Europaeum Bulletin, June 2010

Europaeum Bulletin

In June's issue:

  • Forthcoming Events: Migration and Politics workshop (Leiden); Human Rights lecture (Leiden); Policy-Making seminar (Brussels); Graduate Debate (Lisbon);
  • Programmes: 2010 Summer School on Media; 2010 Classics Colloquium on Death
  • Scholarships & Grants: Federalismsconference Bursaries; Europaeum internships
  • Publications & Media: Transmission of Science research project group publish volume of essays
  • Report-of-the-Month: Oxford-Geneva student report
  • Link-of-the-Month: UNESCO quarterly report
  • Around the Members: Digitalisation in Oxford; Freedom Lecture in Leiden
  • Footnote-of-the-Month: Paul Flather on the European education crisis
  • Endnote-of-the-Month: This year's MA cohort finds a champion within their midst

Forthcoming Events

Migration and Politics
- Leiden workshop

The Europaeum Graduate Research Workshop on Migration, Political Parties & Public Rhetoric in Contemporary Europe is taking place in Leiden from June 3rd - 5th, comprising lectures, discussions, and graduate presentations. The event is open to Europaeum graduates notably from Cultural Studies, History, European Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Law, and Sociology. This will be the sixth event in the Europaeum-EUROCLIO 2010 Project Connecting Europe through History – Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations. Please see the event details for more information.

Europaeum Lecture

The Europaeum is organising a keynote lecture with Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government at the University of Oxford, leading authority on constitutions across the world and former Politics Tutor to the current British PM, David Cameron, on Overcoming the legacy of the 20th Century: Protecting Human Rights in Modern Democracies on June 3rd, 2010. The Lecture will be hosted by Leiden University, and will be chaired by Professor Wim van den Doel, Dean of Humanities, Professor of General History, Leiden University. Please see the event details for more information.

Europaeum Graduate Seminar

Some places remain for the Europaeum's third annual seminar Policy-Making inside Europe ? taking place in Brussels from 21st – 23th June 2010. This three-day programme of talks, discussions, interviews and special visits involving those at the sharp end of policy and decision-making in Brussels, has been organised with colleagues in Lisbon to focus on how European policy is made in Brussels in a range of fields and disciplines. The programme includes visits to the European Parliament and NATO. Topics will include the making of EU Foreign Policy; The impact of EU Economic Policy; Lisbon Treaty & EU Policy; National Interests & European Politics; EU as a Major Foreign Policy Actor & Internal Market. Please see the event details for more information.

Europaeum Student Debate

This is a final call for applications from Europaeum graduates for four full conference bursaries to take part in an exciting three-day international debate as part of the annual international conference and summer school hosted by our new associate member, the Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal (IEP-UCP) from June 24-26th 2010, held in the beautiful seaside town of Estoril near Lisbon. This year's theme is on Political Dimensions of the Economic Crisis: The Future of the Market Economy and Democracy and will include the usual mix of high profile speakers from around the world - including the special Europaeum debate on Can Democracy Work without a Market Economy? with graduates from the Europaeum, IEP-UCP, Boston University, Brown University, Georgetown University, and the LSE. Click here for a copy of the current Programme. Deadline for applications will be June 6th - cv, letter of application including your ideas about the debate topic and a letter of recommendation from your professor.


2010 Annual Summer School - Bologna

John Lloyd, the brilliant and well known columnist and associate editor for the Financial Times, and a director at the Oxford University Reuters School of Journalism, will be one of the star speakers at the 2010 Europaeum Summer School on The Media, Europe & Democracy taking place in Bologna on September 5 – 10th 2010 - with lectures, discussions, workshops, debates, practical exercises on relations between the democracy and the role and operation of the media, questions of identity and public space, across Europe. The six-day programme will also investigate ‘inside’ perceptions of the EU by European citizens, and ‘outside’ perceptions from non-European actors, and their impact on notions of European citizenship, public debate and participatory democracy. For reports of the exciting previous events, please seea report from the 2009 Paris Summer School on Ethics and European Policy-making.

The event is, as usual, open to all Europaeum graduates. Applicants are asked to send applications to their local Europaeum Liaison Officer with a letter of intent, demonstrating your interest in the event, a short CV (max. 2 pages), and a support letter from your supervising professor, with copies to the Europaeum Office, where queries can be directed too. The main deadline for applications is the start of July 2010 but apply as soon as possible!

