Call for Papers
‘Europe’s Expansions and Contractions’
XVIIth Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association of European Historians (AAEH)
Adelaide, 6 – 9 July 2009
2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of yet another round in the ceaseless process of redefining the physical, cultural, political and psychological borders of Europe.
Far from a static region, Europe has historically seen periods of expansion and contraction that have left deep traces in the histories and cultures of societies both within and without Europe. Seen as a shifting political and cultural space rather than a fixed geographical given, ‘Europe’, in its various shapes and sizes throughout history, might be conceived variously as a product of self-conscious invention, as a site for rival projects of imperial rule or as an expression of a shared historical trajectory.
Europe’s expansions and contractions, whether achieved through politics, trade or warfare, raise issues of sovereignty, identity, power and agency within Europe. The history of European interaction with the extra-European world also raises deep questions about the nature of the legacy of Europe in global history.
Just as its physical, political and cultural contours shift, the historical meaning of ‘Europe’ has seen a number of changes. Along with other aspects of modern European history, this conference will concern itself with the dynamics and effects of the expansions and contractions of Europe in modern times.
Proposals for papers and panels dealing with modern European history (broadly defined), including papers dealing with the theme of the conference, are now being solicited by the AAEH. Postgraduates are welcome to submit proposals. Papers or panels might engage with such issues as:
- Beginning, Sustaining and Ending European Empires
- The Historical Limits of Europe
- European Warfare: Its Aims and its Effects
- The Politics of Expansion and Contraction
- Legacies of the Soviet Empire
- Immigration and Emigration – Europe’s Diasporas
- Gendered Expansion and Reproductive Anxieties
- The Cultures of European Expansions
- Commemoration of Europe’s Empires
- Nation and Empire / Nationalism and Imperialism
- Competitive and / or Co-operative Nationalism
- Continuity and Change in the History of European Geopolitics
- The European and the Global in History
Queries and offers of papers or panels should be directed to:
The Conference Organizers
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide SA 5001