The April 2011 Issue:
Professor Archie Brown, Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University and former Director of the Russian and East European Centre at St Antony’s College, will speak on the topic Why did Communism end in Europe? Why did it mutate in Asia ? on May 11, 2011 at Charles University, Prague. Professor Brown is one of the world's premier academics on Russian and Soviet politics, Communist politics, the Cold War and political leadership - and also on the life of Mikael Gorbachev who is marking his 80th birthday galas around the world. Professor Brown has also just written on the former Russian president on openDemocracy.com.This Europaeum Lecture will be Co-Chaired by Dr Milan Znoj, Department of Political Science at Charles University, and Researcher in the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences; and Dr Michael Pullman, Head of the Department of Economic and Social History at Charles University. Please visit the Europaeum Lectures section of our website for more information.
The Europaeum is organising a new graduate workshop on Europeanization and the Roots of Modern Europe taking place in Oxford from May 27-29th, 2011. Today we speak about Europeanization as a process of ‘change’. But what does this process actually mean and how does it work? This three-day workshop aims at analysing the process of Europeanization from different perspectives, including theoretical approaches and various case studies. The participation of graduates from different Europaeum universities will allow for the exchange of experiences and encounters of Europeanization across Europe. This workshop is opened to graduates from the universities of the Europaeum network. All local costs will be covered (apart from travel). Applications in the form of CV (max. 2 pages), one or two letters of recommendation and a letter of motivation and an abstract of the proposed case study should go to the Europaeum Office, as well as to your local Europaeum Coordinator. Please respond via e-mail by May 1st.
Please distribute the event Poster to interested students and colleagues.
The Europaeum will be supporting a third Graduate Workshop bringing together new and established old scholars from Oxford, Leiden and Bologna in May to continue work on research issues and share findings on themes linked to Eastern Christianity, including Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, and Syriac, as well as neighbouring Islamic, Byzantine, and Slavic cultures. The seminar, being coordinated by Professor Theo van Lint, the Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies at Oxford, and colleagues, in Leiden. More information and a programme will be put up as soon as it becomes available.
The FINAL DEADLINE for later applications for the Europaeum's pioneering MA in European History and Civilisation with terms spent at Leiden, Paris and Oxford, is May 30th. This programme offers 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 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. See announcement for the arrival of this year's cohort of students for their final term in Oxford. For further information, see Application details on our website. Please support our recruitment efforts and distribute the attached Poster to students and colleagues and on noticeboards.
The future of Europe is much on the minds of all European citizens - following the fallout from the economic crisis. This year's annual conference is to be held in Spain on this theme, Futures for Europe, looking forward at various scenarios on offer up to the year 2030. Key questions for the assembled experts and scholars will be Has EU expansion now ended ? Will the Euro survive and at what price ? Can free mobility be sustained ? What about education policies ? What is Europe's contribution now to international environmental policy after Cancun ? How will the Europe Project fare in the face of the growing power from Brazil, India, and China ? Policy-makers, academic scholars, business, political and community leaders, and Europaeum graduates as representatives of the next generation - are invited - including the author of a key report, former Spanish Prime Minister, Felipe Gonzalez, who led a team of experts who produced a major report in 2010 re-visiting many of these very issues. This event is now set for mid-July in Santander, co-ordinated with our new associate partner the Fundación Ortega Marañón (FOM). More details will emerge via our website.
This year's summer school will take place alongside our annual conference due to be held in the beautiful surroundings in Santander and will run from July 17-23rd. As usual there will be up to 30 places held for Europaeum graduates - three from each full partner member - and at least one for associate members. There will be the usual mix of discussions, debates, role-playing, and graduate presentations, alongside the major lectures occurring as part of our major annual international event and of course access to top speakers at the linked conference. Europaeum graduates from a range of disciplines from Law, Economics, Politics, History, Geography, International Relations, and other relevant disciplines, to attend the event. To apply, please contact the Europaeum Office and your local Europaeum Liaison Coordinator via e-mail with letter of application, a short CV (max. 2 pages), and a support letter from your supervising professor - by the end of May. A draft programme will be put up shortly.
The theme for the 2011 Classics Colloquium – the tenth in our series – will be Strangers and Friends hosted by the University of Helsinki this November. 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. See the Poster for more information. 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 at least one of their academic advisors to the Office as soon as possible. All papers must be in English. Senior scholars from Europaeum universities will be contacted directly. The first main deadline for applications is the end of July. There will be a further deadline at the end of September.
The Europaeum is again inviting four young scholars to help lead an special international debate as part of an international conference on the future of the Free World. The motion on the table will be The Free World should allow Iran to develop nuclear technology ? and it will be part of the Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal (IEP-UCP) annual conference and summer school taking place in Lisbon from 27-29th June 2011 (please see . Graduate students from the Europaeum, IEP-UCP, Boston University, Brown University, Georgetown University, and the LSE will take part in the debate. The debate will be chaired as usual by Dr Paul Flather (Secretary General, Europaeum), with expert moderators Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky (Member of the Board, IFES, Oxford) and Professor Eusebio Mujal-Leon (Georgetown University, Washington DC), and Professor Miguel Monjardino (IEP-UCP and Expresso, Lisbon). Interested Europaeum graduate students should contact the office by April 31st if they wish to attend. For more information please see the Debate Poster and Conference Application Form.
The Europaeum is organising the fourth annual Policy-Making inside Europe ? taking place in Brussels from June 20th-22nd. 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. The Europaeum has up to 10 places available for graduates and postgraduates from member universities. Please send an application letter and CV, with a supporting recommendation from your Tutor/Supervisor. Letters should be received by the Europaeum Office by May 1st for the first round of selections. All participants will need to cover their own travel and contribute €100 towards (accommodation and the special dinners). Please see the event Poster for more details.
