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Upcoming Lectures

REEEC New Directions Lecture: Paprika, Foie Gras and Red Mud: Hungary Ten Years after EU Accession
scheduled for Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:00:00 CDT
<div class="description-row"> <p><strong>Abstract:</strong><br />Prof. Gille goes behind the popularity of the current governing party FIDESZ&rsquo;s slogan &ldquo;Nem lesz&uuml;nk gyarmat!&rdquo; ("We are not going to be a colony!") by approaching Hungary&rsquo;s immersion in a global context through three stories that captivated lay people&rsquo;s political imagination. The first is the 2004 ban on the sale and use of paprika due contamination by a carcinogenic mycotoxin; the second is the 2010 boycott of Hungarian foie gras by an Austrian animal rights organization; and the third is the 2014 red mud spill, Hungary&rsquo;s worst industrial accident. These scandals, as Hungarians learned and talked about them, revealed certain previously hidden aspects of the relationship between their country and the European Union. Prof. Gille will analyze the three cases in the tradition of global ethnography, and she will use them to illustrate a new trend in the relationship between politics and materiality in the European Union.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Followed by the REEEC Fall Reception.</em></p> <p><strong>Speaker Bio:</strong> <br />Zsuzsa Gille is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of <em>From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary </em>(Indiana University Press 2007&mdash;honorable mention for the AAASS Davis Prize), co-editor of <em>Post-Communist Nostalgia</em> with Maria Todorova (Berghahn Press 2010), and co-author of <em>Global Ethnography: Forces, Connections and Imaginations in a Postmodern World</em> (University of California Press, 2000). She was the special guest editor of <em>Slavic Review&rsquo;s</em> thematic cluster on Nature, Culture, Power (2009). Her book <em>Paprika, Foie Gras, and Red Mud: The Politics of Materiality in the European Union </em>(2016 Indiana University Press) investigates the relationship between power and materiality in a transnational context.</p> </div>
The Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology: Music and Citizenship
scheduled for Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:00:00 CDT
<p>Citizenship debates &ndash; traditionally focused on questions about property, liberty of the person, representation &ndash; shifted radically in the 1990s. Globalization pushed questions about &lsquo;flexible citizenship&rsquo;, about problems of inclusion and exclusion in a world of migrancy, war, and failed states. Feminist and queer movements made questions about sexual rights central to citizenship discourse, and with them the politics of feeling, emotion, and care. Responses to Habermas explored the idea of counter-publics, spaces of citizenly participation involving alternative structures of emotional disclosure and recognition. Preoccupied with matters of identity in the 1990s, ethnomusicology has, arguably, been slow to respond. This lecture looks at the place of music and musicians in constructions of citizenly virtue with four foci: emotion, environment, the body, the public sphere. It springs from questions that Dr. Martin Stokes explored in a recent book on Turkish music (The Republic of Love, University of Chicago Press, 2010), but traces the configurations of a more general and more global inquiry from the middle of the twentieth century on.</p>
EUC Lecture Series: "Does the Lisbon Strategy work? Do Social Investment Policies Produce More and Better Jobs?"
scheduled for Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:00:00 CDT
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong></p> <p>The stated goal of the 2000 Lisbon Summit of the European Union was &lsquo;to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion. . . Investing in people and developing an active and dynamic welfare state will be crucial.&rsquo; In my lecture, I will examine whether there is empirical evidence that social investment does produce &ldquo;more and better jobs.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Bio:</strong></p> <p>John Stephens received his B.A. (1970) from Harvard University and his Ph.D. (1976) from Yale University. His main interests are comparative politics and political economy, with area foci on Europe, the Antipodes, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He teaches European politics and the political economy of advanced industrial societies. He is the author of&nbsp;<em>The Transition from Capitalism to Socialism</em>&nbsp;(1979) and coauthor of&nbsp;<em>Democratic Socialism in Jamaica</em>&nbsp;(with Evelyne Huber, 1986),&nbsp;<em>Capitalist Development and Democracy</em>&nbsp;(with Evelyne Huber and Dietrich Rueschemeyer, 1992; Outstanding Book Award, Political Sociology Section, ASA),&nbsp;<em>Development and Crisis of the Welfare State</em>&nbsp;(with Evelyne Huber, 2001; Best Book Award, Political Economy Section, APSA), and&nbsp;<em>Democracy and the Left: Social Policy and Inequality in Latin America&nbsp;</em>(with Evelyne Huber, 2012, Outstanding Book Award, Sociology of Development Section, ASA; Best Book Award, Political Economy of the World System Section, ASA). He has also contributed articles to, among others,&nbsp;<em>The American Political Science Review, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, The British Journal of Sociology, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Social Policy,&nbsp;</em><em>and World Politics</em>. He is currently working on a study of social investment policy in Europe and Latin America.</p> <p>To be followed by the EUC Fall reception (4-6 pm, ACES Library Heritage Room).</p>
Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): Back to School ... at What Cost: Comparing Higher Education Models in the US and Europe
scheduled for Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:00:00 CDT
CSAMES Lecture: "Time, Conscience, History: Ghulam Husain Tabatabai and the Rise of British Rule in India"
scheduled for Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:00:00 CDT
Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): Language and Identity in the Francophone World (in French)
scheduled for Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:00:00 CDT
Lecture: Cosmopolitan Language Systems in the Mediterranean
scheduled for Mon, 19 Oct 2015 17:00:00 CDT
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong><br />TBA</p> <p><strong>Bio:</strong></p> <p>Karla Mallette studies communications between literary traditions in the medieval Mediterranean&mdash;especially Arabic and the Romance vernaculars&mdash;and the way that we remember that history today. Her first book, <em>The Kingdom of Sicily, 1100-1250: A Literary History</em> (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), traced the transition between Arabic and Italian literary traditions in medieval Sicily; her second, <em>European Modernity and the Arab Mediterranean</em> (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), focused on a southern European tradition of scholarship that identifies the origins of modernity in the contact between Islamic and Christian civilizations in the medieval Mediterranean. Her current project, tentatively titled&nbsp;<em>Lives of the Great Languages: Cosmopolitan Languages in the Medieval Mediterranean</em>, studies the strategies that language uses to transcend the boundaries that language creates. By profiling two pre-modern cosmopolitan languages, Arabic and Latin, and acknowledging the emergent cosmopolitan languages of the twenty-first century, the book contextualizes and defamiliarizes the national language system of European modernity. She has published essays on medieval translations of Aristotelian philosophy, framed narratives, European Orientalism, and Mediterranean Studies, in addition to Italian literature.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): Europe’s Jews: Past, Present, Future?
scheduled for Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:00:00 CDT
Roundtable Discussion: Greece and the Future of the EU
scheduled for Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:00:00 CDT
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong><br />TBA</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
REEEC Lecture: The Political Prisoner as a Global Figure
scheduled for Tue, 03 Nov 2015 12:00:00 CST
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong> <br />What is a political prisoner, and how do we recognize such a figure? One medium through which we approach the political prisoner - movements that support or publicize them. Using the cases of Poland, Ireland, and South Africa over the course of the 20th century, Prof. Kenney will examine how the political prisoner has variously been the object of general humanitarian concern, a martyr used to rally political movements, and a neutralized symbol of the cause of human rights. Key movements to be examined will be Red Help, the International Committee for Political Prisoners, and Amnesty International.<br /><br /><strong>Speaker Bio:</strong> <br />Padraic Kenney is Professor of History and International Studies at Indiana University. He is the author or editor of seven books, including A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe 1989 (Princeton, 2002) and&nbsp; 1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War's End (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010). He is now completing a manuscript entitled: "Dance in Chains: The Rhythms of Political Imprisonment in the Modern World" for Oxford University Press.</p>
EUC Lecture Series: A Pastor’s Daughter in a “Difficult Fatherland”: Reconciling East and West German Identities
scheduled for Mon, 09 Nov 2015 12:00:00 CST
