2016 Conference

Rethinking Europe in Intellectual History

The Abduction of Europe

Rethymnon Campus, University of Crete, 3-5 May 2016

Keynotes: David Armitage (Harvard), Etienne Balibar (Paris-Ouest Nanterre/Kingston University), & Christopher Berry (Glasgow)

In recent debates regarding the status of intellectual history, the emergence of new academic objects such as global justice and sub-disciplines like global intellectual history, are symptoms of post-cosmopolitan, global sensibilities. By the same token important questions are raised regarding the emergence of systemic inequalities, cultural hegemonies and, more broadly, about unprecedented forms of post-colonial mentality within the globalized world. In this context, Europe’s status seems problematic. Decadence or mutation, the transfer of economic power outside Europe, the erosion of the middle classes and the status of European citizenship are emblematic issues in academia and the public sphere. Yet there is consensus around the unprecedented changes regarding Europe’s status in the world. Rethinking Europe’s identity(ies) and re-writing its history seem to be urgent issues in light of the Eurozone’s current crisis.

To download the conference poster, please click here.


The final conference programme is available to download. PowerPoint facilities will be available in all of the conference rooms for presentation purposes.

Conference Programme


Online Registration is now closed.

  • Standard early-bird fee (before 27 April): €100.00 EUR
  • Graduate student early-bird fee (before 27 April): €75.00 EUR
  • Standard (after 27 April): €125.00 EUR
  • Graduate student (after 27 April): €95.00 EUR

The registration fee includes two lunches (3 & 4 May), coffee breaks, and the conference dinner. Please note that it will be possible to pay the standard and graduate fees in cash on the spot, however early registration is recommended.


The conference will take place at Hotel Theartemis, with the exception of the first keynote lecture, which will take place in Rethymnon’s cultural centre (within walking distance of the hotel). Special conference rates* for the following hotels have been secured:

Hotel Theartemis (conference venue, 40 rooms) ****

Double-room, incl. breakfast: €101.00 EUR per room/per day
Single-room, incl. breakfast: €74.00 EUR per room/per day

Hotel Olympic Palladium (5 rooms) ***

Double-room, incl. breakfast: €59.00 EUR per room/per day
Single-room, incl. breakfast: €48.00 EUR per room/per day

Hotel Liberty (5 rooms) ***

Double-room, incl. breakfast: €59.00 EUR per room/per day
Single-room, incl. breakfast: €49.00 EUR per room/per day

Hotel Brascos (10 rooms) ***

Double-room, incl. breakfast: €48.00 EUR per room/per day
Single-room, incl. breakfast: €38.00 EUR per room/per day

Delegates are advised book early and to contact our travel agent via e-mail in order to secure the conference rate at these hotels: Brigitta and/or Kostas Vourlakis.

Travel Information

RethymnonBy bus. Rethymnon is located between Heraklion and Chania, although slightly closer to Chania; a bus service from Chania to Rethynon will take approx. 1 hour, while from Heraklion to Rethymnon will take approx. 1 hour and 30 mins. You can view the bus timetables and purchase tickets online from ΚΤΕΛ Χανιων Ρεθυμνου.

By car. If you plan to drive from Heraklion or Chania to Rethymnon, you can hire a car from Brigitta Vourlakis.

For any queries, please contact the convenor, Spiros Tegos.

Conference Committee: Spiros Tegos, Michael Hunter, James A.T. Lancaster.

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