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Fall 2012
 November 12-16

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Scandinavian Program Lecture

5:00 pm

Music Room,
Levis Faculty Center

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ryanimg"Their Own Worlds of Ice": Arctic Exploration in Christoph Ransmayr and W. G. Sebald
Speaker:  Judith Ryan, Harvard University

Speaker Bio: Professor Ryan received her B.A. from Sydney University, Australia, and her Dr. phil. from the University of Mnster, Germany. Before coming to Harvard, she taught for many years at Smith College. In addition to receiving grants from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (including the prestigious "Humboldtforschungspreis" in 2009-2010) and the National Endowment for the Humanities, she was the recipient of the Basilius Award in Germanics and was twice awarded the prize for best article of the year in The German Quarterly. Her scholarship was recognized by the award of the Walter Channing Cabot Prize in 1994 and her teaching by a Harvard College Professorship in 1998. At Harvard, she served for six years on Faculty Council. Her teaching and research interests are 19th- and 20th-century literature, especially poetry and the novel. She teaches courses on German lyric poetry, German colonial fiction, 20th-century modernism, postwar German literature, and the contemporary novel.

Abstract: Professor Ryan will address: (1) Christoph Ransmayr's novel Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis (1984), which recounts both a real and a fictional expedition to the North Pole, and (2) the middle section of W.G. Sebald's long poem “Nach der Natur” (1989), which focuses on the journey of the naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller from Kamchatka to Alaska. The title of the talk is drawn from Ransmayr's novel. In that context, the phrase refers to the fact that the different members of the historical expedition each experience thejourney through the ice (their boat gets stuck in the ice for a long time) in very different ways. The speaker’s central question, then, has to do with the relation of these two postmodern texts to the traditional narrative of the heroic individual engaged in a struggle with the forces of nature in the icy wastelands of the Arctic. Professor Ryan will bring a handout with some excerpts from the two works, and will also show some images in a Powerpoint presentation.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Swedish Institute, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the Scandinavian Program at the University of Illinois.

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EUC Lecture Series

MONDAY, Nov 26
12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Loungem,
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg

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opheliaimgReluctance before the Crisis: Why Britain Never Adopted the Euro
Speaker: Ophelia Eglene, Political Science, EUC Visiting Scholar from Middlebury College

Speaker Bio: Ophelia Eglène holds an MA in European studies from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Européennes at the Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg, France and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University at Albany, State University of New York.  She did her postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.
Ophelia Eglène’s teaching interests include European integration, International Political Economy, and French politics.  She teaches in the Political Science Department and the French Department at Middlebury College.  Her research interests are the European Economic and Monetary Union, EU environmental policy, and the transatlantic relations. She is the author of Banking on Sterling: Britain’s Independence from the Eurozone which was published in 2011 by Rowman & Littlefield.  She is currently a visiting scholar at the European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her Scholar-in-Residence position is supported in part through an EU Center of Excellence grant from the European Union.

Abstract: During the Maastricht Treaty negotiations in the early 1990s, the members of the European Union committed to launching the euro at the turn of the century which meant abolishing their national currencies and losing sovereignty in monetary policy.  Britain had a more cautious attitude and negotiated an opt-out which would grant the UK the freedom to decide if and when to join the euro zone.  Ophelia Eglene will present the empirical findings of her book Banking on Sterling: Britain’s Independence from the Eurozone, which show that the conflicting interests of the business and financial sectors had an impact on the deliberations of the British government on whether to adopt the single currency.

EUC Lecture Series

FRIDAY, Nov 30
12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg

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donnaimgIntegrative Soundscapes: Building EU Community through Bulgarian Mumming Festivals & Folkloric Practice
Speaker: Donna Buchanan, Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Speaker Bio: A specialist in the musical styles of Bulgaria, the Balkans, and the CIS (especially Russia and the Republic of Georgia), Donna Buchanan’s scholarly interests include music as symbolic communication, music in aesthetic systems, music and power relations, music and cosmology, and music and social identity. Her additional teaching areas include ethnomusicological methodologies, ethnography, Mediterranean traditional and art musics, the musical cultures of indigenous peoples, and Russian and East European classical music, particularly Bartók, Musorgsky, and Shostakovich. Dr. Buchanan's articles have appeared in major journals of ethnomusicology, musicology, and East European studies. A faculty affiliate of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) since 1998 and its Director since 2005, Professor Buchanan also established “Balkanalia,” the University of Illinois Balkan Music Ensemble, which performs regularly under the auspices of both REEEC and the School of Music. Her first book, an ethnomusicological monograph entitled Performing Democracy: Bulgarian Music and Musicians in Transition (University of Chicago Press, 2006), is the result of more than ten years of intensive ethnographic research in Bulgaria, funded by IREX, Fulbright, ACLS-SSRC, Wenner-Gren, and NEH grants. A second, edited volume, Balkan Popular Culture and the Ottoman Ecumene: Music, Image, and Regional Political Discourse (Scarecrow Press), is forthcoming later this year.

