In this issue:
– EUC Events
– Upcoming Events
– Related Events
– EUC Faculty Conference Travel Grants
– Photo Contest
– Announcements

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Spring 2011 February 21-25
e-Weekly Archive

February 21-22
Shostakovich: the Quartets in Context
Leading scholars of Russian music will speak on Shostakovich and the string quartets performed by the Pacifica Quartet throughout the Krannert Center season. A keynote address will be given by Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley) at Krannert Center prior to the Pacifica Quartet performance on February 22. The conference program and more information can be found here.
Co-Sponsors: College of Liberal Arts and Science; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; European Union Center; Department of Germanic Languages and Literature; Program on Jewish Culture and Society; Program in Comparative and World Literature; School of Music

February 23
EUC Movie Night: When We Leave
Germany/Turkey, 2010
Languages: German & Turkish with English subtitles
Director: Feo Aladag
Time: 5:15 PM
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Abstract: “German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She hopes to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Her family is trapped in their conventions, torn between their love for her and the traditional values of their community. Ultimately they decide to return Cem to his father in Turkey. To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again. She finds the inner strength to build a new life for herself and Cem, but her need for her family’s love drives her to a series of ill-fated attempts at reconciliation. What Umay doesn’t realize is just how deep the wounds have gone and how dangerous her struggle for determination has self- become…”
Independent Artists Filmproduktion. “When We Leave (2010) – IMDb.” The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Web. 26 Jan. 2011.

February 24
The New Sick Man of Europe? Greece in Crisis
Speaker: Iason Athanasiadis, Middle East Photojournalist & Documentary Film Maker
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Bldg., 707 South Matthews Ave.
Abstract: The talk charts Greece’s decline and offers suggestions of where the country might go next, both economically and politically. It ties in with the rise of Turkey across the Aegean and strikes a contrast between two very different economies: a moribund Greece stripped of most economic production and an industrial Turkey exporting high tech goods and cultural values.
Iason Athanasiadis is a writer, photographer, political analyst, and television producer. He is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a master’s degree from the Tehran School of International Relations. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University from 2007 to 2008.
He has contributed to a range of media, including Newsweek, the BBC, the Washington Times, al-Jazeera, the Christian Science Monitor, the Guardian, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Sunday Telegraph among others.
Sponsored by the European Union Center, Hellenic Students Association and the Program in Modern Greek Studies.

February 28 – march 1
East-Central Europe International Business Conference
Location: College of Business and Management, Northeastern Illinois University, 3601 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago IL
Open to the public. No fee or registration required.
Sponsors: College of Business and Management, Northeastern Illinois University. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, and others international and area studies centers.
Contact: Nancy Zaitlin, 773-442-6102

March 4
Proving Ground or Pasture?: Candidate Selection in European Elections

Speaker: William Bernhard, Professor of Political Science, U of I
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana
Free and open to the public. Lunch provided, bring your own beverage. Please RSVP to Kim Rice at or (217)265-7515.

march 9
Tenth Annual European Union Day
Schedule of Events:
10:00 – 11:30 am
State of the European Union Address, by György Szapáry, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to the United States
Reception following
Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Student Workshop: Professionalism in Europe – Focus on East Europe
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor, 919 W. Illinois
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Transatlantic Security Symposium: The End of National European Armies?
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor, 919 W. Illinois
Co-sponsor: Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS)
Jean-Yves Haine, University of Toronto
Jolyon Howorth, Yale University
Alistair Shepherd, Aberystwyth University

March 11-12
New Postsocialist Ontologies and Politics
Location: Levis Faculty Center
Co-Sponsors: European Union Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Center for Advanced Study, Center for Global Studies, Unit for Criticism, Department of Political Science, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, and the Department of Geography.
Abstract: The purpose of the conference is to build on and advance a new and exciting direction in postsocialist studies, a paradigm we may call the relational perspective. Such explorations have rested on three approaches: 1) the conceptualization of the global context of state and postsocialism; 2) the questioning of directionality between this global context and the former “Second World;” and 3) the political implications of rethinking the global context as itself postsocialist. For more information about the conference theme, go to:

March 17
Feeding the World: the Role of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Prabhu Pingali, the Deputy Director of the Agriculture Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Time: 4:00 pm Lecture
Location: Monsanto Room, ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave.
Co-sponsor: ACES

