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European Identity and Nationalism
New Brunswick, NJ, May 2001

European Identity and Nationalism

Call for Papers
Multi-disciplinary Conference
11 - 13 May, 2001
Sponsored by Comparative Literature Department, Political Science
Department and The Center for Russian, Central and East European Studies.

  The unification of Germany and the nationalist tide that paralleled this
historical change, the nationalist movement in Scotland that threatens to
actualize the predicted break-up of Great Britain, the rise of the right in
France, Belgium and Austria and a number of regionalist/nationalist movements
across Europe challenge the idea that the national will give way to the
supranational. At the same time, the recent collapse of communism has challenged
the imaginary geography of "Europe" to include past and recent "others" (e.g.,
"the Balkans", the "Slavs", "the post-Soviets"), to confront the bankruptcy of
state socialism and to make sense of the idiosyncratic cohabitation of post-modern
and pre-modern world-views.  Meanwhile, Europe is faced with new war fronts of
nationalizing processes at its midst.

Consequently, the configuration of the new "European political identity" seems to
be slipping away from the control of the European Union, as more voices - both
within and outside the Union -- pronounce that Europe does not equate with the
EU). Exploring European identity leads us into a more fluid and contested terrain
that is at times bigger (narratives of expanding cosmopolitanism) and at times
smaller (narratives of separatism manifested as aggressive nationalisms).  This
troublesome but also promising process of (re-)inventing Europe provides the
opportunity to deepen our understanding of nationalism and its place in Europe,
and to identify the dominant modes of recasting European identity vis-a-vis more
particular identities (nationalism, regionalism, minorities). Simultaneously, we
are challenged to re-conceptualize the representation of the European political
identity and its actor/story-teller.

We invite graduate students to participate in this fully interdisciplinary
conference, with organizers from five disciplines--history, anthropology,
political science, literature, cultural studies-putting together the panels.  The
issues that will be addressed will include but not be limited to:

-Interplay of national and European identities at the threshold of the new
-Europe through the eyes of its minorities/immigrants;
-Politics of European representations;
-Imaging the European space from within and from without;
-Europe and imperialism;
-The political economy of nationalism;
-Nationalism and the imperial legacies in Europe;
-Nationalism and theories of modernity/post-modernity;
-Nationalism and race/gender/class/religion;
-National literatures/arts;
-Nationalism and violence/conflict;
-Nationalism and history/genealogy/mythology/memory;

We are also open to other topics as long as they address any aspect of the
relationship between specific national identities and broadly defined

Interdisciplinary and methodologically innovative approaches are strongly
encouraged.  The conference will comprise panel discussions and round tables. At
the panel discussions, participants will present their own work and engage in
debate. At the round table meetings, participants will explore a single piece of
writing announced by the organizers in advance.  The keynote speakers as well as
round table discussions at the conference will be announced at a later stage.
Please, visit our website periodically for updated information on the program,
speakers, and schedule:

Please, address your inquiries to:

Yianna Liatsos

The deadline for abstracts submissions is November 27, 2000. The abstracts should
be no longer than one page and can be mailed, faxed or sent via e-mail to:

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
172 College Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901-8537, U.S.A.
Tel: +1-(732) 932-8551
Fax: +1-(732) 932-1144