Some photos from the first day of the conference and a few from the second. If anyone has more photos, please do send them to me.
On behalf of myself and the organizers, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed in making "Europe, The Very Idea" a success - most importantly, special thanks to all the speakers. Thanks also to our sponsors: The Royal Institute of Philosophy, UWE Social Science in the City, and the Czech Centre London. Thanks also to the great team at the Watershed.
Here are a couple of sketches from the public lecture on May 9th by Elisabeth Thomas, please check out her other work on her website.
Register here (through the UWE Store) - More practical information in previous posts
HOW TO REGISTER:
The registration site for the conference is now up and running! You can register through the UWE Online store. There you will find four options:
1. Full price registration (15) with conference dinner on the Friday (36)
2. Discounted* (free) registration with conference dinner on the Friday
3. Full price registration without conference dinner on the Friday
4. Discounted* registration without conference dinner
*Discounted registration applies to students and unemployed.
A conference dinner will be held at the Bordeaux Quay Brasserie following the public talk and debate on Friday 9 May. The cost of this dinner is 36 pounds and includes 3 courses and wine
Lunch will be available for purchase at the conference venue (they have a pretty good cafe, there are also many other affordable options around the venue).
There are many hotels in the immediate vicinity of the conference venue (see the map below)
Some less expensive options include an Ibis http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-5547-ibis-bristol-centre/index.shtml
There is also a youth hostel with an excellent location (located just across from the conference venue) http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/bristol
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Darian Meacham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Looking forward to meeting you all in May.
"Europe, The Very Idea" is generously sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, UWE Social Science in the City, and the Czech Centre, London.
Europe, The Very Idea: Exploring Europe as a Philosophical Concept and Project
9 & 10 May 2014, Bristol, UK
Sponsored by The Royal Institute of Philosophy, UWE Philosophy, UWE Social Science in the City, with support from the Czech Centre, London
Call for papers:
One cannot escape today the refrain that Europe is in crisis: economic, social, political, and environmental. Yet there is no consensus on what defines this crisis. Even the meaning of the subject, “Europe”, is a matter of contention. It would seem that there is a neglected existential-political dimension of the crisis concerning Europe’s identity, task, role in the world, and indeed whether it even exists in the relevant sense. In response, this conference aims to investigate the idea of Europe as a philosophical concept and project.
We welcome proposals for papers exploring any aspect of this topic, including how philosophical ideas of Europe (or not) might interact with questions pertaining to the role and function of concrete political institutions. Of particular interest are investigations and critiques of the Czech philosopher Jan Patočka’s concept of “post-Europe” and the idea of “Europe as Care for the Soul”. But we aim to attract a broad range of perspectives, including those that would reject the notion of Europe as a philosophical concept or project.
Please send abstracts of between 300-500 words to email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is February 15th. Confirmation of acceptance will be by February 25th. Presentations will be 20 minutes followed by questions.
Confirmed speakers include:
Stathis Kouvelakis (Kings College London)
Ludger Hagedorn (Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna)
Karel Novotný (Central-European Institute of Philosophy, Charles University, Prague)
Teresa Pullano (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Nicolas de Warren (University of Leuven)
Francesco Tava (University of Milan)
A public lecture on the “Meaning of Europe” will be given on 9 May by HE Michael Žantovský, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the UK
Questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Further conference information and details about registration will follow soon.