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TransEuropa: Where is Europe?

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This evening brings together both of ULIP's seminar series, Dis-placing Politics and Challenging Europe, to start the new academic year with an exciting joint event.



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Rob Walker once provocatively wrote that ‘Europe Is Not Where It Is Supposed to Be.’ He emphasised that dominant narratives tell us what is Europe and where it is in terms of rigid conceptions of geography and history. Knowing what Europe is and where it is forces us to imagine what’s contained in it. This also shapes our capacity to know what Europe must become and is becoming. Europe is always a somewhere and something. Yet, for Walker, we need ‘to think of Europe as a site of multiple identities/subjectivities, or of networks, or of movements that consistently exceed boundaries trying to contain them.’ Today we ask ‘where is Europe’ by discussing its place in historical imagination. Engin Isin will discuss how Europe shaped the world in its own image. Charlotte Chopin will discuss how Europe was imagined in the colony. Anna-Louise Milne will chair the questions and debate to follow. We hope that this event will raise questions about emplacements of Europe as an imagined continent and how these emplacements shape belongings, identifications, and attachments today.



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16:00 - Reading Workshop (for more information and to receive the readings please click here)

18:00 - Lecture and Discussion

19:30 - Drinks Reception



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Charlotte Chopin

This paper traces processes of political and cultural identification in the settler press in Algeria at the turn of the twentieth century. These processes, the article argues, extended beyond the triangular dynamics of the settler colonial situation, to be shaped by the wider global networks which sustained the rapid growth of the settler press in this period. Press networks created interimperial connections which allowed Europeans in Algeria to compare themselves to other settler societies across the world, providing points of reference for their own debates about sovereignty. If historic and contemporary examples of rebellion set by Europeans in the USA, the Transvaal, and Cuba proved attractive to journalists who resented the political authority and cultural influence of the French state, they were also perceived as risky in a demographic context of settler diversity and minority. Instead, journalists drew upon their global networks to imagine a transnational model of ‘Latin’ community. Their claims to ‘Latin’ identity expressed a profound ambivalence towards French authority, allowing them to seek protection from the French state without abandoning their mixed European heritage to the assimilative projects of the ‘one and indivisible’ republican regime. While journalists’ promotion of an internally differentiated ‘Latin’ cultural and racial community may have disrupted the ‘register of sameness’ amongst settlers, it ultimately reinforced the exclusion of Algerian Muslims and Jews as agents and subjects of news.

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