International Conference “European, National and Regional Identity” 

Oradea, 24-26 March 2011 

Identity has become a central issue in recent decades, almost all social science giving it a unique perspective. Thus, the landscape of theoretical approaches is very large, and very few all-encompassing theories appeared. While identity processes can be explained in a social psychological framework, the process of construction of social identities is not entirely endogenous: local, regional global trends shape the public perceptions and attitudes. Besides, identity has an own conceptual history within philosophical tradition. As a result, not only the explanatory paradigms are conflicting, but also their predictions on the effects and intertwine of identities.

This conference, organized by Partium Christian University Oradea, University of Oradea and University of Debrecen, aims at clarifying the implications of these perspectives on the actual state of identity throughout European space. The focus is double: on the way all the theories fit the available data, both qualitative and quantitative, but also how philosophical paradigm shifts affect the way we interpret these results. The conference approach is mainly sociological, psycho-sociological and philosophical. However, contributions from anthropology, economics, political sciences and social policy studies are very welcomed.

Keynote speakers: 

  1. Örkény Antal, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest
  2. Don Kalb, University of Utrecht, Netherlands & Central European University, Budapest
  3. Vajda Mihály, Eszterházy Károly Főiskola, Eger
  4. David Bartram, University of Leicester, UK
  5. Alexander Chvorostov - Natalia Waechter, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna
  6. György Csepeli. Gergő Prazsák, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest
  7. Losoncz Alpár, University of Novi Sad
  8. Vasile Muscă, Babeş-Bolyai University - Partium Christian University

Parallel Sections:

1. Cultural Diversity and Social Capital. Chair person: Adrian Hatos ahatos@gmail.com

2. Qualitative Methods in the Research on European, National and Regional Identity. Chair persons: Bernáth Krisztina  krisztinabernath@gmail.com, Bögre Zsuzsanna, PhD.

3. Social identity and well-being. Chair person: Sergiu Bălţătescu bsergiu2@gmail.com

4. Identities, representations and prejudices. Chair person: Istvan Muranyi muranyi@chello.hu

5. Identity and the idea of Europe as philosophical problems. Chair persons: Éva Biró-Kaszás kaszas@puma.unideb.hu, Tamás Valastyán 

6. Levels of identity: Europe, nation, region. Chair persons: Attila Demeter demetermartonattila@gmail.com, Zoltán Zakota

7. Institutions and identity. Chair persons: István Bujalos, Beáta Kassai kassai.beata@gmail.com

The language of the sections is English, except the section 5 where you can use also German.

Submission. Abstracts for papers of about 250 words, keywords and author’s affiliation and email address should be uploaded online to https://sites.google.com/site/enriconference/Online-abstract-submission by 7 February 2011. Participants will be notified online on the acceptance of their paper no later than February 17, 2011. There is no conference fee for the presenters. Meals and refreshments will be offered by the organizers. Participants can also apply for accommodation by filling the corresponding fields in the online submission form.They are kindly asked to cover their travel expenses by themselves.

Publication. Full papers, submitted no later than March 15, 2011, will appear in the conference proceedings.

 Contact. Please check the conference website https://sites.google.com/site/enriconference/ or send inquiries to: enriconference@socioumane.ro.



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This conference is organized by in the framework of the project ENRI (European, National and Regional Identity – Theory and Practice), financed by Hungary-Romania Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013, HURO/0801/180.

1. Cultural Diversity and Social Capital
Chair person: Adrian Hatos ahatos@gmail.com
Is diversity detrimental for social cohesion? This is a fundamental question in social thought given the increasing cultural heterogeneity in modern world. Contradictory perspectives share the theoretical arena, though, sustaining either that interactions, exchanges, participation or trust will be negatively affected by ethnic or racial pluralism or that the person’s availability to work together can be enhanced by some forms of diversity. This section will welcome empirical and theoretical studies discussing the relationships of cultural diversity with well known dimensions of social capital like social trust, collective self-efficacy, associative membership, community involvement and so on. 

