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With this issue, the EUC is proud to present our completely re-designed e-Weekly, complete with a new look and a better-organized format -- click on the "In this Issue" links to the left to drop-down to the topic you want to see.  A special thanks to Garrick Sherman, our GA and a GSLIS Master's student, for leading this project! 

EUC Events This Week

EUC Valentine’s Day Special Event

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 5:30pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Building

Valentine's Day in Europe

Fall in Love with Europe All Over Again!

Celebrate Valentine's day with the EU Center's shI Heart EUCort film festival, featuring short films about love from EuropeWe'll also be hosting a team Jeopardy game around Valentine's Day history and fun facts, so bring your friends and win great EU-themed prizesLearn more.   

EU Center of Excellence Director Lecture Series

FRIDAY, Feb. 17
12 noon

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Building

myra marx ferree photoFraming Inequality: Race and Class as Metaphors for Gender in the United States, Germany and the European Union

Speaker: Myra Marx Feree, Martindale-Bascom Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for German and European Studies, Director the European Union Center of Excellence, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abstract: In this talk, I draw attention to the ways that struggles for gender equality have intersected with those for class and race justice and continue intersectionally to shape the meaning of all forms of inequality. To illustrate this, I contrast the race-centered framing of gender equality as the outcome of dismantling stereotypes and ending discrimination that dominates in the US with the class-centered framing of gender equality as the outcome of effective government actions to promote women’s full participation in governance and equal inclusion in the distribution of social goods that characterizes Germany. I suggest that the EU mixes these models in a uniquely hybrid model which offers both potential and risks for actually reducing inequalities in its member states. I point to the problems of growing class inequality in the US and growing racialization of religious minorities in Europe as intersecting dangerously with gender inequalities in both parts of the world.
Please RSVP at (217) 265 – 7515 or kimrice@illinois.edu. Lunch provided – BYO beverage. 

Upcoming EUC Events


EUC Movie Night

5:15 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Building

prophet film imageA Prophet
Belgium, 2009
French, Arabic, Corsican with English subtitles

Nineteen year-old Franco-Arab Malik El Djebena is just starting his six year prison sentence in Brcourt. Although he has spent the better part of his life in juvenile detention, this stint is his first in an adult prison. Beyond the division of Corsicans and Muslims in the prison (the Corsicans who with their guard connections rule what happens in the prison), he has no known friends or enemies inside. He is just hoping to serve his time in peace and without incident, despite having no prospects once he's out of jail since he's illiterate and has no support outside of the prison. Due to logistics, the head of Corsican inmates, a sadistic mafioso named Csar Luciani, co-opts Malik as part of the Corsicans' activities, not only regarding what happens inside the prison, but also continued criminal activities outside. The innocent Malik has no idea what to do but cooperate..."

Popcorn provided – BYO Beverage

Brownbag Lecture

MONDAY, Feb. 27
12 noon

42A Education Building

BEST imageEducating Undergraduate Students through Summer Study Abroad: The case of Business and Economics Summer Term (BEST)

Since 2002, UIUC has been a consortium partner with the University of Duisburg/Essen, Germany and has participated in the Business and Economics Summer Term at Duisburg/Essen University with special focus on the European economic environment. Professor Dr. Dieter Cassel, Associate Director of International Programs at Mercator School of Management at Duisburg/Essen and founder of BEST will provide an overview of the evolution, current state, and future plans for this program. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. Light lunch will be provided.

This event is co-sponsored by the EUC.

EU Common Agricultural Policy Speaker Series Lecture


Giertz Conference Room, IGPA, 1007 W Nevada, Urbana

Alan Matthews photoAgricultural policy reform in the European Union

Speaker: Alan Matthews, Professor of European Agrcultural Policy, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin.
EU agricultural policy has undergone significant reform over the past twenty years. EU policy-makers are currently engaged in negotiations on the agricultural policy framework for the coming 2014-20 period. This presentation will first discuss the significance and direction of the reforms to date, drawing on a recent OECD report which has reviewed these efforts. We then review the relative importance of the different drivers of reform, including budget costs, external pressures, the role of the Commission and changing agendas, in the decision-making context of the European Union. We conclude by evaluating the likely significance of the current negotiations on the new CAP regulations for the reform process.

This event is co-sponsored by the EUC.

CAS/Millercomm Presentation

FRIDAY, Mar. 1

Knight Auditorium Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory, Urbana

Erik Swyngedouw photoEvery Revolution Has Its Square: Re-Politicizing the Unequal City

Speaker: Erik Swyngedouw, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Erik Swyngedouw reflects on the uncanny choreographic affinity between recent urban protests in the Middle East and eruptions of discontent and urban protests in Athens, Berlin, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Madrid, Paris and Rome among many other cities.  Drawing on these recent urban insurgencies he explores the role of urban space for the question of social justice and political equality and invites us to re-think what precisely urban in equality is all about.

