International Conference of Europeanists

The European Culture Research Network (ECRN) of the Council for European Studies invites submissions for papers for the 28th International Conference of Europeanists. Deadline: 15.10.2021



Culture and the Environment of Democracy

Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa | Lisbon, Portugal
June 20-22, 2022 [virtual sessions], June 29 - July 1 [in-person sessions]


ECRN Mini-Symposium
Culture and the Environment of Democracy
This CfP seeks contributions that explore the relation of culture to the quality of environment and of democracy. Culture is the vector by which we address and organize our world increasingly under duress. And yet environmental and political degradation also threaten people’s access to culture, their ability to participate in and shape culture. We approach culture in its broadest sense here: from cultural practices, mechanisms of production, collective identities, to objects and texts in their reception.
With your contributions, we hope to establish a series of panels that look into the relation of culture to the quality of environment and of democracy in its multifaceted ways.

Papers are especially welcome that attend to:

  • The interrelation between cultural access, public sphere, cultural institutions as ‘third spaces’ of encounter and democratic practice;
  • Practices of cultural sharing, commons, collaboration and participation related to environment, sustainability and/or democracy;
  • The environmental/ ecological humanities - the representation of new materialisms, new ontologies and post-anthropocentric approaches (such as Nature-Culture debates, more-than-human etc.);
  • The interrelation between cultural activism, the environment, inclusiveness and democratization;
  • The entanglement of notions of race and class with environmental change and democratization process;
  • “Cultural Ecosystems on Screen and In Literature - Representation and cultural meanings and uses of forests, water, waterways, seas, forests and water or waterways as cultural ecosystems (might include deforestation/reforestation, resource extraction, migration, indigenous cultures, tradition, ecocriticism);
  • The transversality of cultural policy – cultural policy as vector of environmental policy, sustainability and democratization processes;
  • Cultures of greenwashing in Europe;
  • The role of the environment in cultural production.

Send proposals before October 1 to  Michael Gott ( , Angela Runciman (, Arina Rotaru ( , Azadeh Sharifi ( and Claske Vos ( Please indicate your participation preference: online, on-site, or no preference.


Open Call for panels, roundtables, mini-symposia
The ECRN/CES welcomes paper and session submissions on all aspects of European Culture:

e.g. Longing and Belonging to Places and Communities; Perceptions/Images/Stereotypes of Place, Nation, Group; Migration, Exile and Belonging; Empires and Imperialism; Migration, Multiculturalism, Religion, Ethnicity; Borders and Boundaries; Allegiance, Nostalgia, Mythology; New Readings of Iconic Texts; Genres and Styles: Realist, Utopian, Dystopian; Media Adaptations and Rewritings; Transnational Memories; (Post)colonial and De-colonial Critique; Eastern- and Central European Studies; Sexuality and Gender Studies; Imagology, Myth-and Folklore Criticism; Radicalism and Violence; European Avant-gardes; Cosmopolitics; Eurocentrism contestation and non-European epistemologies; Europe and the World.

Submit proposals directly to the Council for European Studies by Oct 15

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