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Fall 2012
August 27-31

e-Weekly archive

In this issue
"The Euro" Course EUC Grants This week
Upcoming  Events Related Events Blog Highlights

Welcome back!

With this issue, we welcome faculty, staff, and students back to campus and resume publication of the European Union Center’s e-Weekly newsletter. E-Weekly provides you with a wealth of information about activities and resources related to Europe and the EU, including announcements about new courses, grant and job opportunities, and upcoming events. 

The EU Center staff has been busy planning a very exciting schedule of lectures, conferences, movies, and more for the fall. These events will feature opportunities to hear about diverse topics from top scholars, diplomats, and professionals with EU expertise. All of our events are open to the public, so please make plans to join us, and keep your eye on forthcoming e-Weekly issues and the EU Center web site for the latest updates.

Of particular note in this issue is the Call for Grant Applications from the EU Center. UI faculty and students, as well as scholars and educators off-campus, will find a number of different funding opportunities from EUC to support their research, teaching, and outreach activities related to the EU. Be sure to check out the details on our web site and start preparing those applications!

Finally, the EU Center continues to maintain a vibrant online and social media community, with our Facebook page, EUC Blog, and new Twitter feed complementing our main web site. E-weekly issues will provide you with links to the interesting and provocative dialogue and news generated by the Center’s affiliates and shared through these media.

As we begin the new academic year, the EU Center will continue to provide a forum for studying and discussing the EU, thanks especially to our US Department of Education Title VI and European Union Center of Excellence grants. As always, we welcome your feedback on ways we can continue to develop in serving the interests of our affiliates. Best wishes for a successful year ahead!

-Matt Rosenstein, EU Center Associate Director

  "The Euro" Course

    "The Euro" (EURO 596) 

1 credit hour
CRN: 60680

3:00–4:45 pm
Oct. 22 – Dec. 14
(2nd 8 weeks)

115 David Kinley Hall

eurosymbol EURO 596 "The Euro": Once considered the success story of the European Union, the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is now facing harsh criticism after the Greek sovereign debt crisis revealed fundamental difficulties in having an optimally functioning currency area in Europe. Was the design of EMU flawed from the start? Was the political drive towards monetary union too strong to allow a clear assessment of the economic difficulties ahead? Should we have foreseen the current crisis coming? Was it inevitable? And finally, is the euro zone going to break down after vain efforts to hold it together? These are some of the questions that this course will address by studying the history of the European monetary union, the design and mechanisms put in place in the treaties, and the drive of member states to adopt a single currency. We will also reflect on the reluctance of euro-outsiders to join, the lack of theoretical basis for the project, and the lessons we can learn from previous attempts at monetary union.

This course fulfills requirements for the EU Studies graduate minor and MA in EU Studies, but is open to graduate students across campus. This course will be taught by Assistant Professor Ophelia Eglene, visiting scholar from Middlebury College, Political Science Department. For more information, contact Matt Rosenstein.

  EUC Call for Grant Applications  

  Announcing the European Union Center’s 2012-2013 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 several 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 the EUC grants webpage.    

  EUC Events this week


EUC co-sponsored event

MONDAY, Aug. 27
8:00-10:00 pm

Music Room
Levis Faculty Center

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  Lesbian Life in France Poster Image


Lesbian Life in France: A Screening & Conversation with Jacqueline Julien and Dr. Tamara Chaplin

Jacqueline Julien , longtime protagonist of the French feminist and lesbian movements and co-founder of Toulouse's celebrated Bagdam Cafée --one of the first "women-only" commercial cafés in France-- produces lesbian cultural and political events in France. Her first short film, "Yes, I am single!" which calls the Western cultural imperative to be "coupled" into question, was the First Prize Winner in Rome (Five Lesbian Days, 2010) and is now being shown in numerous lesbian and LGBT festivals internationally. Her second short film, "Time Bomb" (24 minutes), received its premiere in Toulouse, France, in April of 2012 and is now on the festival circuit.  In "Time Bomb," Julien asks, "What does it mean to represent lesbian desire on film in this post-feminist, post-porn age?"  

