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Spring 2012

March 26-30

e-Weekly archive

In this issue:

11th Annual EU Day

Other EUC Events this week
Upcoming EUC Events EUC Blog Highlights
  11th Annual EU Day

EU Day Keynote Address

March 29
10:00 am

Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 601 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana


State of the European Union Address

The Eleventh Annual European Union Day will feature João Vale de Almeida, EU Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to the United States, delivering the "State of the European Union Address."

In addition, EU Day will feature the 5th Annual EUC-ACDIS Transatlantic Security Symposium on March 29th and the Professionalism in Europe Workshop on March 28th.

Reception to follow.

  EU Day: Related Events

Focus 580 Radio Program  

March 27
10:00-11:00 am


Focus 580 Radio Program with host David Inge

João Vale de Almeida, EU Ambassador (by telephone)


Career Workshop for Students: Professionalism in Europe

March 28
7:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.

piiCareer Workshop for Students:
Professionalism in Europe

Guest Speaker: Sharon L. Stead, Director, State of Illinois West European Office, Brussels

The "Professionalism in Europe" event series aims at familiarizing students with European business customs to better prepare them for careers in Europe. Each workshop features expert presentations on such topics as protocol, greetings, titles, networking, professional correspondence, attire, and table manners. Invited speakers also discuss professionalism and business culture differences. 

Transatlantic Security Symposium 

March 29
2:00-5:00 pm

Levis Faculty Center (Third Floor)
919 W. Illinois St., Urbana

Fifth Annual Transatlantic Security Symposium: "Transatlantic Approaches in Addressing WMD Challenges"?

Keynote address "Emerging Issues in Global Security" by Ambassador Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)


  • Robert Reardon, Postdoctoral Associate, MIT; Adjunct Associate Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • Dhruva Jaishankar, Program Officer with the Asia Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington DC
  • Bharath Gopalaswamy, Associate Director, Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), University of Illinois

Reception to follow.

Symposium co-sponsors: Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) and Center for Global Studies (CGS)

  Other EUC Events this week

High School Competition

March 28

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Euro Challenge 2012 - Regional (Midwest) Preliminary Round

Euro Challenge 2012 is an exciting educational opportunity for high schools students (grades 9 & 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) – the largest trading partner of the US – and its single currency, the euro. The program offers students of global studies, economics, world history/geography or European studies a unique experience that moves them out of the classroom into the real world.

For the competition, students research problems and solutions to Europe's economic challenges. A team of three to five students presents its findings in a competition format. The best teams from each region travel to NYC to compete in the national finals at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Conditional on an annual grant, winning teams can win awards and a trip to Washington generously offered by the Moody's Foundation.

PAWAC World Affairs Conference

March 30 - 31

Par-A-Dice Hotel and Conference Center
Peoria, IL

Peoria Area World Affairs Council's (PAWAC) 42nd Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference: The European Union and Germany: Challenges for Today, Promises for Tomorrow

Join us as we explore the deep importance of Trans-Atlantic ties for the United States and our European neighbors.  With recent difficulties for the European Union, including economic challenges as well as questions of deepening political and economic integration, this conference will also pay particular attention to Germany as the "strong man" of the continent.

Co-sponsored by the EUC.

  Upcoming EUC Events

Public Lecture

April 1
4:00 pm

3rd floor
Levis Faculty Center
919 W Illinois St

Transnational Large-Scale Land Transactions, the Disappearing Commons and Livelihood Insecurities in Ghana: A Gender Perspective


Speaker: Dzodzi Tsikata, University of Ghana

Abstract: Tsikata draws on her study of three cases in Ghana to explore the gendered implications of recent land transactions for land tenure security, the availability of and access to the commons, food security and livelihood outcomes for men and women of different social groups. The transactions in question involve American, Norwegian and Dutch capital and concern land acquisitions for the cultivation of rice, jatropha and mangoes respectively. The studies use qualitative methods, involving focus group discussions with men and women farmers and with the chiefs, as well as in-depth interviews with a selected number of male and female farmers in several communities. In all three cases, there have been significant losses of common spaces, with gendered impacts. Because of their reproductive roles, the sexual division of labour in production and gender inequalities in land tenure systems, women have particular interests in the commons over and above men’s use of such spaces. The three cases allow for a comparison of different land tenure systems, the impacts on locals as well as settlers and the particularities in the roles and discourses of the state, chiefs, the leadership of the local land-owning groups and the urban elite. In addition, they highlight the specificities of the land transactions, their business models and their implications for the pre-existing land tenure systems, food security, and the wider political economy.

