1st International Conference on “Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders”

September 23rd - 25th, 2016
Athens, Greece

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. 

The Conference welcomes contributions that investigate the role that key European Union texts have played in forging, maintaining or challenging European identities. The conference will thus highlight identity not as a static concept but as a construct that is continually negotiated and re-written in multiple discourses.

In addition to attracting contributions from discourse analysts and linguists,  the Conference hopes to bring together leading scholars and researchers from a broad range of other fields, including history, European studies, cultural theory, media studies, sociology, political science, economics, and ethnology.

Conference Themes
Scholars are invited to submit papers that draw on discourse theories, linguistic or textual analysis to investigate topics that include:
Historical, geo-cultural, geo-economic and geopolitical aspects of European identities
Europe: super-diverse and globalized
Images of crisis and recovery in Europe
Conceptual blending, discourse and metaphors about Europe
Translation and linguistic (in)equality in Europe
Refugees and asylum seekers in EU discourses
European diversity through religion and culture
Discourses on the European economic crisis
Discursive constructions of borders
Political discourse in the European Union
Media constructions of European identities
Ethnographic approaches to European identity-making
Construction of European narratives
Extreme right populist discourses in EU
Discourses of integration/assimilation in the EU

Presentation Formats and Abstracts
Proposals for participation in the 1st International Conference on Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders can be submitted in the following formats: 

Oral Communications
Oral communications, which consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute discussion, will be submitted in response to the general theme(s)  of the conference mentioned below. Abstracts for oral communications should be no longer than 500 words and list five keywords .

Posters can form a scientific contribution related to methodologies and or topics of the Conference and is better presented graphically. A poster should be prepared as in A1 or A0 format.
The authors should prepare their proposal that includes: title, names, affiliations, locations (city, state, and country) a mini abstract (up to 100 words), and 2-3 keywords; All poster proposals are subject to peer-review.
At least one co-author/presenter of the Poster must be registered for the conference.

Themed Panels
Proposals for panels must be submitted online as a single document, single-spaced in 12-point type. Panel proposals should include a brief overview of the theme, a title of the panel, and 4 to 5 abstract of papers, each to be delivered within 30 minutes (a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute period for questions).
The names of the panel presenters should be omitted from the document to enable double-blind review. However, panel organizers should include their name.
Acceptance notifications will be sent to panel organizers.
Please submit your panel proposal through the website following the guidelines under the SUBMIT YOUR PANEL PROPOSAL
Deadline for panel submissions: December 15th 2015

Guidelines for Submission of Abstract
In submitting your abstract you will need to provide the following:
Name, title, and affiliation of the contributor(s).
Author’s email. For co-authored papers, only the first author’s email needs to be provided.
Keywords: five in the case of oral communications, two to three for posters.
Text of abstract: a maximum of 500 words for oral communications, 100 words for posters.
You should submit your abstract through the Conference website. Navigate to the Submit Your Abstract page where you will find a text box where you can paste the copied text of your abstract.

Language of Abstract
Papers for the 1st International Conference can be presented in English, French or German. Abstracts, however, must be submitted in English. This will assure consistency in the peer-reviewed assessment of all submissions.

Submission Deadlines
Abstracts must be submitted by November 30th, 2015.

Evaluation Process, Criteria and Notification
All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and ranked by the Conference Scientific Committee. Abstracts will be assessed using the following criteria.
Scientific strength. Contributions should:
offer significant contributions to the development of the discipline and point to future research agendas; and
present innovative or interdisciplinary approaches, including novel collaborations or syntheses across sub-disciplines or with other related disciplines.

Integration: Proposals may receive higher priority if they are clearly linked to the conference overall theme and are solidly grounded in discourse or textual analysis. All proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by December 15th 2015

Other Policies
One-Presentation Rule
Proponents are entitled to submit only one abstract as a first author. Speakers agreeing to present papers in panels also follow the one presentation rule, i.e. someone who is first author or presenter cannot also be first author or presenter for another paper. The one-paper rule does not apply to plenaries.
Presentations in absentia  
If presenters are unable to come to present their paper on the day of conference, they are encouraged to send a paper along with a narrated Powerpoint file and present in absentia. Papers on the conference theme presented in absentia are eligible to be included in Conference Materials and Proceedings.

Plenary Speakers and Scientific Committee
Please consult the home page of the website for a list of confirmed plenary speakers and members of the Scientific Committee.

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