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The First Global Conference Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers, Vienna, 22-24 September 2011‏

EuroacademiaCall for Papers for The First Global Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out:
Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers’ to be held in Vienna,
Austria, in 22-24 September 2011

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 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:

Europeas a would be world power
Europeand its internal and external others/outsiders
Europeand identities
Fortress Europe?
EU and appropriations of Europe
Europeand the Mediterranean assortment
Europeand the inclusive/exclusive nexus
Europe and the US
Europeand anti-Americanism
Europeas seen from its Eastern neighbours
Europeas 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
Europeand the EU as a normative power
EU regulatory practices in context
The multiple faces of Europeanization as a process
Europeand the persistence of the East-West Slope
Europeand crises
Europeand cosmopolitanism
Europeand the post-national orders
Europein the world
European narratives of the past: the mnemonic/amnesic nexuses
Europeanization versus globalization
Europeand conflict resolution
European social models: welfare states and neoliberal suspicions
Europeand 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
Schuttelstrasse 57/22
1020 Vienna Austria
Phone:+43 699 105 55 248