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Fall 2011 November 7 - 11
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EUC Events

TUESDAY, November 8 – WEDNESDAY, November 9
Workshop: Policies, Barriers, and Incentives for Skilled Labor Migration: Healthcare as a Special Case
Time: All day
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana
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:
who migrates;
-who stays;
-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 event is a Hewlett Conference, co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

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
Time: 4:00pm
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).

FRIDAY, November 11- SATURDAY, November 12
Credits, Mortgages, Derivatives: Understanding the Global Financial Crisis
Time: All Day
: NOVEMBER 11: Room 120, Architecture Building, 608 East Loredo Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820; NOVEMBER 12: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Sponsors: Departments of Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning, Anthropology, the European Union Center, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

FRIDAY, November 11
Comparing Agricultural Policy in the EU and US
Speaker: David Bullock, Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Abstract: The EU Commission has recently published a proposal for major changes in the Common Agricultural Policy.  Principally, these changes will require farmers to set about seven percent of their land aside for environmental purposes.  Bullock will discuss these changes in the context of the history of the CAP.  He will compare the proposed CAP to current U.S. agricultural policy, and also offer opinions about the politics that lie behind the proposed policy changes and current policy situation.
Speaker Bio: David S. Bullock is a professor of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences and European Union Center affiliated faculty member at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include political economy of agricultural policy, applied welfare economics, and the economics of technological change.

Related Events

WEDNESDAY, November 9
Scandinavian Movie Night: “Elling”

Time: 7:00pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Bldg.
Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet in his forties is sent to a state institution, where he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin. When the men are released and provided with a state-funded apartment and stipend, the simple act of going out for groceries is a challenge. As their courage grows, the two strike up the most peculiar friendships in the most unlikely places.
Petter Naess (2001) - Comedy - Norwegian language

THURSDAY, November 10
French Forum: "What is an event?  9/11 and Its Interpretations"
Speaker: Professor Jean-Philippe Mathy, French and CWL Time: 4:30pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Bldg.
Abstract: Growing out of his research for a book on the reactions to 9/11 and its aftermath in France, Professor Mathy considers both 9/11 and the media frenzy surrounding the book by the French author, Thierry Meyssan, “9/11: The Big Lie” (2002), which argued that the attacks on Manhattan’s twin towers had been directed from inside the U.S. administration to provide a rationale for war. The lens that Professor Mathy uses in his study is the notion of “event” as it has been theorized by the French philosopher Alain Badiou.

Highlights from the EUC Blog

Urban Sustainability in the EU
Watch Julie Cidell’s lecture on the topic of urban sustainability in the European Union at the EUC blog. Julie Cidell is a Professor of Geography and European Union Center affiliated faculty member at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include economic and political geographies of transportation, the urban political ecology of green buildings, and cultural and economic geographies of food.

Spring & Summer Courses

PS 590/300: “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration”
Time: Wednesdays 3:30-4:50 pm
Location: 215 DKH
Undergraduate section: PS 300 CRN 57684
Graduate section: PS 590 CRN 57689
The course meets with:
HIST 396, CRN: 32168 (undergrad)
ANTH 399, CRN: 57806 (undergrad
ANTH 515, CRN: 57807 (grad)

Contact: Kostas Kourtikakis, kkourtik@illinois.edu
This is an interdisciplinary course designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The course presents Europe and the Mediterranean as interdependent, multicultural and multinational spaces historically connected by cultural, economic and migratory networks. It pays special attention to the role of the European Union and its policies in the Mediterranean. By exploring these economic, social and cultural bridges, the course introduces students to the complexities of an area too often represented in terms of mere opposition to the West.
This course is offered as part of an EU Center Jean Monnet Module on “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration”, funded by the European Commission.

