Call for Papers: International Europeanist Conference 2019, Madrid, Spain

International Europeanist Conference 2019, Madrid, Spain: European Culture Research Network

Announcement published by Gisela Brinker-Gabler on Thursday, August 16, 2018


Call for Papers


August 10, 2018



CFP:  The European Culture Research Network [ECRN] of

The Council for European Studies invites submissions for papers for the International Europeanist Conference

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, June 20-22, 2019: 

Sovereignties in Contention: Nations, Regions, and Citizens in Europe



The ECRN will organize a panel series of its own.

You are also welcome to submit your own session proposals or individual abstracts on all aspects of European Culture to the European Culture Research Network

(Please send proposals to Gisela Brinker-Gabler ( and Randall Halle (


Sessions involve a moderator and discussants, and can take three forms:

  • Paper panels consist of 4-5 papers organized around a common theme with comments provided by a chair and a discussant.
  • Book panels (also known as “Author Meets Critics”) bring together 4-6 scholars to debate a recent publication in the field and are moderated by a chair.
  • Roundtables assemble 4-6 scholars to discuss a common theme, idea, or topic with moderation provided by a chair.

Mini-Symposia are a thematic cluster of 3-5 sessions of any of the above types grouped together.


Open Call

The ECRN/CES welcomes paper and session submissions on all aspects of European Culture:

e.g. Longing and Belonging to Places and Communities; Perceptions/Images/Stereotypes of Place, Nation, Group; Migration, Exile and Belonging; Migration and Empires; Migration, Religion, Ethnicity; Past allegiance (nostalgia, mythology); New Readings of Iconic Texts; New contexts: realistic, utopian, digital; Film adaptions and Rewritings, Graphic novels and film, Transnational Memories; (Post)colonial Studies; Eastern- and Central European Studies; Sexuality and Gender Studies; Imagology, Myth-and Folklore Criticism; Political Discourse and Education; Radicalism and Violence; European Avant-gardes; Cosmopolitics: Europe and the World.

ECRN Panel Series

Reshaping Europe: Experiments, Agency, Cultural Practice

Europe is not a place it is a process; it is a history of shifting borders and changing collectivities. The post-war aim of a Europe without borders, central to the project of the EU, set itself against a disastrous past of chauvinistic and imperial aggressions. And yet the contemporary European project has generated its own set of boundaries, mental and physical. It has reactivated older forms of belonging: national, regional, and cultural. While fostering a culture of travel and tourism, it has also sharpened class and ethnic conflict. East/West and North/South divides pull European unity apart. And in spite of the ideal of a Europe without borders, the EU has also generated its own new forms of territory: the Schengen Zone patrolled by Frontex, the borders of NATO splitting the Ukraine, the Eurozone, the Populist Right’s Europe of Nations, the continental Exit into isolated national sovereignty, the Occidental rift on the Bosporus, or the Mediterranean as grave.

This CfP seeks contributions that explores the European rethinking of borders and boundaries in cultural practice. We understand cultural practice broadly from museal institutional to street practice, from quotidian experience to avant-garde defamiliarization, from print to social media, from majority identitarian to local queer collectivist, etc. Proposals that explore European culture as a space of multiple loyalties over a single European universal are encouraged. We seek contributions that consider historical as well as contemporary cultural practice.

Papers are especially welcome that attend to anxieties about mass migration and collective displacement, explore assertions of national histories or inter- and trans-national alternatives, discuss experienced shifts of sovereignty and cultural belonging. We encourage critical approaches that do not take culture or identity as a given but rather ask how have past and present life experiences shaped cultural collectives, generated mythologies, produced domination, sought to resolve conflict. How do contemporary exclusivities relate to or differ from past exclusions.

With your contributions, we hope to establish a series of panels with a concluding roundtable oriented toward new horizons and European futures.


Send proposals to gbrinker@binghamton. edu and


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