, focused on visual aspects of identity construction.
Some suggested topics for the panel are:

  • Role of images in multilingual collectivities’ identity construction
  • Role of images in multicultural/multinational collectivities’ identity construction
  • Role of sports as visual performance in identity narratives
  • Emotional appeal of images, symbols and representations
  • American presidential election and the public ‘image’ of the candidates
  • Czech presidential election and the public ‘image’ of the candidates
  • Constructing the democrats/the republicans in the media
  • Political branding and electoral campaigns
  • Media campaigns of the European Parliament
  • Statues and monuments of national identity
  • Treatment of minorities in films – visualizing the Other
  • National cinema and national identity
  • Images of patriotism
  • Fashion statement as a declaration of belonging
  • Folk costumes and clothing in contemporary national identity narratives
  • Visualizing the gay
  • Painting and the creation of national identities
  • Cartoons and representation of identities
  • Comics and identities: heroes and superheroes
  • Political symbols and the making of nations
  • European symbols and visual representations of cultural unity

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 25th of September 2019 to [email protected]

Participant’s Profile

The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest in Europe, Europe related and European Union topics from all parts of the world. As the nature of the conference is intended to be multidisciplinary in nature, different academic backgrounds are equally welcomed. Cultural approaches, political studies, critical studies, out of mainstream approaches and artistic/literary contributions to the better understanding of Europe in its past present and future dimensions are all equally welcomed. Euroacademia favors alternative and innovative thinking proposals and non-mainstream methodologies.


Post-graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers are welcomed 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 Europe and/or the European Union are welcomed as well to submit the abstract of their contribution.


Abstracts will be reviewed and the participants are selected based on the proven quality of the abstract. The submitted paper for the conference proceedings is expected to be in accordance with the lines provided in the submitted abstract.

Registration and Fee


Registration fee is 195 Euro


The Participation Fee Includes:


  • the registration fee
  • participant’s package with all the materials for the conference
  • full access to the conference proceedings
  • eligibility for inclusion in the conference proceedings published volume
  • a copy of the published volume
  • access to Euroacademia discussion group and newsletters
  • coffee brakes for all the duration of the conference
  • lunch on 25th of October 2019 at the Europa Hotel Restaurant
  • lunch on 26th of October 2019 at the Europa Hotel Restaurant
  • certificate of attendance
  • access to optional social program


Please be aware that the final confirmation of attendance will be considered upon the payment of the participation fee until the 4th of October 2019.

The participation fee can be paid through bank transfer . A confirmation of receipt will be sent to selected participants by e-mail together with the scanned invoice for the payment. The original invoice will be delivered to accepted participants on site at the conference at the Registration Desk.
Unfortunately, Euroacademia has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation to/in Ghent. Participants are responsible for securing funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference. Official invitation letters can be sent by Euroacademia to the financing institutions of selected participants to confirm the selection and participation in the conference upon request.

Social Activities

A specific spot in the conference program will be dedicated to social networking and therefore all the participants interested in setting or developing further cooperation agendas and prospects with other participants will have time to present and/or promote their project and express calls for cooperation based on prior request to organizers.


A specific setting (Social Corner) for promotional materials connected with the topic of the conference will be reserved for the use of the participants. Books authored or edited by the participants can be exhibited and promoted during the whole period of the conference and can also be presented within the conference package based on prior arrangements.


Photos and videos will be taken during the conference and the organizers will consider through the participation of selected presenters or members of the audience that the agreement for being photographed or filmed during the event was granted through registration to the event. Please notify the organizers in written form prior to the the event if you are a confirmed participant and would prefer otherwise.


An optional dinner and a social event will be organized for the first and second evenings of the conference in a typical cuisine restaurant as optional program for the willing participants. The social dinner will be held based on participant’s confirmation and its costs are to be covered individually by participants based on individual order.



Selected papers will be published in an electronic volume with ISBN after the confirmation of the authors and a double peer-review process based on an agreed publication schedule. All the papers selected for publication should be original and must have not been priory published elsewhere. All participants to the conference will receive a copy of the volume.


Specific selected papers will be also published in CEJISS (Central European Journal of International & Security Studies)


Formally launched in January 2007, CEJISS is designed as a double-destination scholarly bridge. The first bridge was constructed with Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) in mind, focusing on increasing the audience for Central European scholars. In this regard, CEJISS is making a substantial impact as each issue attracts attention in some 45,000 people in nearly 160 countries. However, CEJISS is not Central European centric and invites scholars from around the world to contribute. This has meant that just as Central European scholars now have an easier time gaining a footing outside of the region, so international scholars also have an easier time getting in and making an impact here. With a mere two decades separating our times from the ‘darker’ Cold War years, CEJISS aims to contribute English language perspectives to the peoples of Central Europe and give the latter the amplification their research deserves.

