[csaa-forum] Call for contributors : Open seminar: Imagine Europe : 19 October 2017 : Roskilde, Denmark

Jonas Agerbæk Jeppesen jonasagerbaekjeppesen at gmail.com
Fri Jun 30 18:42:59 ACST 2017




IAMCR’s Participatory Communication Research Section and Roskilde
University are happy to invite artists, academics, and students to submit
proposals for the Imagine Europe seminar.


Date: Thursday, 19 October 2017, 9 AM – 5 PM
Location: Roskilde, Denmark


To submit a proposal, send a presentation abstract or project description
of no more than 500 words (per participant, in case of a panel) to the
organiser, Jonas Agerbæk Jeppesen, at <joagje at ruc.dk>.

The deadline for submitting proposals is August 15, 2017.


The Imagine Europe seminar gathers participants interested in discussing
and experimenting with participatory and creative methods, with the aim to
articulate, explore, and create knowledge and perspectives on the
contemporary, so-called European ‘crisis’.

Dramas fuelled by financial instability, the refugee influx, Brexit, and
the shifting directions of newly-elect governments powerfully reveal a
breakdown and need for re-negotiating a shared sense of ‘Europe’—both in
terms of its meaning and in terms of its value as a common political,
social and cultural project, and as provider of an agonistic identity to
its citizens. With the collapse of the progress narrative—the idea that
we’re moving towards ‘ever closer union’—space has been opened for the
re-emergence of older visions of, for and about Europe, and for new visions
to be developed and circulate. These intersecting and competing visions
range from pleas to renew the prior consensus, to dreams of renegotiating
Europe from the ground up, or of retreating from Europe altogether, and
withdraw into more ‘traditional’ and ‘natural’ units, based in nationality,
ethnicity or religion. These visions come from many different actors within
Europe and from outside of its borders, including from migrants seeking
refuge from structural and political violence.

As these actors express new social imaginaries, they also, and on larger or
smaller scales, (attempt to) mobilize publics around their competing
visions—engaging them in struggles to translate these imaginaries in
material realities, to bring about a European space, or set of spaces, that
may suit their needs, desires and phantasies.

While it is not clear which vision or set of visions will stand when the
dust of recent ‘crises’ had settled, it remains a paramount task for us as
students, artists, and academics to reflect, to critique, and to take
action as history unfolds.


With the aim of supporting discussion and dialogue across thematic and
disciplinary boundaries, we invite contributions that include, but are not
limited to:

* Research presentations
* Presentations of artistic projects
* Interactive performances, short film screenings, installations
* Workshops


* Keynote on “Discursive-material struggles over Europe” by Prof. Nico
* Keynote on artistry and intercultural dialogue in Danish refugee
initiatives (TBA)
* City walk and interactive workshop by Assoc. Prof. Kristine Samson
* Project presentations, workshops, and performances by seminar participants


The seminar is open to all. Prior registration is required. For online
participation, contact the organiser, Jonas Agerbæk Jeppesen at <
joagje at ruc.dk>.

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