In this issue:
- Classics Colloquium 2011 on friendship
- Europe and its Leadership workshop
- Lecture: End of political violence?
- Europaeum Diary
- Visiting Professorships
- Policy forum on Higher Education
- MA Programme
Scholarships & Opportunities
- Oxford-Geneva Study Bursaries
- Internships in Oxford
Publications & Media
- Migration History Project report out
- TransAtlantic Scholar Blog
- Oxford report on migration
- European Philosophy Forum
Around the Member
- Bologna: Jenkins' Scholar lecture
- Paris: new medieval database project
- Oxford: Internet Institute 10 years old
- New international university rankings
- Philippe Burrin joins Board of Trustees
Professor Jean-Philippe Genet
Professor of Medieval History, Université Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne
Professor Jean-Philippie Genet has been a supporter of the Europaeum since Paris-I first joined the Europaeum. Professor Genet has been the academic chairman of our joint MA in European History and Civilisation since its inception nine years ago. His stalwart support has continued year by year, and he has also led workshops for us and given an important Europaeum Lecture published in our Europaeum Review. He has pioneered the use of computers in historical research and teaches about the value of databases to historians. He has just won a major €1.7m ERC grant to build a new medieval database research. Click here to learn more about this Europaeum supporter.
Photo of the Month!
Part of our Connecting Europe through History series, the 2010 workshop on the theme Transition from an Emigration Country to an Immigration Country, at the Collegio Erasmus, brought together history teachers and academics in Bologna University. Bologna teachers at the seminar (pictured above) were urged to "fight back and teach civil rights". The event explored how this transition is reflected in History Education in Italy, using shared experiences, media representations, and how this is received and can be dealt with in the classroom. 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
Applications to our our highly regarded Jenkins' Scholarship to Oxford are now being accepted. With up to four awards each worth around €12,000 to take a degree at Oxford, and one award for an Oxford graduate to study at one of the other Europaeum partner institutions, the Jenkins' Scholarship is a highly prestigious award. We encourage all interested students to carefully consult the application procedures, noting the application deadline of January 20th. Click here to read the application procedures
Other press releases can be found on the Europaeum website under the News Section.
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 on October 21st - 22nd. Classics graduate scholars at member universities of the Europaeum and leading academic experts will come together to present their papers for discussion and critique by fellow scholars. This year Helsinki will welcome graduates from Paris, Oxford, Bologna, Bonn, Krakow, Prague, Madrid and Leiden and young scholars from Oxford and Paris. Click here for a full list of participants.
Some of the themes covered will include the impacts of Roman imperialism, war, city life, culture and religion and myth. Click here for draft Programme and List of Abstracts. For further information, check out our website.
Graduate Workshop - Europe and its Leadership
The Europaeum is co-sponsoring a new three-day graduate workshop with Leiden University focussing on the role of leaders in European politics - yesterday, today and tomorrow. The event takes place in Leiden on November 11 - 13th, 2011. It will pose questions about Europe and Leadership: Does Europe still yearn for new ‘Giants’ to lead it through its crisis ? What is the role for President, Commissioners, Council and Parliament ? What leadership role for Europe in the world ? How has leadership failure contributed to current crises ? Why do some prefer Brussels and others their national politics ? We will also explore - as an underlying research question - how Europe can best secure stability and growth based on rational leadership and decision-making strategies. Click here to download the event Poster
As usual the event will allow 20 leading Europaeum scholars to present their research both to an international forum for discussion and in smaller working groups. Please send indications of interest to the office. Deadline is October 20th. All costs are covered apart from travel. Applications in the form of a CV, a letter of recommendation and a letter of motivation should go to the Europaeum, as well as to your local Europaeum Coordinator.
Europaeum Lecture in Oxford
Professor Keith Krause, Professor of International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, will be lecturing in 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, Charles Wiplosz and take part. See attached poster for details of the event
Please click here to view the Europaeum Diary of Forthcoming Events.....
Europaeum Visiting Professorship
The next EVP to be backed by the Europaeum will be Professor Alessandro Zironi from Bologna University to visit Charles University, Prague this month. Professor Zironi will lecture on the topic Disclosing Secrets: Virgil versus Zabulon in Middle High German Poems at a conference on Obscurity in the Middle Ages. Interested students should contact Dr Lucie Doležalová at the Institute for Greek and Latin Studies, Charles University, Prague.
Policy Forum on Higher Education
The Europaeum is planning a follow-up international policy forum to its major investigation into the Future for European Universities 2001-5, examining particularly the future of higher education in the former ECE region. The conference is planned for next year, with a working title of Higher Education: Progress, and Academic Freedom - Universities in East Central Europe since the Fall of the Wall. We plan to invite leading experts from across the Europaeum network, including the Rectors of the Jagiellonian University and Charles University Prague, education professors, leading figures from the Open Society Institute, the Higher Education Policy Institute, the Institute of Education, London University, and the Times Higher Education Supplement). The idea is to take stock of how much 'progress' has been made among top ECE region universities, what has been helpful, what has not and what happens next. Stay tuned for further details.
MA in European History and Civilization
Applications are now being accepted for the Europaeum’s 2011-2012 MA programme in European History and Civilization with terms spent at Leiden, Paris and Oxford. 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 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.
Click here to view recent matriculations photos from Oxford. For students view on the course see a summary of results plus a selection of anonymous quotes taken from recent evaluation forms, and student views from an article from the Europaeum Review.
Please support our recruitment efforts and distribute the attached Poster to students and colleagues and on noticeboards. Please also note the special deadlines for submission: April 1st, 2012, with final deadline June 1st, 2012.
