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EUC Photo Contest

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Spring 2011
February 7-11
e-Weekly Archive

February 11
Deadline for FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowships Applications
Applications for FLAS Fellowships are due by 5:00 pm. Graduate student applications must be submitted by the student's department. Undergraduate students submit their applications directly to the Center to which they are applying.


February 14-15
Photo Exhibit: "The Balkans"
Location: Illini Union Room C
Co-organized by the Turkish, Hellenic, Romanian and Former Yugoslavian Students Associations.
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

February 18
EUC Lecture Series: “Politics, Institutions and the European Sovereign Debt Crisis”
Dr. Konstantinos Kourtikakis
Political Science, University of Illinois
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Building
Abstract: The European Union is experiencing the most severe crisis in its 60-year history. Although the crisis itself is economic in nature, this talk explores its deeper roots, which lie in the institutions and politics of the EU, and reflects upon the implications of the crisis for the future of European integration.


EUC Movie Night: When We Leave

Germany, 2010
: German & Turkish with English subtitles
Director: Feo Aladag
Time: 5:15 PM
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages
Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Abstract: “German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She hopes to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Her family is trapped in their conventions, torn between their love for her and the traditional values of their community. Ultimately they decide to return Cem to his father in Turkey. To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again. She finds the inner strength to build a new life for herself and Cem, but her need for her family's love drives her to a series of ill-fated attempts at reconciliation. What Umay doesn't realize is just how deep the wounds have gone and how dangerous her struggle for determination has self- become…”
Independent Artists Filmproduktion. "When We Leave (2010) – IMDb." The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Web. 26 Jan. 2011.

March 11-12
New Postsocialist Ontologies and Politics
Location: Levis Faculty Center
Co-Sponsors: European Union Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Center for Advanced Study, Center for Global Studies, Unit for Criticism, Department of Political Science, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, and the Department of Geography.
Abstract: The purpose of the conference is to build on and advance a new and exciting direction in postsocialist studies, a paradigm we may call the relational perspective. Such explorations have rested on three approaches: 1) the conceptualization of the global context of state and postsocialism; 2) the questioning of directionality between this global context and the former “Second World;” and 3) the political implications of rethinking the global context as itself postsocialist.
For more information about the conference theme, go to: http://www.mag-iah.com/files/Illinois_2011.pdf.




February 7
Between Historical Romance and Romanced Storytelling: On Different Ways of Reading the Same Text in the Middle Ages Looking at the Roman d'Alexandre en prose
Professor Maud Prez-Simon
Maitre de conferences, Universite de Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle
Time: 5:00 pm  
Location: 302 Architecture Bldg.
Sponsor: Department of French
Free and open to the public, reception to follow.

February 8 
Film screening: Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Introduced by: Matthew Sutton, Ph.D. student in Slavic Languages and Literatures
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Chemistry Annex 112,
601 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana


Political Socialization of Youth in Post-Soviet States
Tatiana Afanasyeva
Tatiana is a MA Student in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and is also pursuing a Grad Minor in EU Studies at the University of Illinois.
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: 101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Co-Sponsor: Russian East European and Eurasian Center

February 8
"Political Uprisings in North Africa and the Implications Beyond"
Speakers: Asef Bayat
(Professor, Sociology); Elabbas Benmamoun (Professor, Linguistics); Kenneth Cuno (Professor, History); Linda Herrera (Educational Policy Studies); Jane Kuntz (French)
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm  
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor; 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana
Contact: Angela Williams
Email aswillms@illinois.edu
Phone 217-333-2258
Sponsor: CSAMES
Comments will be delivered by the following CSAMES Affiliated Faculty: Asef Bayat: "A New Arab Street?"; Elabbas Benmamoun: "Echoes of the Events in Tunisia in the Region"; Ken Cuno: "The Egyptian Uprising"; Linda Herrera: "Youth Politics and Revolution in a Digital Age"; Jane Kuntz : "Continuity and Change in Tunisia". Discussion will follow.

February 9
RESCHEDULED: How to Finance Study Abroad Workshop
Time: 4 pm 
Location: 160 English Building
Abstract: Learn from a representative from the Office of Student Financial Aid about how financial aid can apply to study abroad. Hear from the Coordinator of Study Abroad Scholarships about scholarship opportunities specifically for study abroad. Learn how to put together an effective application for the I4I and IPS scholarships, which have awarded over $825,000 to Illinois undergrads since Fall 2008!