2010 Europaeum Classics Colloquium - Krakow

The theme for the 2010 Classics Colloquium – the tenth in our series – will be Death and the Afterlife. This theme will include a broad range of subjects and areas of research: linguistics, literature, culture, religion, philosophy, archeology, art history and others. Classics graduate scholars at member universities of the Europaeum are invited to take part in this Colloquium, which aims 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. Please see last year's lively report from the Prague event on Teaching, Teachers and Students.

As usual, the Europaeum will provide accommodation and meals for all graduates and lecturers for the duration of the colloquium. Individuals are responsible for covering their own travel costs (either from their department or from other sources). Applicants are asked to submit a 100-word abstract, cv, and recommendation from one or two academic advisors to the Event Co-ordinator, Krzysztof Bielawski, at Jagiellonian University, as soon as possible. All papers should be in English. Senior scholars from Europaeum universities will be contacted directly. The first main deadline for applications is the end of July, 2010. There will be a further deadline at the end of September.

Scholarships and Grants

Federalisms in East and West: Europe, India and America.

Applications are invited from Europaeum post-graduates, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, for fully supported bursaries to attend this two-day international conference September 28-30th, 2010, in Oxford on the theme of Federalisms - East and West - India, Europe and North America. The event will look at current thinking and contrasting concepts of Federalism in Europe across the world. The Academic Director is Professor David Marquand, former Chair of the Oxford Europaeum Group, member of the Europaeum Council, and former Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford University. Speakers already due to take part include Professor Baron (Meghnad) Desai; Senator Gary Hart; Professor Yves Meny, Anthony Barnet, founder of openDemocracy, and Roger Cohen of the New York Times; Professor Yves Meny; and many others. Please see the Conference Statement for more information.

The Europaeum bursary will support one leading young scholar from each Europaeum partner institution to participate in the Federalisms conference, covering (economy) travel, accommodation and other related costs, covered (Each bursary is worth the equivalent of €500). Applications including a statement letter, CV, two academic references, confirmation of availability and ability to visit Oxford, should reach Dr. Paul Flather the Secretary-General at the Europaeum Office by the end of June 2010. Please see the Award Notice for further information.

Europaeum Internships

The Europaeum offers internships to doctoral or post-doctoral scholars from Europaeum universities throughout the year. We are committed to providing engaging and fruitful work experience - with opportunity to pursue research studies in Oxford libraries, join lectures etc. In this way, we seek to extend the mission of the Europaeum to build European leadership, foster diversity and provide opportunities to supplement research and background education.

We offer interns for one-three months, and each intern will be asked to support general office work, work on current events and will be given a research project to work on and help develop. We will help in finding housing and cover the costs, as part of a support package also for food and travel.

If you know anyone who might be interested, please send a CV and covering letter, including details of two referees (one academic and one professional) to the the Europaeum office.

Publications & Media

A new volume of essays has been published derived from the 2006 Europaeum-supported international conference on Franco-British interactions in science since the seventeenth century held at the Maison Française in Oxford, as a joint initiative of the Société française d’histoire des sciences et des techniques and the European Society for the History of Science. This part of a cycle of events looking at how scientific ideas spread around Europe. The book is edited by long-time Europaeum supporter Professor Robert Fox, and Paris colleague, Bernard Joly.

The interactions between the scientific communities of Britain and France have done much to fashion the course of European science since the seventeenth century. Marked on occasions by rivalry and unhelpful displays of national pride as well as by cooperation, the interactions provide a fascinating subject for historical enquiry. This volume assembles 19 essays on key themes including travel, correspondence, translation, collaborative and competitive research, and the role of exchanges at both the personal and the institutional level, with examples drawn from astronomy, mathematics, the physical and life sciences, and the work of industrial laboratories.

Professor Fox, who was the coordinator of the EuropaeumResearch Group on The Transmission of Science in Europe (2003-06), is Emeritus Professor of the History of Science at Oxford. An article on the research group appeared in the 2006 Europaeum Review on "Anglo-French relations in need of cordialite" by Jean-Claude Sergeant.

