Complexities of ‘Europe’: Between knowledge, power, citizenship and identity

20 November 2009 - 21 November 2009

CRASSH Seminar room, 17 Mill Lane

Graduate Conference organized by the CRASSH Post-graduate research group European Identities and Encounters

The theoretical approaches to “Europe” often suggest a teleological narrative, which portrays the establishment of the European Union as the consummation of every cultural and political project of “Europeanness”. This conference aims at bringing together different viewpoints of “Europe” lying beyond the political narratives of accession and integration. Priority will be given to papers that address the complexities of the way in which “Europe” as a concept, a label, a place, an institution or a union is turned into a locus of contestation. We are particularly interested in comparative studies as well as in exploring transfers of knowledge and power across the region(s) described as “Europe”. We are also eager to examine how “Europe” interacts, constructs and is constructed by its “Others” or its “margins– whether in immigration, integration or development policies.

The areas of particular interest are:

Theme 1: Knowledge and power

•    Periodizing “Europe”

    Exploring the debates over the origins of “Europe” and the political use of history,  archeology and historical education.
•   “Europe” and the Academy
    Projects, Framework programmes, funding and the creation of a  “European”  sphere of research.   
•   “Europe” outside Europe  
  “Europe” as an exporter of normative discourses on human rights, gender and peace  though the funding of NGOs, establishment of offices, neighboring policies, organization of projects, exporting of know-how, etc outside the EU   borders or in EU’s  so called “periphery”.

Theme 2: Citizenship and identity:

•    “Europe” and borders

     Migration, integration, asylum policies, citizenship, frontiers: What can make up for a “European experience”?
•    A “European” Public Sphere?
    Thinking the possibilities post-national, grass-roots, transnational politics.
•    “Europe” and material cultures 
 Technologies and artifacts, which partake in the construction of a “European” imagination. Is there a distinctively   “European” popular culture? Memories of the World War and of colonialism in relation to European identities.

The purpose of the conference is to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue. Thus, we aim at attracting scholars from the entire range of social sciences and humanities, including political science, history, social/cultural anthropology, archaeology, media studies, history of art, linguistics, discourse theory, literature, sociology and geography. The organizing committee welcomes applications from graduate students but will gladly consider abstracts from post-doctoral researchers and early stage academics too.


For any enquiry you can contact one of the organizers: 

Eirini Avramopoulou
Katherine Cooper   
Leonidas Karakatsanis
Nikolaos Papadogiannis
Thomas Stammers
Amr Abdelrahman  

Additional Information:

Registration fee (including paper givers):    £ 25 full institutional fee
                                                                             £ 15 for Students depending on own funding

Registration is now closed

Catering offered:
Coffee and tea, 2 buffet lunches, Conference material.
One dinner offered to paper givers, discussants and invited speakers only (listeners can register and join by paying for a set-course meal).


Accommodation is not provided to paper givers, but subsidized college accommodation might be available. Paper givers that will send their abstracts early, since these are accepted, they will gain priority for this offer. In any case however, the organizers will help paper givers to locate affordable accommodation.

Travel expenses:
There can be no coverage/subsidization of travel expenses.
Paper givers are advised to seek funding or cover their own travel expenses.

We have limited funds available to partially reimburse the travel and accommodation costs of no more than three PhD students, who will be selected to present a paper, but their attendance is put in jeopardy due to economic difficulties they face. Applicants are strongly advised not to rely on these bursaries and to seek alternative sources of funding, instead.

Deadline for proposed papers has now passed, accepted speakers will be contacted by the end of September 2009

Registration Online in now closed

Open to all. Registration required. Limited places


   Administrative contact Esther Lamb (Grad/Fac Programme Manager)





9.00 -9.30

Registration (Coffee provided)

9.30 -9.45

Welcome and Introduction

9.45 - 11.45

Panel 1: Imagi-nations: "Europe" in the making

Anne-Isabelle Richard
Colonial Europe. The debate about Eurafrique in the European movement in France, Belgium and Germany, c. 1925-1936
Emile Chabal
Just say 'Non'? France, Britain and Europe since the 1980s  
Leslie Rogne Schumacher
The Eastern Question as a Europe Question: Making and Remaking Europe Through Breaking the Ottoman Empire

11.45 - 12.00

Tea/Coffee Break

12.00 - 13.15

Lecture by Professor Gerard Delanty 
(Prof of Sociolog,Social & Political Thought and Head of the Sociology Department, University of Sussex) 
Interpreting the European Heritage

13.15 - 14.15


14.15 - 15.45

Panel 2: Politics of knowledge

Alice Cervinkova
Making Europe: Academic Mobility and the Geopolitics of Movement
Kasia Zdunczyk
Consensus Building as a Contest over Domain Hegemony: The Case of a Regional Innovation Strategy Project
Marcela Linkova
Making European ‘women and science'

15.45 - 16.00 

Tea/Coffee Break

16.00 - 18.00

Panel 3: Reconsidering memory and Culture

Despina Syrri
The story of Staro Sajmiste produced/producing Europe
Dimitris Gintidis
That’ s the way they do it in Europe': Redefining Culture in a Greek border region
Lina Zigelyte
The Forging of Europe in David C?erny?’ s Entropa. Interpreting the Narrative of Falseness
Maria Prieto
Interrogating Europe: ‘Europeaness’ in urban modernity

18.30 -21.00

Dinner (Booking online / limited places)


Saturday 21


9.30 - 11.30

Panel 4: "Europe" inside out: Politics of governance

Anita McKinna
Kosovo: The International Community’ s European Project
Bohdana Dimitrovova
Re-bordering of Europe: The Case of the European Neighbourhood Policy
Amr Abdelrahman
EU and promoting Democracy in the Middle East: Europeanising the neighbour or containing its possible threats? 
Liene Ozolina
Raspberries, Tablecloths and Critical Thinking: Accountability reforms in post-Soviet Latvia Simona Ciotlaus
Corruption, ‘European money’ and Romanianness: Instantiations of the European Union rural development policy in a Romanian context

11.30 - 11.45

Tea/Coffee Break

11.45 - 13.00

Lecture by Associate Professor Henk van Houtum
(Head of the Nijmegen Cnetre for Border Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
The abducted and gated Europe 

13.00- 13.45


13.45 - 15.00

Panel 5: Debating Citizenship and participation

Anne Bostanci
Rethinking the role of communication and the EU’ s supranational institutions in processes of European identification
Dobrochna Bach Golecka
Towards A Pluralistic European Public Sphere
Nikitas Palantzas
A cosmopolitan europe? Negotiating political reform and the role of the European Union in Turkey

15.00 - 15.15

Tea/Coffee Break

15.15 - 17.00

Panel 6: Frontiers set, Frontiers crossed: Immigration and minorities

Dimitris Christopoulos: “
Reflections on the contemporary migration experience in Europe
Hande Sozer
An Attempt to Map the 'Margins of Europe' by Focusing on its Frontiers: The Bulgarian Turkish Frontier as a Case Study
Peter Holley
Expatriate Nationals or European Citizens? The Construction of National and European Identities amongst British Migrants in Finland


    17.00 - 17.30

    Closing Remarks