The Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie), funded by the Academy of Finland, is organising a conference on the "European narratives of crisis", which will be hosted by the University of Helsinki. EuroStorie seeks to critically investigate the foundations of the European narrative about a shared heritage of law, values and ideals and its impact in contemporary policies and popular perceptions. The conference will be held at the University of Helsinki, Finland on May 17-18, 2018.


The theme of the conference is “European narratives of crisis”. It explores the many sides of the concept of crisis in the 20th century European context. It seeks to address the phenomenon of the crisis both as a concept and as a form of experience that tells us something of our relation to culture as a whole. The organisers are interested in interventions that tackle this concept in relation to historical narratives, political institutions, legal culture, and social divisions. How do Europe and European history appear as they are viewed through the lens of the crisis? What political, moral, or ideological purposes does the concept of crisis serve?

Possible topics include: 1) Crisis as a philosophical/theological concept (e.g. philosophy of history, social ontology, theology of crisis), 2) Crisis as a cultural concept or a mechanism of cultural critique (e.g. crisis of European ideals), 3) Crisis of European (or national) political institutions (e.g. the contemporary crisis of the European Union, euro crisis, the so called refugee crisis), 4) Crisis of European legal culture (e.g. crises of legal identity and legitimacy, harmonization projects, constitutionalism), 5) Crisis as an interwar/post-war European experience (e.g. immigration, exile, statelessness).


Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) and short CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The language of the conference is English.


The deadline for submissions is January 21, 2018.

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