Neo-colonial mentalities in contemporary Europe? Language and discourse in the construction of ident (Neo-colonial mentali)

Venue: Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Feb 23, 2007 End Date/Time: Feb 24, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 01, 2006
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The aim of our workshop is to explore some of the major cultural groupings within the EU by investigating the emergent discourse that reflects their own and others’ sense of their evolving identity. According to the groups under observation, the workshop could be divided into three parts: ‘The “immigrant” Europeans - migrants into contemporary Europe’, ‘The Europeans of the regions’ and ‘The “new wave” Europeans’- ex-members of the Soviet bloc, among others.

The justification for this approach is above all its timeliness, with the EU having recently experienced a major expansion of membership and with new members waiting to join. Major players within the EU are still adjusting to the newcomers, yet without previously having really established a clear sense of their own European identities. While European identity is increasingly a topic of interest, no publications cover the same ground as the proposed workshop.

The case for considering neo-colonial features within each group will be justified and explained from the perspective of post-colonial theory. The context will be examined from the perspective of EU discourse that reflects its stance on national, regional and ethnic identity and the policies aimed at encouraging a harmonious bonding of Europe’s postcolonial, diasporic, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and mobile communities.


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Additional Information

Registration Fees: Standard Fee per day: £25 Members of IGRS or concessions: £10 Graduate student in a subscribing department: £5 For application please contact Rosemary Lambeth at the IGRS ( with cc to the organisers (