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 paradigm
The conference will consist of plenary sessions and parallel panels. Please send your abstract (no more than 250 words) to [log in to unmask] by 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 €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

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