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Fall 2014
Dec 1-5

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    Events This Week

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture

Tue, Dec 2; 12 pm

Rm 101, International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign

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Lecture: Innocence and Victimhood: Gender, Nation, and Women's Activism in Postward Bosnia-Herzegovina

Speaker: Elissa Helms, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Central European University 

Speaker bio and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center

The Great War
Closing Event

Tue, Dec 2; 7:30 pm

Froellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana

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all is calmAll is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

On Christmas Eve 1914, amidst the ravages of World War I’s Western Front, soldiers from Allied and German forces laid down arms and stepped into No Man’s Land to gather fallen comrades, break bread, and share a moment of humanity. In this 100th anniversary year, the nine-member, all-male, a cappella powerhouse Cantus joins forces with a trio of actors from Theater Latté Da, the Minneapolis-based company, combining music and story to illuminate the breadth and depth of the human experience. They call upon patriotic tunes, trench songs, holiday carols, and a narrative woven from letters and war documents to conjure a dramatic rendering of this extraordinary night. Free and open to the public.

The Great War
Film Series

Th, Dec 4; 7:30-10 pm

Auditorium, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign

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joyeux noelJoyeux Noël (2005), directed by Christian Carion

On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish fraternize and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal war, in what became a true lesson of humanity.

FLAS Fellowship Information Sessions



Department Advisors


Dec 3 & 4


flasFLAS Information Sessions 

Foreign Language and Area Studies (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.

FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois National Resource Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.

FLAS Information Sessions for Department Advisors

Information sessions will cover the requirements and deadlines and provide opportunities for department advisors to ask questions of the FLAS coordinators

December 3rd, 12:00PM    
109 GSLIS, 501 E. Daniel St.,Champaign                                        
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December 4th, 12:00PM  
109 GSLIS, 501 E. Daniel St.,Champaign
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FLAS Information Sessions for Graduate & Undergraduate Students

Information sessions will cover the requirements and deadlines and provide opportunities for students to ask questions of the FLAS coordinators.

December 3rd, 4:00PM
Rm 126 GSLIS, 501 E. Daniel St.,Champaign                              
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December 4th, 4:00PM    
1092 Lincoln Hall, 702 South Wright Street, Urbana
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    Upcoming Events

European Movie Night

Mon, Dec 8; 6 pm

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

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joyeux noelLes Poupées Russes (Russian Dolls) – France, 2005

A French writer finds his life is once again being turned sideways by his footloose European friends in this sequel to the international hit L'Auberge Espagnole. Five years after we last saw him, Xavier (Romain Duris) has given up his aspirations of a career in international finance, but his new path as a writer isn't going as well as he hoped; his novel about his experiences in Spain has yet to be published, and lately he's been writing scripts for a French soap opera. He reunites with his friends in unexpected ways in London, Paris, and Moscow. 

    Related Events

Scandinavian Program Concert

Sat, Dec 6; 5 pm

St. Andrew's Lutheran Campus Center, 909 S. Wright St., Champaign


Community Julfest and Lucia Concert 2014

Join us for a sing along of Scandinavian holiday music and a traditional candlelight “Lucia procession” (Luciatåg). The hour-long program is followed by a dessert reception with holiday refreshments. No admission charge – please bring a plate of baked goods or plate of hors d'oeuvres to share, or make a freewill donation to the Student Scandinavian Club (suggested $5). Hosted by the Swedish language students and the Scandinavian Club (RSO). If you are interested in playing with the ad hoc string band, or for the latest details for this event, contact the Club President or the Faculty Advisor. Välkomna!

Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory Forum

Mon, Jan 26; 4 pm

Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana


"What's Next? The Question of the Boycott"

A forum and panel discussion with:

Ronald Baile, African American Studies; Lisa Cacho, Latina/o Studies/Asian American Studies; Behrooz Ghamari, History/Sociology; Jessica Greenberg, Anthropology; Susan Koshy, English/Asian American Studies; Anna Stenport, European Union Center/German.

