In this issue:
- EUC Events
- Upcoming Events
- EUC Grants
- EUC Blog Highlights
- "End of National Armies" discussed in recent publication
- Spring & Summer Courses
MONDAY, October 24
International Careers Workshop – International Careers at the World Bank
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Location: 3009 Business Instructional Facility (BIF), 515 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign
Lead economists, specialists, and managers from the World Bank will be on campus to discuss their jobs, their educational backgrounds, and offer advice for people who are interested in working at the World Bank or in international management consulting.
The visit is being led by the World Banks Economics Unit: a group of economists and analysts who are responsible for the department strategy, impact evaluation work, economic support to operations and leading the department's cross-cutting analytical work on themes such as Commodity Trade; Climate Change; Regional Integration; Food and Logistics; Payment for Environmental Services; Infrastructure Regulation, Service Provision and Finance; Investment and Growth Linkages.
Please register online.
TUESDAY, October 25
EUC Lecture: “Breaking Up the Family? Migrants, Homophobia, and the Political Left in Europe”
Speaker: Patrick Ireland, Professor of Political Science, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Bldg., 707 S. Matthews Ave.
Abstract: There has been a rise over recent decades in identity-based demands and conflict along the lines of gender, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and so on in Europe. A fissure beginning to attract attention results from the apparent hostility exhibited by some migrants toward homosexuality. This paper relies on secondary research, content analysis of political and migrant leaders’ statements and the gay media, and opinion polling data to examine and compare the extent and consequences for the political left of “migrant homophobia” in four key European cases: Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. In all of them, right-wing political parties and politicians have used the issue to appeal to gay voters. These efforts have altered links between parties and social groups to a greater degree (1) where gays have most nearly approached equality (The Netherlands) than where inequality and homophobia remain moderate (Britain and Germany) or strong (Italy) and (2) among rank-and-file gay voters than among commentators and other elites.
Background reading for this talk is available here.
Speaker Bio: Patrick R. Ireland is a professor of political science at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. His training at Harvard, Notre Dame, and Texas was in political science, modern languages, and public health. He has written extensively on migration-related issues in Europe, North America, and Africa, including several books and a large number of articles and book chapters. His work has been based on extensive field work conducted over the years in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Low Countries, Switzerland, Lebanon, and North and sub-Saharan Africa.
THURSDAY, October 27- FRIDAY, October 28
Austria-Illinois Exchange Program Conference: Change Through Exchange: Promoting Global Leadership via Academic Exchange
Times: See the conference schedule
Locations: Levis Faculty Center and other buildings on campus
Speakers: Thomas Schnöll, Consul General of Austria, and others
RSVP Contacts: Robert Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bruce Murray (email@example.com); Mara Wade (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please join us in celebrating four decades of academic exchange, as well as helping us to plot our future course with renowned speakers, colleagues, students, and friends! The conference is free and open to the public. While advanced registration is not required, we request it for our planning.
FRIDAY, October 28
Conference: The Debt Crisis of Europe’s Peripheral Economies
Time: Begins at 8:00am
Location: Sims Room, ACES Library, 101 S. Goodwin, Urbana
At the beginning of the 21st century, it was thought that the peripheral economies of Europe would greatly benefit from being part of the European Union and the Euro zone. There was the promise of resource transfers to modernize infrastructure, of inflow of capital for export-oriented industries, of price stability, etc. By the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, these dreams had evaporated as these countries found themselves severely indebted and were facing years of economic stagnation. The papers of this conference will present country analyses of why the early promises of being part of the EU and the Euro zone were not realized. Complete information, including a schedule for the conference, is availablehere.
MONDAY, October 31 & TUESDAY, November 1
FLAS Information Session
Location: 101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign
FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. For complete details, visit FLAS.
