Images of Europe: Past, Present, Future, August 4 – 8, 2014

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International Society for the Study of European Ideas
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At a time when the Global Village is no longer a fiction but an undeniable reality, the growing number of problems that beset our world appear as novel, unprecedented challenges. How, then, can we grasp the scope and significance of the challenges that affect all aspects of our lives, our societies, and the world at large? How are we to characterize and study them? One way is to propose a historical context for approaching them in their multiplicity. It is customary to see the age of European expansion as the turning point in its development from pre-scientific Christendom into a modern civilization. Four centuries later—at the dawn of the 21st century—is Europe on the verge of another transformation? Can the lessons of its earlier transformation help in solving the problems we encounter today? We need to rethink the European tradition, how Europe mirrors itself and the rest of the world, and vice versa; to see its changing understanding of its own Greco-Roman legacy and Judeo-Christian religion; to gain a clearer picture of its reflections beyond its geographical borders. We need to rethink the role of fundamental European values, ways of thinking and doing, in shaping the New Europe and the Post-Colonial World. But to do so, we also need to understand the effects of globalization on the current academic methodologies we use in studying the changing images of Europe and the world.

The organizers of the 14th ISSEI Conference invite scholars from various academic fields to discuss the theoretical and practical challenges of globalization by characterizing their scope, effects and implications for Europe and beyond.

Previous ISSEI conferences were held in 1988 – Amsterdam; 1990 – Leuven; 1992 – Aalborg; 1994 – Graz; 1996 – Utrecht; 1998 – Haifa; 2000 – Bergen; 2002 – Aberystwyth; 2004 – Pamplona; 2006 – Malta; 2008 – Helsinki; 2010 – Ankara; 2012 – Cyprus.

What one regular conference participant has to say about the ISSEI conferences:

ISSEI's composition is an invitation to move beyond the limits you have set for yourself, the constraints you have imposed on your own thinking, breaking through to new levels of performance and ability.
ISSEI's engaging in age-old questions brings new dimensions and casts new light on situations and events of Europe's history and perspective. – Prof. Dr. Heinz-Uwe Haus, Dept. of Theatre, University of Delaware, USA.

If you would like to participate in the conference by presenting a paper in one or more of the workshops please note the following:

Length of Paper:
Papers should not exceed 3000 words or 10 double spaced pages, including Notes. Notes need not be included in the presentation of the papers but they should be in the version intended for the proceedings.

The deadline for submitting your abstract to a Workshop Chair is March 15, 2014.

To whom shall I submit my paper?
On the workshop page you will find a list of the workshops with the contact information for the workshop Chairs. Papers should be submitted directly to the Chair. If you are not sure for which Workshop(s) your paper(s) would be most suitable please send a short abstract to Prof. Ezra Talmor ( He will then suggest a workshop Chair for you to contact.

We look forward to seeing you in Portugal in 2014

Conference Co-Chairs:

Ezra Talmor, ISSEI

Yolanda Espina