Extended Deadline: Papers are still accepted until 25th of April 2014

Call for Papers for the Panel

The European Way – Identitarian Representations of Europe in Visual  
Arts, Performing Arts and Literature

(As part of the 4th Euroacademia International Conference 'Europe  
Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers',  
Athens, 23 - 24 May 2014)

Panel Description

In contemporary Europe some of the main indicators of the lack of a  
unitary identity come from the deficit of symbols, images, artistic  
representations or literary writings that would pin-point towards a  
unity of sensibility and of artistic perception. Europe appears  
through visual representations as a divided continent coming from an  
extremely diverse universe of imaginary indicators that act through  
difference and often in contra-point to the claimed unity. The  
creation of national identities often involved an increasing  
differentiation through localized symbols and foundational  

However, identifiable traces of Europeaness can be recovered through  
specific representations like the visual repetition of European  
denominators in paintings, photography and literary characters that  
are often considered as part of the European imaginary patrimony. The  
visual representations of the Myth of Europa in paintings are a part  
of the many signs of looking at a common European inheritance.  
Sometimes the European unity of representation and the Europeaness in  
arts and literature are better observed from outside Europe by artists  
that named, indicated or differentiated from the symbols of Europe.  
This panel seeks to bring into discussion the visual and literary  
representations of Europe and search into the imaginary universe for  
identifiable signs of a real or imagined Europeaness.

The panel welcomes contributions on the following topics (you by no  
means limited to):

~ Identities and artistic representations of Europe
~ What does the label ‘European art’ means?
~ The Divisions of Europe – building national identities through  
difference: popular art, visual representations of nations and the  
role of foundational myths
~ The role of visual arts in expressing a European identity
~ Challenges to European traditions through arts
~ Expressions of liberation and difference through performing arts
~ Visual arts and personal European stories
~ Immigrants and the cultural identity of cities
~ European history, historicity and its impact on artistic representations
~ European capitals of culture and European identity
~ Literature and European narratives, characters and biographies
~ Urban cultural heritage as identity-anchor
~ Arts and community making in Europe
~ Symbols, signs and visual myths of Europe
~ The European Imaginary in Arts and Literature
~ Ugliness, kitsch and value in shaping contemporary European art
~ European ways of portraying the other
~ Memory and art in Europe

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words  
together with the details of affiliation by 25h of April 2014 to  
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