The Euroidentities project held its Final Conference in Brussels, 9-10 February 2011.

The results of each of the five substantive ‘sensitized groups’ work packages – the ‘Educationally mobile’, ‘Transnational workers’, ‘Farmers’, ‘Cultural contacts’ and ‘Civil society organisations’ – were presented and discussed. In addition, there were sessions highlighting two significant groups that emerged during the project’s analysis – ‘External to Europe’ and ‘Intimate relations’ – as well as a closing session that assessed the project’s findings as a whole. The format of the conference was discussion of papers that had been circulated in advance.

To see the programme with a brief explication of each session and discussants, click EuroIdentities Final Conference, Brussels, 9-10 Feb 2011.

To view the papers from this conference click here

We were particularly keen to involve practitioners and representatives from the policy and legislative communities as well as the academic sphere.

If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact:  Joanne Robinson [e-mail:  telephone +44(0)28 9097 3171.
EuroIdentities Final Conference, Brussels, 9-10 Feb 2011

Previous conferences

XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology

 11-17 July 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden

Research Committee on Biography and Society RC38

Programme Coordinators

Gabriele Rosenthal, Georg August University of Göttingen, Germany, 
Michaela Köttig, Georg August University of Göttingen, Germany,  

Session 3: Biographical processes and supranational identity formation in a European context


Robert Miller, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland,

Kaja Kazmierskal University of Lódz, Poland,  

The current state-of-the-art research into European identity has been driven almost exclusively by a ‘top down’ elitist perspective that focuses upon the development of an identification with ‘Europe’ through centrally-driven policies originating for the most part from within the European Commission.  This session will focus upon biographical research and/or conceptualizations that can provide wider insights into the evolution and meanings of a European identity or identities from the ’bottom up’ perspective of the individual.  
Biographical identity is neither solely solid and fixed for all time nor completely fluid and contingent but rather a combination of both.  Identity functions as an internalized cognitive schema or habitus of stored meanings and modes of reacting to the world that enables one to maintain continuity and remain 'the same' over time.  At the same time, identity is a process in which one's self-conception is (re)formed and transformed over time during the course of life experiences that take place within a changing grid of often conflicting multiple groups, interests, loyalties and responsibilities.  The retention of a balance between these two -- the need to maintain continuity and the imperative to change -- can be seen as an ongoing biographical process of identity work.  We welcome proposed papers, either conceptual and/or research-based, that deal with the question of evolving European identity or identities within these contexts. 


The 9th ESA Conference

September 2-5, 2009, Lisbon, Portugal 

RN03 Biographical Perspectives on European Societies

Session: Euroidentities. The Evolution of European Identity: Using biographical methods to study the development of European identity

Convenor: Robert Miller

Papers presented

Robert Miller, Fritz Schütze, Markieta Domecka, Anja Schröder

"Biographical Processes and Supranational Identity Formation in a European Context" 

Piotrowski Andrzej, Kaja Kazmierska, Agnieszka Gurdala, Katarzyna Waniek

"Euroidentities: Transnaional Workers in the European Union" 

Mariana Draganova, Rumiana Jeleva

"Through Farmers' Biographical Narratives: Towards Diversity in the European identities" 

Howard Davis, Sally Baker, Graham Day, Marta Kowalska

"Educational and Other Encounters: Narratives of Mobility and the Biographical Significance of International Study and Training in Europe" 

Katrin Paadam, Liis Ojamäe, Kristel Siilak, Jaanika Oper

"Cross-cultural Experiences and Exchanges: Capacities and Identifications" 

Ulrike Nagel, Fritz Schuetze, Anja Schroeder

"Civil Society Organizations' 'Spanning Boundaries': The Biographical Impact of Civil Society Organizations on Europeaness" 


The 39th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology

June 11-14, 2009, Yerevan, Armenia

Session: European Identity or Identities? Evolving views of 'Europa'

Convenors: Robert Miller, Markieta Domecka 

Papers presented

Howard Davis, Sally Baker, Graham Day and Marta Kowalska (Bangor University, School of Social Sciences)

“Notes from an island: using biographical narratives to interpret the meanings of Britishness and Europeanness”

Maegan Hendow (Universität Leipzig, Zentrum fur Hohere Studien)

"Multiculturalism: A Third Option."

Maria Rovisco (York St John University, Faculty of Arts)

“One Europe or Several Europes? The Cultural Logic of Narratives of Europe”

Mikhail Gorshkov (Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Sociology)                                                                                                         

“Russians’ European identity: international and sociocultural aspects”

Vittorio Cotesta (Università Roma Tre, Department of Education)

“A far distant glance at Europe: critical perspectives from Africa, India and China”