Related Events Study Abroad Summer 2011 Programs
– focus on business, politics and language in Europe
Deadline: March 1
LAS/SAO Course Abroad: SOC 396 Family Dynamics and Population Change in Comparative Perspective – Belgium
LAS/SAO Course Abroad: GER 103 Intensive Language Program in Vienna – Austria
LAS/SAO Course Abroad: TRST 401: Translation in the European Union – Belgium & France
SAO University Duisburg-Essen (Business and Economics Summer Term) – Germany
SAO Conflict Management in the Balkans – Slovenia
SAO Verona Studies Program – Italy
SAO-REEEC: “After the Empire: The Collapse of Communism and Beyond” – Estonia, Russia, & Ukraine

March 4-31
The 14th Annual European Union Film Festival
Location: 164 North State Street, Chicago
Sponsors: Gene Siskel Film Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Abstract: The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 14th Annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of European Union nations. This year’s festival, our largest yet, boasts 64 films representing 24 nations.

EUC Faculty Conference Travel Grants

European Union Center Faculty Conference Travel Grants
Deadline: February 28
The European Union Center announces the EUC Faculty Conference Travel Grant competition for 2010-11. These grants are designed to support the professional development of EUC-affiliated faculty who wish to present one or more papers at academic conferences. Faculty members not currently affiliated with the EUC are encouraged to apply and inquire about Center affiliation. Faculty members may receive funding for one conference per year from the EUC. All awards MUST be used by no later than August 14, 2011. The conference travel grant is funded by the US Department of Education Title VI grant.

Domestic Conference Travel Grants
Domestic conference travel grants support UI faculty presentation(s) at an academic conference in the US on modern European studies, with priority given to research on the EU. Preference will be given to applicants who are junior faculty and have made contributions to European/EU studies at Illinois and who can demonstrate lack of other sources for the proposed travel. Maximum award: $500.

International Conference Travel Grant
One international conference travel grant is available for the maximum award of $1,000. The proposed conference paper must address the EU directly. Preference will be given to the applicants who have made contributions to European/EU studies at Illinois, who can combine travel to a conference with field research and/or development of institutional links between UI and other universities abroad. International travel arrangements will be subject to the Fly America Act and MUST be approved by the US Department of Education 30 days in advance of a scheduled flight before the ticket can be purchased.
Domestic and International Conference Grant award recipients may be invited to present a brown bag talk in the EUC lecture series.

Application Forms can be obtained from the EU Center (328 International Studies Building, MC-429) or downloaded from the EU Center web site,
Application Procedures: Please submit one copy of the following.

* A completed application form.
* A one-page proposal with a description of the proposed conference and the expected benefits to your research and the general area of European Union studies.
* A budget for the travel and conference expenses.
* Copy of the announcement of the conference.
* Copy of the notice showing that the proposed paper has been accepted for the conference.
* A brief curriculum vita.

Application deadline: before 4:30 PM on February 28, 2011. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Submit applications to:
EU Center
328 International Studies Building, MC-429
910 S. Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 265-7515
Fax: (217) 333-6270

Photo Contest

EUC Photo Contest: “Symbols of European Integration”
extended deadline: february 25
A variety of symbols, from the Greek mythological character Europa to Charlemagne have emerged throughout history to represent Europe as a whole. The European Union has added its own to signify the contemporary European integration and unity: The European flag, anthem, motto and the Europe Day. For this year’s contest we invite participants to submit entries inspired by symbols of European integration, historical as well as contemporary. You can read more about the EU symbols at

* Submit photos in digital format via e-mail to (keep in mind winning photos will be enlarged to 8×10)
* No more than five photos per person
* Each photo needs a title and caption
* Students, faculty, and staff are eligible to enter the contest
* Submissions must be received by Monday, February 21, 2011

Winners will receive: 1st Place – $50 gift card to the IU Bookstore; 2nd place – $35 gift card; 3rd place – $20 gift card. The winning photos will be displayed at the University of Illinois EU Center’s annual European Union Day on March 9, 2011 and on the EU Center website. Winners will also be invited to the European Union Day luncheon.
Calls for papers, proposals & applications

deadline: february 22
EU-Canada Doctoral Student Training School: Migration and Asylum in Europe and EU-Canada Relations
Date: 22 March 2011
Location: University of Ottawa, Canada
Funded by: the European Commission, DirectorateGeneral for External Relations, Relations with the US and Canada.

