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Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): TTIP-ping Point? The Present and Future of the Transatlantic Trade Agreement
scheduled for Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:00:00 CDT
<p>More details TBA</p>
Joint Transatlantic Security Symposium/Turkish Studies Symposium: Turkish Foreign Policy: Challenges and Opportunities
scheduled for Fri, 03 Apr 2015 08:30:00 CDT
<p>More information TBA</p>
Medieval Studies Spring Symposium: Medieval Media Resolutions
scheduled for Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:30:00 CDT
<p>Like the internet, the development of writing within particular cultures was initially<br />intended to facilitate certain kinds of transactions among certain specific users. But media&nbsp;revolutions &ndash; now and in the medieval world &ndash; occur because such new technologies facilitate&nbsp;and encourage innovative, unforeseen uses, leading to the widening of participatory&nbsp;communication networks and the recording of many different kinds of information. The result is&nbsp;the creation of new kinds of literacy, new public spheres, and new expectations. Another analogy&nbsp;could be drawn between medieval texts and the graphical user interface (GUI), which enables&nbsp;visual, sonic, and tactile hypertextual interactions: interactions that complicate, undermine, or&nbsp;enhance other forms of literacy. Indeed, this analogy could apply to any historical moment when&nbsp;the relationship among competing literacies, or between writing and other forms of communication, is being re-negotiated.</p> <p>This one-day symposium and workshop invites three distinguished visiting scholars to focus on moments or movements that might be regarded as &ldquo;medieval media revolutions.&rdquo; How did new recording technologies, or the intensified use of existing channels of communication, enable the formation (or closure) of networks and create (or disrupt) ways of accessing information? In keeping with the mission of The Medieval Globe &ndash; the new journal sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies &ndash; participants will also be encouraged to discuss the ways that such technologies may have fostered (or hindered) connections across and among regions of the medieval world. Each invited scholar will deliver a 45-minute paper/presentation, which will then be followed by a formal comment (15 minutes) by an appropriate Illinois medievalist; there will then be ample time for discussion. Drafts of the papers will be made available one month prior to the symposium, so that commentators can prepare suitable remarks. One session will take place in the late morning, followed by lunch; the two afternoon sessions (fueled by a coffee break) will be followed by general discussion and a small reception.</p> <p>Our invited guests for this event are: <strong>Christian de Pee</strong>, Associate Professor of History at&nbsp;the University of Michigan and author of T<em>he Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China: Text&nbsp;and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries</em> (2007), who is working on an&nbsp;intellectual history of the city in eleventh-century China and the ways that urban space was&nbsp;negotiated through new forms of writing; <strong>Jessica Goldberg</strong> (UCLA) whose book <em>Trade and&nbsp;Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Geniza Merchants and their Business&nbsp;World</em> (2013) is being followed by new studies of everyday written communication (in multiple<br />languages) throughout the medieval Mediterranean; and <strong>Warren Brown</strong>, Professor of History at&nbsp;CalTech and author of several important books on medieval documentation and conflict&nbsp;resolution, whose current project deals with the social uses of texts in northern Europe from late&nbsp;antiquity through the early Middle Ages.</p>
CHAMP Conference: Entrepreneurial Heritage and the Information Economy
scheduled for Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:00 CDT
