CFP: Mini-Symposium Reshaping Europe: Experiments, Agency, Cultural Practice, Madrid, Spain

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Call for Papers
October 6, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, European History / Studies, French History / Studies, German History / Studies

Call for papers for Panels for Mini-Symposium

As part of 

International Europeanist Conference, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, June 20-22, 2019: Sovereignties in Contention: Nations, Regions, and Citizens in Europe


Deadline for Paper Proposals: October 6, 2018

Mini-Symposium Organizers, Gisela Brinker-Gabler, Binghamton University (USA), Randall Halle, Pittsburgh University (USA), Co-Chairs of Research Network "European Culture" at the Council for European Studies, New York

Symposium Description:

Europe is not a place it is a process; it is a history of shifting borders and changing collectivities. The post-war aim of a Europe without borders, central to the project of the EU, set itself against a disastrous past of chauvinistic and imperial aggressions. And yet the contemporary European project has generated its own set of boundaries, mental and physical. It has reactivated older forms of belonging: national, regional, and cultural. While fostering a culture of travel and tourism, it has also sharpened class and ethnic conflict. East/West and North/South divides pull European unity apart. And in spite of the ideal of a Europe without borders, the EU has also generated its own new forms of territory: the Schengen Zone patrolled by Frontex, the borders of NATO splitting the Ukraine, the Eurozone, the Populist Right’s Europe of Nations, the continental Exit into isolated national sovereignty, the Occidental rift on the Bosporus, or the Mediterranean as grave.

This CFP seeks contributions that explores the European rethinking of borders and boundaries in cultural practice. We understand cultural practice broadly from museal institutional to street practice, from quotidian experience to avant-garde defamiliarization, from print to social media, from majority identitarian to local queer collectivist, etc. Proposals that explore European culture as a space of multiple loyalties over a single European universal are encouraged. We seek contributions that consider historical as well as contemporary cultural practice.

Papers are especially welcome that attend to anxieties about mass migration and collective displacement, explore assertions of national histories or inter- and trans-national alternatives, discuss experienced shifts of sovereignty and cultural belonging. We encourage critical approaches that do not take culture or identity as a given but rather ask how have past and present life experiences shaped cultural collectives, generated mythologies, produced domination, sought to resolve conflict. How do contemporary exclusivities relate to or differ from past exclusions.

With your contributions, we hope to establish a series of panels with a concluding roundtable oriented toward new horizons and European futures.

Please apply on-line using the electorinc form on the conference website and mention the connection with the European Culture Research Network

And please send a copy of your proposals to gbrinker@binghamton. edu and

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