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!!The Idea of Europe: The Clash of Projections
!Institute of Slavic Studies, University of Vienna
with support from the ''Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalism'' (University of Amsterdam) and the Institute of Jewish Studies (University of Antwerp) under the auspices of Academia Europaea.

__Venue:__ Aula at the Campus\\
__Date:__ 8-10 September 2017
!!All members of Academia Europaea are cordially invited to attend the conference.

Recent developments within and outside Europe have challenged the very idea of Europe, calling it into question and demanding reconsideration of its underlying assumptions. Since Aristotle’s times, Europeans have habitually associated themselves with dialogic openness and inclusiveness, as opposed to the despotic exclusiveness and violence that has marked other regimes and societies. The tradition of highlighting a peaceful, cosmopolitan European self-perception against a background of bellicose, non-European provincialism is well documented. This assumption has tended to occlude the – no less well-documented – fact that the unification of mankind and the growth of a global world system, triggered by Renaissance colonialism, was accompanied by exclusions and atrocities: plantations, factories, and colonies were among the principal laboratories of a European-centered concept of humanity. This conference raises the question whether this legacy at the present moment translates into power asymmetries. Does this humanity constitutively rely on a gap which serves to keep interests apart? Was the democratic freedom of the European political space purchased at the expense of violence applied beyond its borders and the concomitant normative pressures intensified toward its frontiers? 

!Organizational Committee (in alphabetical order):

Vladimir Biti (University of Vienna)\\
Joep Leerssen (University of Amsterdam)\\
Vivian Liska (University of Antwerp)\\


Arsenijević, Damir\\
[Assmann, Aleida|Member/Assmann_Aleida]\\
Avineri, Shlomo\\
Belge, Murat\\
[Biti, Vladimir|Member/Biti_Vladimir]\\
[Boldrini, Lucia|Member/Boldrini_Lucia]\\
Cohen-Solal, Annie\\
Delanty, Gerard\\
[Dominguez, César|Member/Dominguez_Prieto_Cesar]\\
Gasché, Rodolphe\\
[Hansen-Löve, Aage|Member/Hansen-Löve_Aage]\\
Inaga, Shigemi\\
[Leerssen, Joep|Member/Leerssen_Joseph]\\
Li, Yinbo\\
[Liska, Vivian|Member/Liska_Vivian]\\
Mork, Andrea
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!FRIDAY 8 Sept.
14:00	Registration/Welcome
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__Session One__
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__Chair:__ Vivian Liska
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__14:30__ Rodolphe Gasché (New York): An Idea Beyond the Idea: Europe in a Post-European Era\\

__15:15__ Gerard Delanty (Sussex): Can the European Heritage be Redeemed? Confessions of a Europeanist\\

__16:00__ Coffee\\

__16:30__	Joep Leerssen (Amsterdam): «The Campfire and the Hearth»: Europe’s Domestic Self-Image\\

__17:15__	Lucia Boldrini (London): Rock, Mirror, Mirage: Europe, elsewhere\\

__19:30__	Dinner in Zur goldenen Kugel\\


__Session Two__
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__Chair:__ Joep Leerssen
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09:00	Vladimir Biti (Vienna): Speaking for Europe? Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Reversed Ventriloquism \\

09:45	Andrea Mork (Brussels): The House of European History: Presenting Europe in the Museum\\

10:30	Damir Arsenijević (Leicester): Europe is Always Elsewhere\\

11:15	Coffee\\
11:45	César Dominguez (Santiago de Compostela) and Nikol Dziub (Mulhouse): The Other Europe: Post-Internal Colonies, Cultural Division of Labour and the European Union\\

12:30	Murat Belge (Ankara): The Rising Danger of Populist Politics in Europe\\

13:15	Lunch
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__Session Three__
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__Chair:__ Vladimir Biti
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14:45	Li Yinbo (Wuhan): The Recent Chinese Idea of Germany\\

15:30	Shigemi Inaga (Kyoto): A Pirate’s View of the World History and Commerce: Beyond the Maritime View of Civilisations\\

16:15	Aage Hansen-Löve (Munich): East Looks West and West Looks East: Images of Russia\\

19:00	Dinner in Heuriger Zimmermann\\

!SUNDAY 10 Sept.

__Session Four__
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__Chair:__ Lucia Boldrini
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__09:00__	Shlomo Avineri (Jerusalem): The Historical Deficit of the European Union\\

__09:45__	Aleida Assmann (Konstanz): Learning from History? The Crisis and Future of the European Project\\

__10:30__	Coffee\\

__11:00__	Annie Cohen-Solal (Paris): In Search of an Ethical Compass: Sartre’s Relentless Concern with the «Other Ones» (1945-1965)\\

__11:45__	Vivian Liska (Antwerp): «This Leeway bestowed by Freedom»: Walter Benjamin’s Idea of Europe\\

__12:30__	Concluding discussion
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