Conferenza "Puzzling Europe. Literary, Political and Linguistic Perspectives on a Fragmented Continent", Groningen, 26-28 October 2016
Currently, public discourse in Europe is dominated by crises: conflicts over migration politics and refugee quotas, financial meltdowns, member states' threats to exit the EU. This discourse of crisis seems to corroborate the complaints of sceptics who consider Europe a loosely stitched patchwork on the brink of disintegration. On the other hand, the story of Europe can be told as a transnational success story. From this perspective, the continent is best described as the site of a peaceful and pervasive quest for unifying ideas, common ideals, and shared cultural values.
Previous and ongoing crises have generated a new sense of 'Europeanness' marked by international co-operation, transcultural solidarity, and political alliances across traditional divides. The search for a 'New Narrative for Europe' has not only inspired the European Commission's cultural research project of the same name, it is also a key topic for authors, artists, and intellectuals who strive to revise, reinterpret and redefine Europeanness in response to contemporary challenges.
The conference "Puzzling Europe. Literary, Political and Linguistic Perspectives on a Fragmented Continent", which will take place in Groningen on 26-28 October 2016,proposes an innovative approach to the Europe of Crisis depicted in public discourse.
The aim is to address the implications of political, socio-economic and cultural fragmentation in present-day Europe through an interdisciplinary combination of perspectives from the humanities and social sciences. Puzzling Europe proposes collaborative ways of understanding and teaching Europe. The conference aims to provide a platform for exchanges on topical questions across political, linguistic and cultural divides. We invite scholars from Literature, Political Science, Sociology, Linguistics, Arts, Philosophy, History and related fields to rethink the European mosaic, discuss its ramifications, dilemmas, and challenges, and propose methods of understanding the continent's wealth of cultural relations, political frameworks, and global entanglements.