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University of Illinois
EUROPEAN UNION CENTER
|In this issue
The EU Center resumes e-Weekly publication with this issue following the university’s winter break. We are pleased to welcome all faculty, staff and student affiliates back to campus for the spring semester. We look forward to sharing our usual active schedule of stimulating programming—lectures, conferences, symposia, and more—organized by the Center or co-sponsored by EUC in collaboration with our many valued partners across the campus community. Highlights this spring will include our annual EU Day (February 29) with a keynote “State of the European Union Address” by Dutch Ambassador to the US, Henne Schuwer, our Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Conference in Chicago (April), and the 10th edition of the Turkish Studies Symposium (April 28). The EU Center will also be co-sponsoring the 19th Chicago EU Film Festival (March 4-31). More details about these and other upcoming events can be found in issues of e-Weekly and on the EUC’s web calendar of events.
The EU Center supports a wide array of academic programs, including our own EU Studies master’s program and graduate minor. The Center has also been working diligently to develop promising new frameworks for expanding academic opportunities in EU studies for students. Last Fall, the five-year BA/MA program was approved by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences deepening cooperation with several academic departments (French, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Global Studies, Italian, Political Science, Portuguese, Slavic Studies, and Spanish), and promoting study abroad with several top universities in Europe. We also continue our ongoing cooperative efforts to foster integration of EU studies into the curriculum across disciplines at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, working with affiliated faculty to develop a slate of new courses and new study abroad opportunities. Faculty with ideas for new courses addressing our world area should always feel encouraged to contact us.
In addition to valuable institutional support from Illinois International Programs and LAS, the Center’s research, teaching, and public engagement efforts are made possible through funding from our Jean Monnet Center of Excellence and US Department of Education grants. As we move forward with implementing the many initiatives supported through those grants, the EUC continues to pursue strategies to diversify our funding portfolio. We especially welcome input from our affiliates and opportunities to collaborate with them as we work to maintain the EU Center’s status as a national and global leader in EU studies.
The EU Center remains very active on social media, regularly posting to Twitter and Facebook, while expanding our LinkedIn group of Center affiliates. You can also enjoy the informative and appealing images and graphics on our Pinterest board. And don’t forget to check out the latest news about the Center and analyses of transatlantic issues by Illinois faculty and students on the EUC Blog.
From all of us at the EU Center, we wish you a productive and successful spring semester.
- EU Center Staff
|EUC welcomes new staff|
Neil Vander Most (PhD) starts his new position this week as the Visiting Academic Coordinator for the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Dr. Vander Most holds a Ph.D. and M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research specializes in Dutch and Flemish politics, immigration and the integration of immigrants into Europe, and radical right parties. Dr. Vander Most will oversee the academic and curricular elements of the Center’s mission, including frequently teaching courses on topics relevant to European Union Studies, managing the Center’s degree programs, and exploring new ways to educate students of all backgrounds.
|Events This Week|
Tue, Jan 19
411 International Programs and Studies Building, 507 E Green St, Champaign
The Rise of the Right: Survey the American and European Political Landscapes
Across much of Europe, in Scandinavia, Austria, the Netherlands and Poland, rightwing parties have surged in the polls, in elections and in some cases to governing power. Far right parties gained a record number of seats in the European Parliament elections of 2014, which saw the French Front National come in first and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn of Greece seated for the first time. This conversation will feature a panel of experts who will analyze these developments and offer analyses as to the causes and significance. National assessments will be complemented with comparisons across the region, over time and with the political spectrum in the United States.
Sponsored by the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the Unversity of Ilinois European Union Center
| Upcoming Events
Wed, Jan 27
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana
North of the Northern Lights: "Cook and Peary: The Race to the North Pole"
Speaker: Sharon Michalove, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Program in Medieval Studies
In 1909, Robert Peary and Frederick Cook each began a trip to be the first to the North Pole. The results have generated controversy for more than a century. This talk will trace the history of their rivalry and the story of their journeys.
The exhibition "North od the Northern Lights" presents archival photographs and ethnographic artifacts that document the intersection of the lives of the Polar Inuit and the American scientists. The Spurlock Museum invites visitors to consider how aspects of this encounter fit into our current understanding of the study and representation of indigenous peoples.