GLBL 298: “Cultural Diversity in Modern Turkey"
Study Abroad in Istanbul: 2010 Cultural Capital of Europe!
Dates: 8-weeks of the Spring semester. The dates of the on-site portion are May 14-31, 2012.
Priority Deadline: December 20, 2011.
Final Deadline: February 10, 2012.
Contact: Ercan Balci, ebalci@illinois.edu
This course focuses on cultural diversity of Turkey by examining the relationship between cultural elements, which help us understand Turkish culture better. Some of the issues that will be explored from aa global perspective are: minorities and cultural richness, social classes and regional differences, immigration and changing cultural values, history and modernism, linguistic and ethnic diversity, religious diversity and secularism.
No Turkish language required!

TURK 490: Special Topics: “Language, Culture and Identity in Modern Turkey”
Learn About Turkish Culture in Spring 2012!
CRN 52524
TR, 2pm-3:20pm
Location: 219 David Kinley Hall
Credit: 2-4 hrs.
Contact: Ercan Balci at ebalci@illinois.edu
This Course examines culture in modern Turkey by focusing on the elements that make up the Turkish identity. The interaction of Turkish language, culture and society is studies through a discussion of the language reforms, migration to cities, and use of music and dress as modes of expressing social, political and religious identity.
No Turkish language required! For Turkish language instruction, you can take TURK 201, 202 (Elementary Turkish), TURK 403, 404 (Intermediate Turkish), and TURK 405, 406 (Advanced Turkish)

GRKM 199: “Contemporary Greek Culture and Film”
Time: Wednesdays 3:00 – 7:00pm
Instructor: Vassiliki Tsitsopoulou
CRN 54918
This course will survey Greek cinema and Greek film culture from the earliest periods to the present and will introduce related developments in modern Greek society with special emphasis on current events. There are no restrictions in enrollment and arrangements can be made for a mixed graduate-undergraduate class. Class time includes weekly screenings of films. This course meets with CWL 199, EURO 199 and MACS 199.
~A Greek film festival is also planned. Stay tuned!
Elementary Modern Greek II (GRKM 202) and Intermediate Modern Greek II (GRKM 404) are also offered in Spring 2012.

Language and Minorities in Europe (Spring 2012)
Time: Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:50pm
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Fagyal (French)
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 (safstrom@illinois.edu).

“Translation in the European Union”: Spring-Summer course
Meeting times: Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00pm
The Center for Translation Studies
 will be offering "Translation in the European Union” in Spring 12 as a full semester course in preparation for its Summer Study Abroad in the EU (Summer I). The Study Abroad trip this year will feature Paris, Brussels and Strasbourg for behind-the-scenes visits to EU and international agencies that depend on translation and interpretation for their daily work. Among the agencies we will visit are the EU Parliament, The EU Directorate General of Translation, NATO and UNESCO.



Calls for Papers , Proposals & Applications

Call for Papers - Europeanisation after EU accession: Transformation, reform and compliance in recent EU member states
Conference dates: March 23-24, 2012
Location: Nice, France
The process of EU accession had a strong impact on the political, social and economic transformation process in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Analysts have often stressed the crucial importance of conditionality on the transition in post-communist countries: By imposing a clear set of criteria and enforcing compliance, the EU could exert a decisive impact on the reform process and provide the concerned countries with a clear normative vision for their transformation. Europeanisation in the accession process was thus intimately linked with the mechanism of conditionality and compliance.
This conference is organized by "L'Europe en Formation. Journal of Studies on European Integration and Federalism".

Call for Papers and Panels: Annual Conference on International Political Economy - Challenges to the Welfare State
Conference Dates: May 23-25, 2012
Gediz University (Izmir, Turkey), Florida International University (Miami, USA) and Leeds Metropolitan University (Leeds, UK) cordially invite paper, panel, and roundtable proposals for a joint annual multidisciplinary conference on International Political Economy, entitled “Challenges to the Welfare State”. The conference seeks to provide an intellectual forum for scholars of political economy, politics and international relations. We welcome participation from faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, and practitioners analyzing the issues confronting the welfare state (i.e. unemployment, global economic governance, regional integration, comparative country case studies, trade policy, environment, sustainable development, multinational corporations and corporate responsibility) from a variety of disciplines. Both individual paper proposals and pre-organized panel proposals are considered.

