International Congress: Ideas of/for Europe - Concept
The notion of Europe is associated with a vast range of intellectual, cultural, and political possibilities. Research on Europe tends to invoke biases and a high degree of ideological reductionism that undermines efforts to pursue nuanced and productive forms of reflection.
The congress organisers ask whether there is a way of approaching the essence of the European character without reducing the discussion to essentialism. Is there a way of navigating the mazes that separate questions from answers when we think about Europe?
The aim of the international congress, Ideas of Europe/Ideas for Europe, is precisely to map a better and deeper understanding of Europe, without relinquishing reasoned discourse and ethical dialogue.
The congress will address the double meaning of its title, bearing in mind that the object of reflection intersects with multiple fields of theoretical representation. We thus ask the speakers to centre their analyses on the following five panel topics.
The congress will take place in Chemnitz, 6-8 May 2009, under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, Mr Josť Manuel Barroso. Mr Barroso will officially close this congress.
Prof. Dr. Viriato Soromenho-Marques
President of the Scientific Committee
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