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Research Workshop: In search of Moral Sentiments

Prague: Dr Graham, Flather, Prof Sokol and Dr Sedlacek speaking at the workshopPrague: Dr Graham, Flather, Prof Sokol and Dr Sedlacek speaking at the workshopeven to set up a version of the famous Oxford joint PPE programme in Prague.More than 40 young scholars from politics, philosophy and economics departments at Charles University, attended a lively and innovative workshop held in Prague, in collaboration with Professor Vladimír Benáček from the Economics Faculty and Dr Janusz Salamon from the Philosophy department this week. The event took off by exploring the key work of Adam Smith in the title of the event, which was written first, but is so often overlooked by his better know work, The Wealth of Nations. There was exciting papers exploring Smith's ideas by Dr Andrew Graham, former Economics Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford and Professor David Vines who discussed regulation and ethical behaviour, drawing on a new report on the subject.

Europaeum Lecture : on Self-Determination and the future of State

HSH Prince Hans-Adam II of LiechtensteinHSH Prince Hans-Adam II of LiechtensteinThe 'conversation' over the future role of the state and the issue of self-determination continued in the evening over a dinner, attended by all the speakers, Europaeum Trustees, supporters and friends including Professors Norman Davies and David Marquand, plus several students from the Weidenfeld Scholarship scheme and the Blavatnik School of Governance, both link bodies to the Europaeum at Oxford. See full list here

Europaeum Universities hold ground in latest rankings

Europaeum partner universities have by and large managed to improve their standings in the latest version of the Shanghai rankings table – which gives a snapshot of the global standing of leading universities. Bologna appears to be the most significant riser moving up into the top 200 worldwide. Charles University improves its place inside the top 300, with the Jagiellonian remains inside the top 400.
Oxford climbs up to 9th place overall, Helsinki climbs up to 73rd place, while Leiden just slips down behind to 77th place. Only Complutense suffers a fall, dropping into the top 500 slot. As limited and flawed as university league tables may be, as we said before, one cannot avoid them and more and more students and staff now rely on them for insights on institutional performance. These 2014 Shanghai Rankings confirm that very small shifts can mean jumps from one grouping to another, and so not too much should be read into most changes. They rely on their assessment and citations of the number of articles published by university faculties mainly in scientific publications, and in the number of academic distinctions received by staff and graduates. US and China remain strong.

Oxford-Geneva Bursaries 2014-2015

The Europaeum and the Graduate Institute in Geneva have jointly agreed to increase the annual stipend available to support graduate students to undertake a period of research study in Oxford and Geneva. The Oxford-Geneva Bursary Scheme will now provide two graduates an award of €1,000 each to spend at least three weeks doing research integral to their degree studies. This restores the value of awards when the scheme was first launched in 2000-1. In recent years, the value of the award had to be cut in the light continuing financial pressures. The scheme has always proved popular, but with the enhanced grant will ensure graduates can cover travel, accommodation and other related costs during their study period.

The Meaning of 1914 Conference

The Europaeum partnership with the New York Review of Books is set to continue with two more events coming up this autumn. In September, we are supporting an event picking up on the year long theme surrounding the outbreak of the first World War in 1914, a century ago. The Meaning of 1914 event will take place at St Antony's College Oxford, another partner for the event, with keynote contributions from Professor Margaret Macmillan, a leading historian of the period, and Warden of St Antony's, who has recently produced The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War, Professor Hew Strachan, currently professor of military History at Oxford, and Christopher Clark, whose book The Sleepwalkers has been making waves all around the world. Professor Fritz Stern from Columbia University, is also expected to take part.

Krakow Workshop - Jews in Europe: Is there still a Question?

Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in WarsawMonument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw Applications are invited from doctoral and research graduates for another in our regular series of international graduate workshops, taking place in partnership with the Institute for Jewish Studies, at the Jagiellonian University in mid-October. As usual all local costs of participants are covered, though graduates are responsible for their own travel costs. There will also be an opportunity for an excursion to Auschwitz. The workshop will cover a range of themes, reflecting the interdisciplinary character of European research and the multifaceted nature of integration processes in Europe. Issues to be discussed include will include a focus on Central Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, questioning the roots of anti-Semitism in the region ? We will also explore the question of Poland as "a promised land" and Jews as victims in the so-called "Bloodlands" between Hitler and Stalin ?

Applications invited for Jenkins Scholars

Applications are now invited for candidates for the Europaeum's highly prestigious Jenkins Scholarships. There are four full awards available, worth around £13,000 each, for Europaeum university graduates to study for a one-year degree in Oxford, plus an award for Oxford graduate student to study at a Europaeum-link university. Please see notice below for more information. Applications need to be made direct to Oxford University Graduate Admissions office, before the official closing date in mid-January 2015. Oxford applicants should apply locally via Oxford's Graduate Funding and Admissions office.
In the first decade of the scheme some 63 award have made been. For a short history, please see our 10th anniversary commemoration booklet with information about our supporters and donors, those involved in managing the scheme, plus short reports on past Jenkins Scholars (see (see here ).