Europaeum Academic Register

The Europaeum has just launched its new Europaeum Academic Register, a new feature which lists leading academics, researchers, intellectuals, and collaborators who have worked with the Europaeum over the past decade, to allow others seeking collaborators to do an easy search. We have entries from some 60 key academic colleagues, with others being invited to join the Register so that we can build up a fairly comprehensive facility. Please have a look at our website to browse through the current listing.

Report of the Month

The Europaeum selects two students for the Oxford-Geneva study bursaries each year. One supports an Oxford graduate student to pursue a programme of study at The Graduate Institute, Geneva, and one to support a Geneva student to study at Oxford during the coming academic year. The 2010 Geneva bursary winner was Ms Francesa Piana, who was looking at the first international regime for protecting refugees under the League of Nations. As she reports, she was able to take advantage of the increasing range of resources at Oxford on the theme of refugees, while working with a supervisor based at Jesus College.

Please see her recent report of her time spent in Oxford.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) publishes a quarterly periodical based on the field of social and human sciences. SHSViews provides news about the work conducted by UNESCO under the themes of Ethics of Science and Technology, Human Rights, Social Transformations, and Sport. In order to contribute to the development of public policies that will correspond better to changes in society today, UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector acts as a think tank for the world’s nations, with the aim of associating all those concerned by its actions in their formulation and implementation.

Interested readers can subscribe to a print version of this quarterly, or see the website for electronic versions. You can also sign-up for their regular e-newsletter to keep updated with the most current news.

Around the Members:

OXFORD: Humanities at Oxford goes digital

The use of technology to enhance research is an increasingly important part of the study of humanities in the 21st century - and featured in some of our seminars under our Cultural Difference and Technology Programme and Oxford University remains at the forefront of progress in this area. Through a recent grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)’s Digital Equipment and Database Enhancement for Impact (DEDEFI) scheme, four interdisciplinary projects across the University are being initiated, benefiting the Faculties of Music, Astrophysics, Classics and Oriental Studies and the Ruskin School of Fine Art, as well as the Ashmolean Museum and the Bodleian Libraries.

The projects involve uploading images of thousands of original sources, texts and manuscripts onto the internet; creating teaching resources for scholars, students and the general public; and improving techniques used to read, decipher and study these documents. Click here for more information

LEIDEN: Salman Rushdie to deliver Freedom Lecture

On Friday 18 June, essayist and prize-winning author, Salman Rushdie will deliver the first Leiden Freedom Lecture. The lecture series, an initiative of Leiden University, the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Municipality of Leiden. aims to reiterate the strong identification that Leiden has had traditionally with the concept of freedom. This initiative also aims to emphasise the importance of freedom for science and democracy, and to keep the discussion on freedom alive.


European universities continue to feel the adverse effects of the global financial crisis, with no sign of improvement coming soon. In a recent article appearing in TIME Magazine on "Europe's Education Crisis: College Costs Soar", Meg Handley, a reporter at the London Bureau of the magazine, reports that with increasing government cuts affecting universities' budgets across Europe, coupled with the increase in applications from prospective students seeking to avoid entering the dismal job market, many higher education institutions are being forced to reconsider how they will be able to cope. In order to get an inside analysis of the crisis, Handley interviewed the Europaeum's own Secretary-General, Dr. Paul Flather, who warned that short-term cuts will have long-lasting effects on universities: "There's quite a lot of anxiety in the system. Undermining these 'engines of democracy' could end up being more costly than people think — not in terms of dollars and cents, but in the future well-being of European societies. We're part of the future, we're part of recovery." Handley was also able to discuss the French situation with our good colleague Professor Farhad Ameli on the grim situation in French universities. Click here to read the full article


Blair Morrison
Finally, we would like to offer our congratulations to Blair Morrison, one of this year's cohort on the Europaeum MA in European History and Civilization programme, currently writing up their dissertations at Oxford during the third trimestre of the year, who took a long weekend off to jet off to Sweden to compete in the European regional qualifier for the international CrossFit championships - which involve testing the fitness of participants to destruction. Against a strong field from across the continent, Blair won after performing best in a range of testing combinations - such as running 5km, doing a series of pull-ups and push-ups right away and then raising snatch and holding heavy weights. Blair describes his journey to become a champion in a recent CrossFit Journal article. The programme is delivering graduates displaying a wide range of talents - in previous years we have had noted singers, rowers, even dancers. Please see our website for details on how to apply!

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