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Spring 2012

April 2 - 6

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Public Lecture

April 4
5:00 pm

109a Davenport Hall
607 S. Mathews, Urbana 

The right to be different: The position of "Islamic" migrants in the Netherlands

Speaker: Halleh Ghorashi, PaVEM-chair in Management of Diversity and Integration, Department of Organization Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

AbstractIn most European countries, the culture of migrants is viewed as responsible for the problems of the societies. The event of September 11th followed by events in Europe strengthened the existing cultural categorical thinking and that in turn led to an increased feeling of insecurity and fear within these societies. This growing sense of fear of the culture of migrants and the urgent need for their assimilation has resulted in an increasing gap between migrants (even those born in the new society) and the rest of the society. If culture is presumed to be a problem, predicated on the idea of cultural contrasts, this may increasingly cause migrants, who feel insecure about their position within the Dutch society, to regroup within their ethnic boundaries in order to defend their culture. The emphasis on migrants' culture as the cause of isolation and/or criminality strengthens the feeling that the Dutch already have of migrants as 'the other' within society and increases the fear associated with migrant culture. Yet, the space for cultural recognition seems to be an essential precondition for individuals to feel secure enough to experiment with their culture and to initiate new connections with the diversity of cultures in them or with other cultures. The focus of this lecture is on the Dutch situation, portraying the societal context and some of the major players within that context. BIO: Halleh Ghorashi is Professor of Managing Diversity and Integration in the Department of Organization Sciences at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is the author of Ways to Survive, Battles to Win: Iranian Women Exiles in the Netherlands and the United States (Nova Science Publishers, 2003). One of her most recent publications is the co-edited book (with Haideh Moghissi) Muslim diaspora in the West: Negotiating Gender, Home and Belonging (Surrey, Ashgate 2010). She has published several articles on topics such as identity, diasporic positioning, cultural diversity, and emancipation issues both inside and outside organizations. As an active participant in the Dutch public debates on diversity and integration issues, she has received several awards. Her present research focus is on the narratives of identity and belonging of migrants, along with the processes of exclusion and inclusion in the context of growing culturalism.

Organized by the Department of Anthropology.
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

EUC Lecture Series

April 6
12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.
707 S. Mathews, Urbana 

EVENT CANCELLED: Integrative Soundscapes: Community-building and EU Engagement through Bulgarian Mumming Festivals & Folkloric Practice

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

AbstractThis 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. 
Note: This event has been cancelled due to a family emergency.  

  Upcoming EUC Events

EUC Jean Monnet Lecture Series

April 9
12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.
707 S. Mathews, Urbana

The River Nile in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Antiquity

nileSpeaker: Eleni ManolarakiAssistant Professor of Classics, Department of World Languages, University of South Florida

Abstract: 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
Various locations on campus 

International Week 2012

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Join us in celebrating all things international April 9-15, 2012 on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus!

For more information, 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.
707 S. Mathews, Urbana 

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 10
4:30 pm

2090B Foreign Languages Bldg.
707 S. Mathews, Urbana 

Algerian Paris: Belonging beyond diaspora 

laila amineSpeaker: Laila Amine, Postdoctoral Research Associate, African-American Studies, U of I

Abstract:  My book-in-progress titled Algerian Paris: Belonging Beyond Diaspora focuses on representations of the Paris periphery and analyzes new forms of belonging during the Algerian war of independence and in its aftermath. It tells the story of the Paris fringe rather than its cosmopolitan center and uncovers an Algerian Paris fashioned across literary and cultural traditions. I coin the phrase “Algerian Paris” to describe both an imaginary of the urban periphery (the post-World War II slums, Arab quarters, and banlieues) and articulations of belonging that challenge visions of diasporic and national unity. The examination of an Algerian Paris in Maghrebi, African American and French literature reveals that Algerian Paris is both an urban entity and a mythology, the theater of (post)colonial brutality and neglect and a masculine fantasy, an object of political discourse and a cultural arena that organizes responses, a site of failed integration and a laboratory for rethinking belonging and community.

Sponsored by the African American Studies.
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

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.

Sustainability in the Mediterranean Lecture Series

April 13
3:00 pm

219 Davenport Hall
607 S. Mathews, Urbana

Sustainability, Territoriality, and Trains: The Regional Politics of Trans-European Transport in Mediterranean Spain


Speakers: David Prytherch, Miami University, Ohio & Josep Vicent Boira, Universitat de València, Spain

Abstract: Despite projected increases of freight and passenger transport, the European Union has set ambitious goals of reducing transport emissions 60% by 2050. To promote sustainability and the free flow of goods and people, the European Commission has proposed to transform the "existing patchwork" of roads, railways, airports, and canals into a unified trans-European transport network or TEN-T. In 2011, after extensive analysis of transport nodes and flows, the EC announced a core network of 10 priority TEN-T corridors to "improve connections between different modes of transport and contribute to the EU's climate change objectives." One is the Mediterranean Corridor connecting the cities of Barcelona and Valencia, which share highly complementary economies and Catalan language/culture. An alternative corridor through Madrid and the Pyrenees, promoted by the Spanish state, was not prioritized. This paper is an initial exploration of the complex politics of European transport, where spatial planning for sustainability and mobility unfold amidst Mediterranean territoriality, rooted deeply in history and collective memory. We begin by analyzing recent European territorial cohesion, transport, and sustainability policies, and how they intersect. We then explore political debates in and realignments among Spain's autonomous communities around TEN-T planning, through discourse analysis of political rhetoric, parliamentary resolutions, and media coverage. We find the contested process of remapping Europe’s future rail network incorporates both objective spatial planning and intense regional politics, as calculations of transport efficiency and emissions are interwoven with regional discourses of cultural identity and difference.   

