CfP for the Panel: The EU’s Internal Other: Eastern Europe as a Persisting Alterity, Prague, 13 – 14 December 2019

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Paper proposals on emotional reception of inclusion/exclusion nexuses, emotional dimensions of being the other and emotional dimensions of alterity making practices in relation with the making of Central andf Eastern Europe as invented region are welcome.


Call for Papers for the Panel:

The EU’s Internal Other: Eastern Europe as a Persisting Alterity


As part of the 7th Euroacademia International Conference

‘Re-Inventing Eastern Europe: 30 Years from the Revolutions in CEE’

School of International Relations and Diplomacy

Anglo-American University, Prague, Czech Republic


13th - 14th of December 2019

Deadline: 1st of November 2019


Panel Description


Eastern Enlargement took place within a framework of deeply asymmetric relations between the EU and the candidate countries. A robust theory of enlargement explains the interests driven determination of Central and Eastern European countries to join while they entrapped – according to the dominant constructivist readings – through strategic action the Western European side of the EU in its rhetoric of commitment to norms and values as inescapable arguments to enlarge. This approach preserves a different type of asymmetry while treating candidate countries as identitarian tabula rasa lacking any logic of appropriateness in their pursuit of joining the EU. Yet when any identitarian construct was to be invoked, most often the reference was rerouted to the Cold War attributes of the region as laggard, uncivilized, byzantine or ottoman in its preferences and behaviors. This is to name applicant states in their profile as Europe’s constitutive others.


A wide variety of scholars addressed the EU’s 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. Yet most of these types of approaches were forgotten in analyzing the persistence of an East-West slope after the enlargement effectively took place. The region is understood now under a process of convergence, socialization and Europeanization that will have as outcome 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 new members is not dismantled. The discourse on core-periphery, new Europe/old Europe is rather gaining increasing ground in the arena of European identity narratives voiced by the EU.


This panel aims to welcome papers on case-studies in which the EU narratives of othering towards Central and Eastern Europe preserve their salience. The core periphery nexus within the EUropean identity making is looked upon as an internal process of alterity making that takes the shape in concentric circles hierarchizations. The present panel advances the EU’s internal processes of alterity making as a puzzle and looks at the persistence of the East-West dichotomies inside the EU.


The panel welcomes papers on (but not limited to):


  • The EU and Cultural Hierarchies of Europe
  • Eastern Europe – The Eternal Pupil of the West
  • Free Movement, Migration and Alterity Making inside the EU
  • Historicity and the Past in EU’s Formation
  • Identitarian Politics and Preferential Understandings of What Europe is All About
  • Nostalgia and Memory: Competing Ways of Seeing the Past
  • Politically Engineered Perceptions of Eastern Europeans as a Threat to European Values
  • More or Less Europeans: Gradings and Generalizations of these Unknown People
  • Persisting Asymmetries in Treating the New EU Members
  • Civilisational Vocabularies: On the Linguistic Creativity in Naming and Placing Eastern Europeans


Please use the from to apply on-line on the conference website or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation until 1st of November 2019 to

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