Dr. Tamara Chaplin (Associate Professor of Modern European History) is currently completing a book monograph entitled, Sappho Comes Out: Lesbian Life in Postwar France.  


Co-sponsored by the EUC.

EUC Lecture Series

FRIDAY, Aug. 31
12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.

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irmaimgThe Career Disadvantage of Unemployment Across Age and Sex: Germany as a Case Study

Speaker:  Irma Mooi-Reci Sociology, VU University Amsterdam

Abstract: The growing unemployment rates in Western societies over more than twenty years have rarely been more relevant than in the current economic situation. From a cumulative disadvantage perspective, unemployment is considered to be a critical determinant of social and economic inequality because it can trigger a downward career spiral that is disproportionally evident among disadvantaged social groups such as older workers, women or low-status workers. This implies that individuals who experience unemployment may be subjected, over the course of their work life, to several further job-related difficulties (such as limited career opportunities, job mismatch, poor employment contracts) that stem directly and/or indirectly from their previous unemployment experience.Although the emergence of inequality patterns in the context of unemployment is well established, we lack a clear understanding of how unemployment effects combine with other (un)favorable labor market transitions to perpetuate or accumulate over longer periods. We address this gap by testing two possible mechanisms from the cumulative disadvantage theory, using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel  (GSOEP) for the period 1984-2005 and trace workers’ career trajectories by examining their labor market transitions from age eighteen and beyond.

Lunch provided; BYO beverage -- please RSVP: kimrice@illinois.edu or 217.265.7515.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology & School of Labor & Employment Relations.

  Upcoming EUC Events

Global Lens Film Series 2012

7:00 pm

Latzer Hall
University YMCA

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Amnesty (Amnistia) - Albania, 2011 amnistiaimg

Synopsis: A new national law allowing conjugal visits for inmates brings together a man and woman visiting the same prison to meet their incarcerated spouses. Elsa’s dutiful contact with her husband is part of a routine consumed with job searching, raising her two sons, and getting along with her father-in-law. When she meets Spetim, a quiet man visiting his imprisoned wife in equally passionless encounters, they slowly find the sympathy and companionship missing from their lives. A prisoner amnesty, however, soon threatens their fragile bond in this closely observed, sensual and contemplative drama highlighting a period of subtle but profound social transformation.  

Global Lens 2012 is organized by the Global Film Initiative.
Co-sponsored by the EUC and the Cener for Global Studies.

EUC Lecture Series

MONDAY, Sept. 10
12:00 pm

1090 Lincoln Hall

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cesariimgReligion and Political Participation of Muslims in the West (It is not what you think)

Speaker: Jocelyne Cesari, Islamic Studies, Harvard University

Abstract:  In Europe and more recently in the US, the perception of Islam in public spaces (mosques/dress code) has been increasingly deciphered as lack of civism. The assumption is that visible Islamic identities are inversely correlated to civic and political loyalties. Such an assumption is actually invalidated by surveys and data collected by the Harvard based Islam in the West program. This talk will present these data and analyze them in the international context of The War on Terror  and the domestic contexts of socio-economic crisis, that are both affecting Muslims condition in Europe.

EUC Movie Night

TUESDAY, Sept. 11
5:15 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg

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La Fée (The Fairy)lafeeimg

France/Belgium (2011), 94 min., French with English subtitles

 “[A] deliriously droll confection…ensuring a steady stream of laughs.” —Peter Debruge, Variety

“A slapstick lineage stretching back through Jacques Tati to Buster Keaton and beyond.”
—Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

Belgian comedy duo Abel and Gordon (RUMBA, ICEBERG) bring a zany innocence to this charmingly wacko story of a dim-witted hotel clerk who falls head-over-heels for the suspiciously earth-bound fairy who cons a room by promising him three wishes. Between sinuous, loose-limbed dance numbers and pantomime pranks utilizing everything from a ketchup bottle to an overstuffed overcoat, the lanky pair conjure up romance, pathos, and a very unique brand of humor.

