Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities


The Second Euroacademia International Conference

Identities and Identifications

Politicized Uses of Collective Identities



17 – 18 October 2014

Villa Vittoria – Palazzo dei Congressi
Florence, Italy


Deadline for Panel Proposals: 15th of August 2014
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 12 September 2014


Conference Description

Identity is one of the crown jewelries in the kingdom of ‘contested concepts’. The idea of identity is conceived to provide some unity and recognition while it also exists by separation and differentiation. Few concepts were used as much as identity for contradictory purposes. From the fragile individual identities as self-solidifying frameworks to layered in-group identifications in families, orders, organizations, religions, ethnic groups, regions, nation-states, supra-national entities or any other social entities, the idea of identity always shows up in the core of debates and makes everything either too dangerously simple or too complicated. Constructivist and de-constructivist strategies have led to the same result: the eternal return of the topic. Some say we should drop the concept, some say we should keep it and refine it, some say we should look at it in a dynamic fashion while some say it’s the reason for resistance to change.


If identities are socially constructed and not genuine formations, they still hold some responsibility for inclusion/exclusion – self/other nexuses. Looking at identities in a research oriented manner provides explanatory tools for a wide variety of events and social dynamics. Identities reflect the complex nature of human societies and generate reasonable comprehension for processes that cannot be explained by tracing pure rational driven pursuit of interests. The feelings of attachment, belonging, recognition, the processes of values’ formation and norms integration, the logics of appropriateness generated in social organizations are all factors relying on a certain type of identity or identification. Multiple identifications overlap, interact, include or exclude, conflict or enhance cooperation. Identities create boundaries and borders; define the in-group and the out-group, the similar and the excluded, the friend and the threatening, the insider and the ‘other’.


Beyond their dynamic fuzzy nature that escapes exhaustive explanations, identities are effective instruments of politicization of social life. The construction of social forms of organization and of specific social practices together with their imaginary significations requires all the time an essentialist or non-essentialist legitimating act of belonging; a social glue that extracts its cohesive function from the identification of the in-group and the power of naming the other. Identities are political. Multicultural slogans populate extensively the twenty-first century yet the distance between the ideal and the real multiculturalism persists while the virtues of inclusion coexist with the adversity of exclusion. Dealing with the identities means to integrate contestation into contestation until potentially a n degree of contestation. Due to the confusion between identities and identifications some scholars demanded that the concept of identity shall be abandoned. Identitarian issues turned out to be efficient tools for politicization of a ‘constraining dissensus’ while universalizing terms included in the making of the identities usually tend or intend to obscure the localized origins of any identitarian project. Identities are often conceptually used as rather intentional concepts: they don’t say anything about their sphere but rather defining the sphere makes explicit the aim of their usage. It is not ‘identity of’ but ‘identity to’.



The Second Euroacademia International Conference ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’ aims to scrutinize the state of the art in collective identities research, to bring once more into debate the processes of identity making, identity building in both constructivist or de-constructivist dimensions. It is the aim of the Euroacademia conference to open the floor for dynamic multi-dimensional and inter-disciplinary understandings of identities in their historic formation or in the way they shape the present and future of organizations or communities.


Euroacademia aims to bring together a wide network of academics, researchers, practitioners and activists that are willing to share and open to debate their research on identity related topics. Disciplinary, trans and inter-disciplinary approaches, methodological assessments and recommendations, single case studies or cross-sectional analyses, reflective essays, experience sharing or works addressing new puzzles are all welcomed.



