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Euroacademia - Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers, Vienna, 22-24 September 2011‏

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 first 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 to enable critical alternatives to the disciplinary orthodoxy by creating a framework for interaction and dissemination of diversity that has to become once more a European trademark. The conference also aims to become a constructive confrontational space for alternative methodologies, provocative puzzles, inter, multi and trans-disciplinary understandings of wider and also for thinner specialized issues of concern for or about Europe of today. In a way, such a conference aims to become a moment of return to the European specificity of critical self-understanding through dialogue and debate with all the discursive or narrative traditions that directly or indirectly constitute its self.

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.

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
However, if you are willing to propose and/or chair a particular panel we welcome you to do so.
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.
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 not have been published elsewhere. All participants to the conference will receive a copy of the volume.
The 300 word abstracts and the affiliation details should be submitted in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
1) author(s), 2) affiliation, 3) email address, 4) title of abstract,
5) body of abstract 6) preferred panel or proposed panel The abstract and details can be sent to with the name of the conference specified in the subject line or through the on-line application form available at We will acknowledge the receipt of your proposal and answer to all paper proposals submitted.
For more information visit Euroacademia Schuttelstrasse 57/22 1020 Vienna Austria