Scholarships and Opportunities:
Oxford-Geneva Bursaries 2012-2013
The Europaeum is continuing its study bursaries scheme - 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 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. Since bursary holders are expected to be self-directed, and will need to negotiate their own study arrangements. Advice can be obtained by contacting the Europaeum Secretariat in Oxford, or the Office of the Deputy to the Director in Geneva. Each Bursary is worth €500.
The deadline for submission of applications will be early December 8th. 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.
The value of internships for graduate students has recently been endorsed as a key component for students entering the job market, according to University World News. The Europaeum has proudly offered lively internships to graduate students, doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars from Europaeum universities for a number of years. We are committed to providing engaging and fruitful work experience - with opportunities to pursue research studies in Oxford libraries, join lectures etc and travel in the UK. 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 internships for one to three months, and each intern will be asked to support general office work, work on current events and will be given a relevant 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.
Interns for early 2012 are now being selected. 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
Connecting Europe through History
The results of a year-long study programme of how Migration themes and Migratory Movements impact upon History teaching today, which linked to a series of key events held at Europaeum partner institutions at Oxford, Bologna, Leiden, Helsinki, Paris, and Krakow, as well as other university centres in Berlin, Vienna, and Nijmegen, has been sent to key participants and opinion leaders in history education as well as history teachers. The project aimed to highlight how significantly such movement of peoples has fashioned today's Europe, and set up out to 'close the gap' between University Historians and School History Teachers, to create new energy and also to enhance History in Schools which is now mostly not compulsory after the age of 14. The aims of the project are set out in an Introduction.
El Pomar TransAtlantic Blog
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
Report of the Month
Oxford History Workshop on Migration
Debates on current problems facing History teaching - How to generate interest ? How to keep it relevant, how to introduce new themes including migration ? especially as students look to give up History at the age of 14 because it is too difficult ? - were well aired in a lively debate held among four leading UK practitioners, which took place as part of the History Graduate Workshop held at Oxford last summer. A detailed report on this can be seen in a report on this Roundtable Debate which formed part of the workshop on Migration, Ethnicity and the Making of Modern Europe. This event was linked to the Connecting Europe through History year-long study programme of how migration themes and migratory movements impact upon History teaching today.
Forum for European Philosophy
Our friends in the Forum for European Philosophy - including Dr Nick Bunnin (Oxford) who is a co-director of our successful Cultural Difference in Europe series - have set up yet another stimulating programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events based at Oxford and the London School of Economics (LSE). All events are open free to academics and the public, and include lectures, conferences, reading groups and book forums. Among forthcoming events are events on themes such as Personal Autonomy and Public Authority, Architecture and Happiness, and Extended Selves. Please view the full listing of events on the Forum's website. The Forum website also hosts podcasts of a large number of their events, providing a wealth of accessible information for interested students and scholars. Click for the FEP archive here
Around the Members:
BOLOGNA: Jenkins' Scholar lectures at Oxford
Dr Valentina Pugliano, a former Jenkins Scholar, gave a lecture at Oxford University on Apothecaries in Modern Europe, 'Between Albarelli and Vipers: The Intellectual Life of the 16th Century Apothecary Conoisseur' at the Maison Française d'Oxford. Dr Pugliano was a Jenkins Scholar 2005-6, at Mansfield College, when she gained an MSt in Women's Studies. She completed her PhD in History at Mansfield on 'Botanical artisans: apothecaries and the study of nature in Venice and London, 1550-1630' and is continuing her research on her way to an academic career. Click here to read a report of her lecture
PARIS: New medieval scholars database
A major new international database recording family and other links behind medieval documents is being constructed by Professor Jean-Philippe Genet, Professor of History, at Paris 1. The vast Signs and States project is being carried out with a €1,700,000 grant from the prestigious European Research Council with a team of nine doctoral students. The project, which will run for four years until March 2014, aims to allow scholars to compare medieval texts and authors dating from 1100-1650 authentically, solving autographical and lexicographical problems that currently dog such prosopographical research. “Our project is not only about states, but rather - as I call it - the semiotics of the states, including speeches, texts, music, images, everything to do with political and public communication,” as Professor Genet explains his work.
OXFORD: Internet Institute marks 10 years
The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) - an academic centre for the study of the societal implications of the Internet, and partner of the Europaeum - celebrated its tenth anniversary last month with a special awards ceremony and public plenary session on A Decade in Internet Time, including talks by Professor Bill Dutton, standing down as director, and Dame Stephanie Shirley, the founder. The award for "Best Internet Politician" went to MP Tom Watson (who has just exposed the phone hacking scandal in the UK, ) while "Best UK Internet Journalist" went to Simon Rogers, and "Best UK Internet NGO" to 38 Degrees. The Europaeum and the OII collaborated on a highly successful conference on Digitisation in 2008. Dr Andrew Graham, who is standing down as Chair of the Oxford Europaeum Group is to become a Senior Research Fellow at the OII. Click here for further information about other OII anniversary awards.
New 2011 University Rankings
A flurry of world ranking league tables have appeared in recent weeks and the Europaeum team is pleased once again to analyse how our partner universities are faring - recognising of course
that league tables only provide part of the story - in part a snapshot of the and in part dependency of which criterion are used and how the weightings are organised. We have therefore looked at three recent
tables - the QS table, the Shanghai, and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Rankings for most of our institutions have been stable since last year, with Oxford and Leiden marginally improving,
and one or two others marginally declining. For additional information, please click on the links below for each of the three tables !
||THE World ranking (2010 in brackets)
|| Shanghai ranking
|University of Oxford
|University of Helsinki
|University of Bologna
|University of Bonn
|Université Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne
|Jagiellonian University Krakow
|Charles University Prague
|Complutense University Madrid
|N.B. The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva is not included in the University Ranking, since it is not a full university.