Minority Experiences and European Narratives:
Contemporary and Historical Perspectives
April 14-16, 2021 at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
The minority research profile at Åbo Akademi University, together with the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie) at the University of Helsinki, invite you to a joint annual seminar that will take place in Åbo/Turku, Finland, from April 14th to 16th, 2021.
The seminar Minority Experiences and European Narratives: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives aims to explore the multifaceted links between minority experiences and European narratives, both in the past and in the present. By shifting the focus from official to minoritarian narratives of Europe the seminar will primarily contribute to a more complex picture of Europe and Europeanness. What is the meaning of Europe in minoritarian narratives and can we talk about narratives of minoritarian Europeanness?
At the same time, the seminar will also discuss how the idea of Europe has developed with reference to minority experiences in the official narratives of the policy papers produced under the auspices of the Council of Europe and the European Union. How have some minority experiences following World War I been Europeanized in official narratives, whereas other minority experiences have been excluded or marginalized as not belonging in Europe or in the European mainstream/master narrative?
The seminar will focus on topical issues, including but not limited to:
- multiplicity of accounts and experiences of othering, exclusion, racialisation and minoritization in Europe
- minoritization and decolonial perspectives on European narratives
- pan-European and extra-European narratives of Europe
- regional and local perspectives
- minoritized v. official narratives of Europe
Confirmed keynote speakers at the seminar are:
Marie-Claire Foblets (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology) – title TBC
Manuela Boatca (Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg) – title TBC
Huub van Baar (Justus Liebig University Giessen, University of Amsterdam) – The European Roma and their Search for Representational Space: Claiming History and Challenging the Borders of Europe
Guide for contributors:
Notification of acceptance: January 15th, 2020
Deadline for registration: March 31st, 2021
For enquiries concerning abstracts and conference presentations please contact: Magdalena Kmak (magdalena.kmak[at]abo.fi) and Pamela Slotte (pamela.slotte[at]abo.fi)
For other inquiries, please contact: Heta Björklund (heta.bjorklund[at]helsinki.fi) and Mats Wickström (mats.wickstrom[at]abo.fi)