Imag(in)ing Europe: Conference Program

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Imag(in)ing Europe

Perspectives on a Contested Continent, 800-2000

Utrecht University, 14-16 September 2016


Conference Program

The conference is held at ‘Zaalverhuur 7’, an authentic church building dating from the early 1900s. The venue is located at Boothstraat 7, Utrecht. Directions from Utrecht Central Station can be found here. Biographies of the keynote speakers and detailed information on the seminar sessions can be found here: Imagining Europe Full Conference Program


Wednesday, 14 September

09.00 Welcome and Registration
09.30 Opening conference: prof. dr. Josine Blok (Utrecht University)
09.35 Introduction: dr. Jaap Verheul (Utrecht University)
09.45 Keynote – Defining Europe. A History of Gender, Performative Speech Acts and Eurocentrism. Prof. dr. Wolfgang Schmale, University of Vienna (Chair Jaap Verheul)
10.45 Plenary Session I: Imag(in)ing Europe (chair Jeroen Koch)

  • Prof. dr. Peter Rietbergen, Radboud University Nijmegen – Pre-Modern “Europe”? Processes of Identity Formation.
  • dr. Aline Sierp, Maastricht University – European Identity. Reflections on a contested concept.

12.15 Lunch
13.15 Seminar Session I

  • Session 1, Borderlands and interwoven identities: dr. Fredrik Dhondt, Lora Sariaslan MA.

14.30 Coffee
15.00 Seminar Session II

  • Session 2, Intellectual visions, foreign realities: dr. Zsofia Lóránd, dr. Dirk Dalberg.
  • Session 3, Cosmopolitan interactions: dr. Ulrike Schmieder, dr. Anda-Lucia Spanu, Milou van Hout MA

16.15 Keynote – Waxing and Waning. The Self-Image of Europe at Times of Crisis and Recovery. Prof. dr. Michael Wintle, University of Amsterdam (Chair: Joris van Eijnatten)
17.15 Drinks
18.15 Conference Dinner (invited speakers only)

Thursday, 15 September

09.30 Welcome with Coffee
10.00 Plenary Session II: From Europe with Love? Imagining European Identities (Chair: Jochen Hung)

    Session organized by the Utrechtse Historische Studentenkring (UHSK), the study society of the Department of History at Utrecht University with Dick Pels (freelance political writer) and Marjo van van Schaik (cultural entrepreneur).

12.00 Lunch
13.00 Plenary Session III: Europe between Politics and Culture (Chair: Gertjan Plets)

  • dr. Edwin van Meerkerk, Radboud University Nijmegen: Europe Utopia, Europe Dystopia. The Old Continent in Post-Colonial Speculative Fiction.
  • dr. Tessa Hauswedell, dr. Hermione Giffard, dr. Maarten van den Bos, UCL, Utrecht University: European Integration: Nationalism in the Twentieth Century.
  • Prof. dr. Laszlo Maracz, University of Amsterdam/L.N. Gumiloyov Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan: Linguistic Inequalities in the European Union.

15.00 Coffee
15.30 Keynote – Crisis, Cognition and Creativity. Reimagining Europe in Turbulent Times. Prof. dr. Laura Cram, University of Edinburgh (Chair: Marloes Beers)
16.30 Drinks and Dinner Buffet

Movie Program

Location: Wolff City Cinema, Voorstraat 89, Utrecht
18.30 How to capture Identity in Film
18.40 Introduction to From Scotland with Love. Prof. dr. Virginia Heath, director, Sheffield Hallam University.
19.00 Screening of documentary film From Scotland with Love (2014)

Friday, 16 September

09.00 Welcome with Coffee
09.30 Screening of documentary film We are All Migrants (2016) (chair dr. Rachel Gillett)

    This short film, which is created for this conference, will be introduced by Virginia Heath (director) and Grant Keir (producer)

10.30 Seminar Sessions IV

  • Session 4: Diversity and demarcation: dr. Lourens Minnema, dr. Marjet Brolsma, Charlotte Pissors MA.
  • Session 5: Perspectives from the South and East: dr. Marleen Rensen, dr. Nicolas Pitsos.

12.00 Lunch
13.00 Keynote – Out of Ashes. Writing a New History of Europe in the 20th Century. Prof. dr. Konrad Jarausch, University of North Carolina. (chair Joris van Eijnatten)
14.00 Plenary discussion and wrap up. Prof. dr. Joris van Eijnatten, Utrecht University
15.00 Farewell