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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.

Europaeum scores high in subject rankings

Most league tables are institutional, but the latest world table focuses on individual subject areas providing a fascinating mine of information, with Oxford racking up more world top spots than any other except Harvard (11 firsts) and MIT (9 firsts). It was rated first in Geography, English Language and Literature, and Modern Languages. All eligible Europaeum members made it into the top 100 in at least one subject, showing the strength and quality of the network. The survey was carried out by The QS World University Rankings, published last month, utilising data on research citations and reputation to rank the top 200 universities in 30 different subjects.

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

Tags: Applications are coming in now for this year's annual summer school on Gender themes - 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. Selections will start from May 1st so please do apply now. See attached draft programme here. Places are free to all advanced Europaeum graduates - apart from travel. Others can also apply but costs will need to be covered.

Europaeum Graduate Workshop: The Making of Europe ?

The Europaeum will be running a three-day graduate workshop examining the role of War, Empire, Markets and Values in the making of Europe. The workshop will be held in Oxford from April 24th-26th, designed for 30 graduates, mainly participants from our two main Europaeum Joint Teaching Programmes, linking our MA in European History and our MA in European Politics and Society in Prague, Leiden, Paris and Oxford universities. It will consist of the usual lively debates and discussions, talks from renowned experts, and presentations from the graduates themselves. If you are interested in the last few remaining places, please contact the office with a CV, letter of motivation and one or two references by the end of March. Some key themes to be discussed during the event include: the Napoleonic Code as a Europeaniser, the influence of the Markets and trade, the role of Armies and Conquest, the legacy of Empire, and the input of common values (e.g. liberalism and democracy). The workshop will also include a keynote speech by Professor Michael Broers, Professor of Western European History and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.

Europaeum Lecture: Paul Collier on Migration

Professor Paul CollierProfessor Paul CollierThe next Europaeum Lecture is to be given by Professor Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Fellow of St Antony’s College, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, in our continuing Oxford-Geneva Link Programme Series.  The lecture on April 29th is likely to be on the theme of migration and development. Sir Paul Collier, knighted this year for his services promoting research and policy change in Africa, is currently adviser to the Strategy and Policy Department of the International Monetary Fund, adviser to the Africa Region of the World Bank, and adviser to DFID. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resource rich societies. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post and is author of numerous books including The Bottom Billion (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Exodus: How migration is changing our world (Oxford University Press, 2013). Please view the poster here.

The Václav Havel Dialogues Project

Tags: Václav HavelVáclav HavelThe Europaeum has pledged to become one of a number of partners in an important new initiative that is to be called The Václav Havel European Dialogues, which aims to initiate and stimulate a discussion about issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe. The HEDP will operate within the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel, with a clear focus to work with students and to bring them together in discussion with key decision-makers and power-brokers. As such the Project, the brainchild of Pavel Seifter, a long-time senior advisor to President Havel and later Czech ambassador in the UK, very much echoes the current ambitions of the Europaeum itself. This idea takes its main inspiration from Václav Havel's essay Power of the Powerless. The HEDP aims to offer the "powerless" a platform to express themselves and in so doing to boost their position within Europe, as a long-term project that involves cooperation with a range of organisations in various European cities. Projects are planned in Bruges and Berlin and will perhaps be linked to our forthcoming Europaeum workshops. Supporting bodies include the Václav Havel Library, the EC representation in the Czech Republic, the Visegrad Fund, European Parliament Information Office, the Forum 2000 Foundation, and the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. The first opening conference – entitled The Citizen, Power and Democracy in Europe's crisis – took place in Prague last month