Europe in Discourse:

Identity, Diversity, Borders


Hellenic American University

Athens, Greece 

September 23rd - 25th 2016



“Now I can see her face” by Clément Jacquard used under  CC BY 2.0 / cropped from original    


Hellenic American University / Hellenic American College announces the:

1st International Conference on
“Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders”

September 23rd-25th, 2016 in Athens, Greece

The Conference seeks to examine issues in the ongoing construction of European identity, including notions of diversity and (physical and symbolic) borders. It will focus on critical investigations that draw on discourse theory or bottom-up textual analysis to investigate these topics from the following perspectives:

  • historical,  to explore the determinants which have been used to support a collective European identity;
  • geopolitical, to understand the importance of space and its role in the European edifice;
  • ideological/discursive, to investigate, synchronically and diachronically, key concepts that have informed EU practices of inclusion and exclusion.

Methodologically, the Conference will highlight discourse as a major practice that both shapes and reflects European identity. 

The Conference welcomes contributions that investigate the role that key European Union texts have played in forging, maintaining or challenging European identities. The conference will thus highlight identity not as a static concept but as a construct that is continually negotiated and re-written in multiple discourses.

In addition to attracting contributions from discourse analysts and linguists,  the Conference hopes to bring together leading scholars and researchers from a broad range of other fields, including history, European studies, cultural theory, media studies, sociology, political science, economics, and ethnology.


Proposals Received from 40 Countries

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Scientific Committee

Argiris Archakis, University of Patras

Vijay Kumar Bhatia, City University of Hong Kong, Macquarie University, Hellenic American University

David Block, ICREA/University of Lleida

Christopher Candlin † , Macquarie University, Hellenic American University

Guus Extra, Tilburg University

Juliane House, Hamburg University, Hellenic American University

Cornelia Ilie, Zayed University

Claire Kramsch, University of Berkeley, Hellenic American University

Rosina Marquez Reiter, University of Surrey, Hellenic American University

Anssi Paasi, University of Oulu

Theodosia Pavlidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Ben Rampton, King’s College London

Shaul Shenhav, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Maria Sidiropoulou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Adrian Smith, Queen Mary University of London

Philippe Van Parijs, University of Louvain

Ingrid Piller, Macquarie University

Piia Varis, Tilburg University

Glyn Williams, University Ramon Llull

Jan Zielonka, University of Oxford, St Antony’s College


Steering Committee

Triant Flouris, Provost, Hellenic American University

Juliane House, Hamburg University, Hellenic American University

Themis Kaniklidou, Hellenic American University


Organizing Committee

Leonidas-Phoebus Koskos, Esq., President, Hellenic American University

Stefanos Basigkal, Hellenic American Union

Vicky Branika, Hellenic American Union

Antonia Chouvarda, Hellenic American Union

Evdokia Filippou, Hellenic American University

Juliane House, Hamburg University, Hellenic American University

Themis Kaniklidou, Hellenic American University

Gerasimos Kontaxis, Hellenic American University

Glykeria Manioti, Hellenic American Union

Anna Razou, Hellenic American Union

Petros Romaios, Hellenic American College

Roxanna Theodorou, Hellenic American University

Aggeliki Tzigkou, Hellenic American College

Leonidas Tzonis, Hellenic American University

Vasiliki Zafiri, Hellenic American Union

Jan Blommaert, Tilburg University, Hellenic American University

Michał Krzyżanowski, Örebro University

Andreas Musolff, University of East Anglia

George Prevelakis, Panthéon-Sorbonne University former Ambassador of Greece to OECD

Erik Swyngedouw, Manchester University

Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University, Hellenic American University.


Thank you for submitting your full paper for inclusion in the proceedings.

Papers are being reviewed and you should expect to hear back after June 30th 2017

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