Photo Contest

EUC Photo Contest: “Symbols of European Integration”
Deadline: February 21
A variety of symbols, from the Greek mythological character Europa to Charlemagne have emerged throughout history to represent Europe as a whole. The European Union has added its own to signify the contemporary European integration and unity: The European flag, anthem, motto and the Europe Day.
For this year’s contest we invite participants to submit entries inspired by symbols of European integration, historical as well as contemporary. You can read more about the EU symbols at europa.eu/abc/symbols/

  • Submit photos in digital format via e-mail to eucenter@illinois.edu
    (keep in mind winning photos will be enlarged to 8x10)
  • No more than five photos per person
  • Each photo needs a title and caption
  • Students, faculty, and staff are eligible to enter the contest
  • Submissions must be received by Monday, February 21, 2011

Winners will receive:
 1st Place - $50 gift card to the IU Bookstore;
2nd place - $35 gift card; 3rd place - $20 gift card.
The winning photos will be displayed at the University of Illinois EU Center’s annual European Union Day on March 9, 2011 and on the EU Center website. Winners will also be invited to the European Union Day luncheon.

Calls for Applications

Deadline: February 10, 2011
Final deadline for 2011 faculty-led spring-summer and summer courses abroad
Sponsor: Study Abroad Office

Deadline: March 1
2012 EU Visitors Program
The European Union Visitors Program (EUVP), now in its 37th year, provides young professionals with career-related interests in the EU with a unique opportunity to spend 5-8 days in Brussels, Strasbourg, and/or Luxembourg and learn from the inside how the European institutions work. EUVP visitors follow an extensive individualized program tailored to their professional interests and meet specialists in fields of their choice. The program is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Commission and the European Parliament.

deadline: march 1, 2011(for Summer/Fall 2011)
UI-KULeuven faculty/PhD student exchange program
UI-KULeuven faculty/PhD student exchange program is now accepting applications. The UI-KUL exchange program provides funding to support travel to and    local accommodations for Urbana-Champaign faculty members and/or    advanced graduate students at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium for one to three months, to collaborate with faculty colleagues there. For more information: Timothy E Barnes -

for proposals
& papers

Deadline: February 15, 2011
Call for Proposals: Europeanization of Exclusion Policies and Practices
Program Dates: June 16-17, 2011
Location: University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Abstract: The workshop seeks to address the “exclusion policies and practices” that the industrialized countries have developed over the last years. The term “exclusion policies and practices” applies to the whole chain of actions ranging from the decision to remove a foreigner to the use of coercion that nation states may apply to territorially exclude foreigners who have no legal right to reside on their territories.
The objective of this two- day workshop at the University of Neuchâtel is to discuss the publication of an edited volume/special issue on the Europeanization of exclusion policies and practices. The workshop conveners will prepare a conceptual framework on the “Europeanization of exclusion policies”, which could eventually serve as an introductory chapter. It will be discussed on the occasion of the workshop. The workshop hopes to bring together a number of paper contributions from within and outside of the IMISCOE network – from different academic disciplines – which have been working on different aspects of exclusion (expulsions, deportations, return policies, readmission).

To participate in this workshop, you are kindly requested to send an abstract (approx. 500 words) containing a paper proposal to Dr. Nicole Wichmann, Research Associate at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchâtel, nicole.wichmann@unine.ch.

Deadline: march 1, 2011
Call for Papers: Paris Conference on EU Immigration Policy-Makers
Program Dates: June 6-7, 2011
Location: Sciences Po, Paris, France
Abstract: Studies of migration policies “in the making” and their administrative actors have largely contributed to a revitalization of social sciences in the field of migration studies [Ellerman 2009; Laurens 2009; Spire, 2005; Weil 1991]. By focusing their work on the trajectories and practices of administrative actors, studies have highlighted the fundamental role played by these actors at various levels. From decision to implementation, they are the ones carrying out immigration policies, fashioning and shaping their evolution. Moreover, several authors have focused on the genesis and development of these policies at the supranational – in this case European – level [Guiraudon, 2000, 2003; Boswell, 2008, 2009]. However, analyses that attempt to link these various levels are scarce.
The objective of the workshop, Administrative actors and immigration professionals: articulating national, European and international dynamics, is to study the dynamics and mechanisms of migration policies involving the national, European and/or international levels. The purpose is to widen the perspective on migration policies by bridging approaches that generally centre on the national level and studies which emphasize the European integration or international dynamics.