 Joint Area Studies Symposium (JACS)

March 1 - 3

Levis Faculty Center
919 W Illinois St, Urbana

JACS imageCities and Inequalities in a Transnational World

Speakers include:

Erik Swyngedouw, Professor of Geography, University of Manchester, UK

Martin Murray, Professor of Urban Planning and Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Teresa Caldeira. Professor of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies, UIUC

Growing urbanization, inequalities and migration are interconnected, and in complex ways both cause and reflect the global restructuring of production and social reproduction.  Because humankind has become and might continue to be a species of city dwellers, and because humankind has become more than ever  unequal in their conditions of life and mobility across national borders, the questions we ask about urbanization and urban inequality in a transnational world are questions about the human condition.  What are the spatialities of these interconnected trends and what are those emerging spaces?  What are the new and persistent forms of inequality they produce?  What are the ways in which inhabitants, vastly unequal in their conditions of life, negotiate their livelihoods, security, and dignity in these emerging urban spaces? How is transnationalism implicated in the production of these ascendant inequalities?

The Cities and Inequalities in a Transnational World conference seeks to better understand aspects of these unfolding processes of urbanization and transnationalism that might prove similar or different from the past and across regions.  Through this conference we seek a global perspective grounded in the experiences of various regions of the world, including Africa, South and South East Asia, Latin America, Middle East, European Union; Russia and Eastern Europe.

This event is co-sponsored by: Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, European Union Center, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for African Studies, Center for South Asian and the Middle Eastern Studies, Center for International Business Education and Research, CAS/Millercomm Lecture Series, Department of Geography, Department of Urban and Regional Planning


UN Terminology & Procedures Seminar

- Friday, Mar. 2, 3-5pm
- Saturday, Mar. 3, 9-5pm
- Sunday, Mar. 4., 9-3pm

(attendance on all 3 days is required)

CTS image

LAS 490: UN Terminology & Procedures 3-day Seminar (1 cr. hour course)
Instructor: Lynn Visson, Retired UN Interpreter and UN Interpreter Trainer

Description:  This seminar is intended for students in translation studies, international and global studies, languages, and linguistics to learn the rules of procedure, basic negotiating procedures and terminology for the United Nations. The course is of particular interest to students interested in careers in international organizations. The course is given in English for students from all languages. Students in the translation studies program will do special exercises translating UN documents into English. The seminar will consist of lectures and a simulation exercise that models a UN resolution session.

A certificate of participation will be issued to all participants who enroll in the workshop. Students in the translation studies program will be able to apply the credit toward the certificate.  For more information, contact translation@illinois.edu.

This course is co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

Related Events

Champaign Greek Film Festival

  March 2 - 3

Arts Theater, Champaign


Greek Film festival posterThe Modern Greek Studies Program, with the help of the group FilmHellenes in Chicago, will be hosting the first Champaign Greek film Festival at the Arts Theater on Church. The festival will consist of 7 films (2 documentaries and 5 feature films) over two days, all 2010 and 2011 Greek productions several of which have won prizes at international venues. Only two of these are currently distributed in the US, so this will be a unique opportunity for people in our community to watch some great new cinema from Greece, including the film "Attenberg" which received a special mention by Quentin Tarantino at this year's Cannes festival. Dr. Vassiliki Tsitsopoulou, lecturer on contemporary Greek film, will give an introduction on the opening night.

This event is co-sponsored by the EUC.

Grants & Competitions available
from the EUC

 Grants, Calls for Proposals and Competitions available from the European Union Center in Spring 2012
EUC imageThanks 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 various funding opportunities, calls for proposals, and competitions to the greater University of Illinois (UI) community and beyond.
For more information about the available calls for UI facultygraduate students, and undergraduate students, as well as opportunities for non-UI scholars of the EU and K-12 educators, please visit http://www.euc.illinois.edu/funding/RFPs.html

EUC Blog
Join the Conversation EUC blogAs always, we also invite you to join our online dialogue about current EU topics by visiting the EUC Blog. You will find numerous videos and substantive articles there. We welcome contributed articles from our affiliates as well as your comments on items posted on the blog.


Fellowships, Grants, Scholarships & Awards


Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award

This award is a cash prize awarded to facilitate study or research in Sweden for one (1) undergraduate or graduate student (preferably undergraduate) currently or recently enrolled in Scandinavian courses in the department.

To apply, please submit a 500-word application statement and include your most recent University of Illinois transcript (unofficial is fine). The statement should clearly outline:

-- your reasons for applying
-- how a period of study in Sweden is important to your studies and to your future career plans
-- how you expect to use the fellowship (you may include a basic budget)
-- what your plans are to continue Swedish and Scandinavian Studies once you return.

You may also address in your application if there are special needs or circumstances that motivate your application.
Submit all application materials to the mailbox of Dr. Mark Safstrom, 2090 Foreign Languages Building.



Student Travel Award Competition for the SAO-LAS: Stockholm Summer Arctic Program

For those students participating in the Stockholm Summer Arctic Program 2012, the Scandinavian Program at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce a travel award competition. Thanks to a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, six (6) travel awards in the amount of $500 each will be awarded. Applications will be evaluated on financial need and demonstrated interest in the study of Sweden and Scandinavia.

To apply, please submit a 500-word statement that outlines your financial needs and explains how you see participation in the Arctic program as applicable to your future career and life goals.  (No additional transcripts or recommendations are necessary, as these are already on file from your application to the program).

