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Fall 2013
 September 9-14

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New EUC Director

EUC Grants & Contests

Events This Week

Upcoming EUC  Events

Related Event

EUC Blog Highlights  Announcements
    New EUC Director

Welcome to Anna Westerståhl Stenport, New EUC Director

Anna StenportWe are pleased to announce that Anna Westerståhl Stenport, Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, has agreed to serve as the new Director of the European Union Center, effective September 5, 2013. In addition to her long-standing membership on the EUC Executive Committee, Anna has served as one of the faculty liaisons for the INSPIRE strategic partnership between the University of Illinois and our three partner institutions in Sweden, as well as an LAS Dean’s Fellow focusing on international issues for the college. She also holds faculty appointments in the College of Media and the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Anna is a native of Sweden's Göteborg and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Uppsala University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  Anna is an Affiliate Associate Professor [Docent] at Gothenburg University, Sweden, and was a Visiting Associate Professor and Anna Lindh Fellow in the Europe Center at Stanford University during the 2011-12 academic year. She has also taught at UC Berkeley and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Her scholarship focuses on modern European film, literature, and culture, with a particular focus on Nordic  and Arctic studies.

Please join us in welcoming Anna in her new leadership role.

    EUC Call for Grant Applications & Contests

Announcing the EUC's 2013-14 Call for Grant Applications and Contests

Thanks to the European Union Center’s Department of Education Title VI Grant and the European Union Center of Excellence Grant from the European Union, 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.

The deadline for the first set of competitions is September 30, so start working on your applications!

     Events This Week

  EUC Movie Night

September 10, 5:00pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 FLB,
707 S. Mathews, Urbana

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The Untouchables -- France, 2011

Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a millionaire who was paralyzed from the neck down in a para-gliding accident. Driss (Omar Sy) is a man out on parole for robbery, who applies for the job of Philippe's caregiver only so he can be rejected and get a signature on his application for unemployment benefits. As Philippe interviews one boring job applicant after another, we begin to understand that he needs not only physical help but someone to cheer him up. Driss' cheeky irreverence is refreshing, and Philippe astonishes him and his own household staff by offering him the job.

Join us for Fall 2013 European Movie Nights for four contemporary films from across the EU!

Popcorn provided, BYO beverage.

  EU Center of Excellence Conference

September 13-14

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 FLB,
707 S. Mathews, Urbana

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islameuMobilizing Difference: Gender, Islam and the Production of Contemporary Europeanness

This conference will explore how discourses on Islam, gender, sexuality, and race are mobilized in the struggle over contemporary Europeanness. It highlights especially approaches that draw on anti-racist, feminist, and queer of color critique. Conference website.

This event is supported by the European Union Center;  the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics;  a William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Grant;  the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures;  the Dept. of Gender and Women’s Studies;  the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; the Center for Advanced Study;  the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; the Dept. of Anthropology, and the Dept. of Sociology.

The conference is open and free to the public.

Artwork by Nezaket Ekici. Photo by Stefan Erhard. For more information about the artwork, click here.

     Upcoming EUC Events

  REEEC Distinguished Lecturer Series

September 19, 4:00pm

GSLIS Bldg. Room 126
501 E Daniel St., Champaign

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What Can Afghanistan, Kosova, and Poland Tell Us About American Universities? Or How Area Studies Can Anchor Cosmopolitan Intellectuality and Consequential Solidarity

Speaker: Michael Kennedy, Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Watson Institute and the Department of Sociology, Brown University

Abstract & Bio

  Cinema Conference

Keynote: September 19, 8:00pm (Levis Faculty Center, 2nd Floor);
Conference: September 20 9:00am-5:30pm (Levis Faculty Center, Music Room)

Levis Faculty Center
919 W Illinois St., Urbana

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Textures of Technology: "Cinema of Digits: The Elusive Touch, the Elusive Grasp"

Conference schedule and details

Conference webpage

Keynote Speaker: Tom Gunning, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Art History, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago

Abstract & Bio

  EUCE Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship Lecture

September 20, 12:00pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB Room 1080
707 S Mathews Ave., Urbana

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The European Union and Its Crises: Through the Eyes of the Brussels Elite

Speaker: George Ross, ad personam Jean Monnet Chair, University of Montreal

Abstract & Bio

 "Conversations on Europe" Videoconference Series

September 26, 11:00am - 12:30pm

 Room 411
507 E Green St.,   Urbana

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Videoconference Panel Discussion: The German Elections: Outcomes and Impacts

The “Conversations on Europe” Videoconference series features some of the country’s top experts on the European Union. The series links presenters and participants via videoconferencing across several sites. This event is open to the public and audiences at all sites are able to ask questions of the experts. The series is hosted by the European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. 