<p>Heritage has entered a new stage of expediency, efficiency, and entrepreneurship. Although countries still scramble and compete to get their historic monuments put on UNESCO&rsquo;s World Heritage List, &ldquo;site preservation&rdquo; is no longer the driving impetus for inscription as it was when the World Heritage Convention was drafted in 1972 and for decades following.</p> <p>In recent years, national prestige, geopolitical assertion and, especially, economic development through tourism at these sites trump preservation as the rationales of attention to heritage. New claims to cultural heritage are asserted while old claims undergo revision so as to stay relevant. New cultural heritage management strategies are promoting &ldquo;optimization&rdquo; with a goal of being &ldquo;useful.&rdquo; Thus, we see adoption of novel strategies and market models aimed at making heritage sites productive.</p> <p>Furthermore, as social media and websites enable new forms of international interest and individual and community empowerment, cultural heritage is being recrafted for the 21st century&rsquo;s global knowledge economy. Traditional narratives of national identity around heritage sites are being challenged by new interpretations and their performative manifestations in real space and virtual space. New intellectual property titles for traditional performances and traditional goods are now combined with information age resources.</p> <p>Digital era transformations are unsettling relations between entrepreneurial logics, local heritage preservation and national and international markets. Such shifting dynamics merit greater, analysis and discussion. CHAMP offers this conference as a vehicle for exploration of these ideas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>PART I: ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EUROPEAN CULTURAL HERITAGE<br />9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.</strong></p> <p>9:00 a.m. - Opening Remarks</p> <ul> <li><strong>Helaine Silverman</strong> (Director, CHAMP)</li> <li><strong>Matthew Rosenstein</strong> (Associate Director, European Union Center)<br /><br /></li> </ul> <p>9:10-9:40 a.m. + discussion (9:40- 9:50 a.m.)<br /><em>The European Union: Institutions and Governance</em> <br /><strong>Robert Pahre</strong> (Political Science, University of Illinois) <br /><br />9:50-10:20 a.m. + discussion (10:20-10:30 a.m.) <br /><em>European Capitals of Culture</em> <br /><strong>Ulrich Fuchs</strong> (Program Director &ndash; Marseille European Capital of Culture) <br /><br />10:30-11:00 a.m. + discussion (11:00-11:10 a.m.) <br /><em>The European Heritage Label</em> <br /><strong>Jacqueline Pacaud</strong> (European Union, Brussels) <br /><br />11:10-11:40 a.m. + discussion (11:40-11:50 a.m.) <br /><em>Cultural Routes of Europe Project</em> <br /><strong>Eleonora Berti</strong> (Council of Europe Cultural Routes Project Coordinator, European Institute of Cultural Routes, Luxembourg) <br /><br />12-1:30 p.m. <strong>LUNCH BREAK</strong> <br /><br />1:30-2:00 p.m. + discussion (2:00-2:10 p.m.) <br /><em>Historic Royal Palaces: After Heritage</em> <br /><strong>Paul Kapp</strong> (Architecture, University of Illinois) <br /><br />2:10-2:40 p.m. + discussion (2:40-2:50 p.m.) <br /><em>Marketing Heritage: Historic Royal Palaces&rsquo; &ldquo;Poppies&rdquo; Celebration of the WWI Centenary</em> <br /><strong>Cele Otnes</strong> (Business Administration, University of Illinois) <br /><br /><strong>TEN MINUTE BREAK</strong> <br /><br /><strong>PART II: THE INFORMATION ECONOMY </strong><br /><strong>3:00 - 6:00 p.m.</strong> <br /><br />3:00 &ndash; 3:30 p.m. + discussion (3:30-3:40 p.m.) <br /><em>Chulucanas: Heritage, Globalization and Intellectual Property</em> <br /><strong>Anita Chan</strong> (Media and Cinema Studies, University of Illinois) <br /><br />3:40-4:10 p.m. + discussion (4:10-4:20 p.m.) <br /><em>Scalar Heritage</em> <br /><strong>Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska</strong> (Historical Administration Program, Eastern Illinois Univerity) <br /><br />4:20-4:50 p.m. + discussion (4:50-5:00 p.m.) <br /><em>Digital 3.0</em> <br /><strong>Mike Twidale</strong> (Library and Information Science, University of Illinois) <br /><br /><em>INTRODUCTION OF KEYNOTE SPEAKER BY DR. ANITA CHAN</em> (College of Media)<br /> 5:00-6:00 p.m. <br /><em>KEYNOTE: Heritage, Proprietary Imagination and the Knowledge Economy</em> <br /><strong>Rosemary Coombe</strong> (Law School, University of Toronto)</p>
“Utopias and Revolutions” Professional Development Workshop: The Experience of Revolution: Imagining, Seeking, and Making Utopia
scheduled for Sat, 02 May 2015 08:30:00 CDT
<p>The workshop will explore these questions across history and across the globe, with a particular focus on usable primary sources that bring alive people&rsquo;s motives and experiences and can awaken student thinking and exploration.<br /><br />More details TBA.</p> <p>Information about Global Utopias is available on <a href="http://globalutopias.weebly.com/">their website</a>.</p>

Past European Union Center Conferences