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Conference: Re-Inventing Eastern Europe, Vienna, 17-19 May 2012‏

Call for Papers
The Euroacademia International Conference: Re-Inventing Eastern Europe
17 ? 19 May 2012, Hotel de France
Vienna, Austria

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 20 March 2012

New Panels:
? Europe?s Emerging New Others (Panel Organizer: Daniela Chalaniova,
Metropolitan University Prague)
? The East in the East (Panel Organizer: Olha Martynuk and Agnieszka
Pasieka, Institute for Human Sciences, Wien)
? Religion and modernity in ?Eastern? Europe (Panel Organizer: Martina
Topic, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political science, Sociology
? Representations of Eastern Europe in Anglophone Literatures (1990s ?
2000s) (Panel Organizer: Prof. Dr. Ludmilla Kostova, University of
Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria)
? Ethnicity and its Contemporary Challenges in Eastern Europe (Panel
Organizer: Sergiu Gherghina, GESIS Leibniz Institute for Social
Sciences, Koln, Germany)

Conference Description:

The Euroacademia International Conference ?Re-Inventing Eastern
Europe? aims to make a case and to provide alternative views on the
dynamics, persistence and manifestations of the practices of alterity
making that take place in Europe and broadly in the mental mappings of
the world. It offers an opportunity for scholars, activists and
practitioners to locate, discuss and debate the multiple dimensions in
which specific narratives of alterity making towards Eastern Europe
preserve their salience today in re-furbished and re-fashioned
manners. The conference aims to look at the processes of alterity
making as puzzles and to address the persistence of the East-West

Not a long time ago, in 2010, a British lady was considered bigoted by
Gordon Brown upon asking ?Where do all these Eastern Europeans come
from??. Maybe, despite her concern with the dangers of immigration for
Britain, the lady was right in showing that such a question still
awaits for answers in Europe. The ironic thing however is that a first
answer to such a question would point to the fact that the Eastern
Europeans come from the Western European imaginary. As Iver Neumann
puts it, ?regions are invented by political actors as a political
programme, they are not simply waiting to be discovered?. And, as
Larry Wolff skilfully showed, Eastern Europe is an invention emanated
initially from the intellectual agendas of the elites of the
Enlightenment that later found its peak of imaginary separation during
the Cold War.
The Economist, explicitly considered Eastern Europe to be wrongly
labelled and elaborated that ?it was never a very coherent idea and it
is becoming a damaging one?.The EU enlargement however, was expected
to make the East ? West division obsolete under the veil of a
prophesized convergence. That would have finally proven the
non-otologic, historically contingent and unhappy nature of the
division of Europe and remind Europeans of the wider size of their
continent and the inclusive and empowering nature of their values. Yet
still, 20 years after the revolutions in the Central and Eastern
European countries, Leon Mark, while arguing that the category of
Eastern Europe is outdated and misleading, bitterly asks a still
relevant question: ?will Europe ever give up the need to have an East??
Eastern Europe was invented as a region and continues to be
re-invented from outside and inside. From outside its invention was
connected with alterity making processes, and, from inside the region,
the Central and Eastern European countries got into a civilizational
beauty contest themselves in search of drawing the most western
profile: what?s Central Europe, what?s more Eastern, what?s more
Ottoman, Balkan, Byzantine, who is the actual kidnapped kid of the
West, who can build better credentials by pushing the Easterness to
the next border. A wide variety of scholars addressed the western
narratives of making the Eastern European other as an outcome of
cultural politics of enlightenment, as an effect of EU?s need to
delineate its borders, as an outcome of its views on security , or as
a type of ?orientalism? or post-colonialism. Most of these types of
approaches are still useful in analyzing the persistence of a
East-West slope. The region is understood now under a process of
convergence, socialization and Europeanization that will have as
outcomes an ?ever closer union? where the East and the West will fade
away as categories. Yet the reality is far from such an outcome while
the persistence of categories of alterity making towards the ?East? is
not always dismantled. The discourse on core-periphery, new Europe/old
Europe is rather gaining increasing ground in the arena of European
identity narratives often voiced by the EU.

The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the
following orientative panels::

The Agenda of the Enlightenment: Inventing Eastern Europe
Europe East and West: On the Persistence of the Division
Reviewing Alternative Modernities: East and West
Writing About the East in West
Writing about the West in East
The Eastern European ?Other? Inside the European Union
Mental mappings on Eastern Europe
People-ing the Eastern Europeans
Geopolitical views on the East-West Division
Post-colonial readings of Eastern Europe
Making Borders to the East: Genealogies of Othering
Inclusion/Exclusion Nexuses
Myths and Misconceptions on Eastern Europe
Core Europe/Non-Core Europe
Central Europe vs. Eastern Europe
Reading the Past: On Memory and Memorialization
Eastern Europe and the Crises
Assessing Convergence in Eastern Europe
Explaining Divergence in Eastern Europe
Central and Eastern Europe and the EU
Scenarios for the Future of Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe and asymmetries of Europeanization
Axiological framings of Eastern Europe

Participant's Profile
The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and
professionals with a particular interest in Eastern 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.
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