Call for Proposals: The EU after Lisbon - THESEUS Doctoral
Seminar 2012
Seminar dates: January 26-27, 2012
Location: Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes, Paris
This THESEUS doctoral seminar is aimed at enabling doctoral students to exchange ideas and discuss their research with their peers and senior academic colleagues. The Treaty of Lisbon has introduced extensive and numerous changes and it represents the fundamental framework of the EU’s future evolution. This doctoral seminar aims at exploring these changes. It is intended to be inclusive and welcomes papers that address the topic from various angles – institutional architecture and changes in the governance of the EU political system or decision-making process; transformation of the EU legal order; implications on the European leadership, internal or external; perspectives opened by the new Treaty in specific fields and policies (external relations, minority rights, social policy, development policy, Area of freedom, security and justice, neighbourhood policy,…), impact of the creation of new instruments such as the European external action service, etc.

November 2011 – January 2012
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy Conferences
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is currently accepting applications for the events below, all of which will take place from November 2011 – January
2012. The Programs will bring together governmental and diplomatic officials, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, journalists, young professionals, students and scholars, and other interested stakeholders from across the world for a program of lectures, workshops, panel and group discussions and social and cultural activities featuring leading figures from the fields of politics, the arts, academia, media, and business.
-"The London International Human Rights Congress 2011”
"Immigration & Integration in an Age of Austerity: Challenges and Opportunities"
(London, November 22nd - 25th, 2011)
-"The International Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU”
"Crisis, Conflict, and Culture: The Role of Cultural Diplomacy in the European Project"
(Brussels, December 6th - 9th, 2011)
-"The ICD Annual Academic Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2011”
"Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations: New Actors, New Initiatives, New Targets”
(Berlin, December 15th - 18th, 2011)
 -"The European African Alliance Conference 2012
Development Initiatives, Trade Relations and Interregional Cultural Exchange in the European African Alliance www.experience-africa.org
-ICD Young Leaders Forum
Cultural Diplomacy in Africa: A Forum for Young Leaders
(Weeklong Seminar, Berlin, January 9th - 15th, 2012)


THURSDAY November 10
The Principle of Solidarity in the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities
Location: College of Europe, Brugge, Belgium
The Department of European Political and Administrative Studies of the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium will host the conference, The Principle of Solidarity in the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities. The keynote address will be given by European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek. Participation is free but registration is required, please contact Rina Balbaert for further information at rina.balbaert@coleurope.eu


Two Position Announcements: School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde
Professor in Quantitative Political Behaviour
The School seeks to appoint an ambitious and inspiring research leader who has an acclaimed international research profile – as evidenced by a distinguished record of publications, the attraction of major research funding and supervision of research students. As a leading member of the School’s Centre for Elections and Representation Studies the successful candidate will strengthen existing international research networks, secure major research funding and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations at an international level. An interest in electoral behaviour would be particularly welcomed.
Lecturer in Public Policy
The School seeks to appoint a vibrant and emerging researcher who has the potential to make a significant REF2014 contribution, while bringing teaching excellence at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and a capacity to develop the knowledge exchange portfolio of the School. Expertise in policy analysis, with an interest in one or more of the following areas would be particularly welcomed: crisis management, policy change, regulation, public management, institutions, evaluation, or substantive policy fields.
To apply for either post, visit https://kara.mis.strath.ac.uk/vacancies/control/vacancyMenu. Contact Professor James Mitchell with informal inquiries at j.mitchell@strath.ac.uk.

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
Time: 1:00pm
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, mfoster2@illinois.edu
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, achambe6@illinois.edu

Greek Conversation Table (LOGOS)
Dates: Every second week starting Tuesday, September 13
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Espresso Royale, 1117 W Oregon St., Urbana
Contact:  Nikos Vergis, vergis1@illinos.edu

Italian Conversation Table (Allora Gruppo d’italiano)
Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Espresso Royale, 1117 W Oregon St., Urbana
Contact: Michelle Cozzini, mcozzini20@gmail.com

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!

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European Union Center
University of Illinois
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