February 25, 2011
The Future of European Social Democracy Conference
Location: Duke University
Abstract: The Future of European Social Democracy is an international symposium sponsored by the Center for European Studies at Duke University with support from the Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While it is free and open to the public to attend, advanced registration is required.
Social democracy drove the intellectual imagination and political economies of Europe for much of the twentieth century. In the 1990s, many European countries went through significant transitions whereby the ideas, programs and vision of social democracy appeared to be challenged. When and if "third-way" Social Democrats returned to political power, the nature of social democracy seemed to undergo revision. Nevertheless, many scholars have pushed back against these developments and reexamined the roots, ideas, and politics of social democracy. As a result, there continue to be sound intellectual reasons to investigate the contemporary history and future of European social democracy. We are pleased to have five esteemed speakers who will present their work on this topic. For information on other programming offered by the Center, please click here.  You can view the conference program (PDF).


Scholarships, Fellowships & Prizes

Deadline: february 7, 2011
PhD Scholarships at the University of Victoria
One or Two Postgraduate Scholarships at the Ph.D. level are available in the Department of Political Science, University of Victoria to work on two projects headed by Dr. Amy Verdun. The first project is part of the DEUBAL project (with U of Leiden, Charles University Prague and University of Florida), and funding has been secured from the European Commission for a period of two years.
The second project “European Sovereign Debt Crisis: Lessons for European Integration” investigates the responses by EU member state governments and the EU level institutions to the 2010 sovereign debt crisis.

deadline: February 11, 2011
EXTENDED: Deadline for the I4I (Illinois for Illinois) and IPS Scholarships for Study Abroad
Studying abroad during the Summer '11, Fall'11, or Academic Year '11-'12 terms? Apply for the I4I and IPS Scholarships! To apply, visit:  http://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/?go=schi4ips.

deadline: February 11 and march 31, 2011
Visiting Professors and Research Fellowships at Pusan National University's EU Centre
The PNU EU Centre (Pusan Nation University European Union Center) and GSIS (Graduate School International Studies), PNU (Pusan Nation University), welcome applications for an Assistant professor and Research Fellowships who will be actively engaged in teaching and research in the field of European Politics, Economics, Social Science and Area Studies, etc. PNU EU Center is the regional hub institution for European Studies in Korea to enhance awareness and knowledge of the EU supported by EU commission and Pusan National University is one of the top five research-focused universities as PNU attracted four world-class research and teaching centers from the EU. For details, please see the call for applications (PDF) and the application form (DOC)

deadline: February 28, 2011
DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program
The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) is now accepting applications for the next round of DAAD fellowships. The DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program, funded by a generous grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), is designed to bring scholars and specialists working on Germany, Europe, and/or transatlantic relations to AICGS for research stays of two months each. Fellowships include a monthly stipend of up to $4,725, depending on the seniority of the applicant, transportation to and from Washington, and office space at the Institute. Please note that the DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship supports fellows conducting research at AICGS in Washington, D.C. We are unable to support research in Germany/Europe.

deadline: February 28
Visiting Fellowships at EU Centre in Singapore
The European Union (EU) Centre in Singapore is inviting applications for Visiting Fellowships tenable in the period May 2011-April 2012. Academics, scholars, policy researchers and experts pursuing research or having expertise in the following areas may apply:

  • Policy Challenges to the EU in the area of demographics, multiculturalism and integration, identity-building
  • The EU’s economic, and trade and monetary policies
  • The EU’s foreign policy, particularly its relations with Singapore, Southeast Asia and inter-regional ties with ASEAN.

deadline: February 28
Yaro Skalnik Prize

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center invites submissions for the Yaro Skalnik Prize for the best undergraduate and graduate essays in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. The essay can be in any discipline as long as it deals with a relevant region.  Check out the website for more details: http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/students/grants/skalnik/

deadline: march 15, 2011
Fellowships at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society – Munich, Germany

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich awards about a dozen writing fellowships per year to senior and postdoctoral scholars from all over the world who work on the complex relationship between nature and culture across disciplines. The topics at the core of the Center’s 2011-2012 agenda are: Environmental Ethics, Politics, and Movements; Resource Use and Conservation; and Transformation of Landscapes. Other topics that will be considered are: Environmental Knowledge and Knowledge Societies; Natural Disasters and Cultures of Risk; and Ecological Imperialism.  The Center’s working language is English. Fellowships are usually for 6, 9, or 12 months, but can also be granted for a shorter duration or be broken up into several 3-month periods.



