The June 2011 Issue:

Forthcoming Events
- Arab Spring panel
- Policy-Making seminar
- Honouring Tony Judt
- Graduate Debate on Iran
- Europaeum Diary

Programmes
- Europaeum Annual conference
- Summer School 2011
- Classics Colloquium 2011

Scholarships & Opportunities
- Europaeum Internships

Publications & Media
- Europeanization presentation

Report-of-the-Month
- 2010 Summer School

Link-of-the-Month
- Democracy Network

Around the Member
- Krakow outsourcing leader
- Paris reforms
- ESC conference from Oxford

Footnote-of-the-Month
- The End of the West

Endnote-of-the-Month
- Oxford votes no confidence

Featured Profile:

Professor João Carlos Espada
Director of the Institute for Political Studies of The Catholic University of Portugal (IEP-UCP)

Director and Founder of the IEP-UCP, Professor Espada played a key role in establishing the Institute as the first associate member of the Europaeum in 2009. His work has been widely acclaimed internationally, leading him to be named the first Chairholder of the European Parliament - Bronisław Geremek European Civilization Chair at the the College of Europe Natolin (Warsaw) Campus.
Click here to learn more about this Europaeum supporter.

Photo of the Month!

Participants take a group photo at the Europaeum Graduate Workshop on Europeanization and the Roots of Modern Europe Today which took place in Oxford from March 27-29th 2011. This three-day workshop aims at analysing the process of Europeanization from different perspectives, including theoretical approaches and various case studies. Click here to learn more about this event.


The Europaeum has collected photos from many of our academic events and made them available in a new section entitled Photo Essays.

Latest Press Release

The 2011-2012 Jenkins Scholars have been announced. The scholarship scheme, which honours the former President of the European Commission and Chancellor of the University of Oxford, is linked to the Europaeum, which Roy Jenkins also helped to found in the 1990s to help academics, intellectuals and young scholars ‘bridge Europe’. Click here to read the Press Release.


Other press releases can be found on the Europaeum website under the News Section.

Forthcoming Events:

Panel Debate on the Arab Spring

As part of its 2011 Annual Meeting, the Europaeum has organised a special international panel debate on Europe and the Arab Spring: What should we be doing?hosted at the University of Bonn on June 9th. The panel, which includes Professor Christian Hacke (Bonn), Professor Pierre Beckouche (Paris 1), and Dr. Adeel Malik (Oxford) will explore questions such as Should Europe be doing more ? Are all European nations doing enough ? Why is the EU itself so quiet ? Is NATO being effective enough ? What are the likely outcomes? How should Europe cope with the influx of new immigrants ? What are likely the consequences for the EU, for the Middle East Crisis, and for future oil supplies ? The debate will be chaired by Dr. Andrew Graham, Master of Balliol College, Oxford. Please download the event Poster for more information.

Brussels Graduate European Policy-Making Seminar
The fourth annual Europaeum Policy-Making inside Europe ? graduate seminar will be 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 we hope NATO (though they may need to cancel due to the Libyan crisis)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 Poster for more details. There are one or two final places left.

Europaeum joins intellectuals in Paris for New York Review of Books event
The Europaeum is one of the sponsors of a high-level event in Paris June 23rd - 25th run by the New York Review of Books, after providing crucial logistical support and office space for the organising NYRB foundation in the months leading up to the event. The event brings together some of the world's leading intellectuals and academics in honour of the ideas and work of Tony Judt, former professor of European Studies at New York University. His last perhaps most political book, Ill Fares the Land, has received rave reviews, as did his last major work, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, written during his period of severe illness suffering from terminal motor neurone disease. It is planned to include senior figures from Paris 1-Sorbonne at the event. The distinguished list of speakers include Professor Ronnie Dworkin from NYU/Oxford who spoke at the Liberalisms conference co-supported by the Europaeum last year, Chris Patten who is a Europaeum trustee and chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Jacques Rupnik, Director of Research, CERI, Sciences-Po, Paris, who debated recently in Oxford with our Secretary-General on the development of the ECE region. Click here to view the conference Programme

International Debate at Future of Free World conference
The Europaeum is organising a 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. 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). For more information please see the Debate Poster and Conference Programme.