4:00-4:45 - Panel Discussion
4:45-5:30 - Open Forum
5:30-5:45 - Concluding Remarks

Free and open to the public.

Undergraduate Research Symposium


Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Pittsburgh
"Europe: East and West"
Application Deadline: 
January 20, 2015

On Friday, March 27, 2015, the Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) and the European Studies Center/European Union Center of Excellence (ESC/EUCE) at the University of Pittsburgh will be sponsoring the annual “Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium at Pitt. Modeled after traditional academic conferences, this event will give students the opportunity to present their research papers on Western and Eastern Europe, including Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, to discussants and an audience. Please encourage your outstanding undergraduate students to apply to participate in the symposium.
The application form and further information can be found at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/ursymposium/ Limited travel grants are available to help defray travel expenses to Pittsburgh for Symposium participants. Contact Gina Peirce for questions.


March 13-15, 2015    Ohio State University


2015 Midwest Slavic Conference
March 13-15, 2015
Abstract and C.V. Deadline:
January 9, 2015

The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) are pleased to announce the 2015 Midwest Slavic Conference to be held at OSU March 13-15,2015. Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers addressing all disciplines related to Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. The conference will open with a keynote address by Dr. Karen Dawisha (Miami University) on Russian president Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and the powerful circle of kleptocrats that surround him on Friday, March 13th, followed by two days of panels.For more information on registration fees, eligibility, and application instructions, please visit: www.slaviccenter.osu.edu    

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

EU-US-Russian traingle

1914 Revisited? The EU-US-Russian Triangle Videoconference

UIUC/EUC panelist Mark Steinberg joins roundtable videoconference hosted by the EUCE at UPittsburgh.

Read more on the EUC blog.

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



Promote Your Europe/EU Spring Courses

Are you teaching one or more courses in the spring that will address topics relevant to Europe or the European Union? We can help to promote your course to students!

As a service to faculty, students, and advisors, the EU Center maintains a web listing each semester of graduate and undergraduate courses offered at UIUC that address topics related to the EU and Europe. The link to this web listing is circulated by email listserv and in our e-Weekly electronic newsletter.
Please go to our short web form here and insert information about your course(s), including but not limited to special topic courses and language/culture courses, that will have at least 25% of the content devoted to the EU or Europe. If you are teaching more than one Europe-related course, please submit a separate form for each one.
Note: the EU Center will update the listing on an ongoing basis whenever new submissions are made through the form or we learn of relevant courses. 

Spring Courses

Europe/EU Spring Courses

The EUC maintains a list of courses with content related to studies of the European Union and Europe as a service for students and faculty. Courses offered in spring 2015 include but are not limited to the following:

— ANTH/EURO 478: “African Immigrants in Europe”
— ARCH 591: “Interactions – Cultures across the Mediterranean”
— ARTH 240: “Art of the Nineteenth Century”
— BASQ 401: “Beginner’s Basque” (language)
— EURO 490/REES 496: “Genetic Technologies, Social Networks, and the Transformation of Racial Identities in Europe"
— EURO 501: “EU Institutions and Governance”
— EURO 580: “Research Design & Techniques”
— FR 322: “Social Classes and Conflicts in French Literature”
— FR 418: “Languages and Minorities in Europe” (taught in English)
— FR 543/EURO 596: “Race, Space, and (Post)Coloniality in Modern France”
— GER 205: “Germany and Europe”
— GRKM/EURO 199: “Modern Greece through Literature, Art and Cinema”
— GRKM 202: “Elementary Modern Greek II” (language)
— HIST 466: “The Modern Balkans through Literature and Film (19th-20th centuries)”
— HIST 551: “Problems in East European History”
— RST 150: “Foundations of Tourism”
— RST 570: “Cultural Aspects of Tourism”
— SCAN 102: “Beginning Scandinavian II” (language)
— SCAN 225: “Vikings to Volvos: Scandinavia”
— SCAN/EURO 240: “Arctic Narratives”
— SCAN 251: “Viking Mythology”
— SCAN 375: “Scandinavian Sexualities”
— SCAN 494: “History of Germanic Languages”
— SLAV 452/EURO 490: “Eastern Europe & EU Integration"

...and more!

