Europe and/or The World
On a map, Europe appears as just a part of the world, a sub-unit, consisting of still smaller units. In discourses on 'European unity' or 'European identity', this sub-unit – internally diversified, but eventually integral – is designed as one actor in globalization processes. In order to be able to cooperate or compete with other actors, it has to be clearly distinguishable from them. However, the distinction between Europe and its others tends to deny the historical conditions of colonialism and migration that any critique of eurocentrism has to account for. The conference will propose to analyze the tensions between discourses on Europe and processes of globalization.
Teilnehmer sind u.a.: Vladimir Biti (Wien), Kader Konuk (Michigan), Patrice Nganang (Stony Brook University), Robert J. C. Young (New York University).