This year’s Europaeum Oxford-Geneva Study Bursaries have been won by two young scholars who will respectively be researching adolescent sexuality in Africa and water resource use after population growth and economic development. The bursary scheme is designed to allow specialist library or archive work, supervisions with desired tutors, taught programmes including specialist summer schools, field work or work with organisations linked to partnership universities.
The Europaeum has compiled a summary of our highly productive year in 2011. Last year saw the Europaeum and our partner institutions host a number of events, including five graduate workshops, five research project group meetings, four Europaeum Lectures, and six international conferences, as well as our annual Summer School and Classics Colloquiums. We also helped produce seven publications and new media, such as the Connecting Europe through History report on Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations, the Liberlisms ERPG special report on Liberalism in West and East, the Europaeum Academic Directory of associated scholars, and a new, stylish version of our monthly e-Newsletter. Along with our annual grant opportunities, MA programme, and visiting professorships, the Europaeum remains as active as ever! Click here to download a full summary of the Europaeum's 2011 activities
Applications are now being accepted for the Europaeum’s 2012-2013 MA programme in European History and Civilization. This programme offers graduate students a special opportunity to deepen their knowledge of European history and institutions, their philosophical and historical backgrounds and underpinnings, and their social and economic contexts, through the lens of three different busy university worlds. This knowledge plays an increasingly crucial role in practical decision-making and strategic planning, where Europe-wide and global contact and negotiation is required. For further information, see Application details on our website.
A report from the 2011 International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe held at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow has been released. The topic of the conference was Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe: before, after, in the process? Supported by The Europaeum, Nevena Vlaykova, an MPhil student in Russian and East European Studies at University of Oxford, and Jiří Koubek, studying for an MSc in Political Science at Charles University, Prague, attended the conference and offer this Report of the proceedings.
The Europaeum has partnered with EUROCLIO - an association of European history teachers in two special EU-funded programmes on Connecting Europe through History, allowing History teachers and Historians and policy-makers to explore and share new ideas and themes for teaching in classrooms. Following the success of our initial series on Human Rights in Europe (2007-2008), we embarked on an another series of lectures, conferences, and workshops at Europaeum partner institutions at Oxford, Bologna, Leiden, Helsinki, Paris, and Krakow, as well as other universities in Berlin, Vienna, and Nijmegen, on the theme Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations (2010-2011) with similar goals. Please see the full report, documenting the results of this year-long study.
The European Political Concepts Europaeum Research Project Group (ERPG), originally launched via our consortium, has been making further good progress this month. Following an eighth academic meeting in August in Helsinki, the editorial board has just met in Bielefeld and now the two editors of the publication series, set to emanate from this group, Michael Freeden from Oxford and Willibald Steinmetz, are set to sign the first of their books deals this December.
Please note applications for Oxford must be received by 20th January 2012. Applications are invited for up to six Jenkins Scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year, including four to study at Oxford. The Jenkins Scholarship Scheme honours the lifelong achievements of the former President of the European Commission (1976-1981) and Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1987-2003). The Jenkins Scheme is linked to the Europaeum association of leading European universities.The Roy Jenkins Memorial Fund was set up in 2003-4, to create scholarships to bring students from the countries of the European Union to study at the University of Oxford, and to support Oxford students going onto further study in Europe. 13 Jenkins Scholars have been elected in recent years.
The Europaeum co-supported an important conference on the current state of Higher Education in the UK. The event on The English Universities Under Attack was held at King College, London University, on November 26th, and included prominent scholars, policy -makers, and educators from Europe and beyond. Themes included tuition fees, government controls, technology, centralised administration, marketisation.
Speakers included Richard Corbett (Member of Cabinet of Herman Van Rompuy); Alain Servantie (advisor to EC President); Abram de Swaan (University of Amsterdam); Richard Griffiths (Leiden University); Alexander Rinnooy Kan (Chair of Social-Economic Council of the Netherlands); Laurens Jan Brinkhorst (former Minister of Economic Affairs, Netherlands) and Chris Bickerton (Amsterdam / Oxford Universities).
The Europaeum 2011 Conference and Summer School on The Futures of Europe: Which Way Towards 2030 was held in beautiful Santander, north Spain, exploring complexities of relationships between European nations and the European Union and future scenarios, and bringing together distinguished experts, policy-makers, media and politicians, alongside 215 graduates from the Europaeum network. A full report on the event, which started by reviewing the implications of the 2009-10 report of the Reflections Group chaired by Felipe Gonsalez, is now available. Click here to read the final report.
The Europaeum is planning to continue its study bursaries - one to support an Oxford graduate to pursue a short study programme at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and one to support a Graduate Institute student to study at Oxford, during the coming academic year.
Appropriate programmes of study can include periods of specialist library or archive work; supervisions with desired tutors; taught programmes including specialist summer schools, or field work, including work with organisations based in and around Geneva or Oxford.
The deadline for submission of applications will be early December. Students from Geneva who wish to apply should contact Dr Laurent Neury; and those from Oxford should contact the University International Office.
Please distribute the Bursary Notice to interested students and colleagues.
Professor Keith Krause, Professor of International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, lectured at Corpus Christi College, Oxford on November 7th on The End of Political Violence in the 20th Century, continuing a very prestigious lecture series begun 10 years, which has seen luminaries such as Ralf Dahrendorf, Margaret Macmillan, and Charles Wiplosz take part.See attached poster for details of the event
This year's Europaeum TransAtlantic Junior Fellow, Juha Roppola, a doctoral student at Helsinki, has just completed his five week visit to Colorado and Washington DC. Please read the weekly blogs he has sent us about his work and his report of his visit. Juha was working on a project on "Tocqueville’s America" - while touring US political and social systems. The fellowship, launched in 2008, is designed to allow graduates from Europaeum universities to experience the US firsthand, and for exchanges with El Pomar Foundation fellows. Recently, three fellows from the El Pomar Foundation came to Europe on a special visit, which included stopovers in Brussels for the Europaeum graduate seminar Click here to read about their travels via the El Pomar Blog
We are pleased to announce the Professor Philippe Burrin, the Director of the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies, is to join the Europaeum's Board of Trustees as one of the co-opted 'rectors'. Professor Burrin delivered the first in our now highly distinguished series of Europaeum Lectures, particularly linking Geneva and Oxford, on Aspects of Anti-Nazism.
The theme for the 2011 Classics Colloquium – the tenth in our series – was on Strangers and Friends hosted by the University of Helsinki this October. Graduate students at member universities of the Europaeum took part in this Colloquium, which aimed to bring young European classics scholars together with leading academic experts, with the chance to present papers for discussion and critique by a fellow scholar. Click here for more details.