TUESDAY, November 1 (*date change from Nov. 2)
EUC Jean Monnet Lecture Series: “Looming Crisis of Democracy: Lessons from Two Decades of Post-Yugoslav Democratization”
Speaker: Vedran Dzihic, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: Illini Union, rm. 314B
Abstract: This talk will focus on the past and the present of democracy in the countries of the Former Yugoslavia. It will start with the history of the democratic idea in the Socialist Yugoslavia; continue with a brief discussion of the impact of ethno-nationalist mass mobilization, authoritarian regimes and the wars in the 90s on the notion of democracy; and conclude with an analysis of the post-conflict democratization processes and the recently emerging phenomenon of post-democratic tendencies and democracy fatigue in the region, even before democracy has become "the only game in town."
This lecture is part of the EUC Jean Monnet module on “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration”, funded by the European Commission.
WEDNESDAY, November 2
EUC Movie Night: Mondays in the Sun (Spain, 2002)
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, rm. 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Set in the Spanish port city of Vigo, Fernando León de Aranoa's Mondays in the Sun is a touching drama about a group of working-class men who find themselves suddenly unemployed and unwanted in their middle age. Laid off from the local shipyard, the men spend their days at the town bar, where they reminisce, philosophize, and commiserate about their current state. Gruff Santa (a bearded Javier Bardem) puts up a tough front, refusing to sink into self-pity, and occasionally pricking his friends' hopes. Morose José (Luis Tosar) openly worries about his wife, whom he fears might leave him. That seems to have been the fate of Amador (Celso Bugallo), the oldest of the bunch, who keeps reassuring everyone that his wife will be back any day now from her trip. Meanwhile, Lino (José Ángel Egido) refuses to give up hope of employment, going to interview after interview for jobs being offered to applicants half his age. Presiding over the glum bunch is Rico (Joaquín Climent), the bar owner and the men's co-worker from the shipyard days. Despite its depressing subject and downbeat mood, Mondays in the Sun was a big winner at the 2003 Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent of the Oscars, winning Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Bardem. - Ventura, Elbert. "Mondays in the Sun (2002)." Fandango. Web. 15 August 2011.
Popcorn provided; BYO beverage.
MONDAY, November 7 – WEDNESDAY, November 9
Conference: Rethinking Global Health Care Worker Migration
Time: all day
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 19 W Illinois St, Urbana
This topic is complex and is not simply a case of developed countries taking from developing countries: in addition to the migration from non-OECD nations to OECD nations, there is significant "south-south" migration.
The World Bank, IMF, African Union, the UN, International Organization of Migration, WHO, the Migration Policy Institute, and the D8 Countries along with major foundations such as MacArthur, Rockefeller, and Cummins as well as the International Council of Nurses, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the EU all see this topic as an important global priority. The "push-pull" factors and the public policy considerations along with the health and welfare consequences of health care worker migration are forcing both sending and receiving countries to analyze and understand the familial, community, cultural, social, economic, health and development consequences associated with both the migration decisions and migratory patterns of this labor sector. This conference will center on questions of:
-public policy decisions in both sending and receiving countries that either encourage or discourage migration;
-economic and development consequences;
-implications for health outcomes locally, nationally, regionally, and internationally.
This conference will focus on research, policy, business, economic, and health outcomes.
THURSDAY, November 10
Lecture: “New Directions in Russia Eastern Europe and Eurasia – The Caucasus region as crossroads of interests of Russia, Turkey, Iran, USA and EU”
Speaker: Sergey Markendonov, Visiting Fellow, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program
Location: 101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Speaker bio: Sergey Markedonov is a visiting fellow in the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. Markedonov graduated from Rostov-on-Don State University in 1995. He earned his doctoral degree in history at Rostov-on-Don State Pedagogical University in 1999. From 1996 to 1999, he was a lecturer in the History Department of Rostov-on-Don State Pedagogical University. From 1998 to 2001, he served as senior fellow at the Governor's Press-Service in the Rostov Regional Administration. From 2001 to 2010, he worked as head of the Interethnic Relations Group and deputy director at the Institute for Political and Military Analysis in Moscow. From 2006 to 2010, he also held teaching positions at the Russian State University for the Humanities, the Moscow State University, and the Diplomatic Academy.
*This event is co-sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC).
