Economic crisis is at the constant foci of debates on the present situation in Europe because it is an unquestionable fact that the Euro-zone is facing difficulties with the economic crisis in Greece, and other South-European countries. However, it can be stated with certain security that Europe is faced with the ongoing crisis in several other aspects such as growing tensions towards migrants from new EU Member States that headed towards wealthier countries of the EU, as well as descendants of migrants that came during 1960s and who are citizens of the EU countries but still suffer from the low level of integration. At the same time, Anti-Semitism is on the rise in some European countries, and many Jews migrated to less hostile countries such as the United Kingdom, Austria and Germany. Additionally, the EU is struggling with fostering one unique European identity that will be acceptable to all citizens of an enlarged EU; however, so far it has not been successful. A good example can be found in cultural policy of the EU that has been criticized for its competitor nature in a sense it seems to compete with policies of the EU Member States, and the lack of coherence. Furthermore, the EU’s foreign policy has been a subject to criticism for a long time ago, and its inconsistency and lack of coherence has been seen during wars in former Yugoslavia, but problems in designing unique foreign policy came to surface again during the crisis in Ukraine in March 2014 where the EU did not promptly responded. Finally, religion seems to bear more relevance than ever for not only that the secularization theory has been accused to fail, but religion is as strong as ever. In a secularized Europe, this initiated debates on how to deal with this phenomenon and its growing influence over the life of Europeans. These and other issues are subjects of the conference ‘Europe in Crisis’. To what extent present Europe is in crisis, and in which ways this crisis manifests and reflects upon lives of Europeans?
Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following topics:
Economic crisis, and its reflection on everyday lives of Europeans and
prospects for deeper integration
Comparative aspects between crisis in Europe before the Holocaust and
Anti-Semitism in present Europe
Position of descendants of migrants from the 1960s wave
Policies towards migrants from the new EU Member States
European identity in the old and new EU Member States
Policies towards the European identity
Religion and crisis
Crisis in the EU foreign policy
Comparative aspects of crisis in Europe and other parts of the world
This conference is scheduled to have plenary session with a keynote speech by an established scholar in the field. Details will be available in due time.
Participants are kindly asked to submit abstracts only for papers they actually intend to present, and not a selection of potential papers for presentations. There is also no possibility to send a selection of papers, and then select which one to present based on the first draft conference programme.
We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers.
Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Germany. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference.
Decisions will be made while the call is still open depending on the topic of the paper proposal. When it will not be possible to make the decision soon after paper proposal submission, the decision will be made by 20th July the latest.
The registration fee is includes:
Conference bag and folder with materials
Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Center
Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing proceedings)
Discount towards participation fee for future conferences
Certificate of attendance
Meals and drinks during both days of the conference
WLAN during conference
Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities is a private institution registered in Croatia. The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodolo gical/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.