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TitelImagining Europe: Cultural Models of European Identity, 1814-2014
BeschreibungImagining Europe:
Cultural Models of European Identity, 1814-2014

Wednesday 15th July 2015, University of Bristol, UK

Since the economic crisis of 2008, there have been calls to revisit the European project. The history of this project reveals, however, that there have always been tensions between competing visions and conceptions of European identity. Indeed, many of the current calls for revision draw upon these tensions. The original model of the Franco-German axis may seem inappropriate in the light of enlargement, for example, but it has always been contested by alternative international and transnational models founded on politico-cultural factors rather than the economic pragmatism of the former.

‘Imagining Europe’, a one-day international conference, will explore these older and more deeply entrenched forms of European identity, mapping a history of their development from the Napoleonic Wars, and the first international attempt to create a stable Europe at the Congress of Vienna, to the present. It will privilege cultural imaginings of European identity drawn from a broad range of sources, examining the extent to which these cultural imaginings contribute to the articulation and circulation of a range of transnational and international concepts as well as the expansionist agendas of individual nations across existing borders. (These include Latinity, pan-Germanism, pan-Slavism, and the internationalism of the radical left among others.) The conference will consider the extent to which these alternative politico-cultural imaginings of Europe are underpinned by factors such as race, religion, regional and national identities, as well as the ways in which they cross and redraw borders through culturally generated and imaginary maps. It will also explore the tensions that exist between national and regional stakeholders within such concepts and necessarily include the study of states currently outside the European Union.

In so doing, it seeks to reach a fuller understanding of the cultural limits of a range of putative European identities, but also of transnationalism and internationalism as concepts. How far are these cultural constructs and the products of cultural elites, alien abstractions in the eyes of the European masses? Or, conversely, how far are they a reflection of a certain cultural reality for sections of the European population at particular moments in European history? To what extent do they remain the unrealised imaginings of cultural producers? Or do they offer viable, alternative models and paths for genuine international and transnational exchanges in a Europe where borders have often been porous?

Proposals for twenty-minute papers may relate to one or more of the following areas:
• literary representations (from poetry to travel writing and science fiction);
• journalism (from the explicitly political to reportage and sports coverage);
• film and the visual arts (considering film production as a locus for international co-operation, for example);
• music (an art form that transcends national languages, but which has so often been called upon to support national identities);
• extra-governmental international movements and bodies from Save the Children to the PEN Club.

Proposals on other areas are also welcome.

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be e-mailed to the conference organiser Dr Martin Hurcombe at no later than Friday 13th March 2015.
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KontaktdatenName/Institution: Dr Martin Hurcombe, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol 
Strasse/Postfach: 19 Woodland Rd 
Postleitzahl: BS8 1TE 
Stadt: Bristol 
Telefon: +44 117 3318011 
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte
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