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Old Europe, new Europe : for a geopolitics of translation.

Bialasiewicz, L and Minca, C. (2005) 'Old Europe, new Europe : for a geopolitics of translation.', Area., 37 (4). pp. 365-372.


This paper looks to the role of geographical metaphors in the 'battle of words' to describe Europe and its presumed identity. The facile adoption of banal cartographies such as those of a 'New' and 'Old' Europe highlights two concerns: first, that despite the imperial and isolationistic temptations of the current American administration, its geopolitical imagination remains firmly wedded to – indeed, cannot but define itself by – its relationship with the 'Old Continent'. Secondly, it reveals an astonishing distance between such cartographic abstractions and the variety of non-territorial metaphors – in particular, those of mediation and translation – that are increasingly being invoked to inscribe possible futures for the European project.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Geographical metaphors, Identity, Geopolitical imagination, Geopolitics, Transatlantic relations, Neo-conservatives, Etienne Balibar.
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Record Created:09 Nov 2006
Last Modified:29 Jan 2010 11:09

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