Multiple Grants Available from the EUC
Announcing the European Union Center’s 2011-2012 Call for Grant Applications
Thanks to the European Union Center’s Department of Education Title VI Grant and the European Union Center of Excellence Grant from the European Commission, the EUC is pleased to offer the following funding opportunities to the University of Illinois (UI) community and beyond. Included in this announcement you will find calls for UI faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, as well as opportunities for non-UI scholars of the EU and K-12 educators and students. For more information about the available grants including detailed requests for proposals and application instructions, please visit http://www.euc.illinois.edu/funding/RFPs.html
For any questions, please email email@example.com, and include “2011 Grant Call” in the subject line of the email.
Highlights from the EUC Blog
Exploring Options for a Sustainable Countryside
The Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability and the Newcastle University Law School hosted a conference to address emerging challenges to rural areas, including responding to climate change, food security, renewable energy, and changes to crop and livestock production systems. EU Center Director A. Bryan Endres served as the opening speaker, presenting a talk on sustainable bioenergy and legal approaches to ecological protection. Read more.
Implementing Clean Energy Goals in the EU
On October 14, Dr. Torsten H. Fransson delivered a lecture entitled "Implementing Clean Energy Goals in the EU" as part of the EUC's Fall Lecture Series. You can watch his full lecture and read more here.
Swords and Ploughshares discusses the "End of National European Armies?" in its most recent issue
The End of National Armies?
The Fourth Annual Transatlantic Security Symposium, held last March as part of the EU Day 2011, asked the question: "Is the European Union headed toward a single, integrated fighting force?" The most recent edition of Swords and Ploughshares, a publication by the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), presents the symposium panelists' published responses to that question.
The topic of EU defense policy is vital not only to European Union security, but to the world at large. With essays by Jean-Yves Haine, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto; Jolyon Howorth, Visiting Professor of Political Science, Yale University; and Alistair Shepherd, Lecturer of International Politics, Aberystwyth University (UK), the "End of National European Armies?" issue provides insights on a question of international importance.
In addition to this issue, available from the ACDIS website, you can view a webcast of the event and listen to a radio interview with panelist Jolyon Howorth.
Spring & Summer Courses
Language and Minorities in Europe (Spring 2012)
Time: Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:50pm
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Fagyal (French)
Description: Survey of regional and immigrant minority language use and language policies in Europe. Focus on linguistic, political, and social issues, such as bilingual education, acculturation and assimilation, language loss and language maintenance in immigrant languages (Turkish and Arabic/Berber), and four indigenous language families: Balto-Slavic with Estonian, Celtic, Romance with Basque, and Slavic with Hungarian (3 undergraduate, 4 graduate credit hours).Small-group project: “Invent your European Nation-State”. Topics include: Large state languages, small state languages, regional languages: the implications of autonomy, Ausbau and Inbau languages, the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Lingua franca in Europe: one or more?, ethnolinguistic vitality, language planning and attitudes, promoting bilingual education (CEFR, CLIL frameworks), immigrant language use and maintenance.
“Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic”: Summer 2012 Study Abroad course in Sweden
Announcing a new summer program course on the Changing Arctic, which is supported by the European Union Center and will be offered for the first time in Summer 2012 on the KTH Stockholm campus and in the Arctic. The course is being jointly developed by Illinois and KTH faculty. This course has quite a bit to offer those interested in the history and current practices of EU involvement in the Arctic, including addressing questions of economic, political, and cultural implications of a receding ice coverage.
-- 6 credit hours; June 11-July 25, 2012.
Students from the University of Illinois and KTH Royal Institute of Technology will spend 5 weeks together in Stockholm taking an interdisciplinary course on issues related to climate change and the Arctic, including a week-long excursion to conduct field research on location north of the Arctic Circle. Open to students of all majors and fields. For an informational flier, contact Mark Safstrom (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Spring 2012 course: “Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear War, and Arms” (Physics/Global Studies 280)
This introductory course deals with interesting science and its implications for public policy questions of urgent importance. We will consider for TA positions outstanding undergraduate students who have taken Physics/Global Studies 280 and excelled in it, and graduate students who have interests and expertise in areas related to the course. We are particularly interested in students who might be willing and able to help teach the course more than once.