We are re-launching our Survey to advise and examine how history teachers use underlying themes of migration in their work in classrooms and seminar halls. The survey is part of our continuing programme Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations in Europe, funded under by the EU's Europe for Citizens Programme, and supported by the Europaeum working in partnership with the history teachers union, EuroClio, and the history students' association, ISHA.
Europe is characterised by both internal and inward migration that has moulded and is continuing to mould its identity. Migration brings its challenges: xenophobia and intolerance are both very contemporary issues and part of European history. Migration also raises questions about whether any European nation can use a single historical narrative to define itself. How can these issues be integrated into our history teaching?
Please take 10 minutes + to fill in our Survey by the beginning of May. There will be a PRIZE of a travel grant to allow participation in our exciting Oxford History workshop for one lucky respondent ! Please also do help us by disseminating it across your networks. Please follow the link to be redirected to the Project Survey.
Since 2007 the Europaeum - together with our associate member the IEP-UCP - has been organising annual graduate workshops especially designed to provide advanced students with an inside look at the heart of European policy-making in Brussels. This year will mark the fourth annual workshop (see above) , and as interested students begin to submit their applications to attend, we invite you to take a look at the report compiled from the perceptions and experience of several of last year's participants. Click here to download the Report (for a list of speakers and the programme of events from last year's workshop, please see our website).
Historiana is a new international on-line resource for teachers, scholars, scholars and pupils Historiana is an international programme to promote collaborative teaching and learning of history and heritage of Europe programme. The project is initiated by EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Educators and the Netherlands Institute for Heritage. It will enable young generations to learn about their past with fresh and exciting perspectives. Historiana offers access to a plurality of historical sources and well-developed teaching and learning ideas to educators, students and other users. The website is organized around such themes as: People on the Move, Rights and Responsibilities, Conflict and Cooperation, Life and Leisure, Work and Technology, Ideas and Ideologies, and the Environment. It provides teachers and young people opportunities to compare locations and periods, experiences of people, and consequences in historical developments - articulated in material and immaterial legacies of Europe. The Historiana website will offer a lively and far-reaching alternative to the traditional European History textbook. There will be a formal launch in Brussels in June with the Europaeum.
The Graduate Institute of International Relations and Development Studies in Geneva is revising its doctoral programmes so that they respond better to student expectations and to a growing demands for specialisation options. The Multidisciplinary PhD in Development Studies has now been replaced with three new programmes: a PhD in Development Economics; and an MA and a PhD in Anthropology and Sociology of Development. A new fast-track Master-PhD has also been introduced which can now be completed in 5 instead of 6 years. For more information on the these reforms, please click here.
Meanwhile, Jacques Forster has become the new President of Foundation Board, replacing Roger de Weck, while Elisabeth Prugl has taken over as Deputy Director after the retirement of Michel Carton.
Dr Katya Kocourek, a British historian with Czech ancestry, who helped set up our successful 2003 Europaeum Summer School Old and New Ideas on European Federalism, was back in Prague last month to launch the Czech edition of her latest book about Rudolf Medek (published by leading Czech publisher Mladá fronta: Čechoslovakista Rudolf Medek. Politický životopis). The biography of the famous Great War veteran and Czech General - who often spoke out proudly or Czech nationhood - recounts his life story, but also covers the battle over values and conflicts that engulfed the 20th Century. Medek has been out of the Czech public eye for over 70 years since his death, and this is the first biography of its kind. The Europaeum congratulates Dr Kocourek on her accomplishment ! A few pictures of the launch can be seen here at the website of the Czech Military Historical Institute which launched the book: http://www.vhu.cz/cs/novinky/502
The South East European Studies Centre at Oxford University (SEESOX) recently published a new book online book on From Crisis to Recovery: Sustainable Growth in South East Europe, edited by Othon Anastasakis, Jens Bastian and Max Watson. In light of the recent global economic recession, this volume challenges previous assumptions about the capacity of countries in South East Europe to react to economic crises, and the direction they need to take to facilitate their transition. Click here to download the publication.
In a recent feature piece written for the Financial Times, veteran financier and philanthropist, George Soros, who has done so much to support scholars across the globe, enters the deepening crisis over the future of the Eurozone. This issue was the subject of keen debate with Martin Wolf (FT) and Adam Pozen (Bank of England Monetary Committee) at our recent Federalisms East and West Conference, and also at the Richard Baldwin Europaeum Lecture. Mr Soros argues that the that the crisis is not a sovereign debt crisis, but also a currency and banking crisis. He warns that the terms being 'imposed' by the Germans will create a two-speed Europe and he outlines an alternative. Mr Soros especially aided the former ECE region, including students from the Jagiellonian and Charles universities which are part of the Europaeum association.
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This year the award for our five-week study visit to the US in August-September has been won by a Finnish doctoral student. Juha Roppola who studied transatlantic relations and can now follow up in practice ! He is currently working as a business journalist at Kauppalehti, a Finnish business daily newspaper. Before his journalistc career, Juha graduated from the University of Helsinki in 2008 with a Master’s in Political History, focusing on corporate history, high technology trade - and transatlantic relations ! Juha decided to enter journalism to gain a better idea for a doctoral proposal - and he will begin his PhD immediately on his return from the USA. For now he will spend three weeks to be spent in Colorado as a special guest of the supporting El Pomar Foundation and two weeks in Washington DC on a series of visits, discussions and meetings - which we hope will benefit his doctoral studies.