Co-sponsored by the EUC. 

EUC Lecture Series

April 6
12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg

Integrative Soundscapes: Building EU Community through Bulgarian Mumming Festivals & Folkloric Practice

nileSpeaker: Donna Buchanan, Professor of Musicology, University of Illinois

This paper explores what folkloric practice can tell us about the nature, impact, successes, and problems of ongoing European and transnational interchange in contemporary Bulgaria. Based on ethnomusicological fieldwork conducted in 2010 and 2011, I argue that newly-created and revitalized folkloric initiatives, such as the widespread, post-socialist popularization of mumming customs in a diverse hierarchy of adjudicated festivals, are playing an increasingly central role in forging community bonds and emergent senses of belonging throughout the country. Generically called kukeri, Bulgaria’s elaborately masked, mid-winter and early spring mummers once processed annually through their communities wearing fantastical costumes festooned with bells of various sorts, the resulting earsplitting clamor sonically repelling evil and misfortune. While this older prophylactic rite has been retained and is even undergoing a renaissance in some villages, today kukeri also participate in an expanding calendar of town, regional, national, and international competitive, juried, sonic and visual displays that reflect a cosmopolitan engagement with the European Union and transnational issues or endeavors on the one hand, and localized or even personalized assertions of civic pride, individual dignity, ethnic ties, community solidarity, nationbuilding, and touristic enterprise on the other. Because local subjectivities are articulated in part through differentiated bell types, timbral aesthetics, choreographically-related ringing techniques, and musical accompaniment, I suggest that the very soundscape of collaborative mumming activity can be understood as a sonic beacon, if not acoustemological enactment, of social integration and difference.

Co-sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center. 

EUC Jean Monnet Lecture Series

April 9
12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.

The River Nile in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Antiquity

nileSpeaker: Eleni Manolaraki, University of South Florida

The river Nile in Egypt has been the subject of numerous scientific, literary, and artistic creations from antiquity to the present day.  This lecture outlines continuities and transformations in Nilotic iconography--textual and visual--over a millennium, from Classical Greece to the early Middle Ages (fifth century BCE to fifth century CE). Throughout history, dominant political and cultural powers appropriate the symbolic capital of the Nile as a means of self-definition, empowerment, and ideology. Among the historical dynamics shaping the constant transformation of Egypt’s river are Egyptian fertility and religion, the Greek fascination with Egypt’s Pharaonic antiquity and wisdom, the Roman conquest of Egypt, and the rapid Christianization of the eastern Mediterranean.

Jean Monnet Lecture Series is part of the EU Center initiative on “Europe & the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration”, partially funded by the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Module grant. 

International Week 2012

April 9-15

International Week 2012

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Help us celebrate all things international April 9-15, 2012 on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus!

To become involved with International Week 2012, contact Nicole Tami at 333-1993 or via email at tami@illinois.edu .

EUC Islam in Europe Lecture Series

April 10
1:30 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.