Join us for Fall'12 European Movie Nights for four contemporary comedies from across the EU!
Popcorn provided, BYO beverage.

  Related Events


August Strindberg Centenary Commemoration Events in Fall 2012

strindbergimg Celebrating the Swedish playwright's contributions to world literature, art, history, photography, and drama, the University of Illinois presents a number of events commemorating August Strindberg's legacy and introducing his work to new audiences. A special Strindberg course, a production of the avant-garde drama A Dream Play, and numerous presentations and talks serve as a fitting tribute. Most events are open to the public. For more information, and to enroll in the course, email Anna Stenport at aws@illinois.edu.

Study Abroad Fair 

Friday, Aug. 31
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rm. C & South Lounge
Illini Union



Learn about study abroad programs located around the world and take a peek at your options to study during the winter, summer, semester, and academic year terms. Information on financial aid and the many study abroad scholarships that are offered will be available too. Studying abroad is an opportunity to everyone, despite your major, financial or ethnic background, or future career. Find our how it can fit into who YOU are at the fair!

EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Read what EUC faculty, students and staff were doing this summer!

U of I students help design a sustainable future for the Arctic
Students from the University of Illinois and KTH Royal Institute of Technology spent 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. Read about their adventures and observations here

From Brussels to Luxembourg; Seeking sustainable and secure connections between the US and the EU in food and energy
EUC took a group of high school teachers, politicians and journalists on a week-long study tour to Europe in June. Read more about their trip to EU institutions, NATO, a Belgian brewery and a chocolate factory here.

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


Calls for proposals & application

8 Billion-Euro Research Call to Generate Growth
The European Commission announced the biggest ever set of calls for proposals for research under its Seventh Framework Program (FP7), with a total of 8.1 billion euros allocated for projects and ideas that should boost Europe's competitiveness and tackle issues such as environmental protection and waste management. The funding is open to organizations and businesses in EU Member States and partner countries such as the United States. 

FP7 Participant Portal

FP7 Calls specifically open to U.S. participants

Incontact (database for calls targeting specific countries, incl. U.S.)

EUSA Biennial Conference
Dates: May 9-11, 2013
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
The European Union Studies Association invites scholars and practitioners engaged in the study of Europe and the European Union to submit proposals for its 2013 Thirteenth Biennial International Conference, May 9-11, in Baltimore, Maryland. All proposals must be submitted via EUSA's online proposal submission forms, which can be found at www.eustudies.org. EUSA does not accept proposals by email, regular mail or via facsimile. Address all questions about the proposal process to eusa@pitt.edu.

Call for Papers: Real and Imaginary Borders Across the Mediterranean
Conference dates:  February 8-9, 2013 
Keynote Speakers:
 Prof. Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU) and Prof. Abdulkader Sinno (Indiana University Bloomington)
On behalf of the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, we are pleased to announce the organization of the graduate student conference “Real and Imaginary Borders Across the Mediterranean.” This conference will be held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
This conference will explore the risk of crossing borders and boundaries– whether national, psychological, cultural, or political – of the Mediterranean. We would like to invite graduate students with interests that span antiquity to present day and hope to include participants across multiple disciplines. Proposals may address, but are not restricted to, the following areas of study:
Art History, Anthropology, Classics, Comparative Literature, Gender and Sexuality, Film and Media Studies, History, Linguistics, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science.
Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes (approximately 8-10 pages of double-spaced text). Please send an abstract and cover sheet with the title of your paper, your name, affiliation, and contact information (including phone number and e-mail address) to the conference organizers – Ashley DiGregorio and Elysse Longiotti – at  mediterraneanconf@mx.uillinois.edu Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and should be in Microsoft Word format.  