Please submit your application and documentation to Dr. Mark Safstrom via email at safstrom@illinois.edu.

APPLICATION DEADLINE for Fall 2012 (July – December 2012): TUESDAY, Feb. 28

DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program

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, DC. We are unable to support research in Germany/Europe.

 DAAD/AICGS Research Fellows will be expected to produce a short analytical essay that will be published on the AICGS website and distributed via the Institute’s targeted analysis newsletter, The AICGS Advisor. For fellows producing research output of exceptional quality and interest, AICGS will provide opportunities for public presentations to the broader Washington policy community.

 Project proposals should address a topic closely related to one or more of the Institute’s three research and programming areas:

-- Business and Economics
-- Foreign and Domestic Policy
-- Society, Culture & Politics

For more information, please visit our website: http://www.aicgs.org/employment/daad-aicgs-research-fellowship/


Climate Media Fellowship

The Heinrich Boell Foundation welcomes applications for its Climate Media Fellowship 2012. The EU and Germany have embarked on an ambitious transition toward a low carbon economy where great emphasis is placed on the role of increased energy efficiency and renewable energy in securing economic opportunities for business and industry. The goal of the Climate Media Fellowship is to familiarize US energy experts with the European and Germanexperiences and policy solutions and communicate these into the US policy debate on a local, regional and national level.

The Climate Media Fellowship is open to media journalists from the United States who are eager to learn and report about the Europeanand/or German energy transition in the U.S. Ideally, the reports and articles resulting from the Climate Media Fellows’ research will subsequently be published widely across the United States.

Calls for Papers & Proposals


Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union

Dates: April 12-13

Location: Scripps College, Claremont, California

The primary purpose of this conference is to enhance undergraduate training in and knowledge of the European Union and US-European relations. In addition, the aim of the conference is to allow students withexpertise in different areas to interact with each other as well as with faculty, foster intercampus cooperation, and recognize the excellent work achieved by students. Envisioned as an intercampus undergraduate seminar, the participating campuses simultaneously offer courses on the issues relevant in Europe today, integrating the conference with the student’s curriculum to encourage student initiated research and presentations.

Students may pursue a wide range of topics that reflect their interest, expertise, and past research. Topics may deal with any aspect of European integration or transatlantic relations.

Conference Fees and Travel Expenses for UC and Claremont Colleges Members:

There are no conference fees and all approved travel related expenses for accepted participants (coach-fare air travel, shuttle, hotel room + tax for 2 nights, conference meals) will be coordinated and paid for or reimbursed by the European Union Center of California.

Conference Fees and Travel Expenses for All Other Campuses:

There are no conference fees for up to two authors perpaper. The Center will cover hotel room + tax for 2 nights and conference meals for accepted participants. Participants are responsible for travel.


Book Project CfP - The EU: A Global Power in the Making?

Nowadays there is an ongoing debate about a possible power shift from traditional industrial countries to emerging powers, as well as an intense debate about the future role of the U.S. in world politics and global order. Various volumes, journal articles and monographs have tried to develop sophisticated answers towards these debates. But, when it comes to debating the present and future role of the EU in international relations, we are facing a cloudy spot of research, especially when it concerns the question whether or not the EU can be seen as a recent or future global power. Surely, remarkable work has been undertaken addressing the frameworks, institutions, processes and activities of the EU in regard to her external relations, but a comprehensive volume addressing the question if the EU will be able to become a major global power is still missing. This project is designed to fill this gap and to provide latest research on the topic for academia and the public.

Guided by the question “Is the EU a global power in the making?” the volume aims at bringing together researchers to deliver their insights on the mentioned question in five parts. It is also planned to bring together the authors and other researchers in a workshop that is projected to take place in Miami, FL, US, to pool the knowledge of the authors and to exchange views regarding the topic on a personal level.

Edited by Astrid B. Boening, Jan-Frederik Kremer and Aukje van Loon

Lead Institutions: Center for Global Studies Bonn (CGS) and Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE)

Conversation Tables

Dutch Conversation Table: “Koffietijd”
Time: 3pm
Dates: every Wednesday
Location: Espresso Royal Café, 117 W Oregon St, Urbana
Contact: Neil Vander Most, vanderm1@illinois.edu
All Dutch speakers (or those looking to learn Dutch) are welcome!

French Conversation Hour: “Pause Café”
Time: 5:30pm
Dates: every Thursday
Location: Espresso Royal Café, 117 W Oregon St, Urbana

German Conversation Hour: “Kaffeestunde”
Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm
Dates: every Thursday
Location: Café Paradiso, 801 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana
Contact: Adam Chambers, achambe6@googlemail.com

Greek Conversation Table: “LOGOS”
Time: 3:30pm
every second Tuesday (starting Jan. 24th)
Location: Espresso Royal Café, 117 W Oregon St, Urbana
Practice conversational Greek with native speakers!
Contact: Nikos Vergis, vergis1@illinois.edu

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hour
Time: 3:00 – 4:30pm
Dates: every Wednesday
Location: Illini Union Courtyard Café, near Espresso Royale


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