The Second Euroacademia International Conference ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’ is organized yet by no means restricted to the following panels:
  • Welcome to the Land of Disputes: Theoretic Contributions to Understanding Identity
  • Modernity and Identity
  • Identities as Endogenous Factors in the Study of Organizations
  • Critical Approaches to Understanding Identity
  • Universal and Local in Identity Making
  • Processes of Identity Building
  • Practices of Identification
  • Identity and Inclusion
  • Identity and Exclusion
  • The Politicization of the European Identity
  • European Union and the Claims of an Emerging Supranational Identity
  • America as a Soft Power: Attraction Through Identitarian Constructs
  • Normative Powers and the Export of Identities
  • Identity and the Power of Naming the Other
  • In-Group – Out-Group Dynamics in Identity Formation
  • Identities as Endogenous Factors in Explaining Political Behaviors
  • Religion and Identities
  • Imagined Communities: Preserving Identity as A Foreigner
  • Art as an Identity Making Process
  • Folklore and the National Identity Narratives
  • History Reading and Identity Making
  • Ideal and Real Multiculturalism: How Inclusive Our Societies Are?
  • Regions and Identities
  • East/West – North/South: Imaginary Geographies of Identities
  • Core/Periphery Claims in Shaping Identities
  • Nested Identities
  • Identitarian Threats
  • Symbols of Identities: Flags, Coins, Stamps and Anthems
  • Cosmopolitanism and Supra-National Identities
  • Film and the Visual Narration of identities
  • Music and the Identitarian Signifiers
  • Literature and Identities
  • Groups, Gangs, Movements and Identities
  • Protest and Identities
  • Ethnicity and Identity
  • Regional Integration Projects and Identity Appropriations
  • Globalization and Identities
  • Uses and Miss-uses of Identities for Political Purposes
  • Organizations and Identities
  • Markets, Products and Identities
  • Consumerism and its Impact on Identity Building
  • Corporate Identity
  • Brand Identity
  • Identity and Conflict
  • Crises of Identity

However, if you are willing to propose and/or chair a particular panel we welcome you to advance your proposal until 15th of August 2014 in the Propose a Panel section on the conference website.

Each Panel may contain a maximum of 5 speakers and a Chair that will act also as a Discussant.
Deadline for Panel Proposals is 15th of August 2014

Panel Proposal


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Art and Identity


Panel Description


Identities are socially attributed imaginary significations. They are part of the dynamic projects of individual and social autonomy (C. Castoriadis). Nothing shapes, represents or reflects better the imaginary constructions of particular societies than arts. The artistic perception and practice are often identity making processes while the object of art can be a direct or indirect embodiment of experienced identities. At the outcome line of the process of artistic creation, the perception of the objects of art as oeuvre is an identification with cultural claims for specific aesthetic standards.
Art has a tremendous impact in indicating or shaping various dimensions of multilayered identities. Trough time art represented or influenced human visions of life and death, natural or supra-natural, meanings of life and daily practices, beliefs and their expression, history and change, places and differences. Art is simultaneously a process of building contextual cultural identifications and an instrument for cross-cultural dialogue. Arts supported the symbolic legitimating of various political orders and had an essential role in the creation of national identities. Arts shaped cultural aspirations and credos as an effective element of cultural innovation, change and openness to new. Through imaginary representations, art inserted divisions and differences among cultures and self-perceptions of people yet also opened the path of curiosity for the other and the emergence of trans-cultural dialogue. As artistic visions touched upon the most intimate identitarian representations of individuals and societies, they exercise a fundamental role in the developments and dynamics of identity making processes. Arts deeply touched on social and self-representation through sculpture and portraiture, on civic identities through defining social spaces in architecture or quotidian perceptions through design, on social or political allegiances through symbols, iconic objects and cultural diplomacy, on acting identities through theater, literature or performance arts, on the formation of transnational and global symbols. They exercised an essential impact on the formation of social memories or in addressing inclusion and exclusion nexuses for the marginalized or oppressed. Art is as well one of the important modes for asserting identities.
This panel addresses explicitly and invites the theoretical or applied studies that relate artistic manifestations with identity making processes. As the universe of reflection and research on the topics involved are virtually unlimited and impossible to anticipate in full diversity, we welcome contributions that add value or challenges to the discussion of the topic.
Some suggested topics for the panel are:

  • Art and identity: a bidirectional influence
  • Arts and the formation of social imaginary
  • Art as search for self-expression and identity
  • History, memory, art and identity: from literature to visual and performing arts
  • Renaissance and humanism influence on modern identity
  • Art and the creation of national identities
  • Modern art and novelty as a value
  • Portraiture and identity: from painting to sculpture and photography
  • Performing identities: identity and performance in literature, theater and the performing arts
  • The body in art
  • Art and expressions of gender identity
  • Photography and identity making: from single images to serial portraits
  • Identity and migration or displacement in art
  • Alberto Giacometti and Constantin Brancusi: the human and the absolute
  • Picasso and Modigliani: images of a deeper self
  • Cindy Sherman: the nature of representation and construction of identity
  • Architecture and urban vision: from civic identities to globalization
  • Contemporary design and the visions of life and the self
  • Displaying allegiance: from ideological art to political symbols
  • Fashion and social staging of personal identity
  • Cinematography and identitarian representations
  • Art and cross-cultural dialogue
  • Art and post-colonialism
  • Repressed identities and arts
  • Art and search for recognition: expressing cultural heritage
  • Art, infinite reproduction and the global village
  • Kitsch and identity
  • Museums, galleries and exhibitions: displaying identities

