With Europe struggling to reinvent itself under the combined impacts of globalization, the enlargement of the European Union that now includes several post-communist member countries that are still in the process of transition from where they didn’t want to be to where they want to be, and the rising waves of immigrants from Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere—-the issue of identity is at the heart of what one might call, in this context, adaptation, assimilation, integration.

As identity is both a personal and a national issue a number of questions arise: Does the fact of being in transition bring with it a threat? Transition to what? How does one know that everything is going to be fine once one arrives at the new destination? How are expectations going to be met by reality? What and how much is one willing to leave behind in order to achieve integration? Is one willing to engage with and solve conflicts of value?

Is transition the opposite of stability? Can there be stability-in-transition or transition-in-stability? What do these possibilities mean? How does a particular understanding of such issues, questions and dilemmas affect one’s understanding of oneself at the personal and cultural or national level?

This topic is open to case studies, as for example, countries with former Communist regimes going West, or Western European countries that are (must be?) open to deal with new arrivals from Eastern Europe or other parts of the world. The topic is also open to religious, cultural, social and political studies where it is treated theoretically or with specific applications to the European context or even to other contexts.

Please submit a 350–500 word abstract to Theodor Damian, at: TDamian@mcny.edu

Chair: Theodor Damian, PhD
Professor of Philosophy and Ethics
Metropolitan College of New York, USA

Workshop: Evolving Identities in a Globalist Age: Constant Transition vs. Stability

​​​​​​2016 ISSEI conference 

The University of Lodz, Poland