2. Qualitative Methods in the Research on European, National and Regional Identity
Chair persons: Bernáth Krisztina  krisztinabernath@gmail.com, Bögre Zsuzsanna, PhD.
In the context of permanent societal changes the structure of the identity is also permanently challenged. Biographies offer a glimpse to the imprints of personal life-events that could give us answers to some of the questions raised in terms of regionalization, nationalism, and Europeanization processes. The main questions of our section are: What does it mean to live in a specific region, to belong to a nation or the European community? How are these different levels of identity/identities present in personal values and actions? This session focuses upon biographical researches that can provide a better insight into the meanings of European, national and/or regional identity/identities. We warmly welcome papers - conceptual, methodological and/or research-based - that deal with these questions.

3. Social identity and well-being 
Chair person: Sergiu Bălţătescu bsergiu2@gmail.com
While identity associated with membership in various social groups (such as ethnic, territorial, cultural, sexual, and professional) can bring social and psychological benefits that increase personal well-being, it is no less true that well-being of members of social groups can also increase the strength of ties between them and group self esteem. In this section we are interested in the rather unexplored links between different kinds of social identity and well-being (economic, relational, psychological and subjective). Multidisciplinary theoretical and empirical contributions will be welcomed if they attempt answers to questions such as: Which are the empirical evidences for these relationships? Which are the causal relationships and the mediators between them? How can identity be used efficiently to enhance individual and group wellbeing?

4. Identities, representations and prejudices
Chair person: Istvan Muranyi muranyi@chello.hu
Besides the possible interpretations of three different types of group identities (European, National and Local) this section focuses on the problem of the relation between identity and inter-group prejudices. Social scientific studies (mainly psychological, socio-psychological and sociological) describing distinct identities and built on the social representation theory are confusingly heterogeneous—similarly to studies focusing on the problem of the relation between identity types and prejudices. In this section, we call for presentations or research reports which enhance (and systematize) our knowledge about the three group identities from the viewpoint of interpretation and/or inter-group prejudices.

5. Identity and the idea of Europe as philosophical problems
Chair persons: Éva Biró-Kaszás kaszas@puma.unideb.hu, Tamás Valastyán 
As one of the classical notions of the European philosophy, the concept of identity has suffered a series of modifications which had followed the various historical changes of the European culture. In the course of this process, the theoretical accent has moved from the idea of a stable, substantial identity to the spontaneity of the subject and to the self-determination of the person, then to the inter-subjective and recognition-based constitution of identity. In the frame of this section, we call for papers that deal with the main turning-points of this conceptual history, as well as studies which represent the contemporary analytical, phenomenological and narrativist approaches of the problem. In the same section we welcome studies which treat the idea of Europe as philosophical programme which is inseparable from the self-interpretation of our philosophical tradition, with special regard on its modern phase. Languages of the section: German, English

6. Levels of identity: Europe, nation, region

Chair persons: Attila Demeter demetermartonattila@gmail.com, Zoltán Zakota

What does it mean Europe as not only geographical and cultural, but also political entity? Does it have any meaning to speak about European political identity when we deal with the fact that in the contemporary Europe the dominant form of political identity is the national one? Is it possible a not nation-based theory of political identity and civic loyalty, or nationalism is an insurmountable element of our European heritage? Does it have any meaning to maintain the classical, but nowadays criticized distinction between political and cultural nation, between ethnic and civic nationalism? Is multiculturalism merely a modish ideology, or a viable way to manage the (traditional or migration-related) ethno-cultural diversity in Europe? Is it desirable to replace the traditional European value of tolerance with that of the recognition, in the way as the different politics of identity reclaim it, or tolerance is the only political ideal which is consistent with the modern concept of political freedom? In the frame of the political philosophy, is it reasonable to speak about regions as not only geographical or administrative, but cultural or political units? This section will welcome papers which discuss, using  the methods and the approach of political philosophy, problems regarding the nature and the possible interrelations of European, national and regional identity.

7. Institutions and identity

Chair persons: István Bujalos, Beáta Kassai kassai.beata@gmail.com

Cultural identities and their interrelations are inseparable from the institutions they are connected with, either traditionally, or factically. In consequence, the most imperative contemporary problems regarding different phenomena of cultural identity and intercultural relations make necessary to deal with the importance and effects of these institutions. Which is the importance of symbols in the forming and maintenance of our cultural identities? Is the border between religious life and public space culturally determined? Are European institutions capable to manage the problems and conflicts that emerge due to the increasing European immigration? Which could be the basic rules of intercultural communication? In the frame of this section, we would welcome theoretical papers and case studies that analyze these problems.