Please click here to view the Europaeum Diary

Programmes:

Annual conference on The Future of Europe - 2030
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 - with Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia, key member of the 2010 EU Reflection Group on the future of Europe, as a keynote speaker. This event is set for July 18th-22nd in Santander, co-ordinated with our new associate partner the Fundación Ortega Marañón (FOM). More details will emerge via our website. Click here to view the preliminary Programme

Summer School on The Future of Europe 2030
There are still a few places left at the conference especially for graduates from Lisbon, Paris 1, Oxford and Bonn with the final deadline for this year's Summer School approaching at the end of June. The Europaeum is organising this year's summer school on The Future of Europe 2030 alongside our annual conference with many top speakers, due to be held in the beautiful surroundings in Santander and will run from July 17-23rd.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. Up to 30 places are being held for Europaeum graduates - three from each full partner member - and at least one for associate members. Participation costs are covered - apart from travel. 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 beginning of June. Click here to download a preliminary Programme

2011 Europaeum Classics Colloquium - Helsinki
The theme for the 2011 Classics Colloquium – the tenth in our series – will be Strangers and Friends hosted by the University of Helsinki this October. Classics graduate scholars at member universities of the Europaeum are now 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 up to 20 graduates and one or two 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 in mid-September. Please distribute the event Poster to interested students and scholars.

Scholarships and Opportunities:

Europaeum Internships
The Europaeum offers lively 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 (preferably one academic and one professional) to the the Europaeum office.

Publications & Media

Alain Servantie on EU Enlargement
Dr Alain Servantie, an adviser at the Directorate-General for Enlargement of the European Commission, was a key speaker at the 2009 Europaeum graduate workshop on The Europeanisation of Central and Eastern Europe: how has it gone?hosted by the Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University. Dr. Servantie participated in the opening plenary session with Dr. Paul Flather and Dr. Grzegorz Pozarlik. We have now acquired the latest version of the slides used for his presentation, and have posted these on our website. Click here for more information

Report of the Month

2010 Summer School at Bologna
The 2010 Europaeum Summer School on The Media, Europe, and Democracy, hosted by the University of Bologna, brought together 26 graduates from 13 countries from across the Europaeum network, to explore the relations between the processes of democracy and the role and operation of the media, and questions of identity and public space, across Europe. With keynote talks given by John Lloyd (well-known FT columnist and head of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford), Professor Roberto Mancini ( Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Macerata), Professor Paulo Pombeni (who writes a column for Il Messangero and teaches political history at Bologna), and Paddy Coulter (broadcaster and film-maker who used to head the Oxford Reuters Programme), the six-day programme was a stunning success. Please download the Summer School Report for learn more.

Link-of-the-Month:

The Network of Democracy Research Institutes
The Network of Democracy Research Institutes is an association of organizations that conduct research on democracy, democratization, and related topics in comparative government and international affairs. Included in the Network are independent institutions, university-based study centers, and research programs affiliated with political parties, labor unions, and democracy and human rights movements, and other organizations. The Network was established to facilitate contacts among democracy scholars and activists and to promote a greater awareness of the diversity and vitality of democracy studies today. Through this Web site, a newsletter, and other means, the Network provides information about the work of its member institutes, including their research, conferences, publications, and other activities. Click here to learn more

Around the Members:

KRAKOW: universities pay back
Krakow has emerged as a leading supplier of outsourcing skills - which reflects well on the Jagiellonian University, our partner in Poland, in terms of the qualities produced in its graduates. In the annual ranking of the top 50 sp-called emerging global outsourcing cities, Krakow has risen to Number  1.  Its superior position in the ECE region is shown by referencing the fact that Prague is placed 12th in the table, which is produced annually by the out-sourcing consultancies, Global Services and Tholonsplace. The result is based in no small part on the number graduates who are entering local labour markets every year. "Young Poles have the determination and the willingness to develop their skills and make international careers," says Andrew Hallam of Aspire which seeks to promote the value of business in Krakow.  " By continuing to invest in education Krakow can ensure its outsourcing position and strengthen its global role," he adds.  The educational potential of the region is sustained by the University of Science and Technology and Cracow University of Technology, as well as the Jagiellonian.