Sponsored by the Dr. Allan C. Campbell Family Distinguished Speaker Series. Co-sponsored by the University of Illinois European Union Center
| Related Events
Tue, Feb 2
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building
Forgotten Dreams: Werner Herzog's Romantic Cinema
Speaker: Laurie Johnson, Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
|EUC Social Media
|Social Media Highlights||
Maxime Larivé, the EUC's Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies, has recently had an article about Europe in 2016 published. The article can be read online at Fair Observer's website.
|Fellowships & Scholarships||
I4I and IPS Scholarships
The I4I scholarship is a student funded scholarship. The IPS scholarship is made possible through the generous donations from University of Illinois alumni and friends.
Deadline: February 15, 2016
Enabled Abroad Scholarship
Enabled Abroad is a collective effort between the Illinois Abroad and Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) to facilitate equal access for students wanting to participate on a study abroad program. The scholarship is available for students with physical or sensory disabilities to study abroad. Award amounts range from $500 to $4,000. The application process is non-competitive.
Deadline: February 16, 2016
For more information please click here.
Maria Pia Gratton International Award
This award is intended to enable a female graduate student from outside the United States to have an academic and cultural experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois). Preference will be given to a student who has had a limited opportunity to travel outside of her home country. The Gratton Award provides a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend totaling $10,000 for the academic year.
Deadline: February 15, 2016
For more information please click here.
Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations
The Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarships in International Relations are awarded to outstanding University of Illinois doctoral students conducting dissertation research abroad. Preference is given to students studying international relations, although students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply, provided that their research includes an international dimension. These $2,000 scholarships enable doctoral students to conduct field research outside of the U.S. Funds are administered to the recipient's student account through the Office of Financial Aid and may be used for travel and other research-related expenses. The scholarships are funded through a generous gift from the late Nelle M. Signor.
Deadline: March 4, 2016 (for funding consideration for research conducted in Summer 2016 or at any time during the 2016-2017)
For more information please click here.
The Mellon-CES (Council on European Studies) Dissertation Completion Fellowships, targeted at late-stage humanities graduate students working on Europe
Deadline: January 26, 2016
For more information please visit the website
The Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA), Washington DC provides a new funding opportunity commissioned by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
The program "Beyond Europe" supports Austrian companies, research and university institutes and other organizations in creating and extending collaborations. The Call is open for all topics. Funding is available for projects in all technical disciplines. Project proposals may be submitted for exploratory projects and cooperative R&D.
International applications are encouraged. Please visit the website for more information and characteristics of the Call.
|Eastern Europe Spring 2016 Course||
Eastern Europe and EU Integration
The objective of this course is to explore the subject of European Union expansion to the east and south from an interdisciplinary, multifocal perspective. Comprised of a political scientist, a sociologist, and two literature and culture experts – all of them possessing significant pertinent area studies expertise in the region – and with additional guest lectures by a historian and political scientist specializing in European integration studies, this team-taught course will address crucial problems of political enlargement and social integration.
The course is open for graduates and undergraduates.
The course is partially funded by the EU Center thorugh its Jean Monnet Module grant.
|Publication Graduate Seminar Spring 2016||
Publication Workshop SOC 596
This seminar will focus on developing social science research for publication. While the major focus will be on academic publication, also non-academic venues will be explored and discussed. Topics to be covered include writing strategically, research ethics and co-authorship, selecting publication venues, developing a book précis, open source publication and a host of additional topics. This seminar will focus on assisting participants in polishing an existing paper for publication submission and providing a forum for discussing how to develop competitive writing profile for academic and non-academic employment opportunities.
The seminar is open to all graduate students.
|Applications Are Open!||
Stockholm Summer Arctic Program 2016: "Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic
Program Dates: June 7 – July 7, 2016
Application Deadline: February 15, 2016
The Stockholm Summer Arctic Program is an intensive, five-week program, which takes place in Stockholm, Sweden and a field site in Northern Scandinavia, above the Arctic Circle. Students in this interdisciplinary program learn about issues related to human settlement and exploration, resource extraction, environmental conservation, historical and industrial heritage management and international governance in the Arctic region. With case studies from Sweden and the Nordic societies as the focal point, students draw from first-hand visits to historical and industrial heritage sites, interviews with political institutions and indigenous groups, in order to understand how these actors have shaped and been shaped by their Arctic environment over a long-term historical perspective. Applicants should have junior status (for Fall 2016) or consent of the instructor.For questions regarding the application process, direct emails to Kristen Stout.
