In this issue:
- EUC Events
- Upcoming Events
- EUC Grants & Competitions
- EUC Blog Highlights
- 1 cr. course on EU Civil Society Policy
-- New book by EUC faculty
WEDNESDAY, January 25
European Movie Night: Mediteráneo (“Mediterranean”), Italy
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080 FLB), 707 S. Mathews Ave.
Synopsis: Greek Sea, World War II. An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers in a little island; their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the island seems abandoned and there isn't a single enemy in sight, so the soldiers begin to relax a little. Things change when their ship is hit and destroyed by the enemy, and the soldiers find themselves abandoned there. Actually, the island isn't deserted and when the Greeks understand that those Italians are harmless, they came out of their hiding places in the mountains and continue their peaceful lives. Soon the soldiers discover that being left behind in a God-forgotten Greek island isn't such a bad thing, after all...
Join us for the Spring 2012 European Movie Nights featuring four award-winning films inspired by the captivating Mediterranean!
Spring 2012 Movie Nights Series is part of the EU Center initiative on “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration”, partially funded by the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Module grant.
TUESDAY, February 7
EUC Visiting Scholar Lecture: “Europeanization of Turkish NGOs: Opportunities and Challenges”
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.
Speaker: Özge Zihnioglu
Speaker bio: Özge Zihnioğlu received her Ph.D in Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. She has been involved in academic environments in different countries and most recently she was awarded a fellowship at Yale University. Along with her academic studies, Zihnioğlu took part in several projects funded by national or European agencies. Her research interests include civil society development, third sector research, Europeanization studies and approaches to norm diffusion.
WEDNESDAY, February 8
Campus Resources for International Careers
Location: 213 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright St., Urbana
REGISTER AT: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/8241966
This workshop features campus resources for students who are interested in learning more about how to pursue an international career, or who want to broaden their global experience by participating in a study abroad program or internship. Sessions include panels with representatives from a wide range of campus units and organizations who provide practical tips and advice on international careers.
-- International Engagement
-- International Study with internships
-- Where to find international opportunities
-- Scholarships for international study
-- Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
-- ACDIS travel and research scholarships and Certificate in Global Security
-- Certificate in Global Business Culture
Sponsored by: Center for African Studies (CAS); Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS); Center for Global Studies (CGS); Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER); Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS); Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies(CSAMES); European Union Center (EUC); Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)
Grants & Competitions Available from the EUC
Grants, Calls for Proposals and Competitions available from the European Union Center in Spring 2012
Thanks to the European Union Center’s Department of Education Title VI Grant and the European Union Center of Excellence Grant from the European Commission, the EUC is pleased to offer various funding opportunities, calls for proposals, and competitions to the greater University of Illinois (UI) community and beyond.
For more information about the available calls for UI faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, as well as opportunities for non-UI scholars of the EU and K-12 educators, please visit http://www.euc.illinois.edu/funding/RFPs.html
Highlights from the EUC Blog
Identity in question: Ponderings of an American college student on the Roma in Europe
by Laura Gallant. Laura is completing her M.A. degree in Communication, with an emphasis on International and Intercultural Communication, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated with her B.A. in Communication and in German-Commercial Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2010. During the academic year 2008-2009 she studied abroad with the Austria-Illinois Exchange Program in Vienna, Austria, completing courses at the University of Vienna and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her research interests include communication between universities and international students.
1 cr. Course on EU Civil Society Policy
EURO 596: EU Civil Society Policy
Instructor: Dr. Özge Zihnioğlu, EU Center Visiting Scholar, Spring 2012; Fox International Fellow, Yale University
Lecture hours: February 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 6.00-8.30 pm
Course credit: 1 cr.
This course aims at critically analyzing the EU civil society policy both historically and in the current context. Accordingly, the course starts with laying out the background for the formation and development of civil society policy in the EEC/EU. The course then examines the content and priorities of the EU civil society policy with respect to European integration and enlargement processes as well as in relation to EU’s neighborhood. Finally, the course provides an assessment of the EU civil society policy with a discussion on the ways to improve it.
Each student will be expected to do the following: 1) Read each lecture’s required reading and be prepared to discuss it. 2) Choose 2 class sessions (out of the five total) and write an approximately 500 words analytic paper for each chosen session that deals with a subject addressed or suggested by the reading. The papers should be handed in before the lecture. 3) Write an approximately 5,000 words research paper on a relevant subject of their choosing in consultation with the instructor. The research paper is due on March 19, 2012.
This course is open to graduate students. Undergraduates need prior approval from the course coordinator to register for this course. For more information, contact Sebnem Ozkan at email@example.com.
New Book by EUC Faculty
“Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition” (Oxford University Press, Dec. 2011)
Yasemin Yildiz (Assistant Professor, Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Illinois)
Monolingualism-the idea that having just one language is the norm is only a recent invention, dating to late-eighteenth-century Europe. Yet it has become a dominant, if overlooked, structuring principle of modernity. According to this monolingual paradigm, individuals are imagined to be able to think and feel properly only in one language, while multiple languages are seen as a threat to the cohesion of individuals and communities, institutions and disciplines. As a result of this view, writing in anything but one's "mother tongue" has come to be seen as an aberration.
Beyond the Mother Tongue demonstrates the impact of this monolingual paradigm on literature and culture but also charts incipient moves beyond it. Because newer multilingual forms and practices exist in tension with the paradigm, which alternately obscures, pathologizes, or exoticizes them, this book argues that they can best be understood as "postmonolingual" that is, as marked by the continuing force of monolingualism.