PARIS I:  40th anniversary since reform
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – our partner in France - is busy marking its 40th anniversary this month. The original University of Paris was founded back in the 12th Century, with the Sorbonne establishing itself as its most prestigious college by the 13th century – one of the great medieval centres of learning. However after the desperate environments of  May1968 the French Government decided ‘never again’ and against the social and cultural fever of the time, broke up the University into some 13 separate centres, given numbers rather than names.  It remains a sore point both for intellectuals and to students. In recent years many of these new institutions have battled to claim heritage to the Sorbonne – though Paris 1 has perhaps the most automatic of claims, and the Europaeum has held a number of its international conferences in the famed historic Sorbonne buildings. Paris 1 - along with the other universities formed 40 years ago - are hosting a series of joint-celebrations this month in the Grand Amphitheatre de la Sorbonne ranging such groups as The Yale Glee Club and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Uppsala University.

OXFORD: Listen to talks from from ESC conference
Many Europaeum friends - including Professor Michael Freeden (Oxford)  and Professor Jan Zielonka (Oxford) - took part in the impressive conference based within the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford, last March 4th-5th. The event brought together experts from a wide range of academic and professional fields in order to explore the implications of changing media relations on politics, and the complexities of political interaction with the public through media, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. Talks and discussions addressed themes including mediation of power; media freedom versus political freedom, pluralism, and the rule of law. Other speakers included Jan Kubik, and Marc Plattner, from NED and co-editor of the Democracy Journal who will speak at the forthcoming Lisbon event. The talks can be downloaded at http://mde.politics.ox.ac.uk/index.php/podcasts/82-podcasts-from-march-2011-conference

Footnote-of-the-Month:

Professor David Marquand, a long-time supporter of the Europaeum, has recently released a new, highly acclaimed book called The End of the West: the Once and Future Europe , published by Princeton University Press. David Marquand, a former member of the British Parliament and former Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford, argues that Europe's problems stem from outdated perceptions of global power, and calls for a drastic change in European governance to halt the continent's slide into irrelevance.

Exploring the baffling contrast between postwar success and current failures, Marquand examines the rebirth of ethnic communities from Catalonia to Flanders, the rise of xenophobic populism, the democratic deficit that stymies EU governance, and the thorny questions of where Europe's borders end and what it means to be European. Marquand contends that as China, India, and other nations rise, Europe must abandon ancient notions of an enlightened West and a backward East. He calls for Europe's leaders and citizens to confront the painful issues of ethnicity, integration, and economic cohesion, and to build a democratic and federal structure.

The End of the West shows that the continent must draw on all its reserves of intellectual and political creativity to thrive in an increasingly turbulent world, where the very language of "East" and "West" has been emptied of meaning.

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Endnote:

Oxford vote of no confidence- June 11
We have featured the increasing impact of cuts on Europe’s universities and also the differing ways that University academics have fought back, though resigned acceptance has the general strategy. Now Oxford University academics have delivered a crushing vote of “no confidence” in the UK Universities Minister, David Willetts.

Oxford’s governing body condemned current Government's higher education policy – which promises cuts in research, a trebling of university fees to £9,000 for undergraduates and 80 per cent cuts in some disciplines - by 283 votes to five.
History professor Robert Gildea – who has taken part in Europaeum workshops - said the changes to university funding were "reckless, incoherent and incompetent."Mr Cameron’s Government insist the reforms are fair and affordable.
There were cheers from inside and from student protesters outside as the vote was passed and its now being sent to the Government. Professor Gildea warned the changes would turn the university system into a "red carpet for the rich" which would take Oxford "back to Brideshead".

The warden of St Antony's College, Margaret MacMillan – who last year delivered a Europaeum lecture on the lessons from the 1919 Versailles Treaty - warned that the budget cuts would force universities to fill more places with overseas students. "We don't want to end up as a finishing school for rich students from around the world," said Professor MacMillan.

There were warnings that the increase in student debt accompanying higher fees would make it particularly difficult for young people to continue into postgraduate research. Students argued that the move to market forces would "push some subjects to the brink of extinction".

A Government spokesman said the reforms are fairer than the present system and affordable for the nation. "No student will be asked to pay upfront costs, there will be more financial support for poorer students and those who go on to earn the highest incomes will make the largest contributions after they have graduated.
This is an important marker. Academics at Cambridge University are set to debate a similar motion of no confidence and there are calls for similar debates and petitions in other universities. And it was Oxford who refused Mrs Thatcher an honorary degree because of deep cuts. Mr Cameron of course is an Oxford graduate, too.