The conference focuses on travel as  an opportunity for  inter-cultural learning  and  both material and immaterial exchanges. It is expected that the conference papers will review the history of travellers’ contacts, tourism policy, tourist industry and other related topics spanning from early 20th century until today and having ties to East Asia. Historical, sociological, anthropological and other social science approaches are welcome. The Conference will be held on October 20-21, 2016 in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Tourism figures show that the number of East Asians visiting Europe and the other way around is constantly growing. Group tours as well as solo travel between these regions are becoming popular. The trend is accompanied by increasing volume of publications on travel between these regions: press articles, TV shows, blogs, and guidebooks. Travel experience provides ample of opportunities for self-reflection and reconsideration of knowledge that is accepted as self-evident. For example, there is anecdotal evidence that East Asian tourists approach Eastern Europe in a curious and rather unprejudiced way – for them, the region is not defined by its Socialist past, but rather, a history of architecture and cultural contacts preceding that period. However, still very little is known about how the travel experience shapes inter-cultural understanding and what messages travellers bring home.

We invite panel and individual paper proposals, including but not limited to the topics of:

  • History of travel (from first travellers until today)
  • Imagery of guidebooks
  • Travellers’ testimonies and memories
  • Travel from the perspective of intercultural communication
  • Tourism from an economic perspective
  • Tourism policy and national tourism strategies

Please submit an abstract of your paper (up to 300 words) or panel (up to 500 words), together with your name, position and institutional affiliation to bMay 31, 2016.

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Europe, Nations, and Insecurity: Challengs to Identities

Vytautas Magnus University in cooperation with the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) is pleased to announce the joint conference “Europe, Nations, and Insecurity: Challenges to Identities”.

The Conference will be held on 30 June – 2 July 2016 in Kaunas, Lithuania.

The panels of the conference will embrace a wide range of topics related to the political and economic situation in all regions of Europe. A serious consideration will be given not only to the persistent problem of state aggression and ethnic conflicts, but also to the newly emerging threats, challenges, and insecurities. These new uncertainties create serious threats for world stability and over the past years have become the only certainty in the modern world. Due attention will also be given to contested and challenged identities, ranging from Baltic, Nordic Eastern, Central and other European to all world’s regions and nationalities, be these identities state-controlled and manipulated or sporadically emerging and self-asserting. Programmatic themes encompass Nationalism Studies, Memory and Culture Studies, Migration and Diasporas, History, Politics, Gender Studies, Ethnicity and Violence, Minority Rights, Energy Security, Language, Literature and Education, Public Diplomacy, etc.

Conference panels will be organized according to the national and regional foci:

  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • The Baltic region
  • The Balkans
  • Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and the Caucasus
  • Middle East and Central Eurasia

The conference is organised by the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy of Vytautas Magnus University.

For more information, please contact:

ASN Kaunas