Abstract: 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.

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Stockholm Summer Arctic Program Info Session

2:00 pm

Room 101,
International Studies Building


arcticimgAPPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2013
GLBL 499, ESE 497, SCAN 496: Stockholm Summer Arctic Program
Stockholm, Sweden and the Arctic Circle, June 10 – July 15, 2013

Spend your summer in the land of the midnight sun. In this intensive six-week program – for science and non-science students – discover how climate change is altering one of the world’s great wildernesses and then conduct research that will help map a sustainable future for the Arctic. UIUC students participate together with KTH students. Program fulfills 6 hours of course credit, juniors or consent of the instructor. Program Fee: TBA. Includes Illinois summer tuition, Study abroad fees, airfare, lodging and transportation. Attend the information session on Thursday, November 29 to learn more!

This course is in part funded by the EUC's European Union Center of Excellence grant.

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Three University of Illinois Professors named Ambassador of EU PromoDoc Initiative

PromoDoc is a European Union funded project to promote European doctoral program to scholars around the world. It helps doctoral students find the program that fits their needs and facilitates the exploration of funding opportunities, including the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Program and Marie Curie Actions.
The University of Illinois, with three, is the only US university to have multiple PromoDoc ambassadors. Congratulations to Professors K. Peter Kuchinke, Alma Gottlieb, and Laura Hastings. Read more

Mark your calendars for the information session and join us to learn more about these great opportunities from our PromoDoc Ambassadors:
"Graduate Studies in Europe"
Friday, Nov 30
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Illini Union Bookstore, 5th Floor (room 514)

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



Calls for Proposals

globalstimgSUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 1 and 8, 2013
Global Studies Campus Seminars and Seminars Abroad for AY13-14

The LAS Global Studies program promotes interdisciplinary studies and experiences designed to develop knowledge sets, skills and values necessary for the analysis and solution of contemporary world problems. Faculty, instructors, lecturers, and graduate students from across LAS and the campus offer Global Studies seminars and seminars abroad that attract not only Global Studies majors, but all majors interested in the problems under focus.
We are recruiting proposals for Global Studies seminars (1 hour) and seminars abroad (3 hours) for the AY 2013-14.
More information can be found in the Request for Proposals at the Global Studies website.

germanimg SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 31, 2013
Stiftung Deutsch-Amerikanische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen (SDAW/Foundation German-American Academic Relations)

The SDAW is prepared to fund research groups composed of German and North American scholars,and, where appropriate, other European scholars, who propose to explore topics of particular relevance to the transatlantic relationship. Research projects may focus on international or domestic topics; comparisons with cases outside the US-European context are also welcome, as are proposals that seek to open up new methodological approaches. The participation of younger scholars is particularly encouraged. Research results should be published (also electronically). Proposals should not exceed an overall length of 12 pages.
Visit http://www.sdaw.net for the application and more information.



Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin Scholarships

The Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin (Study Foundation of the Berlin House of Representatives) sponsors a scholarship program that aims at supporting young scholars of all fields. The program is directed to applicants from the United States of America, Great Britain, France and the countries succeeding from the former Soviet Union. The applicants should be working on projects concerned with Berlin, Germany or German-international questions or should want to use research facilities in Berlin in all other fields. The scholarship should be used to advance academic education at a Berlin institution of higher education.  At present the Study Foundation awards about 15 twelve-month grants per year. The grant amounts to 770 EUR for graduate and doctoral students and 1,300 EUR for post-doctoral scholars per month. In addition, the Foundation assumes travel costs as well as rental costs at the International Study Centre Berlin. During their twelve month stay in Berlin grant winners will not only be offered the opportunity to experience their research areas from an international perspective, but they will also be encouraged to learn more about the political and cultural life in Berlin.