Deadline: February 28
Call for White Papers: Defining the International Security Research and Teaching Trajectory at ACDIS for the Next Five Years
The Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) is seeking to define its research and teaching agenda for the next five years. This initiative is likely to result in new faculty members being asked to join the Program. White papers (of no more than two doublespaced) pages are requested that outline a program of inquiry regarding any topic pertaining to international security. Initiatives that involve crossdisciplinary collaboration are especially sought, and those that bring together a combination of social science/humanities scholars with engineers/physical scientists will be seen as particularly attractive.
Please send white papers as attachments to ACDIS Interim Associate Director Lars Dyrud at Initial inquiries and queries should be addressed to ACDIS Director Colin Flint at

Deadline: February 28
Ethnic Politics Workshop
Date: May 19-21, 2011
Location: George Washington University, Washington, DC
Abstract: We invite applications to present at the second Ethnic Politics Workshop, which aims to promote new approaches to the study of ethnic politics in the social sciences by periodically bringing together small interdisciplinary groups of social scientists to exchange ideas, brainstorm, provide constructive criticism of each other’s works in progress, and promote joint projects that may result from the workshop. We seek social scientists of all career stages.
Applicants will be notified of decisions in March. Transportation and accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers. The meeting is funded by a grant from the Dean of GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Deadline: march 1
Security at the Heart of the EU and ASEAN Relations
Date: May 26-27, 2011
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
See the call for papers (PDF).

Deadline: March 1
Last Call for 2012 EU Visitors Program Applications
The long-standing program provides young professionals with a unique opportunity to learn from the inside how the European institutions work. Participants meet with specialists in fields of their choice as they follow extensive programs tailored specifically to their interests in the EU.
The 5-8 day program in Brussels, Strasbourg, and/or Luxembourg is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Parliament and the European Commission. Young professionals in government, media, education, business, and non-profits with career-related interests in the EU are encouraged to apply.
Apply now to take part in the EU’s professional development and networking program for young leaders.

Grants, Fellowships & Scholarships
Deadline: February 25
Multiple Geographic Area-specific Study Abroad Scholarships
Spain – Alvaro Monserrat Llardén Scholarship
For study of Catalan language during the academic year ’11-’12. Click here for more information.
Anthony M. Pasquariello Award
For students participating in LAS-SIP Spanish Year Abroad in Barcelona, Spain Program during the academic year ’11-’12. Click here for more information.

Deadline: February 28
GESIS Klingemann Prize for the Best CSES Scholarship
The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) and the GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences are pleased to announce the newly established: GESIS Klingemann Prize for the Best CSES Scholarship for the best CSES scholarship (paper, book, dissertation, or other scholarly work, broadly defined) published or finalized in the calendar year prior to the award. Nominations are now being accepted for the current year’s award, for works published or finalized during the 2010 calendar year.
The award winner will receive a 1,000 Euros prize, and up to an additional 1,000 Euros toward travel, accommodation, and conference registration expenses to attend the award ceremony. This year’s award ceremony will be held at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland in August 2011.

Deadline: February 28
Postdoctoral Fellowship in European or Eurasian Studies
The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs announces a competition for two junior post-doctoral fellowships for the academic year 2011-12.
Fellows have no teaching obligations, though are expected to be in residence at IERES and to contribute actively to IERES’s lively intellectual community. All disciplines are eligible.
For details, please view the call for applications (DOC).

Deadline: macrh 7
PhD Research Studentship: National Governments and EU Sports Policy
Applications are invited for a studentship in the highly acclaimed School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences. Loughborough University is recognised as the UK’s leading University for sport, receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in this area in 2002.
Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Borja García (

Deadline: march 7
International Research Fellowships at Monash European and EU Centre
The International Research Fellowship Programme provides funding support to international visiting fellows at the Monash European and EU Centre / Monash University (Caulfield campus) in Melbourne, Australia, for periods of up to one month. Grants of up to A$11,000 are available to assist with airfares, visa processing, accommodation and living away from home expenses while in Melbourne.
For details, please see the call for applications (PDF) and the application form (DOC).

Deadline: march 12
The Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations Program
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.
Students must apply by March 12 for funding consideration for research to be conducted at any time during Academic Year 2011-2012. Funds may be used for travel and other research-related expenses. The scholarships are funded through a generous gift from the late Nelle M. Signor.

For more information and to apply, visit the website or contact Jessica Sheets at 244-5771 or

Deadline: march 15
MPIfG Doctoral Fellowships at the IMPRS-SPCE
The International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) is operated jointly by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the University of Cologne. It invites suitable candidates to apply for up to seven doctoral fellowships in economic sociology and political economy.
Applicants must hold a Diplom or a Masters degree in political science, sociology, organization studies or related fields. Degrees must be received by September 2011. Fellowships will start on October 1, 2011, and will be awarded for 15 months with the option of two additional years. Working languages at the Research School are English and German. Application forms can be found here.

