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Spring 2014
Feb 3-7

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February 3,
5:00 pm

1065 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright Ave.,       Urbana

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The Invention of al-Andalus: Uses of the Past in Modern Arabic and Spanish Culture

Speaker: Eric Calderwood, Professor of Spanish, University of Michigan

Dr. Calderwood’s work explores the politics of representing the past in modern Spanish and Arabic literature and culture, focusing primarily on Spanish colonialism in Morocco (1859-1956). His work also looks at Spanish and Arabic historiography, Spanish and Arabic travel narratives, the history of convivencia, and the emergence of an al-Andalus “culture industry” in twentieth-century Spain, Morocco, Algeria, and Syria. While focused on the 19th century, Dr. Calderwood’s work also responds to the changing ethnic and religious demographics of the contemporary Spanish citizenry and also reflects a concern for Spain and Morocco’s continuing roles as thresholds between Europe and Africa, and between Christianity  and  Islam.

In addition to his academic publications, Dr. Calderwood has also pursued literary journalism and creative non-fiction in such venues as NPR, the BBC, The Boston Globe, The American Scholar, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and McSweeney’s.

The Program in Comparative and World Literature research presentation for the position in Arabic Studies.  

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center 

Movie Night

February 3,
6:00 pm

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

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Så Som i Himmelen (As It Is in Heaven) - Sweden, 2004


Join us for Spring 2014 European Movie Nights for four contemporary films from across the EU!

Popcorn provided, BYO beverage.

French Department Lecture

February 4,
5:00 pm

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

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Gare du Nord, Territoire d'Echange: Immigration and the Production of Difference in French Public Space

Speaker: Julie Kleinman, Visiting Assistant Professor, French, Oberlin College

Organized by the French Department.

French Department Lecture

February 6,
5:00 pm

Room 328, Bevier Hall, 905 South Goodwin Ave., Urbana

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Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Trans-filitiations

Speaker: Denis Provencher, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Organized by the French Department.

EU Center of Excellence Lecture

February 6,
5:15 pm

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

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Sex and Eroticism in Ingmar Bergman's Swedish Films of the 1940s and 50s

Speaker: Arne Lunde, Associate Professor in the Scandinavian Section at UCLA

Abstract & Bio

Co-sponsored by Media and Cinema Studies, Comparative and World Literature Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Scandinavian Studies, European Union Center, Gender and Women's Studies, Unit fo Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

    Upcoming Events

French Department Lecture

February 11,
5:00 pm

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

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Maryse Condé's Taste for History, Victoire: Savoring the words

Speaker: Felisa Reynolds, Assistant Professor, Modern & Classical Languages, University of Saint Thomas

Organized by the French Department.

Workshop Series

February 12,
6:30-8:30 pm

1000 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright Ave.,       Urbana

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Int. Careers

2013-14 International Careers Workshop Series: International Careers in Business, Government and NGOs

Various Speakers. For students interested in international careers, study abroad, and internships.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).

Roundtable Discussion

February 14,
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Room 126, GSLIS Building
501 E Daniel St, Champaign

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Roundtable Discussion: "Understanding the Ukrainian Maidan: Between Russia and the EU"

Kostas Kourtikakis, Political Science
Carol Leff, Political Science
Oleksandra Wallo, Slavic

Co-sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the European Union Center (EUC).

Videoconference Panel Discussion

February 18,
11:00am - 12:30 pm

Room 411, 507 E Green St.

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Spy Games: Technology and Trust in the Transatlantic Relationship

Ami Pedahzur, Professor of Government at the University of Texas-Austin
Pia Bungarten, Friedrich Ebert Foundation Representative to the U.S. and Canada
Anthony Glees, Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, University of Buckingham.
Moderator: Ronald Linden, University of Pittsburgh EUCE Director and Professor of Political Science, Ronald Linden

The Guardian first revealed the NSA's comprehensive surveillance program in early June of last year, working from information from the now-infamous Edward Snowden.  Two weeks later, a series of articles exposed NSA and British spying on European and South American officials at a G20 meeting and by the end of the month, Der Spiegel had published details of America’s electronic surveillance and bugging of European Union offices and the embassies of France, Italy, Greece, and others.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel was particularly upset over revelations that her personal cellphone had been compromised. European, particularly German, outrage over what has been characterized as U.S. spying on its allies has exposed a number of differences in the European and American approaches to data privacy and protection, national security and surveillance.  But have the revelations significantly damaged the transatlantic relationship?  At a time when U.S.-European cooperation is becoming more formalized in talks to create a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), have the NSA spy scandals dampened European enthusiasm to work closely with American allies? More generally, how have new technologies changed intelligence gathering practices? And to what extent can comprehensive surveillance programs like PRISM be subject to legal limitations on a national or global scale?  

Co-sponsored by The European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at University of Pittsburgh

REEEC Lecture

February 20,
4:00 pm

101 ISB, 910 S 5th St.

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Biography as History: The Case of the Bulgarian Communist Functionary Tsola Dragoitcheva (1898-1993)

Speaker: Krassimira Daskalova, Professor of Modern European History, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

Organized by the Russian, East-European, and Eurasian Center. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Modern Greek Studies Director and Student Featured on Cyprus Television

During the Modern Greek Studies Program's trip to Cyprus over winter break, MGS program director Dr. Stephanos Katsikas and student Alex Zoiopoulos were featured on the Cyprus Public TV channel's show, "Cyprus Near Us." The interview aired on January 22 and is primarily in Greek. Read more and watch the clip on the EUC's blog.