2013 EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition

This is an annual fellowship for graduate student EU-related dissertation research. The Committee will offer at least one unrestricted fellowship of $1,500 to support the dissertation research of any graduate student pursuing an EU-related dissertation topic in the academic year 2012-2013.
Applicants for this Fellowship should submit: (1) A one-page letter of application that specifies how the fellowship would be used; (2) A CV; (3) A two-page (500 words) précis of the dissertation research project that also explains its relevance to EU studies; and, (4) Ask for two letters of support to be sent directly to EUSA. These letters should be from professors serving on the student’s dissertation committee, and one should be the chair.
Please send applications to eusa@pitt.edu and use the heading “2013 E.B. Haas Fund Fellowship competition.”


The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany PhD and Postdoc Fellowships in Holocaust Studies

The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies aims to strengthen Shoah studies and Holocaust memory throughout the world. Our mission is to support the advanced study of the fate of Jews who were systematically targeted for destruction or persecution by the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945. Studies can include the immediate historical context in which the Holocaust took place and encompass political, economic, legal, religious and socio-cultural aspects, as well as ethical and moral implications. The Fellowship also supports awardees in learning languages of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and other geographical locations, which are necessary for the study of Holocaust related documents. Post Doctoral candidates focusing on topics related to contemporary anti-Semitism will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.
Fellowships are awarded to outstanding candidates who have a strong personal commitment to Shoah memory, who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, and who possess the potential to provide outstanding professional leadership that will shape the future of Holocaust awareness and scholarship. Awards are given for up to $20,000 per year.
For application information, please visit fellowships.claimscon.org or email Chavie.Brumer@claimscon.org

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies invites suitable candidates to apply for up to four postdoctoral fellowships in economic sociology and political economy. Applicants must hold a PhD degree in political science, sociology, organization studies or related fields. Degrees must be received by August 2013 at the latest. Fellowships will usually start on October 1, 2013, and will be awarded for one year.
For more information see flyer or the MPIfG website , where the application form can be downloaded.


intlimgAPPLICATION DEADLINE: December 14, 2012
International Engagement Internship, Spring 2013

Internship for UIUC students interested in international communication, diplomatic protocol and formal event planning. Junior and Senior undergraduates with related majors, as well as master’s students are encouraged to apply.
Description : Unpaid, one-semester practicum in the Office of International Programs and Studies . This 5 hours per week, volunteer position reports to Nicole Tami, Associate Director for International Engagement. Interns assist with event planning related to major campus events, including the International Achievement Awards Banquet and International Week. Interns receive instruction and practical experience in basics aspects of international protocol, techniques for communicating with foreign consulates and embassies, itinerary planning, and logistics related to the hosting of distinguished guests.
Qualifications : The applicant must be a current UIUC student in good standing, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Application Procedure: Please submit a current CV/resume and a one-page statement of interest explaining why this internship is of interest to you, and how it could be useful in meeting your career objectives (electronic submissions are acceptable).
Contact: Nicole Tami
International Programs and Studies
Room 417
507 East Green Street (Urban Outfitter’s Bldg)
Champaign, IL 61820

Spring 2013 Courses

puzzleimgSOC 496: Identity, Culture, and Citizenship in the New European Union 
Instructor:  Prof. Zsuzsa Gille

The European Union is presently undergoing major changes and faces new challenges. It has recently extended its boundaries to a part of Europe that once was its nemesis, and thus is trying to negotiate a new role for itself in the global economy and body politic, that just barely recovered from 1989, and is now facing all the complex challenges of a post-9/11 world. An additional division among its 25 member states has resulted from the financial crisis. In this course we will approach these transformations from a cultural and sociological perspective. The assumptions behind this focus are a) that regulations, market actions, trade agreements and social policies have cultural and ideological roots and consequences; and b) that people are sense-making creatures who attach socially and culturally determined and thus divergent meanings to events and social phenomena which in turn influence their actions. Overall, the readings of the course will demonstrate how power and culture interact in the making of a new Europe.  We will systematically address three areas of this cultural-sociological perspective: identity, citizenship and culture. In contemporary scholarship these are the key metaconcepts that have proven fertile and useful ways of understanding present political issues whether global, national or local. After a brief overview of the theoretical foundations of the course, we will approach the politics of European identity from three main perspectives: a) identity as a set of regulative ideas, that is, principles, values that Europe has been associated with, b) identity as a sense of belonging to a supranational, national, or subnational cultural group, and c) identity as citizenship, as entitlements dependent on one’s nationality, race, religion, class, and gender. In the final section of the course, we will scrutinize how culture and power are interwoven in the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union.