Deadline: march 15
PhD, Postdoctoral & Preparatory Fellowships: Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences
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 German Excellence Initiative. Fellows are expected to choose Bremen as their place of residence. The language of instruction is English.
15 Ph.D. Stipends/Fellowships. BIGSSS seeks candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in political science, sociology, or psychology. Applicants with a degree in law, economics, or other social science disciplines are also welcome.
2 Preparatory Fellowships for BA Graduates. Additionally BIGSSS offers 2 stipends of € 850/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.
2 Postdoctoral Stipends/Fellowships. We seek candidates pursuing English-language publication projects based either on their dissertations or new research.
More information as well as lists of required application materials can be found at the stipends information sheet (PDF).

Deadline: March 30
Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowships in Central European Studies
Location: School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) | Johns Hopkins University | Washington, DC
Abstract: The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowships in Central European Studies enable each year two outstanding scholars to conduct research on important issues related to Central Europe.
Each year the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation identify several themes of particular interest. For 2011-12, the Center is particularly interested in receiving applications that deal with any of the following:
– The evolving nature of political parties in Central Europe
– The roles and relationships of big and small member states in the European Union
– The role of foreign direct investment in Central Europe
Serbia’s European future

– Applicants for the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowship must have a doctorate or be at the post-doctorate level, have demonstrated research capacity, be fluent in English, and be eligible for a J-1 visa. Preference will be given to qualified and competitive candidates from Austria, but the Fellowship is open to candidates of other nationalities as well.

Spring & Summer Programs

Deadline: February 28
Leo Baeck Summer University 2011
Dates: July 7 – August 19, 2011
Location: Humboldt University | Berlin, Germany
The Leo Baeck Summer University is an English-speaking six-week summer school in Jewish Studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students are encouraged to apply for this unique program. As a transatlantic bridge and international meeting point for education and exchange, the LBSU examines Jewish life in Germany before and after the Holocaust, with a particular focus on the contemporary experience in relation both to the broader and ever more diverse German society and to other Jewish communities in Israel, the United States and worldwide. A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available.

Deadline: February 28
Spring University Prague 2011
Dates: April 14-25, 2011
Location: Charles University | Prague, Czech Republic
The objective of the 2011 spring university Central Europe between Germany and Russia is to provide students a broad understanding on the historical, political, economic, social and cultural development of Central Europe. Moreover, this 12-day intensive academic program analyses Central Europe’s role as an international political and economic player and the relations to its biggest neighbours – Germany and Russia. The course is based on an interdisciplinary approach and combines different methodologies such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, group-work and student presentations. This study programme is internationally acknowledged and recognized; successful participants will be given 8 ECTS.

Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table
Espresso Royale on Goodwin and Oregon in Urbana
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm on every other Thursday (March 3rd)
Bulgarian Association Conversation Table
Espresso Royale on Goodwin and Oregon in Urbana
Every Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Cosmo Coffee Hours @ the YMCA
Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 PM
Murphy Lounge, University YMCA
Free and open to everyone
At these informal gatherings, coffee, tea, and homemade ethnic desserts are served.
February 24: Canadian
March 3: Romanian
March 10: Greek
March 17: Lebanese
March 31: Polish
April 7: Pakistani
April 14: French
April 21: South Africa
April 28: Caribbean Countries


Illini Independent – an editorial journal on campus invites you to write an op-ed piece for the Spring 2011 issue
Deadline: February 25
The journal focuses on a variety of themes. In the past we have had articles focused on varied topics ranging from – the relevance of the World Trade Organization to Diversity and Multiculturalism on Campus; Women Empowerment and Discrimination to environmental issues such as the BP oil spill, the need for environmental education in schools and the GM food debate; Immigration issues in United States to Homelessness issues in the Urbana-Champaign – amongst host of others!
We would really appreciate it if you could share your thoughts and opinions about some topic you are passionate about. Both faculty and students are invited to contribute.
The suggested word limit is 500-1000 words.
The submission due date will be 11:59pm. However if you are set on submitting an article and cannot submit it before the deadline. Please contact us and we can make arrangements. For more specifics please visit, or contact us at

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European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building, MC-429 | 910 S. Fifth St. | Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 265-7515 | Fax: (217) 333-6270