€40 Million Start-up Fund for Junior Researchers in Europe in 2011
Researchers starting their first full-time research job in a European research institute in 2011 will have the opportunity to receive grants through the EU's Marie Curie program. The aim is to encourage European scientists to return to Europe, as well as to attract the best junior researchers of other nationalities to work at European universities, companies and other institutions. A total of 40 million Euros will be made available to cover over 400 grants.



deadline: February 25, 2011  
Post-Doctoral Position: Maastricht University, Department of Political Science
In the context of a collaborative research project on the role of national parliaments in the European Union, with partners in France, Germany and the UK, Maastricht University has advertised the position of a 3-year postdoctoral research fellow, starting on 1 June 2011. Please direct any enquiries to Thomas Christiansen or Christine Neuhold.


Programs for Undergraduates

Deadline: March 11, 2011
EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels for Undergraduates
Program Dates: July 11 - August 12, 2011
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Abstract: The EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels offers US students the opportunity to study the emergence of a united Europe in its dynamic heart. Running from July 11 to August 12, the program will consist of two courses plus an EU simulation for a total of 12 quarter credits (or 8 semester credits). The Program is administered by the European Commission-sponsored EU Center of Excellence at the University of Washington (Seattle), and is hosted by the Universite' Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This five-week program features lectures and seminars by leading experts on the EU from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as site visits to major EU institutions and organizations involved in European integration. In addition, the program is supplemented by cultural and social events in and around the city, as well as a field trip to Luxembourg. New for 2011, participating students will receive a three-day Benelux rail pass. Brussels' central location allows students to easily explore the area's rich history and culture at their own pace. The city is famous for its excellent dining, and the program will include two special group dinners. Field trip costs are covered by program fees. Discover the new Europe through the EU Studies Program in Brussels!
Co-administered by: The European Union Center of Excellence of the University of Washington, and the Institute for European Studies of the Free University of Brussels.


Summer Programs & Schools

Deadline: February 10, 2011
PS 394 Crisis Diplomacy
Program Dates: May 14-June 12, 2011
Location: Vienna, Austria
Abstract: A comparative historical study of the struggle of the European states to create a peaceful world and how they succumb to the temptation to use war to bring about change. The course looks at selected cases from 1815 (the Congress of Vienna) through to the present, in light of international relations theory, to see how diplomacy works, what distinguishes crises that lead to war from those that do not, and how various systems of global governance (including those at work today) are constructed and break down. All of the major wars are reviewed but the emphasis is on Austria and Italy through the wars of Italian and German Unification and World War I and World War II. Contemporary diplomacy is reviewed through an examination of  OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), the UN,  the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, and the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), among others (all located in Vienna). Field trips include visits to the Austro-Hungarian State Archives, the Military Museum, Schonbrun (Maria Theresia’s and Franz Josef’s summer palace), as well as one classical concert and one art museum (most likely the Belvedere--Klimt collection).
This is a last call for applications for PS 394 Crisis Diplomacy which counts as part of the ACDIS certificate program. For more information contact Prof. Vasquez: vasqueja@uiuc.edu.
If you are in LAS there are two scholarships available--$500 each that will cover tuition.
To apply go to the study abroad office (sao) home page. Click on apply, then click on apply online: http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/

Deadline: Early Bird - April 29; Final – May 13, 2011
Prague Summer Schools 2011
Program Dates: July 2-9, 2011
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Abstract: The Prague's Centre for Public Policy (Centrum proverejnou politiku -CPVP) is pleased to announce the forthcoming Prague Summer Schools 2011 on the following topics:

1. European Summer Institute on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels

2. Summer School on Crime, Law and Psychology

3. Summer School on Cultural Dimensions of Politics in Europe

4. Summer School on China: a World Superpower Myth or Reality?

Why? The Prague Summer Schools are delivered as seven-day academic programs designed to bring together undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.
Should you have any questions regarding the Prague Summer Schools or application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Prague Summer Schools
Center for Public Policy
Vyjezdova 510
190 11   Prague 9
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 737 679 605
E-mail: info@praguesummerschools.org


Conversation tables

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table
Location: Espresso Royale on Goodwin and Oregon in Urbana
Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
When: Thursday, February 17 (and every other Thursday)

If you would like to announce an event through the EUC e-Weekly, please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to:
Sebnem Ozkan | Phone: (217) 244-0570 | Fax: (217) 333-6270 | asozkan@illinois.edu

European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building, MC-429 | 910 S. Fifth St. | Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 265-7515 | Fax: (217) 333-6270
Web: www.euc.illinois.edu