For more details about the courses, please visit here and see under "Selected Courses Relevant to EU Studies - Spring 2015."

Please note that this list is not necessarily exhaustive; we welcome suggestions for inclusion of additional courses.

Faculty members: would you like us to add a course to this list? Please fill out a brief web form with information about your course(s). The EU Center will update this page periodically as we receive information about available courses.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program:
Postdoctoral-Junior Teaching and Research Award in European Union Studies
Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2015

The Fulbright Scholar Program is pleased to announce this exciting new Fulbright award for post-doctoral scholars. The selected candidate will spend nine months at the European University Institute in Florence, focusing on developing professional skills such as teaching, academic writing and publishing, and job market presentation within the field of EU studies.

The award is open to early career scholars (within five years of receiving their terminal degree), and it is open to academics only. Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the disciplines of Area Studies, Economics, History (non-U.S.), Law, Political Science, or Sociology are preferred. A complete list of application requirements can be found here in the catalog of awards.

More information about the Fulbright Scholar Program can be found on our website, www.cies.org, and the complete catalog of awards can be accessed online at http://catalog.cies.org/

Onassis Foundation 21st Annual Programme of Research Grants and Educational Scholarships for Foreigners
Application Deadline: January 31, 2015

International Scholarships for humanities, arts, social sciences and economics in Greece. The Foundation announces the twenty-first (21st) annual Programme of research grants and educational scholarships starting on October 1st, 2015. The educational programme is intended exclusively for non-Greeks: members of national academies, university professors of all levels, PhD holders, post-doctorate researchers, post-graduate students and doctoral candidates, artists, and teachers of Greek language, literature, history and culture in both primary and secondary education. Exceptionally and on a case-by-case basis, the programme may accept Greeks of the Diaspora, second generation Greeks, and Greeks who permanently reside abroad and have been studying or have been employed in foreign Universities for over 10 or 15 years, depending on the type of scholarship. 

For more information, including eligibility and apllication instructions, please visit the Onassis Foundation Website.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Application Deadline:
January 26, 2015

The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students in the humanities to apply for the 2015 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies. Each fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees.  

Winners of the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships will also be expected to participate in a number of professional development activities organized by the Council for European Studies for the benefit of its fellows and designed to support early career development.  These activities include: publishing in Perspectives on Europe, a semi-annual journal of the Council for European studies; presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists, hosted by the Council for European Studies; and participating in several digital and in-person career development seminars and/or workshops. Click here for more application information and eligibility. 

The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

University of Alberta EUCE Postdoctoral Fellowship
Application Deadline:
January 5, 2015

The EUCE at the University of Alberta is proud to offer this post-doctoral fellowship opportunity for reserachers from the EU. The fellowship is open to scholars whose research is related to an aspect of European Union policy. We particularly invite applications from scholars whose work is related to one of the five themes of the EUCE: Energy and Environment, The Arctic, Minorities and Multiculturalism, Democratic Development in the New Member States of the EU and Citizenship, Sovereignty and Governance. Preference will be given to applications from scholars who are EU nationals and based at universities or research institutes in the European Union. The postdoctoral fellowship will be held at the University of Alberta from July 2015 to June 2016. Please visit their website for more information and application instructions.

Two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College                
Application Deadline:
January 13, 2015

We seek scholars interested in the study of cultural practices surrounding the care, disposal, and memorialization of the dead. Area of specialization is open, but might include religion, history, archaeology, anthropology, material and visual culture, performance studies, or literature, among other possibilities. Candidates should have broad historical and interdisciplinary interests. Click here for more information.   

Travel Awards

Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award
Application Deadline:
February 6, 2015

The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures is pleased to announce an award competition to facilitate study abroad in Sweden during summer 2015 or academic year 2015-16.  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:
• your reasons for applying
• how a period of study in Sweden is important to your studies and to your future career plans
• how you expect to use the award (you may include a basic budget)
• what your plans are to continue Swedish and Scandinavian Studies once you return.
You may also address in your application if there are special needs or circumstances that motivate your application.  Submit all application materials to the mailbox of Dr. Mark Safstrom, 2090 Foreign Languages Building by 4:45 PM on February 6, 2015.