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 12 September 2014 to

Performing Identity: The Relationship between Identity and Performance in Literature, Theatre and the Performing Arts


Panel Organizer: Dr. Panayiota Chrysochou

The University of Cyprus

Panel Description


Identity is often seen as being a controversial topic. Whether it is fictive or real, (de)politicized and/or aesthetic, gendered or engendered, identity is often seen as being a powerful political tool and an essentially social construct. It also allows individuals to define themselves. In a sense, we perform our own identities everyday – or, perhaps, we perform a wide range of different identities at any one time. We implicitly live in a society which constructs various definitive identifications, and which often sees the rigid maintenance of hierarchical systems and exclusive ideological constructions of gender, identity and sexuality, or what Judith Butler defines in her work Bodies that Matter as an ‘exclusionary matrix.’ This has often resulted in the displacement of any discursive systems which resist these exclusionary systems. This panel seeks to give voice to discursive systems which have so often been displaced by exclusionary systems of identification. The main exclusionary focus in culture and the arts has often been on the white, heterosexual and supremacist male (or female). To rectify this oversight, this panel seeks to address any works of art and culture which are directly and explicitly related to the performance of identity from a different standpoint – that is, one which is not exclusively heteronormative and heterosexual.

We welcome any papers which focus on the following topics:

  • Identity as a performative and political tool and/or as a site of political resistance and change
  • The work of gay/lesbian or drag performance artists who do not form part of the white, male/female and heterosexual/heteronormative matrix
  • Identity as a fluid and shifting construct in the theatre, the performing arts and literature generally
  • Cultural and literary works or works of art which resist fixed identifications and engender performative meanings/ways of ‘reading’
  • The abject as a site of identification
  • Gender and identity formation
  • Sexuality as a performative and identificatory construct or mode of identification

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 12 September 2014 to

(En)Gendering Identity: Gender in Culture, Education and Society


Panel Organizer: Dr. Panayiota Chrysochou

The University of Cyprus

Panel Description


In Judith Butler’s highly influential and groundbreaking book ‘Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity’ (1990), Butler pokes fun at the notion that there is an ‘original’ gender to which we can ascribe, and playfully asserts that all gender is in fact scripted, rehearsed, and performed. To what extent can we challenge the notion that there is no fixed and gendered identity? Is it true to say that there is no such thing as real or true gender and/or that it is merely a constructed entity upon which implicit and invisible assumptions are heteronormatively entrenched in a patriarchal society? Can we really move beyond or outside gender and gendered constructions of identity? What are the stakes of eliding gender altogether? Is identity a fixed concept? Such questions become even more imperative nowadays given the growing politico-cultural tendency to assume that gender is an existing given which can either be singled out as a unique form of oppression or a systematised and neat classification in education, culture, and society at large. A case in point is the Universities UK’s recent report which endorses gender segregation at university events.

This panel seeks to explore and address these issues in a number of ways. Broadly speaking, we welcome abstracts which engage with gender issues as documented in case studies, stories, on stage and in the literature, and particularly welcome papers which unsettle the fixed and divisive binary of ‘subject/object’, ‘man/woman’ and fixed notions of gender and identity politics.

We welcome any papers which focus on the following topics:

  • Notions of gender and identity politics in literature and the performing arts
  • Gender dysphoria, gender reassignment and drag
  • Gender issues in higher education, culture, religion and society
  • Ways of destabilising notions of a fixed and gendered body and identity politics and/or potentially moving beyond or outside gender definitions
  • Gender and trauma
  • Gender and identity formation

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation until 12 September 2014 to

Identity in the Visual


Panel Proposed by: 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Role of sports as visual performance in identity narratives
  • National cinema and national identity
  • Images of patriotism
  • Fashion statements as declarations of belonging
  • Folk costumes and clothing in contemporary national identity narratives
  • Visualising the gender
  • Identity and Image
  • From national to cosmopolitan visual signification of identities

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 12 September 2014 to

Identities and the Cities: Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction

Panel Description


Elasticity of the label identity accommodates everything that does and does not surround us, thus finding its place in every discourse on making and re-making, invention and re-invention, destruction and construction. Every transition is synonymous with said processes, be it a tectonic change or a peaceful shift. As political systems and countries disintegrate and new ones rise, as they become more entangled in the global hyperspace, their skin changes in a manner of theatrical scenery change after each act, sometimes with discrete adaptation, 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 and the burden of their existence, if this setting is a city, every adaptation and intervention affects its multi-dimensional identities. However, can one speak of an identity of the urban space in the singular form?

