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Fall 2014
Dec 8-12

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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. 

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Stockholm University Grad Student Videoconference

Mon, Dec 8; 9 am

Rm 411, IPS Building 507 E. Green St., Champaign


Videoconference with Swedish Graduate Students in Museum and Heritage Studies

Here is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students to meet Swedish graduate students doing heritage and museum work, and open opportunities for exchange of ideas and perhaps collaboration.
Using cyber-technology a group of Swedish graduate students from Stockholm University is keen to talk about their research and hear what work UIUC graduate students are doing. Faculty are also invited.
Questions? Contact Professor Helaine Silverman, CHAMP Director.

Farewell Reception

Wed, Dec 10; 4-6 pm

Rm 314B, Illini Union, 809 S. Wright St., Urbana


BalciFarewell Reception for Ercan Balci

Please join us in honoring Ercan Balci, LCTL and Turkish program director, for his valuable contributions throughout the past years to
Linguistics, EUC and other units on campus. 

We wish Dr. Balci the best of luck in his future endeavors!


Summer Program Info Session

Th, Dec 11; 10 am

Rm 101, International Studies Building,         910 S. 5th St., Champaign


SAO-LAS: Stockholm Summer Arctic Program 2015                 "Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic"

GLBL 386/ SCAN 386/ SESE386

The Study Abroad Office, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Scandinavian Studies, European Union Center, Global Studies, Earth Society & Environment and INSPIRE invite you to attend an informational session for the Stockholm Summer Arctic Program.

In this intensive five-week program – for science and humanities students – 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.  This year’s field sites will be located in Northern Sweden, with time spent in Kiruna, followed a stay in the Swedish mountains at the Tarfala Research Station, and ending with a stay at the Abisko Research Station near Lake Torne Träsk.  Applicants should have junior status (anticipated for Fall 2015) or consent of the instructors.

Program contacts:
For questions regarding the application process, direct emails to: kmstrom2@illinois.edu Kristen Stout, Advisor for International Projects in mainland Europe.
Please visit the website for more information.

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.

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EUC Blog Highlights

Andris Razans

Thirteenth Annual EU Day - March 12, 2015
The EU Center is pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual EU Day event on March 12, 2015.

The highlight of the EU Day events is the address by the Ambassador of the country that holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union. This year, the annual "State of the European Union" address will be delivered by His Excellency Andris Razāns, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to the United States.
More information about EU Day is available on our website.

You can also 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.

Photo Contest

Illinois International Photo Contest
Application Deadline:
February 15, 2015

Bringing together Our campus, Our community, Our world.

International Programs and Studies & Study Abroad Office are hosting a photo contest during International Week (April 6-12, 2015). Photos may be submitted to three categories: 

  1. Personal transition: How did study abroad affect your goals, values, and perception of the world? Suggestions for photo content include: local acquaintances and friends, host families, participation in local traditions, and locations or landmarks of inspiration.
  2. Academic transition: What did you learn through study abroad? How did this enrich your academic career? Suggestions for photo content include: interaction with classmates or teachers, participation in coursework or fieldwork, engagement in the local student community.
  3. Career transition: How did study abroad change or enhance your career goals? Suggestions for photo content include: volunteering, internship experience, fieldwork, or research abroad.

A panel of students, staff, and community members will select the winning photographs. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in all 3 categories. Entries will be announced and displayed in a local gallery during International Week, and published in the Illinois International Review.

Take a look at the winning photographs from last year! Please visit the website for more information and submission instructions.

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.

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

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, or visit CTS website.


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.

Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

If you would like to announce your Spring 2015 conversation tables & coffee hours,
please send the information to
Sebnem Ozkan.



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University of Illinois
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