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong><br />The&nbsp; present&nbsp; inevitably serves as the frame of reference for shaping any citizen&rsquo;s understanding of the past.&nbsp; On the surface, the events of&nbsp; 1989-90 drove fifteen million eastern residents&nbsp; to make a completebreak with the GDR way-of-life, while over sixty&nbsp; million Westerners (outside Berlin) were free to&nbsp; continue business and politics as usual.&nbsp; The former were immediately required to reassess who they were, how they had related to SED regime, and whether they had suffered or benefited from state activities. Those who were not quick to renounce all aspects of&nbsp; their lives under socialism&nbsp; were accused Ostalgie [eastern nostalgia];&nbsp; paradoxically,&nbsp; no one investigated its logical counterpart,&nbsp; Westalgie.<br />This&nbsp; talk explores&nbsp; Merkel&rsquo;s contributions to a slow but steady reconciliation of East-West differences&nbsp; along three axes, allowing them to&nbsp; &ldquo;come to terms&rdquo; with the past, the present and the prospect of a&nbsp; united&nbsp; future, respectively.&nbsp; First, I address the interpretations&nbsp; at stake in three diverging historical narratives:&nbsp; 1) assigning blame for the Third Reich and the Holocaust; 2) explaining &ldquo;collaboration&rdquo; with the so-called SED-dictatorship;&nbsp; and 3) judging the radically different meanings&nbsp; each side ascribes&nbsp; to the events of &ldquo;1968.&rdquo;&nbsp; The next section, focusing on &ldquo;working through the present&rdquo; (Gegewartsbew&auml;ltigung), illustrates ways in which Merkel has learned to leverage&nbsp; EU gender&nbsp; policies to&nbsp; &ldquo;modernize&rdquo;&nbsp; the conservative&nbsp; parties (CDU/CSU). Ironically, many reforms of the last decade have &ldquo;reinstated&rdquo; East German policies for women, including&nbsp; rights to&nbsp; abortion, child-care, family-work reconciliation, etc.&nbsp; Regarding&nbsp; Germany&rsquo;s need to &ldquo;master its&nbsp; future&rdquo; (Zukunfstbew&auml;ltigung),&nbsp; the childless Chancellor&nbsp; is extremely aware of Germany&rsquo;s&nbsp; looming demographic crisis:&nbsp; its population is expected to plunge from 82.5 million to 69 million by 2050, resulting in a major skilled labor shortage;&nbsp; Merkel is pushing her compatriots to scale back their expectations of Father State while also accepting migration and&nbsp; integration as a normal component of national life.&nbsp;&nbsp; I argue that her &ldquo;plain speaking&rdquo; and her &ldquo;personalization&rdquo; of many issues have helped to establish a more inclusive identity for many societal groups (e.g., gays and persons of migrant descent), not only those positioned along the East-West divide.&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>Speaker Bio:</strong></p> <p>Joyce Marie Mushaben&nbsp;(Ph. D., Political Science, Indiana University 1981) is a Professor of Comparative Politics, a Research Fellow in the Center for International Studies, and former Director of the Institute for Women's &amp; Gender Studies (2002-2005). Fluent in German, her teaching centers on comparative public policy, European politics, women's leadership, citizenship, immigration and globalization. Her research covers new social movements, youth protest, German unification and identities, gender, ethnicity and welfare policies, and the European Union.</p> <p>&nbsp;Her books/monographs include&nbsp;<em>From Post-War to Post-Wall Generations: Changing Attitudes towards the National Question and NATO in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949-1995</em>&nbsp;(Westview, 1998);&nbsp;<em>Identity without a Hinterland? Continuity and Change in National Consciousness in the German Democratic Republic, 1949-1989</em>&nbsp;(AICGS/Johns Hopkins University, 1993);&nbsp;<em>The Changing Faces of Citizenship: Social Integration and Political Mobilization among Ethnic Minorities in Germany</em>&nbsp;(Berghahn Books, 2008); and a co-edited text with Gabriele Abels,&nbsp;<em>Gendering the European Union: New Responses to Old Democratic Deficits</em>&nbsp;(forthcoming 2009). Her articles have appeared in&nbsp;<em>World Politics</em>,&nbsp;<em>Polity</em>,&nbsp;<em>West European Politics</em>,&nbsp;<em>German Politics</em>,&nbsp;<em>German Politics &amp; Society</em>, the&nbsp;<em>Journal of Peace Research</em>,&nbsp;<em>Democratization</em>,&nbsp;<em>Citizenship Studies</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Femina Politica</em>,. She serves on the Executive Boards of the International Association for the Study of German Politics, and the German Studies Association, as well as on Editorial Boards for&nbsp;<em>German Politics &amp; Society</em>, and the&nbsp;<em>Journal of Immigrant &amp; Refugee Studies.</em></p> <p><br />&nbsp;Having received a 1999 Trailblazer Award and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Creativity in 2007, Mushaben is a three-time Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (1985 -1986, 2002, 2005); a former Ford Foundation Fellow (1989-1990), a guest scholar at the Academy for Social Sciences and the Central Institute for Youth Research (GDR). She was named the first Research Associate in the BMW Center for German &amp; European Studies at Georgetown University (1990-91), a Visiting Professor at the Ohio State University (1994-95), and Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Erfurt, Germany (1996). She is commonly known as "Dr. J."</p>
CAS Brown Bag: “Boubacar Boris Diop’s Le temps de Tamango: Pillaging ‘Fortress Europe’”
scheduled for Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:00:00 CST
Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): Migrants and Refugees: Comparing Regions
scheduled for Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:00:00 CST
Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): The Climate for Climate Change Negotiations
scheduled for Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:00:00 CST