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, politicised and communicated, expressed and projected, imposed and marketed? And above all, how do they thrive within the dynamic interpolation of the nexus of East-West, Europe-Balkans, centre-periphery, urban – suburban, old and new. As out-dated as these dichotomies 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 state-driven collective identities in the face of cultural fragmentation and diversification, coupled with consumer-attractiveness is turning them into urban palimpsest. This transformation is ever more complex in the cities of Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe. In these last decades, during the period of socio-political and cultural deconstruction, the redefinitions of their urban space reflect the need to refashion, consolidate or even establish their new/old identities. Flooded with imported ‘non-places’, (not) dealing with the material legacy of memories of the recent past that seem unable to resolve, trying to accept or reject the rest of Europe in the race towards ‘Europeanization’, these cities adopt different approaches in their aim to resemble and at the same time, differ. Zagreb generously welcomed its marketing nickname “pocket size Vienna”, while regenerating itself with the mega Museum of Contemporary Art tailored up to an imagined ‘Western European’ standard. Skopje’s attention seeking project transformed the ‘open city of solidarity’ into a literal national identity construction site. The list goes on. Queuing to win the old continent’s capital of culture contest and eager to squeeze into the ever-enlarging itinerary of the consumerist Grand Tour, the only thing cities are not allowed to be, is invisible.

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 space
  • Contemporary nomadism and the city as a common denominator for collective identities
  • Architecture as ‘politics with bricks and mortar’
  • Is there a new rise of the city-state?
  • Urban regeneration projects, landmark buildings and ‘starchitects’
  • Non-places and (non)identities
  • Immigrants and the cultural identity of cities
  • City marketing and city branding
  • European capitals of culture and European identity
  • Identity creation and the cultural offer of the city
  • Urban cultural heritage as identity-anchor
  • Creative changes of the cities
  • Art and industry in urban development
  • Urban aesthetics
  • Ugliness, kitsch and value in shaping contemporary urban spaces
  • East-West nexuses in urban development
  • Selective urban memorialization through monuments and symbolic architecture
  • The future of urban visual identities

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 12 September 2014 to

Virtual Identities and the Social Media


Panel Organizer: Dana Domsodi

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy

Panel Description


With the emergence of social media environments and the increasing popular presence on-line and of the time individuals spend in virtual social networks, the fluidity of identities and their narrative nature became more emphatic than ever. Nowadays, individuals can be part of multiple and large social networks and selectively promote specific facets of their identities or invent completely new identities as stimulants for virtual interaction.

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, forums, blogs, on-line multi-players games, instant messaging, are just some examples of an immense number of social platforms provided on the internet that gather tremendous amounts of users on a daily basis. The virtual profiles that stand as on-line identities have ‘management’ options and choices that can increase one’s visibility and bring together groups of individuals sharing similar interests, passions, personal histories, tastes or will to express and be acknowledged. However, the virtual space doesn’t reliably promote ‘real’ identities but constructive, selective and even fully invented operational identities that foster the virtual interaction. Some say that the individual was never before so invisible or even non-existing in the processes of social interaction. The subject often disappears behind the selective ‘masks’ used in on-line identities. While the real being is dependent on personal autonomy in constructing the self and the identitarian determinants, in the virtual arena an identity is consolidated through the heteronomy resulting from the quantity of virtual interaction it determines.

The on-line identities are blurred by the way they are defined by the user. The on-line environment offers an unlimited amount of freedom to individuals to define their profile and segments of desired interaction without any centralized authority. However, this freedom can and sometime does bring deception and misrepresentation into play.

This panel aims to look at the diverse, rarely explored and understood phenomenon of narrative and visual identity-building processes in the on-line environment.

Some example of topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • On-line identities
  • Anonymity, pseudonyms and active construction of virtual identities
  • Social networking and risk
  • The online dis-inhibition effect
  • Reliability and moral compasses in virtual identity building
  • ‘Selling friends’: the corporate means of multiplying virtual exposure
  • The impossible ‘Delete’
  • Icons, avatars and visual representations of on-line identities
  • Conflicts between on-line and real perceptions of the self
  • Loneliness and social networking
  • On-line Identity and responsibility
  • On-line surveillance and the freedom of individual
  • Creative presentations of the self as another on-line

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 12 September 2014 to

Participant’s Profile

The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest related to the topic of collective identities from all parts of the world. Senior and junior researchers are equally welcomed. As the nature of the conference is intended to be multidisciplinary in nature, different academic backgrounds are welcomed.


