Conference: Rethinking Europe: New Approaches and Methodologies to the Study of Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries, University of Minnesota, October 27-31

Rethinking Europe: New Approaches and Methodologies to the Study of Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries

At the end of the nineteenth century, Western Europe considered itself to be the  center of the world. The military strength and economic resources of European  countries, along with centuries of imperialist policies that spread European technology, culture and politics had resulted in empires that spanned the globe. One hundred years later a post-fascist, post-communist, post-colonial, arguably-united Europe struggles to define itself and its position on an increasingly interconnected world stage. While the successes of the European Union have brought some sense of unity to a continent split by a century of war, debates about migration, currencies and economic stability, citizenship, education, welfare, and international relations continue to divide Europeans.

The Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota invites paper proposals from advanced graduate students for a workshop October 27-31, 2011, focusing on Europe’s position in and to the world in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Participants will meet in Minneapolis and workshop pre-circulated papers of 20-30 pages in length. University of Minnesota faculty and graduate students will provide additional commentary throughout the sessions. Housing will be covered by the Center for German and European Studies for all participants; substantial funds are also available to  offset the costs of air travel.

In particular we invite interdisciplinary projects that employ new methodologies,  theories, and frameworks toward defining a global Europe.

Topics may include, but need not be limited to:

-Ethnic, geographic, racial, and political definitions of Europe

-European and postcolonial migrations

-European colonialisms, metropole/periphery dichotomies

-analyses of the national, international, and transnational

-cultural, ideological, national identities

-the European Union

– issues of pedagogy, ie. teaching Europe in a global context

Interested graduate students should submit a cover letter briefly describing  their work, CV, and an up-to 300-word abstract to rethinkingeurope@gmail.com by 31 May 2011. Selected participants will be notified by mid June.

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