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4th Global Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers

Date: 24 May 2014 - 25 May 2014
Location: Athens, Greece
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23-24 May 2014, Athens, GREECE - 5* Electra Palace Hotel, 18-20, N. Nikodimou Str.



  • for Panel Proposals: 15 March 2014

  • for Paper Proposals: 11 April 2014

Conference Description

Europe became in the 20th century an elaborated yet contested notion as a particular field of European studies emerged and extensive and diverse research was directed recently towards an intensified search for what Europe is about. The creation of the European Union made things even more specialized and increased the stake of methodological rigor as more and more Europeans are affected by the decisions taken in Brussels. The number, diversity and quality of research projects focused on European issues is unprecedented, yet, as it is usually the case with specialization it gradually led to discursive communities that rarely meet and debate their approaches in open floors together with peers from other continents, academic traditions and cultures. It is the aim of this conference to build a bridge among specialists from different regions, academic traditions and cultures that share a common interest in studying and addressing Europe as a reflexive concern.

The 4th Global Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers’ aims exactly to refresh a broader approach and understanding of Europe by enlarging the platform of regular conferences and workshops for a wider arena of participants and disciplinary backgrounds in order to put on stage a worldwide monadology for such concerns. The conference aims to enable critical alternatives to the disciplinary orthodoxy by creating a framework for interaction and dissemination of diversity that has to become once more a European trademark. The conference also aims to become a constructive confrontational space for alternative methodologies, provocative puzzles, inter, multi and trans-disciplinary understandings for wider and also for thinner specialized issues of concern on or about Europe of today. In a way, such a conference aims to become a moment of return to the European specificity of critical self-understanding through dialogue and debate with all the discursive or narrative traditions that directly or indirectly constitute its self.

What is Europe and its place in the world? Is there something particular that sedimented in time and through a controversial history a European way? How does Europe see itself and how do others see it? Is Europe inclusive or club-based exclusive? Is Europe becoming a normative power or just envisages itself as one? Is the European multiculturalism a fact or an ideal? Is the European Union a reflection of Europe or an appropriation of it? These are just few questions out of an enormous space for inquiry that are to be addressed and confronted within the topic of the conference.

The 4th Euroacademia Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers’ became a regular event to take place in every year in a different European location. After three successful editions – the first one in Vienna, the second in Paris and the third in Prague – Euroacademia moves the stage of reflection, sharing, dialogue, debate and research dissemination on Europe to its origins where the specificity of European thinking and world vision has emerged: in Athens. Join us!

The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the following orientative panels:

Theorizing Europe:

  • Thinking Europe and Europeaness

  • Europe as would be world power

  • Europe and its internal and external others/outsiders

  • Europe and identities

  • Fortress Europe?

  • EU and appropriations of Europe

  • Europe and the Mediterranean assortment

  • Europe and the inclusive/exclusive nexus

  • Europe and the US

  • Europe and anti-Americanism

  • Europe as seen from its Eastern neighbors

  • Europe as viewed from far away: narratives of the Europeans outside

  • Europe as viewed from Asia

  • Europe and Africa

  • Non-familiar faces of Europe

  • Knowing Europe in a different way: from Latin America to Australia

  • Europe and the EU as a normative power

  • EU regulatory practices in context

  • The multiple faces of Europeanization as a process

  • Europe and the persistence of the East-West Slope

  • Europe and crises

  • Europe and cosmopolitanism

  • Europe and the post-national orders

  • Europe in the world

  • European narratives of the past: the mnemonic/amnesic nexuses

  • Europeanization versus globalization

  • Europe and conflict resolution

  • European social models: welfare states and neoliberal suspicions

  • Europe and innovation

  • The politicization of Europe

Participant’s Profile

The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest in Europe from all parts of the world. Post-graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers are welcome to submit an abstract. Representatives of INGOs, NGOs, Think Tanks and activists willing to present their work with impact on or influenced by specific understandings of Europe are welcomed as well to submit the abstract of their contribution. Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted based on their proven quality. The submitted paper is expected to be in accordance with the lines provided in the submitted abstract.

The Participation Fee is 225 Euro (Early discounted rates are available for payments made before 25th of March: 195 Euro).

The Participation Fee Includes:

  • the registration fee

  • participant’s package with all the materials for the conference

  • inclusion in the conference proceedings published volume

  • a copy of the electronic volume

  • access to Euroacademia discussion group and newsletters

  • discounted rates for participation in the future Euroacademia conferences

  • coffee brakes with snacks for all the duration of the conference

  • a 3 course lunch on 23rd of May 2014 at the 5 stars Motivo Restaurant

  • welcome drink reception with snacks on 23rd of May 2014

  • a 3 course lunch on 24th of May 2014 at the 5 stars Motivo Restaurant

  • certificate of attendance

  • access to discounted rates for accommodation at the 5* Electra Palace Hotel

  • optional social programme


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