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 or projects with impact on or influenced by specific understandings of identities are welcomed as well to submit abstracts of their contributions.


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


The Participation Fee is 225 Euro


The Participation Fee Includes:


  • the registration fee
  • participant’s package with all the materials for the conference
  • eligibility for publishing of the presentation in the conference volume
  • a copy of the electronic volume
  • access to Euroacademia discussion group and newsletters
  • 2 daily coffee brakes with typical Italian snacks and refreshing drinks during the conference (water/sodas)
  • sparkling wine opening reception with snacks on 17th of October 2014
  • a 4 course buffet lunch on 17th of October 2014
  • a 4 course buffet lunch on 18th of October 2014
  • 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 18th of September 2014 in the Euroacademia account:


Name of the Bank: Belfius

Bank account IBAN: BE45 0688 9724 6589



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. The original invoice will be delivered to accepted participants on site at the conference.

Unfortunately, Euroacademia has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation to/in Florence. 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 institution to confirm the selection and participation in the conference upon request.

Social Activities and Publication

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.


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.


An optional dinner and as social event will be organized for the second evening of the conference in a typical Italian cuisine restaurant as optional program for the willing participants. The social dinner will be held based on participant’s prior confirmation and it costs 30 Euro to be covered by the participants individually.
An optional walking tour of historical center of Florence will be available to willing participants on Sunday 19th of October 2014.


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.

Important Dates
15 August 2014 Deadline for Submitting Panel Proposals
12 September 2014 300 words abstracts and details of affiliation
13th of September 2014 Latest notification of acceptance
15 September 2014 Sending the Registration Form
20 September 2014 Payment of the conference fee
8th of October 2014 Sending the draft paper to be uploaded on the web site of the conference
10th of October 2014 Publication of the conference program and uploading the draft papers on the website
17th of October 2014 The conference commences at 9.30 am

Venue and Directions


The conference will take place in the conference premises of the beautiful Villa Vittoria – Palazzo dei Congressi, centrally located in the heart of Florence, few steps away from the Santa Maria Novella church and the amazing Duomo with its cupola del Brunelleschi and Campanile di Giotto making easily accessible within a walking distance any part of the amazing Renaissance treasure of the historic center.

Located inside the 18th century Villa Vittoria – Palazzo dei Congressi boasts prestigious auditoriums and is surrounded by a centuries-old garden. The charming interiors of the venue are characterized by a combination of Florentine antique furniture with modern and functionally designed halls. Villa Vittoria and its adjacent Lemon House are connected to the Fortezza da Basso through a pedestrian square, thus forming a conference area which is completely accessible on foot, in the heart of the city. It is a luxury establishment where the secret ingredients of tradition, history and modernity are blended in perfect proportions and surrounded by marvelous edifices that host the largest Renaissance art collections in the world.


Villa Vittoria – Palazzo dei Congressi

Firenze Fiera, Piazza Adua, 1,
Florence, Italy, 055 49721



A city-size shrine to the Renaissance, Florence offers frescoes, sculptures, churches, palaces, and other monuments from the richest cultural flowering the world has known. Names from its dazzling historical past—Dante, Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli—are some of the most resonant of the medieval age.

But to see the Tuscan capital simply as Europe’s preeminent city of art would be to ignore not only its role as a dynamic and cosmopolitan metropolis, but also to overlook its more unsung charms—Italy’s most visited gardens (and its best ice-cream parlor), idyllic strolls on balmy summer evenings, a broad range of specialty shopping, sweeping views over majestic cityscapes, eating experiences that range from historic cafés to the country’s most highly rated restaurants, and the kind of seductive and romantic pleasures that somehow only Italy knows how to provide.

Florence is the best place to discuss and affirm diverse identities as it is a beautiful place that significantly shaped the modern identity of Europe through humanism, love for beauty, amazing arts and craftsmanship, respect for the past and a look into the future.

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Conference participants are responsible for arranging the accommodation and travel to Florence.

The Second Euroacademia International Conference
Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities

Deadline for applications: 12 September 2014

[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 application will be delivered in maximum 5 days after the application.]

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