Identities in conflict in the enlarged Europe

WP 8 – Identity Formation and Enlargement

WP 8 events 

Budapest, 26-27 September 2008


Faculty of Social Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
1117 Pázmány P. sétány 1/A
Faculty Council Hall (Kari tanácsterem), Northern Building, 7th floor

Organised by

Maria Heller, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Workshop outline: Democracy and Identity

Abstracts for all workshop papers (download pdf)

Programme (download pdf) (23.09.08)


Friday 26 September 2008




Welcome address
Tamás Rudas, Dean, ELTE Faculty of Social Sciences

Introductory remarks on the RECON Project
Maria Heller, Director, ELTE Institute of Sociology


Session I: Identity Theories and Conflicting Identities in Europe

Chair: Mária Heller, ELTE

Conflict and identity in the EU
Zdzisław Mach, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Identity circles
Paszkál Kiss, ELTE



Coffee break


Session II: Gender and Generations: Feminist and Youth Identities in Europe

Chair: Sara Clavero, Queen’s University, Belfast

Democratic norms and conflicting models of European identity: Applying Q-methodology to students; a pilot study at two German universities
Ulrike Liebert and Rosemarie Sackmann, University of Bremen

Identities and Europe in young people’s life narratives: A comparison between French and Hungarian cases
Borbála Kriza, ELTE

Negotiating feminist identity in Poland?
Katarzyna Zielińska, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Hungarian adolescents’ views on democracy
Mihály Csákó, ELTE



Lunch at ELTE


Session III: Conflicting Identities in the Context of Migration

Chair: Anna Wessely, ELTE

The construction of space and identity conflict: The case of pendulum migrants
Dariusz Niedźwiedzki, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Polish pendulum migrants in Belgium: national, transnational or European?
Marcin Galent, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

East meets West in the bilingual experience
Nóra Schleicher, Budapest College of Communication and Business



Coffee break


Session IV: Ethnic Identity, Ethnic Conflict, Collective Memory

Chair: Péter Bodor, ELTE

‘I have to survive this horror so that the survivor could tell about this living hell’: Thoughts about Europeanism in connection with a survivor of the Shoah who became its ‘professional story teller’
Júlia Vajda, ELTE

The role of collective memory in ethnic conflict
Jacek Nowak, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Identity conflicts in Hungary today: Ethnicity, folkish thinking and antisemitism
Magda Marsovszky, University of Halle-Wittenberg

The construction of ethnic identity of successful Gypsies/Travellers in England
Kinga Szabó-Tóth, University of Miskolc


Saturday 27 September 2008


Session V: Conflicting Ethnic and Civic Identity Models

Chair: Dénes Némedi, ELTE

Reconstructing the significant other in the enlarged EU: Ethnic vs. civic contextualisation of European political identity
Grzegorz Pożarlik, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Time for new patriotism? Between the ethnic and civic understanding of the concept
Olga Brzezińska, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Polish nationalism between ethnic and civic. The change of a symbolic image of the Polish nation and the role of the city in this process
Paweł Kubicki, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

The European Union’s enlargement process and the collective identity formation in Turkey: The interplay of multiple identities
Yaprak Gürsoy and Meltem Müftüler-Baç, Sabanci University, Istanbul


Coffee break


Session VI: Symbolic Construction of Identities in Media and Discourse

Chair: Magdalena Góra, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

The models of EU news domestication in Polish TV. The case of the Lisbon Treaty
Jacek H. Kołodziej, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Conflicts and the fashion of symbolic ethnicity
Kata Zsofia Vincze, ELTE

The Shaman and St Stephen’s Holy Crown
Anna Wessely, ELTE

European identity and public art
Mónika Bálint – Boglárka Mittich, ELTE



Lunch at ELTE


Session VII: Identity Policies on Institutional, National and EU Levels

Chair: Zdzisław Mach, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Between national and European identity: The discourse about Polish foreign policy and security after EU Enlargement
Magdalena Góra, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Roma nation-building and Roma organizations
Frank Zsigó, Zsigmond Király College, Budapest

Interplay of European, national and regional identities: Nations between states along the new eastern borders of Europe
Lili Vargha, TARKI Social Research Institute, Budapest

Human rights as a European foreign policy tool
Merzuka Selin Türkeş, Sabanci University, Istanbul


Coffee break


Session VIII: Ethnic Identity, Ethnic Conflict, Collective Memory II

Chair: Frank Zsigó, Zsigmond Király College, Budapest

Historical trajectories, narrative representations and national identities
János László, Institute for Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences/University of Pécs

Trauma, identity, and  memory: Long-term psychological effects of the Holocaust
Ferenc Erős, Institute for Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences/University of Pécs

‘Chaos is order unperceived’ (Antonioni: Blow Up) Fuzzy identity definitions: Towards the formation of a new Jewish generation. (Young Jewish associations in Budapest after 1990)
Zsuzsa Hetényi, ELTE




For more information:
Borbala Kriza: [email protected]