Dear Colleagues,
Please find below the Call for Papers for The Fourth Euroacademia  
International Conference ‘Re-Inventing Eastern Europe’, to be held in  
Krakow, Poland in 24th - 26th of April 2015. Feel free to forward and  
disseminate this call to all your colleagues and peers who might be  
interested. Thank you in advance!

Euroacademia cordially invites you to The Fourth Euroacademia  
International Conference
‘Re-Inventing Eastern Europe’

Call for Papers
The Fourth Euroacademia International Conference
Re-Inventing Eastern Europe

24 – 26 April 2015
Including a visit to Auschwitz – Birkenau on 26th of April 2015

4* Metropolitan Hotel
Krakow, Poland

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 15 March 2015

Conference Description:

The Fourth Euroacademia International Conference ‘Re-Inventing Eastern  
Europe’ aims to make a case and to provide alternative views on the  
dynamics, persistence and manifestations of practices of alterity  
making that take place in Europe and broadly in the mental mappings of  
the world. It offers an opportunity for scholars, activists and  
practitioners to identify, discuss, and debate the multiple dimensions  
in which specific narratives of alterity making towards Eastern Europe  
preserve their salience today in re-furbished and re-fashioned  
manners. The conference aims to look at the processes of alterity  
making as puzzles and to address the persistence of the East-West  

Not a long time ago, in 2010, a British lady was considered bigoted by  
Gordon Brown upon asking ‘Where do all these Eastern Europeans come  
from?’. Maybe, despite her concern with the dangers of immigration for  
Britain, the lady was right in showing that such a question still  
awaits for answers in Europe. The ironic thing however is that a first  
answer to such a question would point to the fact that the Eastern  
Europeans come from the Western European imaginary. As Iver Neumann  
puts it, ‘regions are invented by political actors as a political  
programme, they are not simply waiting to be discovered’. And, as  
Larry Wolff skillfully showed, Eastern Europe is an invention emanated  
initially from the intellectual agendas of the elites of the  
Enlightenment that later found its peak of imaginary separation during  
the Cold War.
The Economist, explicitly considered Eastern Europe to be wrongly  
labeled and elaborated that ‘it was never a very coherent idea and it  
is becoming a damaging one’. The EU enlargement however, was expected  
to make the East – West division obsolete under the veil of a  
prophesized convergence. That would have finally proven the  
non-ontologic, historically contingent and unhappy nature of the  
division of Europe and remind Europeans of the wider size of their  
continent and the inclusive and empowering nature of their values. Yet  
still, 20 years after the revolutions in the Central and Eastern  
European countries, Leon Mark, while arguing that the category of  
Eastern Europe is outdated and misleading, bitterly asks a still  
relevant question: ‘will Europe ever give up the need to have an East?’

Eastern Europe was invented as a region and continues to be  
re-invented from outside and inside. From outside its invention was  
connected with alterity making processes, and, from inside the region,  
the Central and Eastern European countries got into a civilizational  
beauty contest themselves in search of drawing the most western  
profile: what’s Central Europe, what’s more Eastern, what’s more  
Ottoman, Balkan, Byzantine, who is the actual kidnapped kid of the  
West, who can build better credentials by pushing the Easterness to  
the next border. A wide variety of scholars addressed the western  
narratives of making the Eastern European other as an outcome of  
cultural politics of enlightenment, as an effect of EU’s need to  
delineate its borders, as an outcome of its views on security , or as  
a type of ‘orientalism’ or post-colonialism. Most of these types of  
approaches are still useful in analyzing the persistence of an  
East-West slope. The region is understood now under a process of  
convergence, socialization and Europeanization that will have as  
outcomes an ‘ever closer union’ where the East and the West will fade  
away as categories. Yet the reality is far from such an outcome while  
the persistence of categories of alterity making towards the ‘East’ is  
not always dismantled. The discourse on core-periphery, new Europe/old  
Europe is rather gaining increasing ground in the arena of European  
identity narratives often voiced by the EU.

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

The Agenda of the Enlightenment: Inventing Eastern Europe ~ Europe  
East and West: On the Persistence of the Division ~ Reviewing  
Alternative Modernities: East and West ~ Writing About the East in  
West ~ Writing about the West in East ~ The Eastern European ‘Other’  
Inside the European Union ~ Mental Mappings on Eastern Europe ~  
People-ing the Eastern Europeans ~ Geopolitical Views on the East-West  
Division ~ Post-colonial readings of Eastern Europe ~ Making Borders  
to the East: Genealogies of Othering ~ Inclusion/Exclusion Nexuses ~  
Myths and Misconceptions on Eastern Europe ~ Core Europe/Non-Core  
Europe ~ Central Europe vs. Eastern Europe ~ Reading the Past: On  
Memory and Memorialization ~ Eastern Europe and the Crises ~ Assessing  
Convergence in Eastern Europe ~ Explaining Divergence in Eastern  
Europe ~ Central and Eastern Europe and the EU ~ Scenarios for the  
Future of Eastern Europe ~ Eastern Europe and Asymmetries of  
Europeanization ~ Axiological Framings of Eastern Europe ~ Eastern  
Europe in Western Literature ~ Re-making Eastern Europe: Pushing the  
Easterness to the Next Border ~ From the Ottoman Empire to Russia:  
Cultural Categories in the Making of Eastern Europe ~ Go West!  
Migration from Eastern Europe and Experiences of ‘Othering’ ~  
Lifestyles and the Quotidian Peculiarities of the Invented East ~  
Visual Representation of Eastern Europe in Film: From Dracula to  
Barbarian Kings ~ Guidebooks for the Savage Lands: Representations of  
Eastern Europe in Travel Guides ~ Urban Landscapes in Eastern Europe ~  
Changing Politics and the Transformation of Cities ~ Eastern Europe  
and Artistic Movements

Participant's Profile
The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and  
professionals with a particular interest in Eastern 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  
Eastern Europe are welcomed as well to submit the abstract of their  

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 300 word abstracts and the affiliation details should be submitted  
in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
1) author(s), 2) affiliation, 3) email address, 4) title of abstract,  
5) body of abstract 6) preferred panel or proposed panel

The abstract and details can be sent to [log in to unmask]  
with the name of the conference specified in the subject line or  
through the on-line application form available at

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