medimg ITAL 390/510: Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration
Instructor: Prof. Manuel Rota
CRN: ITAL 390 (CRN 50050); ITAL 510 (CRN 59023)
Meets with:
ANTH 399 (CRN 57806 undergrad), ANTH 515 (CRN 57807 grad), CLCV 491 (CRN 31346 undergrad; CRN 59391 grad), CWL 395 (CRN 59054 undergrad), CWL 593 (CRN 59055 grad), FR 443 (CRN 39733 undergrad & grad), HIST 396 (CRN 41125 undergrad), HIST 502 (CRN 32435 grad), JS 399 (CRN 59394 undergrad), PS 300 (CRN 57684 undergrad), PS 590 (CRN 57689 grad), SOC 596 (CRN 32822 grad)

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.


languagesimg ITAL, SPAN, FR, LING, PS, GER, SLAV 418: Language & Minorities in Europe
Instructor: Eda Derhemi

The course is a survey of the use of regional and immigrant minority languages in Europe and attitudes towards them,of language relevant institutions in local, national and European level, and of language policies in contemporary Europe. We will focus on issues of the sociology of language and socio-political realities and sensitivities in the European area, such as discourses and ideologies in multilingual settings, acculturation and assimilation, bilingual education, language loss and language maintenance, and policies regarding status and corpus planing. We will analyze the sociolinguistic and political situation of historical regional minorities that use languages belonging to six different indigenous linguistic families spoken in Italy, Spain, France, UK and Ireland, the Scandinavian, Baltic,and Balkan areas, as well as that of some migrant languages spoken by immigrant communities in Europe, like Turkish, Arabic, Berber etc.


croatiaimgGLBL 298: Croatia Meets the European Union: Identity and the Politics of Integration
Instructor: Laura Hastings

Are you interested in learning more about the newest entrant to the European Union? Join a faculty-led study abroad course to Croatia this spring! Croatia, at the crossroads of the Balkans and the Mediterranean, is set to join the European Union in July 2013. How will Croatia's overlapping ethnic, religious, class and national identities respond to EU membership? How have wars and regional conflict affected this identity? In this course, students will meet for the second 8-week session at Illinois and then will travel to Osijek, Croatia and work with Croatian university students assisting area businesses and farmers with EU projects.

2013 Summer Program

viennaimgAPPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2013
Sommerhochschule of the University of Vienna

The International Summer Program 2013 will take place from July 13th to August 10th 2013.
The four week program offers high level European Studies courses in the morning and German Language courses in the afternoon.  The European Studies courses are held in English and focus on Europe and the European Union. They cover political, economic, and legal, but also historical and cultural aspects of the multiple transformations the continent is currently undergoing.
More information about the Sommerhochschule and the International Summer Program can be found at our homepage at http://shs.univie.ac.at.
For further information or special requests please contact the Program Coordinator, Ms. Nina Gruber.

Conversation Tables and Coffee Hours

Coffee Hours & Conversation Tables

Meet people from around the world

Learn about other cultures

Practice with native speakers and refine your laguage skills

Portuguese Convo Table "Bate-Papo"
The Luso-Brazilian Association invites learners of Portuguese and native Portuguese speakers to join in weekly activities. All levels welcome. To learn more about the convo tables and other Portuguese related activities, email lusobraz@gmail.com or join the Facebook Group: Luso-Brazilian Association & Brazil and Brazilians at UIUC.

Mi Pueblo - Spanish Conversation Groups
Mi Pueblo is a student-run network of Spanish conversation groups. This means that U of I students volunteer their time to lead 1-hour sessions in Spanish at different times and places around campus every week. Group facilitators publish their meeting times and locations on their Calendar. All you have to do is let one of the group facilitators know that you are coming by sending an e-mail (all e-mails are listed in our Facilitator Directory).

French Pause Cafe
Every Thursday night at 5:30pm at  Espresso Royale, 1117 W. Oregon, Urbana (corner of Oregon and Goodwin).  Next meetingThursday, October 25th. All are welcome!

Conversation Table in Modern Greek "Logos"
Every other Thursday, 4:00-5:00pm, in Espresso Royale on Goodwin. Next meeting will be Thursday, November 1st. This is an excellent opportunity for current students to practice conversational Modern Greek with native speakers and get fluency as well as for past students and those with some knowledge of Greek to maintain and refine their language skills. Contact Dr. Katsikas with any questions.



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