Programme of the Conference

artwork by Agata Wawryniuk

Thursday 18 January 2018

15:00 – 16:30 – Workshop: Home on the Move – Translating notions of home
Hosted by Ricarda Vidal (King’s College London)

To register for the workshop Talking Transformations hosted  by Ricarda Vidal on 18 January please send an e-mail to A.Grebner[at]

17:00 – 19:00 – Opening Keynote Lecture by Luuk van Middelaar

Moderator: Andreas Zenthofer (Representation of the European Commission in the Netherlands).

To register for the lecture by Luuk van Middelaar on 18 January please click on THIS link

Friday 19 January 2018

9:00-9:15       Welcome and Opening of conference by Prof. Jaap De Zwaan (THUAS, The Hague, Netherlands)

9:30 – 11:30   Panel Sessions 1, 2 and 3 – Tuning into…

Panel 1: The Existing Narratives

Chair: Jaap de Zwaan

  1. Gjovalin Macaj (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK) – Connecting conflicting narratives on European integration
  2. Margriet Krijtenburg (THUAS, The Netherlands) – Europe, dare to be yourself! The founding principles as guidelines for EU today
  3. Christos Frangonikolopoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) & Stamatis Poulakidakos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) – The financial and refugee “crises”: Discursive practices and narratives on Europe in the northern and southern public spheres.
  4. Vedran Obucina (Independent Institute for European and Globalisation Studies, Rijeka, Croatia) – Conflicting Religious Narratives on Europe.

Panel 2: Daily life narratives

Chair: Paul Nixon

  1. Olga Orlic, Anita Sujoldzic, Anja Ivekovic Martinis (Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb) – How (New) European values are perceived by elderly people in Zadar, Rijeka and Pula
  2. Murray Pratt (Amsterdam University College, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Nicholas Manganas (University of Technology Sidney:Insearch, Sydney, Australia) – Beyond the Eurotypes: Alternative Narratives of Contemporary European Culture
  3. Ben Duke (Keele University, UK) – Who can shout the loudest? The changing hierarchy of EU rival narratives.
  4. Antje Grebner (THUAS, the Netherlands) – Underrepresented Narratives of European Integration: Workers in Germany.

Panel 3: Alternative narratives of ‘Europa’

Chair: Andreas Funk

  1. Dina Gusejnova (University of Sheffield, UK) – Before interrail: Imagining Europe on the train between the Belle Epoque and the outbreak of the Second World War
  2. Stefan Couperus (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) – A Europe of Cities: Narrating Urban Europe as a Shared Space in the Interwar Period
  3. Kevan A Feshami (University of Colorado, Boulder, US) – “Europa Erwache” – A look into the Ongoing Construction of a Racialized European Identity and Its Völkisch Roots
  4. Guido van Hengel (THUAS, The Netherlands) – Europeanism as a Third Way: Conservative notions of a European identity before the Second World War.

11:45 – 12:45 – Plenary and Discussion

12:45 – 13:30 – Lunch

13:30 – 14:45 – Keynote Lecture: European identity as political struggle by Prof. Nico Carpentier (Uppsala University, Sweden)

15:00 – 17:00 – Panel 4, 5 and 6 (…the noise of Europe)

Panel 4: Contrasts and Cacophonies

Chair: Rajash Rawal

  1. Joanna Orzechowska-Waclawska & Natasza Styczynska (Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland) – Polish visions and revisions of Europe.
  2. Georgios Giannakopoulos (Queen Mary University, London, UK) – Of national questions and multi-national unions: Britain, Europe and the phantoms of Brexit
  3. Nicolaas Kraft van Ermel (Netherlands-Russia Centre, Groningen, The Netherlands) – Ukraina Europeae? Ukranian historical narratives and Ukraine’s troubled path to European integration.
  4. Aziz Elmuradov (University of Bielefeld, Germany) – Competing narratives of the EU in Russian  foreign policy: in search for identity or policy

Panel 5: How to communicate

Chair: Piotr Perczynski

  1. Luis Bouza Garcia (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain) & Alvaro Oleart (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium) – Jobs and Growth or threat to democracy? The narrative struggle for the signification of TTIP
  2. Olivier Arifon (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium) – Lobbying of professional’s bodies versus European public space
  3. Alex Forbes (Independent Scholar) – ‘An Image of Citizenship: Michael Haneke’s 71 Fragments of a utopian Europe
  4. Miruna Troncota (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania) – Reverse Europeanization, Media Narratives in Romania

Panel 6: New spaces of communication

Chair: Daniela Vicherat Mattar

  1. Astrid van Weyenberg (Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands) – “Shared (hi)stories as a remedy for Europe?”
  2. Laura M. Pana (Migrationlab, Vienna, Austria) – How to create new spaces of encounter where new ways of communication that challenge official narratives can emerge in times of European crisis?
  3. European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – Idea Camp – A community of practice towards social change
  4. Viktorija L.A. Ceginskas & Tuuli Lähdesmäki (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) – The European vision and the voices of Europeans: Comparing views on a European cultural heritage in today’s EU.

17:15 – 18:30 – Discussion and closing of the conference.



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