Call for Papers: The Idea of Europe, L'Aquila, Italy, September 5-8, 2014

In choosing the theme of Europe, the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute launches
its second bi-annual colloquium in L'Aquila--the birthplace of Telos's
founding editor, Paul Piccone. Building on the success of the first
colloquium on "The West: Its Legacy and Future" (September 6-9, 2012), the
Telos-Paul Piccone Institute will once again bring together scholars from
the United States, Europe, and elsewhere to explore overarching questions
and to analyze political, socio-economic, and cultural transformations
across the globe.

The focus of the second colloquium is on the idea of Europe, which
encompasses different conceptions and rival visions of what Europe is,
could be, and should be. The conference organizers invite papers that
address the complex dimension of this theme, whether in terms of Europe
itself or Europe's ties with the rest of the world.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

The origins of Europe: mythology and history
Europe's civilization or European cultures?
Europe and the literary imagination, from Antiquity to the 21st century
Narratives of Europe and the European "social imaginaries"
The Idea of Europe: theorists, writers, figures
Universalism or exceptionalism?
Is Europe Christian? Is Christianity European?
Can Islam become European? Should it?
Europe and Judaism
The case for--and against--eurocentrism
Will the EU wither away?
The EU and the wider Europe
Europe and the rest of the world: beyond colonialism and the post-colonial
The conference will consist of plenary sessions and parallel panels. Please
send your abstract (no more than 250 words) to
[log in to unmask] April 15, 2014, and place "L'Aquila 2014
conference" in the email's
subject line.

Possible publication projects include an edited collection and/or a special
issue of the journal Telos. The conference organizers will make a decision
shortly after the conference.

Confirmed speakers include (in alphabetic order)

Russell Berman
Christopher Coker
Tim Luke
John Milbank
Adrian Pabst
Marcia Pally
David Pan
Luciano Pellicani
Nick Rengger
Richard Sakwa
Gianni Vattimo (tbc)

Conference Registration

The conference registration fee is EURO 399, which includes dinner on September
5 and lunch and dinner on September 6 and 7. If you have any questions
about the conference, please contact us at [log in to unmask]

Additional logistical details, including hotel information and tips for
travel to L'Aquila, will be announced in early 2014. Further details of the
conference, including a wine-tasting event and a tour of the region, will
also be posted when available.

For more information, check the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute website at

The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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