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Dec 15-19

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EU DAY & EU Studies Faculty Conference, March 12-13

Spring Events Highlights

Spring Related Events

Blog Highlights  Announcements
    SAVE THE DATE! March 12-13
EU Day & EU Studies Faculty Conference

EU Studies Faculty Conference

Th, March 12; 6:30 pm: Keynote Address

Fri, March 13, 9 am-4:30 pm: Research presentations and roundtable discussions

I-Hotel (Humanities Room), 1900 S. First Street, Champaign

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EU Day

Th, March 12;
Keynote Addres at 10 am, reception to follow

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

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We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for this exciting, upcoming annual conference! Proposals for research presentations on any topic relevant to EU studies from scholars, college instructors, and graduate students are welcome. Colleagues with only a nascent academic interest in the EU are also invited to join us without being obliged to present any materials.

"Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship"
A Working Conference for Regional College Faculty
March 12-13

featuring Keynote Addresses by

Prof. Stefan Jonsson, Linköping University
Prof. Jonsson’s keynote lecture will be based on the new book he just published with Peo Hansen on “Eurafrica, the Colonial Roots of European Integration” and address the landscape and future of European Studies and EU Studies as such.   
Register online here.

Registration deadline: Friday, January 23, 2015. Space is limited; register early! Registration fee is waived for UI faculty and graduate students.
For further details, please visit the conference webpage.

EU DAY: March 12

We are also very excited to announce that this annual conference will be held, for the first time, in conjunction with our annual EU Day, featuring keynote address by the Andris Razans, Ambassador of Latvia to the U.S., followed by Ambassador's reception. Join us for the EU Day festivities! Learn more about the EU Day and view the promotional EU Day video here.

    Spring Events Highlights

EUCE Director Lecture

Fri, Jan 30; 12 pm

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

EUCE Director Lecture: Title TBA

Speaker: Rebecca Friedman, Director of the European Studies Program, Florida International University

Speaker bio and abstract

REEEC Directions Lecture

Th, Feb 5; 4 pm

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

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Crimes Against Humanity: Genealogy of a Concept, 1815-1945

Speaker: Peter Holquist, Associate Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Speaker bio and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center.

EUC Jean Monnet Eastern Europe Lecture Series

Fri, Feb 27; 12 pm

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

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Backlash in East-Central Europe: What Happened to the Promise of 1989?

SpeakerJohn Feffer, Director of Foreign Policy, Institute for Policy Studies

Speaker bio and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center.

    Spring Related Events

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.

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Antoinette Burton

EUC-affiliated Faculty Awarded NEH Fellowship
Five University of Illinois scholars have received National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2015. The U. of I. is the only institution to be awarded more than three of the fellowships for the coming year.

The grant recipients from the U. of I. are EUC-affiliated faculty member Antoinette Burton, a professor of history, Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, a professor of gender and women’s studies and interim head of the department of sociology; Robert Morrissey, a professor of history; Timothy Pauketat, a professor of anthropology and of medieval studies; François Proulx, a professor of French; and Valeria Sobol, a professor of Slavic languages and literatures.

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.

Summer Language Institute

Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)
Register Before:
April 30, 2015

The Less Commonly Taught Languages Program (LCTL) and Department of Linguistics invite you to register for the seventh annual Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW). SILMW is an annual intensive language institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that focuses specifically on teaching critical languages spoken in the Muslim World. SILMW is an eight-week program divided into two four-week semesters. 

At SILMW 2015 we are offering the following languages: Arabic, Perisan, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek, and Wolof.

SILMW is open to University of Illinois students and student from other universities. Summer FLAS Fellowships are available.

Please visit the SILMW 2015 website or email us for more information.

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.

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.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Illinois for Illinois Study Abroad Scholarships for Undergraduates
Application Deadline:
February 18, 2015

I4I is funded by University of Illinois undergraduates for University of Illinois undergraduates through a fee of $4.59 per semester.  The I4I Scholarship fund awards approximately $125,000 per semester to 130-150 students.

Click here for eligibility and application information.

International Programs and Studies (IPS) Study Abroad Scholarships Application Deadline: February 18, 2015

IPS Study Abroad Scholarships are made possible by generous donations from University of Illinois alumni and friends.  Currently, 11 separate scholarships are available, some with multiple recipients each semester.  Some of the scholarships have very specific criteria for study abroad programs and destinations, while others maintain open criteria for wide variety in applicants and programs.

Learn more about all of the IPS donor-funded scholarships and recent recipients at Illinois International.


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.

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.

Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

If you would like to announce your Spring 2015 conversation 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

If you would like to announce an
event through the EUC e-Weekly,
please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to:  

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