W056
Lived Europes – lost Europeans?

Convenors:
Ullrich Kockel (Heriot-Watt University)
Rajko Mursic (University of Ljubljana)
Chair:
Ullrich Kockel
Discussant:
Rajko Mursic
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
MVB 1.11
Start time:
21 September, 2006 at 11:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The panel discusses how 'different Europes' shape everyday life in a variety of contexts, examining different institutional/political Europes, the often widely diverging perceptual ones, and the interplay between the two. (A joint SIEF/EASA Europeanists panel)

Long abstract:

The panel will assess impacts on everyday life of different Europes at play, and their frame(s) of reference. Europe is being lived (out) plurally. How is this reflected in Europeans' daily practices? Behind the institutions' policies are ideas about what constitutes Europe, and the way it should develop. At the same time, everyday actors, the subjects of these policies, have their own ideas about Europe, and where it should go. The federalisation of Europe may create a new Empire built on cultural as well as commercial protectionism or engender a network of networks. What are the values guiding these processes? There are already multiple Europes of exclusion and diversity, Europes of minorities with or without territories, and layers of progressive and backward, subsidised and subsidising Europes. We invite papers on how 'different Europes' shape everyday life in a variety of contexts, examining different institutional/political Europes (including European organisations and NGOs), the (often widely) diverging perceptual ones, and the interplay between the two. Is there a hierarchy of Europes emerging, and what are its criteria? Were Haynal and Gellner's delineations anticipating the delimitation of a European internal stratification? While migration, borders and regional identities are key contexts for considering how different Europes are being lived out in practice, we are keen to encourage papers on other areas of everyday life, such as religious beliefs and practices, ecological awareness and nature preservation, patterns of leisure and related consumption (especially different kinds of tourism), the high/low culture binary (is there a European low culture?), cultural transfers and exchange, and the glocalisation of popular culture, both in the spheres of the culture industry and in its underground alternatives. We anticipate producing a publication, and may invite contributions to complement those selected from submitted abstracts.