Stream 19, "History of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Metropolitan Europe: Moving Beyond the Reification of and Exclusive Emphasis on Discrimination," with the 7th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference in Munich, Germany seeks to disrupt the false narrative of historical homogeneity in European History.
Call for Papers:
History of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Metropolitan Europe: Moving Beyond the Reification of and Exclusive Emphasis on Discrimination
Stream 19 (accepted) of the
7th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference, Munich, Germany, 8-10 June 2014
Chair of Stream 19: Margaret Crosby-Arnold, Columbia University
Few other issues cause tempers to boil to the surface in Europe like the immigration issue. The first weeks of 2010 opened with race riots in the Calabria region of Italy and, in October of the same year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pronounced the failure of multiculturalism. The dog days of August 2011 opened with three days of race riots in Britain and the world watched as Tottenham burned. In France, immigrants of North African descent have repeatedly expressed their frustration in violent outburst in the streets of Nice and elsewhere, and Roma populations continue to suffer the ill effects of stereotyping folk tales. At the heart of what has been dubbed the “Immigration Problem” in Europe is a questioning of belonging and the historical belonging of people of color, including, but not limited to people of African, Middle Eastern or Asian descent or, even Eastern European descent in Western Europe. The underlying misassumption is that these populations are a new and uncustomary presence. This is an historical fallacy that is itself the product of a process of state-engineered historical forgetting set in motion during the Napoleonic Era. Building “national” identification was in no small measure effected by expunging “Others” from the historical memory of the “nation,” through silence and denial of acknowledgment of their presence and/or contributions to society. The broad and long term consequence of this has been that Europe – on the whole – lacks a coherent history of diversity and, therefore, normative historical examples of interactions that may help build healthy diversity, sociopolitical and economic inclusion and equality in the present. As a result, the sense amongst the public and policy-makers alike is that diversity, equality and inclusion of these populations as well as same-sex unions represent radical innovation in Europe.
The theme of this year’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference is Organizing Inclusion: Moving Beyond Privileges and Discrimination. Accordingly, Stream 19, “History of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Metropolitan Europe: Moving Beyond the Reification and Exclusive Emphasis on Historical Discrimination,” seeks to disrupt the false narrative of historical homogeneity in European History. Indeed, publications by historians of Renaissance and Early Modern Europe are showing that diversity was the norm in Europe prior to the rise of the exclusive nation-state in the modern era. Same-sex pairings, Muslims, Black Africans, Native Americans, Jews, Catholics in Protestant lands and Protestants in Catholic lands, Women were, not only socially mobile populations in metropolitan Europe, but, in fact, enjoyed considerable legal and equal protections under Europe’s ancient regimes. This stream will add a historical dimension to the 2014 EDI Conference in Munich, by offering historical papers that examine the organization and practices of diversity, inclusion and equality in the European past, and, thus help to move beyond discrimination by refusing to reify it as the historical/customary norm in Europe and offering examples of non-discriminatory forms of organization and social interaction.
Paper proposal on any era in metropolitan European History and dealing with equality, diversity and inclusion in the European past are welcome. Please submit a paper abstract of 500 words and a curriculum vitae to the Chair of Stream 19, no later than 15 January 2014: mc3068[a]columbia.edu. Potential participants should be reasonably advanced in their respective research projects and able to produce solid draft papers by late-February to early/March 2014. Work covering the Early Modern and Revolutionary Europe is particularly needed, but proposals on all epochs are welcome. You may also visit the EDI Conference website for additional details: http://www.edi-conference.org/. Very kind regards, Margaret
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