Europe Contested international conference

Date of news: 14 November 2017

Europe’s identity is often disputed, its boundaries challenged, its authority questioned. This conference addresses these issues by bringing together a broad range of disciplinary perspectives. Central to all panels is the question of internal and external contestedness. This conference wants to contribute to a better understanding of the changing place of Europe in the world, and the changing world of which Europe forms a part.

In line with the research profiles of the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS) and the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (FTR), focus will be on the complexities of 'Europe contested', starting from the following three questions:

  1. How and under which conditions do different kind of loyalties, communities and categories of people emerge, and disappear, and what role do these processes play for a contested Europe?
  2. What do art and creativity mean for people in the context of a contested Europe?
  3. What is the role of rationality and critique with respect to the contestedness of Europe?

Through these questions, we invite all contributors to reflect on the place of Europa in an ever-changing field of transformations, translations, and migrations.

Keynote speakers:

  • Frans Timmermans (First Vice-President of the European Commission)
  • Prof. John Brewer (HLCS fellow)

Conference hashtag: #europecontested

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