Click here to read more about the program and start an application!
|Scandinavian Studies Spring 2016 Courses||
SCAN 102 – Beginning Swedish II (Beginning Scandinavian II)
M T W TH, 11:00-11:50 AM
This is the SECOND course in the Scandinavian language sequence (usually Swedish). Instruction is by immersion, emphasis is on further developing basic skills: reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. Prerequisite: SCAN 101 or consent of instructor.
SCAN 104 – Intermediate Swedish II (Intermediate Scandinavian II)
M T W TH, 12:00-12:50 PM
This is the FOURTH course in the Scandinavian language sequence (usually Swedish). Emphasis is on close reading, translation and analysis of authentic texts, such as novels and drama in the target language. Instruction is by immersion. Prerequisite: SCAN 103 or consent of instructor.
SCAN 215 – Madness, Myth and Murder
M W, 2:00-3:20 PM
This course focuses on the achievements of major Scandinavian writers of prose fiction, from 1850 to today. Explores topics of madness, myth, and murder in literature. All reading, discussion, and writing in English. This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course.
SCAN 252 – Viking Sagas in Translation
T, TH, 10:00-11:20
Swashbuckling tales abound in this course, which studies Old Norse-Icelandic society and culture through the lens of its literature: kings' sagas, family sagas, mythical-heroic sagas, and romances. The special focus this semester will be the Viking discovery and settlement of Greenland, with legendary characters like Erik the Red, Leif Eriksson, Gudrid the Far Traveler, and more. All readings in English translation. This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course, and Western Comparative Culture course.
SCAN 306/506 – Introduction to Old Norse II
T, TH, 12:30-1:50 PM
This course involves readings and exploration of a wide assortment of essential text in the original language. Prerequisite: SCAN 305/506 or consent of instructor.
SCAN 376/576 – Children and Youth Literature
T, TH, 3:30-4:50 PM
Ever wonder why Scandinavians are often ranked among the happiest and most independent in the world? Does Pippi Longstocking have something to do with it? This course explores the understanding of childhood and youth in Scandinavia, with comparative focus on the U.S. and the U.K. through children's literature and classic accounts of childhood in fiction, film, and related media. The course will investigate how childhood is construed in books self-described as children's literature as well as in adult-audience fiction and memoirs; and how representations of childhood correlate with evolving ideas about family formation, child-rearing, the welfare state, and education in twentieth- and twenty-first century Scandinavia. This is put in comparative context with British and/or US children's literature.
SCAN 472 – Kierkegaard and the Self
T, TH, 2:00-3:20 PM, 3 or 4 credit hours
This course focuses on the Danish author, theologian, philosopher, and original ironic hipster, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), whose works explored individual selfhood and championed subjective experience as a pathway to perceiving truth. Students in this seminar-style course will gain extensive familiarity with Kierkegaard's major works and their continued relevance, as well as how they relate to currents in 19th century society, such as Romanticism, Pietism and Existentialism. These works will be evaluated within their regional Nordic literary context, through critical analysis of related novels, plays and films by H.C. Andersen ("The Little Mermaid"), Henrik Ibsen ("Brand"), Fredrika Bremer ("Hertha"), August Strindberg ("Master Olof"), Selma Lagerlöf ("Jerusalem"), Karen Blixen ("Babette's Feast"), and Ingmar Bergman ("Scenes from a Marriage"). All readings in English translation.
|Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours||
Melanzana: Italian Conversation Table: meets every Monday at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 7 p.m. All levels are welcome!
The Pause Café French Conversation: meets every Thursday at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 5.30 p.m. All levels are welcome!
Modern Greek Conversation Table (starts Jan 28): meets every Thursday at 4 p.m. at Espresso Royale on Oregon.
If you would like to announce your Spring 2016 conversation tables & coffee hours, please send the information to Sebnem Ozkan.
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