Call for Papers

UIUC "Ocean Crossings" Group
Graduate Student Coloquium: (Un)mapping the Mediterranean
Application Deadline:
December 23

The UIUC "Ocean Crossings" group requests papers for their graduate student coloquium on March 13-14, 2015.

The Mediterranean has always been a space marked by fluidic and nomadic networks formed by transnational fluxes of people, goods and ideas. Mapping seems to be the preliminary condition for crossing to happen - allowing subjects to position themselves and to move within space. However, even the act of crossing can become a destabilizing moment through the breaking down of preconceived spatial and cultural coordinates. In this perspective, the Mediterranean allows the possibility to unsettle rather than to trace borders, thus opening up the space for new connections that transcend existing social, cultural, or political frameworks.

Proposals may address, but are not restricted to: artistic, literary, social and epistemological representations of the Mediterranean; the relationships of the subject to the Mediterranean and its crossing; mapping and cartography; borders and transnationalism; mobility and migration. 

Interdisciplinary contributions that relate to or expand upon the topics suggested above are welcome. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes and must be presented in English. For more information, please visit the "Ocean Crossings" website.


UI Center for Translation Studies Call for Papers: Third International Translation Conference
Application Deadline:
December 15

The UI Center for Translation Studies requests paper and panel proposals for the Third International Translation Conference on April 10-11, 2015.

This conference will seek to reflect on the changing landscape of the field through the concept of “New Spaces.” On the one hand, globalization has allowed new areas to emerge on the map of translation practices, shifting the cultural centers away from the Western world and towards other world regions, particularly Asia and Latin America, thereby generating spatial and cultural shifts in translation flows. On the other hand, in virtual space, the future of translation and interpreting is already being shaped by the interaction of human translators and interpreters with machines. This two-day international conference will examine the interactions between the physical and virtual spaces in which translation and interpreting take place in the 21st century. Click here for more information. 

Thanksgiving buddy event- ISSS & OIIR

Thanksgiving buddy event

Are you staying on campus during the Thanksgiving holiday? We would like to invite you to celebrate the holiday with us!

Come and interact with international students and friends during the break, learn about the interesting stories of Three Sisters Food Fusion (corn, beans and squash) and the traditional Thanksgiving celebration, enjoy a delicious brunch, a special dessert and friendship, share the worldviews of interrelationships among humans, animals, plants, earth, water, winds, sky and earth, and tell your stories of holiday celebrations from your hometown.

You may be paired up with a Thanksgiving Break Buddy, and hang out during the week-long break. Enjoy a movie night, or experience Black Friday shopping, or join local and community events, or have a Thanksgiving dinner together.
Space is limited!  To register, please fill out the Domestic Students Application here.

Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Conversation Table in Modern Greek LOGOS: meetings take place at Espresso Royale on Goodwin, every other Thursday from 4:00-5:00 pm. 

LINGUISTICS - Turkish Coffee House: meeting will take place at Espresso Royale on Goodwin, every Thursday from 5:00-6:00 pm. 

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hour: meetings take place in the Philippson Library (3114 Foreign Languages Building), Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 pm.  Coffee is provided and currently enrolled Swedish students get credit for attendance.

Melanzana - Italian Conversation Club: meetings take place in the Urbana Espresso Royale on Goodwin, every Tuesday at 7:00 pm.  

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table: meetings take place every second Wednesday in the Urbana Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 4:30 pm. 

Arabic Conversation Table: meetings take place every Thursday in the basement of 1207 W. Oregon (Less Commonly Taught Languages Program Resource Room) at 4:00 pm.  

Pause Cafe - French Conversation Table: meetings take place every Thursday in the Urbana Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 5:30 pm.  

If you would like to announce your converstaion tables & coffee hours,
please send the information to
Sebnem Ozkan.



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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