Ottomanism, Orientalism and Neo-Orientalism: The Image of the Ottoman Turks and Islam in the Western Discourse from the Late Renaissance to the Post-9/11 Era

Speaker: Beyazit Akman, Illinois State University

Abstract:  In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Norway, Qur’an burnings and following protests in Afghanistan, amidst the discussions of “Islamic radicalization” in the United States, as a result of liberation movements in the Middle East, and following the tenth anniversary of September 11 attacks, the discourse on Islam has once again dominated discussions among the global intelligentsia in the post-9/11 era. What is mostly ignored in these discussions, however, is the grave error of equating the rhetoric of the “clash” of civilizations with previous eras and to superimpose the East-West binary on the rest of the history. In his scholarship, Akman points out major paradigm shifts in the wide historical breadth of Orientalism; the representation of Middle Eastern cultures in the Western discourse by defining and discussing three distinct cultural epistemes that he calls as Ottomanism and Neo-Orientalism in addition to Said’s seminal Orientalism. By looking at a variety of different genres ranging from cigarette packs to diplomatic correspondences to contemporary novel, Akman demonstrates the significance of having a more nuanced approach to the inter-religious conflicts or dialogue. In the post-9/11 era, when the discussions about the clash of civilizations (as put forth by Huntington and Lewis) reinforce misleading binaries between cultures and religions, Akman’s study of the history of conceptualization of Ottoman Empire, one of the most influential Islamic empires in Europe is highly critical for a healthy re-assessment of issues of co-existence and peace beyond the language of propaganda and misinformation. Talking about the image of “the Turk” in British culture, after all, means talking about many other significant and timely concepts: the place of Islam in “Christian Europe,” the multicultural dialogue between Christians and non-Christians, the history of east-west relations and the issue of the Other in literary and popular imagination.

Co-sponsored by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

Public Lecture

April 13
1:30 pm

Music Room, 3rd floor
Levis Faculty Center

919 W Illinois St, Urbana

Turkey Today: Between Europe, the Regional, and the Global


Speaker: Dr. Adrian Favell, Sciences Po, Paris

Dr. Favell will be visiting the campus to also deliver the keynote address at the Focal Point/EUCE Graduate Student Conference "The European Union in the 21st Century: Policies and Approaches to Global Challenges, which wil be held on April 13-14. This conference will bring together graduate students from a variety of disciplines who specialize in topics related to the European Union or transatlantic relations. The goals of the conference are to:
-- encourage discussions on the diverse methodological and theoretical approaches currently being applied in EU studies; 
-- establish an ongoing dialogue between scholars working on divergent aspects of the EU and EU-US relations within varying disciplinary contexts;

-- identify new and cutting-edge perspectives from which EU-related topics are being explored.

EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Dialogues on the Mediterranean

-- Gendered musical cultures in the Mediterranean, by Dr. Angela Glaros 

 -- Women in the ancient world: Greece and Rome, by Dr. Antony Augoustakis

As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments and sharing posts with others!


 Fellowships, Scholarships & Grants


CERGU Postdoc Fellowships

The Centre for European Research at the University of Gothenburg (CERGU), Sweden, now has a call for 2-year postdocs (80% research, 20% teaching) in European Studies.

For any outstanding questions applicants are welcome to contact the Director of CERGU, Daniel Naurin, at daniel.naurin@pol.gu.se.


5 Postdoctoral fellowships at the Research College

The Research College (Kolleg-Forschergruppe) “The Transfomative Power of Europe. The European Union and the Diffusion of Ideas”, directed by Profs. Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse, advertises up to 5 postdoctoral fellows. We particularly encourage applications on projects located in the field of comparative regionalism. We are especially interested in the following topics:
--diffusion of European institutions and policies to Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East including processes of adaptation and resistance
--diffusion of institutions and policies from other parts of the world to Europe and the EU including historical perspectives.

The fellows should have their PhD in hand by the fall of 2012. The duration of the fellowship is 12 months (October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2013) with an annual stipend of € 30.000 (including travel expenses).

