Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers

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Euroacademia cordially invites you to
The Third Global Conference
'Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers' to be held in Prague, Czech Republic
Grand Majestic Plaza

THE DATES: 15 – 16 of March 2013

Description and aims

Europe became in the 20th century an elaborated yet contested notion as the 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 Third Global Conference 'Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers' aims exactly to refresh a broader approach and understanding of Europe by enlarging the platform of regular conferences and workshops for a wider arena of participants and disciplinary backgrounds in order to put on stage a worldwide monadology for such concerns. The conference aims also to enable critical alternatives to the disciplinary orthodoxies by creating a framework for interaction and dissemination of diversity that has to become once more a European trademark.

What is Europe and its place in the world? Is there something particular that sedimented in time and through a controversial history 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.

1. Colonial Metaphors through Sequential Art: Domination, Exotic Places and Alterity in European Comic Books
2. The European Way – Identitarian Representations of Europe in Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Literature
3. Europe and the European Union: Politicizing Europeaness
The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the following orientative panels:

Europe as a would be world power
Europe and its internal and external others/outsiders
Europe and identities
Fortress Europe?
EU and appropriations of Europe
Europe and the Mediterranean assortment
Europe and the inclusive/exclusive nexus
Europe and the US
Europe and anti-Americanism
Europe as seen from its Eastern neighbours
Europe as viewed from far away: narratives of the Europeans outside
Europe as viewed from Asia
Europe and Africa
Non-familiar faces of Europe
Knowing Europe in a different way: from Latin America to Australia
Europe and the EU as a normative power
EU regulatory practices in context
The multiple faces of Europeanization as a process
Europe and the persistence of the East-West Slope
Europe and crises
Europe and cosmopolitanism
Europe and the post-national orders
Europe in the world
European narratives of the past: the mnemonic/amnesic nexuses
Europeanization versus globalization
Europe and conflict resolution
European social models: welfare states and neoliberal suspicions
Europe and innovation
The politicization of Europe

Participant's Profile
The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest in Europe from all parts of the world. Post-graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers are welcome to submit an abstract. Representatives of INGOs, NGOs, Think Tanks and activists willing to present their work with impact on or influenced by specific understandings of Europe are welcomed as well to submit the abstract of their contribution. Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted based on their proven quality. The submitted paper is expected to be in accordance with the lines provided in the submitted abstract.

The conference will take place in the conference premises of the exclusive 4 stars deluxe design Grand Majestic Plaza Hotel, centrally located in the heart of Prague, easily accessible from the historic center and within a walking distance from all the major tourist attractions: just few steps away from the famous Municipal House, Gothic Powder Gate, significant Republic Square and the most attractive shopping centre Palladium.

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