Physics/Global Studies 280 is designed to help the undergraduate students who take it make informed judgments about nuclear armaments and arms control. It generally attracts talented and enthusiastic students from across the campus, and past TAs have found teaching it very rewarding.
Topics that will be taught this spring include the physics of nuclear weapons and weapon effects, the threats posed by nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism and how they can be reduced, ballistic missiles and anti-missile systems, and approaches to nuclear arms control and disarmament. The course is taught as an advanced composition (intensive writing) course. Teaching assistants will work together as a team with Professors Matthias Grosse Perdekamp (Physics) and Frederick Lamb (Physics and Astronomy and Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security). Duties will include attending lectures, grading four short essays and one 6-page research paper, and grading one midterm and one final exam, assisted by the senior staff. TAs will meet with small groups of students each Monday in two one-hour "Writing Labs" that will focus on the principles of good writing and help students improve their essays. Candidate TAs should have an interest in the subject matter of the course and writing experience. The schedule of the course Lectures and Writing Labs for spring 2012 may be found at http://courses.illinois.edu/cis/2012/spring/schedule/PHYS/280.html . If you are interested, please contact Professor Lamb (email@example.com) as soon as possible, as decisions about the teaching staff for the Spring 2012 semester are being made now.
Grants and Funding Opportunities
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1
Funding for Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad
Grants are available for the December 2011 Auschwitz Jewish Center Program, a 5-day program in Poland that provides a scholarly learning environment to engage intensively with the history of the Holocaust and Jewish life in Poland. Participants will visit Krakow and Oświęcim, work with scholars, take in-depth tours of Auschwitz-Birkenau, hear testimony, and engage in meaningful discussion. Eligible candidates are engaged in study abroad as an undergraduate or graduate student. Students of all faiths are encouraged to apply.
DEADLINE: DECEMBER 2
Hewlett International Grants Program
International Programs & Studies is happy to announce the call for proposals for the Hewlett International Grants Program. As you may know, each year International Programs & Studies has a limited amount of money through the generosity of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to sponsor international conferences on the Champaign-Urbana campus as well as international research travel by Illinois faculty. You can find out all the pertinent details by clicking the links below:
-Hewlett International Conference Grants
-Hewlett International Research Travel Grants
Proposals should be submitted electronically (.pdf preferably) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions can be directed to Rajeev Malik at 333-8085 or email@example.com.
DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15
Take Courses in Germany with Two DAAD Short-term Grants
Summer Course Grant provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three-to-four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material.
Intensive Language Course Grant provides scholarships to graduate students at North American universities to attend 8-week intensive language courses at leading institutes in Germany.
INSPIRE Funding Opportunities
The Illinois Strategic International Partnerships (ISIP) initiative and its pilot project INSPIRE—Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (http://inspire.illinois.edu) invite proposals from current faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for funding in support of collaborative research projects and/or cooperative educational programs that will strengthen our existing partnerships with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, and/or Karolinska Institutet. Support will be made available from the central campus administration, through International Programs and Studies and ISIP, to fund traveling and lodging costs, expenses associated with hosting visiting faculty, researchers, or students from the partner institutions, or other expenses aimed at identifying, implementing, and expanding upon academic collaborations that will advance and enhance the goals of INSPIRE, as well as further institutional goals of the partnering institutions.
We kindly ask that all application materials be submitted at least one month in advance of the proposed start date for the collaborative activity.
Request for Proposals as well as an application form are available here.
Calls for Papers
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 28
Antidiscrimination Law and Policy in the European Union
Date: April 13, 2012
Location: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
The Jean Monnet Chair at Temple University is pleased to invite paper proposals for a Research Workshop on the theme of antidiscrimination policy in the European Union. The EU has a long history of combating employment discrimination on the basis of gender and more generally on combating discrimination on the basis of nationality across a range of economic activities. In the wake of Treaty reforms, secondary legislation and ECJ case law over the past decade, the EU has become involved in combating a range of other forms of discrimination - including discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief. The workshop will bring together scholars conducting research on recent developments in EU antidiscrimination law and policy. Papers comparing the EU and US experiences are particularly welcome.
