aula kleinThis workshop will take place at the University of Göttingen from 12 to 14 November 2015 and aims to bring together scholars whose work analyzes transnational cultural, intellectual and political mechanisms that promote inclusion and exclusion on the local, national, and European level.

Building on our existing U4 Research Network on Cultural Mechanisms of Inclusion and Exclusion in Contemporary Europe (CMIECE), we seek additional partners with whom to exchange ideas and develop larger-scale collaborative research structures (including but not limited to funding applications).

The Research Network:

The goals of the network are as follows: Social scientists have long worked to understand the ways that social groups promote unity and do (or do not) tolerate diversity. It is also well known that patterns of understanding, discourse, and political theory can likewise be understood as cultural or conceptual mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion. Our point of departure is the belief that today's discussion of the meanings and future of "Europe" can be enriched by examining the ways "Europe"—as idea, as cultural point of reference, and as political concept—functions as a just such a conceptual mechanism of inclusion and exclusion.

So far, we have developed three clusters in our research network, each of which explores alternative ways of conceiving "Europe" and European social and cultural spaces. These will:

1) examine how the idea of a "European culture" has been conceptualized historically;
2) explore how competing visions of Europe affect prospects for participating in society and politics in Europe; and
3) analyze how European experiences of inclusion and exclusion have been represented and given meaning in works of literature and film.

By isolating and understanding these cultural mechanisms, this research aims to engage in a productive dialogue across the humanities and social sciences in order to explore alternative ways of understanding and describing Europe in cultural and political debates. The network seeks thereby to contribute to efforts to imagine and achieve a more sustainable and inclusive Europe. For more information, please visit:

The Workshop:

At the workshop, participants will discuss their on-going and planned research in order to locate points of contact and develop possibilities for cooperation within the network. Each participant will be invited to hold a short, relatively informal presentation. Most of the time will be devoted to indentifying broader common themes and developing possibilities for research collaboration. One intended outcome of this collaboration is to establish a solid foundation for a larger research application (Horizon 2020, etc.).

Scholars interested in participating should contact the conveners by 23 June 2015 at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In a circa 250-word abstract, please describe the topic of the research you would like to present, addressing explicitly how your research relates to the themes described above. Please also attach your CV (or link to it online). Financial support for travel and lodging may be available.

Conveners: Lars Klein (Göttingen), Margriet van der Waal (Groningen), Benjamin Martin (Uppsala)

Dates: November 12-14, 2015

Place: Göttingen, Heyne House

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