Hellenic American University in cooperation with Hellenic American College announces that registration is now open for the 1st International Conference on Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders, organised in Athens (Greece) on 23-25 September 2016. The conference seeks to examine issues in the ongoing construction of European identity, including notions of diversity and (physical and symbolic) borders. It will focus on critical investigations that draw on discourse theory or bottom-up textual analysis to investigate these topics from the following perspectives:
- historical, to explore the determinants which have been used to support a collective European identity;
- geopolitical, to understand the importance of space and its role in the European edifice;
- ideological/discursive, to investigate, synchronically and diachronically, key concepts that have informed EU practices of inclusion and exclusion.
Methodologically, the conference will highlight discourse as a major practice that both shapes and reflects European identity. More than 300 papers were submitted for review to the conference from more than 30 countries and representing more than 40 universities. In addition to attracting contributions from discourse analysts and linguists, the conference brings together leading scholars and researchers from a broad range of other fields, including history, European studies, cultural theory, media studies, sociology, political science, and ethnology.
The following plenary speakers have been confirmed to date:
- Jan Blommaert, Tilburg University, Hellenic American University
- Michał Krzyżanowski, Örebro University
- Andreas Musolff, University of East Anglia
- George Prevelakis, Panthéon-Sorbonne University former Ambassador of Greece to OECD
- Erik Swyngedouw, Manchester University
- Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University, Hellenic American University.
More information, as well as registrations are available on the conference website.