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center and the Department of Geography.

Water Research Conference

April 17
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

I-Hotel & Conference Center

Water in a Changing World:  A Comparison of
Midwest and European Approaches

Water@leeds is the largest university-based water research center in the UK.  A team of scientists from the University of Leeds will participate in a workshop with Illinois researchers to compare different approaches to address climate uncertainty and the impacts on water resources.  Confirmed participants from the University of Leeds:

-- Professor Joseph Holden (Head of water@leeds; hillslope hydrology and  peatlands)
-- Dr Rebecca Slack (water@leeds coordinator; environmental chemistry/health interface)
-- Dr Paul Kay (Lecturer; hydrology/water quality)
-- Professor Robert Mortimer (Environmental Geochemist)
-- Dr Martin Tillotson (water@leeds industrial research director; water footprinting)
-- Mr. Ben Gillespie (Researcher, Water Framework Directive and reservoir operation)

The format will feature short presentations followed by a panel discussion on the following:
   -- Current and future estimates of water resources
   -- Regulatory and legal outlook
   -- Urbanization and water
   -- What do industry and agriculture need from the research community?

There is no cost to attend the workshop, but registration is required

The workshop is supported by a grant from the European Union Center of Excellence.  Other sponsors include the European Union Center, the Illinois State Water Survey, the University of Leeds, the Prairie Research Institute, the Midwestern Regional Climate Center, and the Office of Sustainability.  For more information contact: George Czapar gfc@illinois.edu or Illinois State Water Survey, (217) 333-9545.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center, the Illinois State Water Survey, the University of Leeds, the Prairie Research Institute, the Midwestern Regional Climate Center, and the Office of Sustainability.

IGPA Brownbag Lecture

April 18
12:00 pm  - 1:00 pm

Institute of Government and Public Affairs
Giertz Conference Room

1007 W. Nevada Street, Urbana

Water Allocation Rules and Side Payments


Speaker: Dr. Renan Goetz, Professor of Economics Universitat de Girona in Spain

Abstract: This presentation considers the problem of allocating shares of irrigation water to different agricultural agents with single-peaked preferences with respect to their own shares. We define two different sequential allocation rules that respect the asymmetry between the agents and maintain the properties of Pareto efficiency and strategy-proofness, and we design a specific algorithm to apply these rules. The results of the empirical application of these rules for the case of an irrigated area located in the Ebro Basin (Spain) show that the designed sequential rules are able to substantially improve the efficiency of the currently applied proportional rule in context of severe scarcity of water and/or high administrative water prices. In a subsequent analysis we examines water governance issues related to the implementation of these allocation rules. We analyze the extent to which the gains and losses of each user affects the implementation possibilities, and examines conditions for building agreements with side payments that provide incentives for the majority of agents to form part of the possible agreements.

Speaker bio: Renan Goetz worked as an “Assistent” and “Oberassistent” at the Department of Agricultural Economics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. After obtaining the Habilitation in Environmental and Resource Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technolgoy in Zürich he joined the Department of Economics of the Universitat de Girona, where he currently holds the position of a full professor. Research interests include the behavior of the Irish farm and food system, agricultural policy modeling, the relationships between trade, aid and food security in developing countries, and WTO trade norms and disciplines. 

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics.

Water Research Workshop

April 19
11:45 am - 1:30 pm

Dept. of Natural Resources Building
Lake Level Room C
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Springfield, IL

Water Research at the University of Leeds  leeds


-- Professor Joseph Holden, Head of water@leeds (Hillslope hydrology and peatlands)
-- Dr Rebecca Slack, water@leeds coordinator (Environmental chemistry/health interface)
-- Professor Robert Mortimer (Environmental Geochemist)
-- Dr Paul Kay, Lecturer (Hydrology/water quality)
-- Dr Martin Tillotson, water@leeds industrial research director (Water footprinting)
-- Mr. Ben Gillespie, Researcher (Water Framework Directive and reservoir operation)

Lunch will be included. There is no cost to attend the workshop, but registration is required.

For more information contact: George Czapar, gfc@illinois.edu or Illinois State Water Survey, (217) 333-9545.

Co-sponsored by the Illinois State Water Survey, the University of Illinois European Union Center, University of Illinois Extension, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Eleventh Annual EU Day celebrated

Watch the report featured on UI-7 News and listen to the radio interview with Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States João Vale de Almeida and Professor Kostas Kourtikakis on Champaign-Urbana's NPR station, WILL-AM 580. 

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


 Fellowships, Scholarships & Grants


2012 Fellowships for U.S. Researchers in Lisbon, Portugal Program

The Portuguese Director-General of Archives, in the interest of the protocol established by the Luso-American Development Foundation, announces the acceptance of applications for the 2012 Research Fellowships.  These fellowships are intended for researchers within U.S. universities interested in studying the resources of the Torre do Tombo National Archives, for the study of archive administration, history, social sciences and Portuguese language and culture.

Calls for Abstracts & Proposals


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.

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


European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building, MC-429
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
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