Wednesday, April 11, 2018
820 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
The rise of rightwing nationalist parties across continental Europe, Brexit, and secessionist movements within preexisting European nation-states are emblematic of broader transformations in European politics: symptoms of a social, economic, and martial order built upon an eroding foundation of Cold War policy increasingly at odds with contemporary geopolitical realities. Draconian response to successive waves of migration, refugees, the threat of foreign and domestic terror, warfare and failed-states at Europe’s peripheries, and the precarious recourse to transnational alliances threaten to unravel the very fabric of Postwar European integration. In an age of profoundly enhanced communication, reliance on both traditional and social media has facilitated yet polarized the distribution of reliable information. Algorithmic recirculation of data between likeminded individuals, the proliferation of “fake news,” and an increasing reliance on short forms of communication such as Facebook and Twitter which reduce nuanced discourse to a finite number of keystrokes have fundamentally altered the stakes of a successful communication.
This conference aims to solicit papers tracing the intersection between policy, migration, and media consumption in Europe. We welcome contributions from across the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to: European and Area Studies, Geography, Media and Communication Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Journalism, Law, History, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Language and Literature. Potential topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:
We invite abstracts of 250-300 words which briefly outline the contents and arguments of your paper.