UACES Trento 2024: Call for Papers

We are happy to announce that following the interest in the Euroglot themed track at the UACES Belfast 2023 conference, we are organising four panels in the framework of Race and Decolonisation themed track at the 54th UACES Annual Conference in Trento in September 2024. 

In our panels, we ask how we might come to ‘speak’ differently about Europe and its many entanglements in the social and political world. As such, we welcome submissions from all researchers interested in anti/de/neo/postcolonial, critical, feminist, interpretive, Global East, Global South, non-Eurocentric, intersectional, queer, and other heterodox perspectives on Europe, broadly understood. Gesturing to different disciplinary approaches and ontological and epistemological groundings, we would like to particularly welcome and host panels addressing the methodological implications of these research frameworks and to create a kind of kaleidoscopic epistemic opening where we can dialogue with, and learn from, each other across ‘peripheries’.

Our panels aim to provide an open yet critical space for scholars working on Europe outside the main disciplinary currents of European Studies, with a particular attention to contributing to current conversations around decentring, decolonising, and diversifying ways of knowing on Europe, including but not limited to the European Union (EU). EUROGLOT asks how we might come to ‘speak’ differently about Europe and its many entanglements in the social and political world.

Thus, we call for papers on four thematic areas:

1. Sites of Struggles: Theory and Praxes of the Global East(s) and Global South(s)

This panel explores the various epistemic spaces came to be known as Global East(s) and Global South(s) through theory and praxis. It offers insights into the theory and research centred around geopolitically situated sites of struggles both within and beyond Europe

2. Knowing European Studies differently: Practices, Interpretation and (method)ology

This panel foregrounds alternative methodological approaches to (re)searching the policy entanglements of the EU in a world in flux and full of ‘wicked problems’. We are particularly interested in contributions that work with critical-interpretive methods and methodologies in studying distinct EU policies, such as on borders, climate, cultural diplomacy, environment, development, foreign policy, gender, (im)migration, security, social inclusion, space, and trade, amongst others.

3. Thinking Europe differently: theorizing the EU from post/decolonial perspectives

This panel proposes alternative and heterodox approaches to knowing the EU. This involves the problematization of so-called ‘European integration theories’ as well as discussion of post/decolonial approaches to thinking about the EUropean project (e.g. Creolizing Europe, Provincializing Europe, Queering Europe, Decolonial Multitude…).

4. Roundtable: Crossroads of Conflict: Understanding and Shaping the Israel-Palestine Narrative

The roundtable will delve into the historical contexts that have shaped the present-day realities in Israel and Palestine. They will explore the narratives propagated by different stakeholders, examining how these stories have influenced perceptions, policy decisions, and the lives of people in the region and beyond.

A significant focus will be on the role of international actors and their impact on the conflict. The panel will critically analyse the shifting geopolitical landscape, including recent normalisation agreements, and how these changes are reshaping the dynamics of the conflict and prospects for peace.

Further, the panel will address the human dimension of this conflict. Through personal stories and sociological insights, we will explore the daily realities of those living in the shadow of the conflict, their struggles, hopes, and aspirations. This human-centric approach aims to offer a more nuanced understanding of the implications of political actions and rhetoric.

Paper proposals are to be submitted via Submissions close on 21 January 2024 at 23:59:59 (UK time)

Submission guideline: if you are submitting a paper for a EUROGLOT panel, please write ‘EUROGLOT’ before the title of your paper, otherwise it will just be included in the wider Race and Decolonisation track.