Calls for Abstracts & Proposa


Call for Proposals: The European Union Centers of Excellence at Berkeley, Boulder, and Seattle present: The 2012 Western U.S. Graduate Research Workshop on the European Union
May 4-5, 2012 
University of California, Berkeley

The European Union Center of Excellence at the University of California, Berkeley; the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Colorado Boulder; and the European Union Center of Excellence of Seattle at the University of Washington are pleased to announce and solicit applications for the fourth Western United States Graduate Research Workshop on the European Union, to be held at the University of California, Berkeley on May 4-5, 2012. Applications will be accepted through April 2nd, 2012.
The workshop advances two direct aims: to provide a forum for US-based graduate students at the dissertation level to present research focused on the EU to an audience of knowledgeable, supportive, yet critical faculty and peers; and to provide methodological instruction to students in a way that is relevant to European Union-related work. Instruction will be organized around and informed by the research problems and opportunities presented by the EU and European integration. Professors Christine Neuhold (University of Maastricht), Branislav Radeljic (University of East London) and Beverly Crawford (University of California, Berkeley) will be responsible for organizing and conducting the workshops. A more general goal is to improve EU research in the United States by building a strong cadre of students with some sense of a shared project and a commitment to carry out sound research with an eye toward completion of the degree and publication of research results.
Doctoral students with approved dissertation topics focusing on the EU in any academic field and enrolled at institutions in the US may apply to attend the workshop. Applicants should submit a 5-page research proposal and curriculum vitae, to be sent by email to eucenter@berkeley.edu. Applicants should note the current stage of their research and the name of their dissertation/thesis adviser. These can be emailed directly to Noga Wizansky at eucenter@berkeley.edu. The deadline for receipt of application materials is April 2nd, 2012 with selection decisions to be announced shortly thereafter.
Graduate students selected to participate in the 2012 workshop will be expected to give a formal presentation of their research proposal and participate in all planned workshop activities. The sponsors will cover the costs of a round trip economy airfare from participants’ home cities to  Berkeley, along with two nights’ hotel stay and most meals. This workshop is made possible by the generous funding of the European Union Delegation to the United States through the EU Centers of Excellence program, establishing the Network of European Union Centers of Excellence. 

Please address inquiries to the EU Center of Excellence at the University of California, Berkeley (eucenter@berkeley.edu, tel. 510-643-4558).


Call for Abstracts: The Bologna Reform and Beyond: Globalizing Education in the 21st Century
October 19 and 20, 2012, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The goal of this conference is to generate dialogue about the global and transnational implications of the fundamental principles laid down in the Bologna Declaration of 1999, and the new European guidelines and standards on higher education. This conference will:

-- Explore the global and transnational implications and significance of the Bologna Process
-- Engage community members in constructive dialogue about the effects that reforms inspired by the Bologna Process are having on national and local educational policies, standards, and guidelines 
-- Discuss the transforming nature and role of education in the 21st Century.

Themes for panel discussions will be organized around selected submissions and may respond to questions such as: 
1. "How is the Bologna Reform influencing American educational policy?"
2. "How is globalization transforming K-12 and higher education?"
3. "Is it possible for neoliberal policies to advance the objectives of human rights education and issues of equity?" 
Abstracts of 150 words or less may be submitted to Margaret Fitzpatrick (fitzpa11@illinois.edu) and Gabriela Walker (gwalker4@illinois.edu) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, by June 1, 2012. Accepted papers may also be considered for publication in a designated issue of the new Journal of Global Studies in Education.

Summer School


Summer School on European Policy-Making: Twoo weeks of intensive study on the European policy-making process (5 credits)

Every year in July, the Institute for European Studies (IES) teams up with the University of Vienna and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna to organise the inter-university Summer School on European Policy-making. The intensive two-week programme is held one week in Brussels and one week in Vienna.
Packed with lectures, study visits and simulation games, this programme attracts students and young professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of the European institutions, European law and the European decision-making process in general.

Conversation Tables

Bulgarian Association Coffee Hour
Time: 4pm
Dates: every Saturday
Espresso Royal Café, 117 W Oregon St, Urbana
Contact: Lina Todorova, todorov1@illinois.edu

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

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
Contact: Nikos Vergis, vergis1@illinois.edu

Turkish Coffee Hour
Time: 6-7 pm
Dates: Wednesdays
Location: Espresso Royale on Goodwin
Contact: Ercan Balci, ebalci@illinois.edu


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