HLCS Conference: Europe Inclusive

The HLCS Conference ‘Is Europe inclusive?’ took place in 2019, on November 14 and 15, in Nijmegen. The conference was organised by the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS, now RICH) and the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen.

The aim of the conference was to challenge the idealized Eurocentric perspective of inclusion that upholds the pre-eminence of Europe. While human rights principles and specifically social and gender inclusion are central to official EU policies, identities are always predicated upon exclusion. During the conference, the ambition was to bring together critical perspectives on European practices and discourses of inclusion and exclusion, both past and present.

The panels in this conference addressed the following questions:

  • How and under what conditions do different kinds of practices and discourses of inclusion or exclusion develop in ‘Europe’ (broadly defined)?
  • How do European practices and discourses compare to and interact with developments in other parts of the world?
  • What is or has been the role of art in practices of inclusion or exclusion?
  • What is or has been the role of knowledge production with respect to practices of inclusion or exclusion in of Europe?

All speakers reflected on these questions on historical and contemporary discourses and practices of inclusion and exclusion in Europe.

Keynote speakers

  • Petra Stienen -Back to Thunder Mountain: Dealing with diversity in times of turbulence

Stienen, Arabist and Middle East specialist, is a publicist and commentator, as well as an independent advisor in areas such as human rights and leadership.

  • David Theo Goldberg - Euro-Dread

Goldberg is a South African professor working in the United States, known for his work in critical race theory, the digital humanities, and the state of the university.

  • Nishant Shah -The hollow promise of Inclusion: Towards a manifesto of care

Shah is the Vice President of Research and Acting Director of Research Development of the Graduate School at ArtEZ University of the Arts.

More information on the topics discussed during the conference and the presentations of the 41 speakers is available in the programme booklet (pdf, 12 MB).