HLCS Conference, 14 – 15 November 2019
Organized by the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies and the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen
European identity is often closely associated with ideals of inclusion supposedly rooted in a long history of tolerance. In its concern with the well-being of all its citizens, Europe symbolises a beacon of enlightenment and a safe haven for minorities. This link is further reinforced by the fact that human rights principles and specifically social and gender inclusion are central to official EU policies. Yet identities are always predicated upon exclusion. Therefore, this conference wishes to challenge the idealized Eurocentric perspective that upholds the pre-eminence of Europe and seeks instead to bring together critical perspectives on European practices and discourses of inclusion and exclusion, both past and present.
The panels in this conference will address the following questions:
Through these questions, we invite all contributors to reflect on both historical and contemporary discourses and practices of inclusion and exclusion in Europe.