Classics Coloquium

This year the Europaeum resumes its pioneering series of Classics Colloquium after a one year interregnum, at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, for some 20 advanced Classics graduates. The theme this year is Man and Beast. There are many dichotomies to explore, captured so well by the inevitable Aristotle "For man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all." This will be the 11th in our series and we will work with Dr Dimitri El Murr from Paris 1, who has taken part in a number of previous workshops (see here for a list of previous workshops to Essential pages - which we used recently) and we have invited our network of colleagues from Helsinki, Krakow, Prague, Oxford, Madrid, Barcelona and Bologna. A number of strong applications are already coming, including many from doctorate and advanced research students. Fifteen to date with more promised. So, please do send in your application now, and indicate what paper you might be willing to give linked to the overall theme. (for more information and details see the attached poster ).

Academic Council Bios

Academic Council meeting in KrakowAcademic Council meeting in KrakowThe latest in our pamphlet series has just been published and hard copies are currently being distributed to our friends, supporters and donors. Next month we will be putting the lecture, Islamphobia: a Non-Concept by Faisal Devji, Reader in Modern South Asian History, at St Antony's College, Oxford University. It is based on his Europaeum lecture delivered last year at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Members of our Europaeum Academic Council, representing all our 11 members, enjoyed a lively meeting last month in Krakow (see picture) and two days of warm hospitality care of our good friends at the Jagiellonian (see Endnote below). Many members have active supporters of the work of the association for many years, This month we pay tribute by publishing short biographies of all those who took part in our recent conference and meeting in Krakow. Please read them here.

Six new Jenkins Scholars elected

Lord (Roy) JenkinsLord (Roy) JenkinsSix new Jenkins Scholars will start their academic studies at Europaeum-linked universities in September 2014 – as the scheme moves into its second decade. The scholarship scheme honours the former President of the European Commission and Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Roy Jenkins. Every year it awards scholarships to the best applicants who will study for a degree in Humanities or Social Sciences at a Europaeum-linked university. Please look at the press notice for more information.

Summerschool 2014 Madrid - Gender in Europe: an unfinished Revolution ?

Tags: There is still time for applications for our exciting summer school on Gender matters. Selections will being next week for this an annual event (see attached programme) - our 21st in our continuing series to be held in Madrid in partnership with the Complutense University, in the first week of July, bringing together experts from law and justice, think tanks, politics, NGOs and universities, for five days of talks, panels, working groups, debates role-playing and discussions. Questions to be analysed will include the glass ceiling, current activism, prostitution, rights equality, the impact of the current crisis on women, female genital mutilation, the images of women in the media and in literature, and many more. New speakers are being added all the time - the latest include Dr Bankier, the Head of the EU Gender Unit, Ms Soria Montañez from Women's Link Worldwide and Dr Havelková from the Law Department at Oxford University. Places are free to all advanced Europaeum graduates - apart from travel. Others can also apply, but costs will need to be covered. Apply right away if you are interested !

Lisbon Graduate Debate : The Third Wave of Democatization ?

The Institute for Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal is hosting once again its annual major international summer school and conference in Lisbon, at the end of June, bringing together policymakers and academics from the US, UK, Portugal and the rest of Europe. This 22nd edition will include speakers as: Paulo Rangel, MEP, Portugal, Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital, Portuguese Permanent Representation to the EU.

Final Deadline for the MA in European History is approaching

The final deadline for applications is approaching - end of May - to the Europaeum's pioneering jointly offered MA in European History and Civilization. For more information about the Programme please click here or go directly to the webpage of the University of Leiden to view how to apply here.

Krakow Conference and Jubilee celebrations

The Europaeum will be joining the celebrations of the Rector and other colleagues at the Jagiellonian next month, as the famous University marks its 650th jubilee anniversary on May 9th-11th. The University in Kraków was founded by King Casimir the Great in 1364, with its golden age launched after its re-foundation by Queen Jadwiga and King Wladyslaw Jagiello in 1400. Now Rector Professor Wojciech Nowak has kindly invited Europaeum university leaders and senior representatives to join two days of celebrations that will include a special concert and dinner, a ceremonial procession and the award of new degrees, a second dinner and a regatta, among his special guests. The event is being seen as highly significant in Poland, as shown when the country's Senate in a special resolution praised the JU for its special role of six centuries in forming the country's elite and laying foundations for a host of other higher education institutions in its image, and contributing to science and education throughout the region.

Europaeum's annual series of Lectures in European History

Tags: The Europaeum's annual series of lectures in European History have just been announced. This year the focus will be on The view from outside, how is Europe perceived from non-Europeans, from ex-colonies,from different vantage points. The series entitled, which takes places on Tuesday mornings from 09.00 an in the Oxford University History Faculty, open to all, is entitled : The Outsiders: New Perspectives on Europe. please see here for more details and the programme.