We would like to send out a Call for Papers for the 22nd International Conference of Europeanists Conference, “Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures,” to be held at Sciences Po, Paris on July 8-10, 2015.
Panel Title: Culture and Contradiction in the Second World War
This panel explores the role that art, music, and literature played in inspiring different and often competing visions of national identity and European reconstruction. We invite proposals for papers that analyze the interplay between these visions during the Second World War.
Operating in an increasingly globalized cultural economy, Europeans drew from national and transnational cultural products as they struggled to redefine their nation’s status in war-torn Europe. Indeed, already implicated in the struggle between modernity and traditionalism by centuries of cultural debate, forms like music, literature, art, and theatre stood as powerful symbols of both cosmopolitanism and nationalism. As such, they offered consumers and artists important rhetorical resources for promoting their visions of postwar reconstruction and national belonging. By attending to the ideologies embedded in these cultural forms, this panel seeks to trace out informal or previously deemed apolitical instantiations of the nation. In addition, overtly political works of art and literature reveal subtle tensions between the local and the global, the national and the transnational that complicated attempts to rebuild Europe.
Preference will be give to papers that fit the conference theme, “Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures.” Please send your 250-word abstract to Kelly Jakes (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication, Wayne State University) at firstname.lastname@example.org and Julia Elsky (Visiting Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies, University of West Florida) at email@example.com. The deadline for panel submissions is October 10, so please send your proposal by September 15, 2014.
Wayne State University
Department of Communication
585 Manoogian Hall
Detroit, MI 48201
Visiting Assistant Professor
University of West Florida
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Abbaye de Pontlevoy
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