The Europe Quartet - conferencies in Kiev and other European cities
This project was implemented by the British Council Ukraine. It aims to answer the following question: What was, what is, and what will be the concept of Europe?
The originality of the project concept is this. It discards the outmoded categories of 'centre' and 'periphery' which still attempt to understand Europe by contrasts between its 'advanced' and 'emergent' regions. Such a notion risks merely slipping over the surface of things. The Europe Quartet instead proposes a new outlook. Europe is a circumference without a centre, so to speak, a nomadic horizon.
The Europe Quartet envisages: four intensive conferences on the new emerging Europe to be held in four cities - Kiev, Warsaw, Budapest and Berlin; and to result in four books of the published conference papers. Each conference will last four days - three days of proceedings, and the fourth day set aside for performances and creative activities.
Eurocentricity is avoided by ensuring that the conferences are well represented by the so-called peripheries. For instance, in symbolic and practical terms, we include Kyiv as one of the host cities, invite Turkish and other 'ethnic minority' delegates, those normally said to be 'outsiders' to Europe.
The Europe Quartet conferences will concern themselves with the bedevilling problems of 'modernization' and 'postmodernity'. The conferences would also address an imagined 'post-historical' Europe in which war is an evil of the past.
Thus, the first event to take place in Kyiv on 29 June - 2 July 2005, will include four main components:
- Competition for high school students and higher educational establishments' students.
The competition will be announced in the end of March.
The competition invites different genres (essays, short stories,
or poetry) under a common My Europe slogan. Winners will be
selected by a jury and then will be invited to participate in the
workshops on the 4th day of the conference. The best
works will be published in the conference anthology and on the
British Council's web site entitled Creative Writing.
- The 3-day conference itself.
- 1-day workshops.
Target audience in Ukraine
Contemporary writers, researchers of creative writing, critics, translators, professional associations' leaders, high school students, and university students. They will be united by being interested in multiculturalism, new Europe and communication or perception of 'new Europe' concepts in literary works.
Writing Europe conference,
Kyiv, 29 June - 2 July 2005
As a result of the conference, first volume of the Europe Quartet anthology will be published. It will feature about 10 the best and the most interesting presentations made at the conference. The publication will be released in English, and one of the leading British publishers have expressed their interest in releasing this book. It can also be published in Ukrainian, and opportunity for which are being explored.
Should you be interested in this project, please contact Vasyl Hubarets, PR Co-ordinator British Council Ukraine:
4/12 Skovorody St
T (044) 490 5600
F (044) 490 5605
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