Past Lectures

Fall 2011

  • September 9, Friday
    "A Comparison of Fiscal Integration and Centralization in the EU and USA"
    Gregor van der Beek, Visiting Scholar, EUC, UIUC
  • September 13, Tuesday
    "Europe or America or China: Which has the Better Development Model for the 21st Century?"
    Steven Hill, Writer and Columnist, author of Europe's Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age
  • September 23, Friday
    "From Social Dynamics to Individual Support for the EU"
    Elizabeth Radziszewski, Visiting Scholar, EUC, UIUC
  • October 11, Tuesday
    "Islam in Europe: The French Prohibition against Face Covering and the Burqa"
    Gilles Cuniberti, Professor of Comparative Law and Private International Law, University of Luxembourg
  • October 14, Friday
    "Implementing Clean Energy Goals in the EU"
    Torsten H. Fransson, Professor of Heat and Power Technology, KTH Royal Institute
  • October 20, Thursday
    "The Post-socialist Changes in Europe and the Roma minority: Importance of educational strategies to future improvement"
    Gbor Darczi, Director of the Romaversitas Foundation, Hungary
  • October 21, Friday
    "The Irish Writer as Global Public Intellectual: Fiction and Cultural Journalism between Ireland and New York"
    Helena Wulff, Professor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University
  • October 25, Tuesday
    "Breaking Up the Family? Migrants, Homophobia, and the Political Left in Europe"
    Patrick Ireland, Professor of Political Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • November 1, Tuesday
    "Looming Crisis of Democracy: Lessons from Two Decades of Post-Yugoslav Democratization"
    Vedran Dzihic, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow, John Hopkins University
  • November 10, Thursday
    "New Directions in Russia Eastern Europe and Eurasia - The Caucasus region as crossroads of interests of Russia, Turkey, Iran, USA and EU"
    Sergey Markendonov, Visiting Fellow, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program
  • November 11, Friday
    "Comparing Agricultural Policy in the EU and US"
    David Bullock, Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois
  • December 2, Friday
    "Implications of the Polish Presidency of the EU for Europe and Transatlantic Affairs"
    Maciej Pisarski, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Poland

Spring 2011

  • January 28, Friday
    "Undercover Operations in the United States and Europe: A Comparative Perspective"
    Jacqueline Ross, Law, University of Illinois
  • February 18, Friday
    "Politics, Institutions and the European Sovereign Debt Crisis"
    Konstantinos Kourtikakis, Political Science, University of Illinois
  • February 24, Thursday
    "The New Sick Man of Europe? Greece in Crisis"
    Iason Athanasiadis, Writer, Photographer, Political Analyst, & Television Producer
  • March 4, Friday
    "Proving Ground or Pasture?: Candidate Selection in European Elections
    William Bernhard, Political Science, University of Illinois
  • March 17, Thursday
    "Feeding the World: The Role of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation"
    Prabhu Pingali, Deputy Director of the Agriculture Development Program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • March 30, Wednesday
    "Performing Salvation in Dante's Divine Comedy"
    Albert Russell Ascoli, Italian Studies, University of California - Berkley
  • March 30, Wednesday
    "How to Kill Entrepreneurship: England before 1660, France before 1789, China before 1978, India before 1991, and the Lessons Learned"
    Deirdre N. McCloskey, Economics, History, English, and Communication, UIC
  • April 8, Friday
    "Trade Unions in the European Union: Confronting Challenges of Diversity"
    Monica Bielski Boris, Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois
  • April 18, Monday
    "A Comparative Sociological Study of Attitudes Within the EU: The Case of the New Members from Eastern/Central Europe and the Balkans"
    Krastyo Petkov, Former member of the Bulgarian parliament and former President of Bulgaria's labor union confederation
  • May 5, Thursday
    "Znaniecki Lecture 2011: Saskia Sassens"
    Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
  • June 23, Thursday
    "The Immigration Dilemma: The U.S. and Europe Compared"
    Terri Givens, Government, University of Texas at Austin

Fall 2010

  • September 3, Friday
    "The Constitution of Europe: European Integration and the Idea of Europe"
    Emanuel Rota, Italian, University of Illinois
  • October 1, Friday
    "How the Islamic Past Figures in Spain's Modern National Identity"
    D. Fairchild Ruggels, Landscape Architecture
  • November 3, Wednesday
    "Marketing Scandinavia and Europe to a Global Consumer: Product Packaging, Movies, and a Little Bit about IKEA"
    Dr. Louise Nilsson, Intellectual History, Uppsala University Swedend
  • December 3, Friday
    "Polish Borderlands and Literature"
    George Gasyna, Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Illinois


For information about lectures prior to fall 2010, please contact the EU Center.