'Europe, a continent of paradoxes' 

  • Third Annual Conference of the Graduate Centre for Europe
  • 16 - 18 April 2009
  • European Research Institute, University of Birmingham

Researching Europe’s past, present and future brings us face to face with a number of apparently irreconcilable contradictions. However, the very factors that have pulled, and continue to pull us apart drive our understanding of what it means to be European. Or do they?...

The conference focused on how and where internal differences and similarities manifest themselves. It questioned the extent to which different degrees of divergence and convergence are displayed in the historical, current and future development of Europe’s structures, practices and identities.

This conference brought together postgraduate researchers from a variety of disciplines in an attempt to learn from other academic approaches and to share one’s own with other researchers. The conference encouraged an open-minded exchange of ideas about topics we often consider to be embedded in our own disciplines.

Programme

Thursday 16 April 2009

Skills Sessions

  • Professor Stephen Shute: ‘Giving Conference Papers and Preparing to Publish’
  • Dr Nicholas Martin & Dr Lisa Alberici: ‘Viva Tips’
  • Laura Hilton & Joshua McEvilla, Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language: ‘Setting Up and Running an E-Journal’

Keynote Speech, H.E. Mr Staffan Carlsson, Ambassador of Sweden - 'Sweden's EU Presidency: A Green Mission?'

Friday 17 April 2009

  • Panel 1 – History & Theology
  • Panel 2 – Law
  • Panel 3 – Culture & Representation
  • Panel 4 – European Identity

Keynote Speech (G51), Gisela Stuart, MP for Birmingham Edgbaston

Saturday 18 April 2009