W047
The new Europe: the politics of recognition, inclusion and exclusion

Convenors:
Ilka Thiessen (Vancouver Island University)
Ljupco Risteski (Sts. Cyril and Methodius University)
Michaela Schäuble (University of Berne )
Natasa Gregoric Bon (Research Centre SASA, Slovenia)
Discussant:
Peter Loizos, Stef Jansen
Format:
Workshops
Location:
343
Start time:
27 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
5

Short abstract:

Through innovative ethnographic approaches, the panel examines how the processes of Europeanisation, change and the 'nation-state' on the geographical peripheries of Europe are envisioned.

Long abstract:

This panel will explore how the processes of Europeanisation, change and the 'nation-state' on the geographical peripheries of Europe - particularly its Eastern boundaries - are envisioned and how they shape local notions of the 'nation-state' as well as regional belonging. Some papers in this workshop will centre specifically around the Republic of Macedonia's struggle of 'belonging' to Europe, others will deal more generally with processes of envisioning place, change and the 'nation-state'. Together we will explore how Europe constructs itself and how this experience is lived out in its borderlands. We welcome contributions that address the fluidity and ambiguity of European borders and that attend to territorial boundaries as liminal (and often contested) sites of globalisation and transnational processes that can separate but also connect people and places. How are these different-level discourses of exclusion/inclusion, sameness/difference lived out in the daily lives; in the city and the country-side; in the life of the Diaspora, and, how are these discourses reflected in policy-making? How do people locate and represent themselves in view of geographically, politically and historically shifting frontiers? In what sense do geo-political maps shape peoples' practices and perceptions of place? Based on the observation that radical changes often precipitate a disambiguition of the past, the workshop seeks to explore how these tendencies are related to the negotiation of national and/or regional identities and influences visions of the future.