Focused on canonical and minority writers working in German in the twentieth century, Beyond the Mother Tongue examines distinct forms of multilingualism, such as writing in one socially unsanctioned "mother tongue" about another language (Franz Kafka); mobilizing words of foreign derivation as part of a multilingual constellation within one language (Theodor W. Adorno); producing an oeuvre in two separate languages simultaneously (Yoko Tawada); writing by literally translating from the "mother tongue" into another language (Emine Sevgi); and mixing different languages, codes, and registers within one text (Feridun Zaimoglu). Through these analyses, Beyond the Mother Tongue suggests that the dimensions of gender, kinship, and affect encoded in the "mother tongue" are crucial to the persistence of monolingualism and the challenge of multilingualism.
Calls for Papers
FIRST SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 3
Michigan Journal of International Affairs
The Director of Special Initiatives for the Michigan Journal of International Affairs (a student-run publication of the University of Michigan, sponsored by the Center for International and Comparative Studies) publishes op-ed-style articles of 800-2,000 words that argue a clear, defensible thesis relevant to international affairs or the domestic politics of non-US countries. These articles may be from a previous or current class, or may be entirely original. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in comparative politics, international affairs, history, economics, and area studies are encouraged to submit, for potential publication on our website, which is currently being redesigned. The Journal does not publish articles on American domestic politics unless the article directly addresses US foreign policy. The first submission deadline this term will be February 3rd at 6:00 PM Eastern Time. Submissions and questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the subject for submissions should follow the format of [Name][MJIASubmission][Region/Continent of Submission Subject].
Fellowships & Grants
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 31
Call for Applications: Short term grants on pivotal themes in area studies
The Center for Area Studies (CAS) at Freie Universität Berlin (FU) is pleased to announce that it is launching a pilot project to promote early career researchers (postdoctoral) in area studies. The pilot project aims at supporting early career researchers in the period between completing their dissertations and developing a grant proposal for their individual postdoctoral project. This grant will enable outstanding postdoctoral researchers from area studies and the social sciences to develop grant proposals addressing pivotal themes in area studies. In addition to developing their own projects, grantees will be able to discuss their research ideas in the course of thematic workshops with internationally renowned scholars. Thus, the Center for Area Studies invites applications for short-term grants (6-9 months) for postdoctoral research projects in area studies relevant to the following themes: Migration, Exile and Diaspora; Business, Culture and Society; and the Politics of Public Religions.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 5
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on Germany
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München will award up to 10 Research Fellowships to excellent junior academics in 2012.The "LMU Research Fellowships" are an integral part of the "LMU Academic Career Program", aimed at recruiting excellent early-career postdocs. Candidates from all fields of research who have completed their doctoral studies with outstanding results within the last three years may apply. The fellowships are tenable for two years.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15
Study and Internship Program in Germany
The deadline for the Study and Internship Program (February 15th) is quickly approaching. This competitive scholarship program co-financed by UAS7 and the DAAD enables undergraduates in the U.S. and Canada to spend a semester studying at a German university of applied sciences in the UAS7 consortium, followed by a six-month internship. Participants in this year-long scholarship program receive an international travel subsidy as well as a monthly stipend during the academic semester, and most participants are able to locate paid internships.
UAS7 is a strategic alliance of seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences committed to excellence in teaching and research. Universities of applied sciences are especially known for their professionally-oriented programs (e.g. engineering, business, architecture, design, life sciences, social sciences, computer science, etc). UAS7 offers over 470 undergraduate and graduate programs.
You can also inquire about the program at email@example.com. Potential applicants and their advisors are encouraged to contact the UAS7 to inquire about which of its members provide coursework in their major and with other questions about the program and application process.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences Fellowship
The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its PH.D. and postdoctoral programs. BIGSSS is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University and is funded by the Excellence Initiative. The program provides close supervision of dissertation work within a demand-tailored education and research framework. Fellow are expected to choose Bremen as their place of residence.BIGSSS offers the following fellowships: 15 Ph.D. Stipends/ Fellowships of 1,250 EUR per month for 36 months, contingent on successful completion of each year.Two stipends of 850 EUR per month for particularly talented BA graduates. After fulfilling some course requirements and having their proposals accepted within the first year, candidates can switch into the regular three year program.Two postdoctoral stipends / fellowships for candidates pursuing English-language publication projects based either on their dissertations (by making findings available to an international audience through a book or journal article) or new research. Post-doctoral stipends of 1,750 EUR / month may run for between 6 and 24 months. The competitions is open to candidates who have received a doctorate in political science, sociology, psychology, law, economics or other social science disciplines within the last three years and to those who can be expected to finish prior to commencing their postdoctoral stay.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 20
Launched in 2011 by the Leibniz Association (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), The "Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship" offers highly-qualified recent foreign postdocs the opportunity to conduct special research at institutes of the Leibniz Association in Germany.These postdoctoral grants can be awarded for up to a maximum of 12 months. The grant includes:
-- a monthly installment of 1,840.- EUR;
-- a monthly subsidy of 58 EUR for the insurance for health, accident and personal/private liability in Germany (53 EUR per month has to be covered by the fellowship holder);
-- a two-months German language course (if desired).
Application Requirements: At the time of their application, applicants for a Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship, should neither be of German nationality nor reside longer than six months in Germany.
Conversation Groups & Coffee Hours
German Conversation Hour: “Kaffeestunde”
Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm
Dates: every Thursday
Location: Café Paradiso, 801 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana
Contact: Adam Chambers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greek Conversation Table: “LOGOS”
Dates: every second Tuesday (starting Jan. 24th)
Location: Espresso Royal Café, 117 W Oregon St, Urbana
Practice conversational Greek with native speakers!
Contact: Nikos Vergis, email@example.com
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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