The Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK) in cooperation with
The Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the UNESCO MOST Program
The 4th European Blue Sky Conference
Faultlines and Frontlines of European Transformation
7-10 November 2019
Institute of Musicology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Call for Papers
“In this era of globalization, the distribution of power in the world is shifting. New political and economic global players are gaining more influence. In dealing with these new powerhouses, we Europeans will only be able to uphold our values and pursue our interests effectively of we pool our strengths much more both internally and in dealings with the outside world… We face the historic task of enabling Europe to become a global player.”
Foreign Ministers’ Group on the Future of Europe 2012
The European Blue Sky Conference series debates regional and local impacts of current global and interconnected social, political, technological and cultural transformations. The world is in a precarious state of deep crisis marked by several interdependent processes, whose complex functioning and possible outcomes are difficult to fully understand, predict or explain. The traditional methods of disciplinary scientific inquiry provide us with limited and insufficient conceptual tools. New methods, new ways of knowing and learning need to be developed that are socially relevant, responsible and problem-centered. Knowledge for its own sake is not enough, we need rather strong, courageous and open-minded visions and imaginations, i.e., a kind of future-oriented and socially-responsible blue-sky thinking, in order to navigate the changes on the level of communal existence. While analyzing problems, speakers address the responsibility that the state, the citizens, the power elites, the global intelligentsia and corporate capital have in tackling global risks in order to build resilient communities and sustainable societies.
The upcoming 4th European Blue Sky Conference entitled Faultlines and Frontlines of European Transformation will tackle the topic of the crisis of European integration. Amidst the 30th anniversary celebration of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the 15th anniversary of Europe’s eastward expansion in 2004, with the European elections and the simultaneous Brexit negotiations, Europe is in flux. Meanwhile, however, scholars, analysts and public intellectuals claim that the current changes do not point in positive directions: participatory democracy is retreating across several nation states, extreme and populist political parties and movements are gaining popularity, and new forms of tribalism and reinvigorated ethno-nationalism are on the rise. These developments are often seen as warning signs of a weakening European Union where the integration process has halted and since 2008 visibly declined. There is a lack of common economic policy and capability to balance economic inequalities among the member states, and, even more importantly, a lack of cultural understanding and consensus on shared values underpinning European institutions. Faultlines in Europe, between East and West, North and South are growing, creating serious social upheaval and political polarisation. Some say that Europe has lost its chance to become the leader of the twenty-first century, and it has shrunk to a globally insignificant region. Surely, with the rise of Southeast Asia, this seems more than just simplistic pessimism. What might the future hold for Europe and the EU? What are the possible alternative scenarios? What form of democracy is viable and how can we achieve social justice and better cohesion? Or will breakdown continue? The European project clearly needs reflection, but does it also need redefinition, or even a new vision? What are the values that many like to emphasize as European?
Invited speakers: Timothy Garton Ash (Oxford University), Daniel Brooks (iASK, University of Toronto), Janos Bogardi (iASK, University of Bonn), Sean Cleary (Strategic Concepts), Albrecht von Mueller (Parmenides Foundation), Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies)
Scholars of all academic disciplines are invited to debate current processes, and their possible outcomes at the 4th European Blue Sky Conference, which will be held on 7-10 November 2019, in Budapest.
TOPICS AND APPLICATION
Within the framework of the general theme of the conference, the organising team invites 200-word abstracts for paper contributions or roundtables on any of the topics listed below.
Topics we invite contributions on:
- Resilient societies in Europe
- New centres, new peripheries
- The future of Europe in the changing global geopolitical order
- New scenarios for European (dis)integration
- New types of cross-cultural networks – formal and informal
- Changing forms and notions of citizenship
- Social trust
- The social impact of climate change
Doctoral students and early- or mid-career scholars are especially encouraged to apply, either as paper presenters or as roundtable participants.
Application Deadline: 20 August 2019
Applications should contain:
- 200-word abstract in English with title
- Short bio
- E-mail address and contact of applicant
Applications and queries should be sent to Izabella Agardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The organising committee will inform successful applicants by 15 September 2019.
Registration deadline: 31 October 2019
Registration is free.
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses.
Accommodation costs will be covered by the participants but limited scholarship to cover accommodation is available on a first come-first served basis.
The language of the conference is English.
Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg
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