Call for Papers Narratives of European Integration
11th History of European Integration Research Society (HEIRS) Conference Portsmouth, 15-16 April 2015
“Europe needs a societal paradigm shift – in fact, nothing short of a ‘New Renaissance’.” With this bold statement, made in March 2014, a group of artists, intellectuals and scientists who called themselves the “Cultural Committee”, answered appeals from the European Parliament and European Commission president José Manuel Barroso. They had called for a new narrative for Europe, as they signaled that the old narratives of peace and prosperity, that once drove European integration, had lost their validity and were in need of replacement.
The statement of the Cultural Committee underlines the notion that narratives are powerful phenomena. They can serve to legitimate or contest regimes, facilitate or undermine social and cultural cohesion, and influence notions of identity and otherness. They are cultural constructs, created by state and societal actors, individuals and groups, sometimes deliberately with a political goal in mind, sometimes unintentionally and implicitly. Narratives thus are a very fruitful subject for analyzing the history of European integration.
This conference will explore the various forms in which European integration is and has been narrated, be they discourses or exhibitions, speeches or symbolism. We invite PhD candidates to submit abstracts for papers. The deadline for paper proposals is 15 September 2014. Please send your proposal (an abstract in English of no more than 300 words and a short CV) to both Sylvia Balgarinov at Sylvia.Balgarinov@port.ac.uk and Koen van Zon at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be no conference fee. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend the conference Narrating European Integration: Actors and Stories in Politics, Academia and Cultural Institutions organized by Professor Wolfram Kaiser and Dr Richard McMahon, which will take place on 16-17 April 2014.
The History of European Integration Research Society (HEIRS) is a postgraduate student network. HEIRS aims at fostering the collaboration and interaction of postgraduate researchers across Europe with an interest in European integration history. This conference will bring together about 25 PhD students from various disciplines to discuss their work in a number of panels. In addition, there will be keynote lectures and speakers will be available for in-depth discussions.
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