Fellowships, Scholarships & Grants

Call for Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund up to 12 American post-docs in the humanities spending a year at academic institutions in Germany.

The fellowships are granted for 9 - 12 months and aim at supporting post-doctoral studies at the above-mentioned universities and institutes as well as at universities or research institutes of the candidate’s choice.
Up to 12 fellowships per year can be funded. Grants will be made to the German institution that hosts the respective candidate.

The American Council of Learned Societies announces  Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies ( Competition Year 2012-2013)

--Research fellowships  for use in Eastern Europe

--Writing fellowships for writing the dissertation in the United States after research is complete

Applications will be accepted for work related to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo/a, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.  Applicants must be pursuing a Ph.D. degree at a U.S. university.  All requirements for the PhD except the dissertation (ABD) must be completed by June 2013.  All topics, periods, and approaches in the humanities and social sciences are welcome.

Jobs & Internships

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Aug. 31 for Chair in International Relations, Sept. 30 for all others
Four Professorship Openings at European University Institute
The European University institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, has openings for four professor positions: Mikhail M. Bakhtin Chair in Russian-European Relations; Chair in Early Modern History of Europe; Chair in 19th and 20th Century History; and Chair in International Relations.
The European University Institute is an international research institution for economics, history and civilization, law, and the political and social sciences. The academic and administrative staff play a key role in maintaining a reputation for excellence at all levels of research and institutional backup. As an academic employer, the EUI selects faculty from universities across Europe and beyond. As an institutional employer, the EUI values flexibility and the ability to work in a multi-lingual environment and as part of a team.

Job Opening: Assistant Director, University Fresenius
The University Fresenius, University of Applied Sciences Liaison Office New York, seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Director of their Liaison Office in New York City. The position is full time. The Assistant Director will be the on-site representative of University Fresenius in the United States. The University Fresenius Office in New York is a nonprofit organization and must be administered as such. The Assistant Director reports directly to the Managing Director. The position will require occasional evening and weekend hours.
Please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations and possible starting date, via e-mail to Dr. Sebastian Meyer. Please apply via email only. Hardcopy originals may be required later. Please be informed that personal interviews will take place on October 4 and 5, 2012. Starting date is December 2012 or earlier if possible.

European Union Delegation to the USA: Washington Delegation Internships (Spring Semester)
Through our intensive internship program, the Delegation of the European Union in Washington offers a unique opportunity for dynamic individuals to engage in the work of one of the EU’s largest and most active diplomatic missions.
By interning with the EU Delegation, students and recent graduates develop a comprehensive understanding of the transatlantic relationship. At the same time, our interns hone important skills by serving as full-time members of the Delegation team and acquiring practical experience in a specialized area of the Delegation’s work.
Our interns should demonstrate a strong interest in the European Union, along with professional experience and/or academic competence in the area(s) of choice.

Internships are offered exclusively on a volunteer (unpaid) basis. We welcome applicants of all nationalities and backgrounds. Preference is given to candidates that are available on a full-time basis.
Applicants may not have previously taken part in previous internship programs, in-service training, or employment with any EU institution or body for more than six weeks.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 15 (postmark)
DAAD Èmigré Memorial German Internship Program (EMGIP) - Bundestag 2013
EMGIP - Bundestag offers internship opportunities for U.S. and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are 2 months long in positions matching the student's interest and experience. Interns will be placed within the Verwaltung, preferably with a Sekretariat working for their preferred Ausschuss. Asides from contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament. DAAD programs are helping to create good will and professional relationships that will help build a solid basis for relations between Germany and North America.
The successful applicant will receive compensation of approximately €1,500 per month by the German Bundestag. Subsidized health insurance is available through DAAD for a monthly fee. DAAD can help the interns to obtain housing in Berlin and make contacts with fellow international interns and German students. All travel expenses are the intern's responsibility.


European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building, MC-429
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217) 265-7515
F: (217) 333-6270  www.euc.illinois.edu

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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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