Scholars interested in participation are asked to submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and an abstract of their proposed paper to Prof. Mark Pollack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop is sponsored by the Jean Monnet Chair at Temple University, with additional support from the Temple University Law School and the Jean Monnet Chair at Rutgers University. The Jean Monnet program will cover the costs of travel (economy class) and accommodation for participants.
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 2
The Wages of Nationhood: Conflicts, Compromises, and Costs
Dates: April 19-21, 2012
Location: Harriman Institute, Columbia University
The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) invites papers for its 17th Annual World Convention. The ASN Convention, the most attended international and inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics related to nationalism, ethnicity, ethnic conflict and national identity in Central Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, and Central Eurasia (including Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq).The Convention will includeSpecial Sections on:
-History, Politics, and Memory
-Ethnicity and Violence
-Religion and Multiculturalism
Thematic Panels on Islam and Politics, Genocide and Mass Killing, Language Politics, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Autonomy, Gender and Identity, EU Integration, Migration, Borders and Diasporas, War Crimes and International Tribunals, Political Economy, Nation-Building, and many more...
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 2
Lectureship in European Politics, University of Sheffield
This is an exciting opportunity for a research active academic to join the Department as a Lecturer. You will play a key role in maintaining the Department’s high level of teaching through devising, designing, preparing, and delivering teaching programmes in the area of European Politics, including on the European Union. You will develop your research profile in line with the Departmental Research Strategy, through personal research, applying for research funding, and supervising research students.
You will join a Department with considerable strength in European/European Union Politics, complementing its expertise. There are opportunities to work with other academic colleagues across the Faculty with interests in European/European Union Politics. The Department has a joint Masters programme in European Law, Governance and Politics with the School of Law. You will assist with the development of inter-disciplinary teaching and research collaboration on the European Union across the Faculty.
Applicants will hold or be close to completing a Ph.D. in a relevant area (or have equivalent qualifications / experience), will have teaching experience, evidence of the ability to produce high quality research publications, and a demonstrable interest in developing teaching and research.Full details are available at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs(reference code: UOS003391)
Conversation Groups & Coffee Hours
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table
Dates: Every other Wednesday, beginning September 28th
Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm
Location: Espresso Royale, 1117 W Oregon St., Urbana
Bulgarian Conversation Table
Dates: Every Friday
Location: Espresso Royale, 1117 W Oregon St., Urbana
French Conversation Hour (Pause Café)
Dates: Every Thursday
Time: 5:30 – 7:00PM
Location: Espresso Royale, 1117 W. Oregon (at corner of Goodwin Ave.)
Contact: Michael Foster, email@example.com
Pause Café will not meet on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) and the final meeting for fall semester will be on Thursday, Dec. 8.
German Conversation Hour (Konversationsgruppe)
Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Array Café, Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), 1206 W Gregory Drive, Urbana
Contact: Adam Chambers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greek Conversation Table (LOGOS)
Dates: Every second week starting Tuesday, September 13
Location: Espresso Royale, 1117 W Oregon St., Urbana
Contact: Nikos Vergis, email@example.com
Italian Conversation Table (Allora Gruppo d’italiano)
Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Espresso Royale, 1117 W Oregon St., Urbana
Contact: Michelle Cozzini, firstname.lastname@example.org
Portuguese Convo Table (Bate-Papo)
Dates: Every other week (1st meeting was on 9/7/2011)
Time: 4:30 - 5:30PM
Location: Foreign Language Building Rm. 1024, 707 South Mathews Ave., Urbana
Swedish Conversation Group & Coffee Hour
Dates: Every Thursday (Sept. 1 – Dec. 1)
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Location: Espresso Royale on the corner of Goodwin & Oregon
All Swedish speakers are welcome to join us each week for Swedish Conversation Group & Coffee Hour. Välkommen!
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:
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European Union Center
University of Illinois
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