Conference: call for papers

2013-11-01 - 2014-02-07
November 1, 2013–February 7, 2014
Nations and Stereotypes Twenty Five Years After – call for papers
New borders, new horizons

In 1993 the International Cultural Centre, Poland’s leading national institution of culture, organised a conference titled “Nations and Stereotypes” and invited representatives of several nations (Poland, Belarus, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Ukraine) to talk about mutual perceptions and stereotyping. This series of debates, as well as the book published in its wake, were pioneering inquiries into the post-communist attempt to re-define the images of ourselves and our neighbours. Contributors included Nobel laureate Czesław Miłosz, Karl Dedecius, and Tomas Venclova.

Twenty five years after the collapse of communism, ten years after Poland’s accession to the EU, twenty years after this famous conference we find ourselves in a different context. We also face new challenges, particularly the massive scale of migration within as well as to/from Europe, globalization, and burgeoning nationalism and xenophobia, among others. Consequently, we recognise the need to explore what has changed over the last two decades in our thinking about ourselves and others.

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