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FLAS Fellowships

FLAS (Foreign Languages & Area Studies)  Fellowships

Applications are due 7 February 2014, 12:00 PM.

Undergraduate applications are submitted directly by students to the Center to which the student is applying; undergraduate students should visit the Undergraduate Instructions page to access the on-line application form and for more information.

Graduate applications are submitted through the student's home department.  Departmental deadlines for graduate students can be found here: http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/deadlines/

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. The following languages, classified by Center, are approved by the U.S. Department of Education for FLAS fellowships at Illinois.

: undergraduates cannot apply to study French, German, or Spanish. Undergraduate fellowships are only available for intermediate to advanced study of less commonly taught languages, which are defined as modern languages other than Spanish, German or French.

FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois Area Studies Centers and Programs and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages and each Center has specific priorities.

For more information, please visit FLAS Fellowships at Illinois

Study Abroad Summer 2014

Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic
Application Deadline: February 15
Program Dates: June 2-July 14 (subject to revision)


SCAN 386/GLBL 386/ESE 386:
Program participants will learn about issues related to climate change and human presence in the Arctic from interdisciplinary perspectives. UIUC students participate together with students from KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and will spend two weeks in the Arctic (in Svalbard, Norway or Lappland, Sweden). Enrollment is open to both science and non-science majors with junior status or instructor’s consent.

With further questions contact:
Sherry Danielson, SAO Program Coordinator
Mark Safstrom, Scandinavian Program Coordinator
Jonathan Tomkin, Associate Director ESE


Translation in the European Union - Brussels and Luxembourg
Application Deadline: April 15
Program Dates: May 18-31

TRST 401:
The purpose of this two-week intensive study abroad course is to expose students to the dynamics of the geo-political environment of the European Union and provide hands-on experience with the translator’s role and responsibility as mediator and communicator in today’s European multi-lingual and multi-cultural societies. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in any major who are interested in pursuing the Certificate in Translation Studies. This course will be of particular interest to students in foreign languages, cultures, and linguistics, political science, international studies, European Union Studies, law and business. The program consists of behind-the-scenes visits to international agencies and cultural sites relevant to language and culture studies. This experience can lead to internships in the EU. Can be taken separately from the on campus preparatory course (TRST 400) offered in Spring 2014.

With further questions contact:
Elizabeth Lowe, Director, Center for Translation Studies
Leonardo Giannossa, Program Instructor

Cultural Heritage Reading Group

Cultural Heritage Reading Group
Wednesday, February 5
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Davenport Hall, Room 311

This reading group offers an opportunity to engage in an interdisciplinary conversation on the critical study of Cultural Heritage. The aim is to bring together students and faculty who share an interest in heritage studies, but who may be unnecessarily distanced by specializations in diverse fields or regional foci. Readings suggested by group members will guide the direction of the discussion, but problematizing heritage, both tangible and intangible, and the consideration of underlying aspects such as identity, memory, ownership and representation in relation to heritage practices and policies will be central to the group’s exploration. The group will meet bi-monthly through the Spring semester.

Please contact Caroline Wisler to be added to the Reading Group Moodle site to access readings for next week. For the first meeting of the semester we will be focusing on the topic of memory. 

Scholarship to Study Abroad in  Sweden

Anna Jensen Award
Application Deadline: February 7

The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures is pleased to announce an award competition to facilitate study abroad in Sweden during summer 2014 or academic year 2014-15. The Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award is a prize in the amount of up to $1,500 to facilitate study or research in Sweden. To apply, please submit a 500-word application statement and include your most recent University of Illinois transcript (unofficial is fine). Ideal applicants are students who have been taking Scandinavian courses, or who articulate plans to do so during their time of study abroad. The statement should clearly outline:

  • Reasons for applying
  • How studying in Sweden is important to future studies/career plans
  • How you plan to use the award
  • Plans to continue Swedish/Scandinavian Studies upon your return

Submit all application materials to the mailbox of Dr. Mark Safstrom, 2090 Foreign Languages Building by 4:45 PM on February 7, 2014.

International and Area Studies Library
Feedback Requested

International Libraries Survey
Feedback on International and Area Studies Library Website

You are invited to participate in an exercise to improve the website of the International and Area Studies Library. Your feedback will help in determining future arrangements of terms and structure for the website that leads to research resources provided by the International and Area Studies Library. As a beginning step in this process, you will have the opportunity to participate in a very brief survey related to your use and success on the website. Please take the time to complete the survey and help make your access to information easier; your feedback is greatly appreciated.

To take the survey, please visit: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ias 

Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

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!

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hour

Philippson Library, 3114 Foreign Languages Building.  Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm, January 30-May 1 (excluding March 13 & 27).

Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian Conversation Table

At Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana, 2nd floor.  Every other Monday starting February 3, 4:30-5:30pm.



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