The roundtable will be moderated by Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. 


Patrick Altdorfer, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
Myra Marx Ferree, Dept of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nils Ringe, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
David Crew,  Department of History, University of Texas-Austin
Per Urlaub, Department of Germanic Studies, UT-Austin
Peter Rehberg, Department of Germanic Studies, UT-Austin

     Related Event

 German Movie Night

September 10, 7:00pm

Room 217,
Noyes Laboratory,
505 S. Mathews, Urbana


what a man

What a Man -- Germany, 2011

The young teacher Alex is abandoned by his girlfriend Caroline and therefore begins a journey in search of himself. But how can he overcome the pitfalls out there for a modern man? And what is it that makes a man a man?

Refreshments will be provided!

The film is sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

"Dispatches from Europe" blog contest

Did you travel to the European Union this summer? The European Union Center encourages you to participate in our "Dispatches from Europe" blog contest!

Submit a post about your summer abroad for publication on our Across the Pond blog and be in the running to win our "Dispatches from Europe" blog contest!

Winners will receive monetary prizes!

Blog submissions must be emailed to eucenter@illinois.edu. The deadline for submissions is 4:00PM on November 15, 2013. For more information on EU blog instructions, please click here

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



LAS Global Studies Information Sessions

LAS Global StudiesInterested in getting a minor or a major in Global Studies?

LAS Global Studies would like to announce the following fall information sessions for students interested in exploring the Global Studies major or minor:

Monday, September 9 @ 3 pm
Tuesday, September 24 @ 4 pm
Wednesday, October 2 @ 4 pm
Thursday, October 17 @ 3 pm
Monday, November 4 @ 4 pm
Thursday, November 21 @ 3 pm
Friday, December 6 @ 2 pm

Location: Global Studies Conference Room at 703 S. Wright Street, 3rd Floor

EU Delegation
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EU in the US

The EU Delegation is on Facebook and Twitter!

The EU Delegation: @EUintheUS
Ambassador João Vale de Almeida: @ValedeAlmeidaEU


Call for Papers

5th European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Graduate Student Conference               July 3 - July 5, 2014
Submission Deadline: September 27, 2013

The ECPR Graduate Student Conference is specifically tailored to the needs of graduate students looking to gain valuable political science conference experience, network, and further their personal and academic development in political and social sciences. Ideally suited to ’first-time’ delegates, the conference combines a comprehensive academic and social program over three days. The Graduate Student Conference is open only to graduate students who are studying for a Master’s degree, a PhD, or who hold junior postdoctoral positions. Gain first-hand experience of a political science conference by proposing a section at the Graduate Student Conference now. Only graduate students from full ECPR member institutions are invited to organize a section.

Council for European Studies (CES) 21st International Conference of Europeanists “Resurrections”
March 14-16, 2014
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2013

In the wake of crisis in Europe, bits and pieces of the past are being resurrected as a means of understanding the present and imagining the future. Historical figures are re-evaluated and held out as models, once-dismissed ideologies reappear as possibilities or as bogeymen, myths and symbols from the past crop up in new productions, and old political and economic institutions are revived as alternatives for action. CES welcomes papers that relate to the theme of “resurrections.” What elements of Europe’s past, and present, are amenable to reanimation?

Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Conversation Table in Modern Greek: Logos

Meetings take place every second Thursday in Espresso Royale in Goodwin Str., Urbana, IL 61801, starting from September 19th, 2013. Students are invited to practice conversational Modern Greek with native speakers and get fluency. This is also an excellent opportunity for students from past years, members of the local Greek community and those with some knowledge of Modern Greek to maintain and refine their language skills. Contact Dr. Katsikas with any questions.
Fall 2013 schedule:
Thursday 19 September 2013
Thursday 3 October 2013
Thursday 17 October 2013
Thursday 31 October 2013
Thursday 21 November 2013
Thursday 5 December 2013

Conversation Table in French: Pause Café

Pause Café at Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin), in Urbana. Meets every Thursday at 5:30pm. All are welcome!

Cosmo Coffee Hours

Free and open to everyone... At these informal gatherings, coffee, tea, and homemade ethnic desserts are served. Coffee Hours are good opportunities to meet people from around the world and learn about other cultures. Read about a recent Cosmo Coffee Hour on our blog. For Fall 2013 schedule, click here. Unless otherwise noted, every coffee hour is from 7:00-9:00pm on Thursdays in the Y's Murphy Lounge.



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