Call for Presentations

1st Global Conference

Fears and Anxieties in the 21st Century:
The European Context

Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st July 2014
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom


What Is It that still Scares Us?: Mapping Fears in Contemporary Europe

 Call for Presentations

This special stream within the inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary conference seeks to explore the issues which lie at the interface of fears and anxieties in the context of 21st-century Europe, whose design as a political and economic union is being challenged by regional interests. From the vantage point of the events still unflolding in Crimea, it is perhaps ironic that, in 2012, the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. We are all aware that its citizens are deeply disturbed by an atmosphere of concerns, fears and anxieties which form the horizon within which they live and work. Some of these are nurtured by real occurences whilst others appear to be rooted in imaginary or perceived phenomena. The most recent political, social and economic upheaval, triggered by the crisis in Ukraine, demonstrates that nationalist fears, which seemed to subdue after the conflict in Yugoslavia, are still acute and very much on the European agenda.

We invite proposals on any area related to the conference purpose and encourage creative and challenging presentations on issues related to any of the following themes:

  • fear of secession, triggered by the Crimean crisis in Ukraine
  • fear of a fresh ideological clash between Russia and the European Union
  • fear of a new potential conflict in the former Yugoslavia, triggered by the creation of a Kosovo national army
  • fear of extreme political behaviour in Romania and Bulgaria (Jobbik, Nationalist Party of Bulgaria etc.)
  • fear of an expansion of the civil war in Syria
  • fear of civil unrest (case studies: Greece, Turkey, etc.)
  • fear of the use of new technologies, surveillance, privacy, security
  • fear of social exclusion, demographic crisis and its consequences
  • bystander effect and social insensitivity
  • fear of minorities and majorities, of ‘others’, of multiculturalism, of globalisation, of Westernisation
  • creating, experiencing, civil society fears
  • fear of unemployment and of labour-related migration
  • fear of financial crises, of inflation, of price rise, of cutting wages
  • creating, experiencing, reporting, economic fears
  • fear of terrorism, of nationalism, of jingoism, of xenophobia
  • fear of neighbouring countries in post-communist countries
  • fear of politicians

This is just an indicative list. We extend our invitation to all scholars, professions, practitioners, ngo’s voluntary sector workers who deal with and respond to people’s fears and anxieties.

In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Testimony and Fear and Anxiety in 21st Century.

What to Send
Proposals will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word proposals should be submitted by Friday 11th April 2014. If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 30th May 2014. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: F&A1 Proposal Submission

All abstracts will be at least double blind peer reviewed. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:

Magdalena Hodalska and Catalin Ghita: mandc@inter-disciplinary.net
Rob Fisher: fa1@inter-disciplinary.net

The aim of the conference is to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

Details on the conference running alongside this project in 2014 can be found here: Testimony

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.