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Conference: What future for EUtopia? Trajectories of Europeanization from the core and the periphery, panel, SIEF. Zagreb, 21-25 June 2015‏


Call for Papers: SIEF2015 12th Congress: Zagreb, Croatia. 21-25 June 2015 „Utopias, Realities, Heritages. Ethnographies for the 21st century“ Panel P003: What future for EUtopia? Trajectories of Europeanization from the core and the periphery Panel Organisers: Alexandra Schwell, University of Vienna Orlanda Obad, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb "Europe" has become a focal point for definitions of concepts such as "modernity" and "civilization", and it is also often held synonymous with notions such as "soulless bureaucracy", "gated community", "space of anxiety", and "island of the privileged". Today, European political and economic unity seems to be unfolding in parallel realities which occasionally intertwine in unexpected ways: from the intricate practices of officials within Brussels' European Quarter to the rise of Euro-sceptic parties, from crisis-ridden and stereotyped societies of the European South to the deadly plights of migrants and asylum seekers. In this panel, we scrutinize the various ways in which "Europe" functions as a template for utopian/dystopian projections and imaginaries at the core, the periphery and beyond the margins. In order to avoid a sense of "geographical egoism" (cf. Maxwell 2011), inherent even in the critical theoretical approaches, we seek to open the dialogue between these multiple perspectives. We intend to focus both on hierarchies which create divisions within Europe as well as power asymmetries, which arise in core/periphery relations. We seek to uncover utopian/dystopian imaginaries that cross-cut this discursive space and simultaneously yield practical and tangible consequences for individual actors. What is the future of the European imaginary? We welcome proposals for papers on any of the following areas, but by no means confined to these: • Policies, politics, and institutions • Cultural hemispheres and unexpected peripheries • Effects and affects of utopian/dystopian projections and imaginaries • Colonial legacies and new migratory dynamics • Eastern/Western Whiteness The call for papers is now open, and it closes at midnight on January 14th, 2015. All proposals must be made via the online form, through the conference website, not by email. Panel number is P003. To propose the paper, please read the rules on the following link: http://www.siefhome.org/congresses/sief2015/cfp.shtml Please note: panel organisers as well as the SIEF are unable to provide funding for conference attendance.