Important Dates
15th of September 2019 Deadline for Submitting Panel Proposals
25th of September 2019 Deadline for Paper Proposals: 300 words abstracts and details of affiliation
26th of September 2019 Latest notification of acceptance
1st of October 2019 Sending the Registration Form
4th of October 2019 Payment of the conference fee
15th of October 2019 Sending the draft paper to be uploaded on the conference website
16th of October 2019 Publication of the conference program and uploading the draft papers on the website
25th of October 2019 The conference commences at 8.30 AM

Venue and Directions


The conference will take place in the conference premises of the high standard 3* Europa Hotel, a modern and trendy business and leisure hotel located on the beautiful banks of the Leie River in the green edge of Ghent, within a pleasant walking distance from the main attractions in the historical center or easily reachable by public transport available in the close vicinity. The walk to the historical center from the hotel offers a quiet and tranquil opportunity to take in the intimate beauty of Ghent in its natural joy and intimate residential streets. Ghent is a renowned city for its superb center, its museums, its eco-friendly attitude but also its restaurants and its pleasant streets intersecting numerous canals. Ghent has a particular appeal and atmosphere. Politically to the left, eco-friendly and a with a touch of bohemian atmosphere, the city has its own scenic waterways, soaring spires and a massive Gothic cathedral where you’ll find some of the most stunning paintings from the Middle Ages forming the world famous Ghent Altarpiece. Parts of the historic city center of Ghent are World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.

The 3* Europa Hotel is a modern hotel set on the side of Leie River, in an 20 minute walk from the main square and the Belfry with the Cloth Hall. The city center is restored and still breathes the atmosphere of a thriving late-medieval city state. During the Middle Ages, Ghent was one of the richest and most powerful cities in Europe. It was once considered the second largest city north of the alps, after Paris. The impact of this rich past can be clearly seen when viewing the imposing architecture of churches and the houses of rich traders.

Europa Hotel

Gordunakaai 59
9000 Gent – Belgium




How to get to Ghent


By Plane
The national Brussels Airport, one hour away by train or car, offers the best connections. A large number of carriers offer direct flights to Brussels. Belgium’s main airport has its own railway station. Ghent can easily be reached through the airports of Brussels, Charleroi (Brussels South) and Lille, so getting to Ghent by train is by far the easiest way. Direct trains from Brussels Airport are scheduled regularly. Take the airport train at level -1 at the terminal. No less than 4 trains an hour will take you from the airport to Ghent. An hour later you arrive at the train station in Ghent where taxis are waiting for you to take you to your hotel. From Charleroi Airport there is an Express Bus to Ghent station. Eurolines has buses from Ghent to destinations such as Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne and London. Flixbus offers also low cost stransportation to and from Ghent. Megabus operate services to/from London, Brussels and Amsterdam. Be aware that the Megabus bus stop for Ghent is at the Campanile Hotel Gent in Akkerhage, which is in the south of the city. Local buses 65 and 67 stop nearby.
By Train
Thanks to the high-speed Eurostar and Thalys trains, you are in Paris (2h), London and Amsterdam (3h) in no time. Traveling to Ghent on Belgium’s excellent rail system is a natural choice. Trains to and from Brussels leave every 20 minutes during the day. The journey from Brussel-Centraal (a.k.a. Bruxelles-Midi if you prefer French to Dutch) to Ghent takes about 30 minutes. The center of Ghent is quite small, so you can walk around on foot. However, the main station (Gent Sint-Pieters) is not in the city center, but takes a walk of about half an hour. The best option is to take the tram, which takes you directly to the center in 10 to 15 minutes.
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Conference participants are responsible for arranging the accommodation and travel to/in Ghent.

The 8th International Conference:

The European Union and the Politicization of Europe


Deadline for applications: 25th of September 2019

[In order to facilitate better travel arrangements for selected participants, the paper proposals are analyzed on a constant basis through regular meetings of the Selection Committee and therefore a response to the each application will be delivered in maximum 5 working days after the application.]
Make sure you receive an automated notification message after filling and sending the Application Form (check SPAM folder also). If no message is received in more than 5 minutes, please send your abstract proposal also by e-mail to [email protected]

Application Form

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