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European Studies Group Lecture - Estrella de Diego

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Virtual
The European Studies Group will present a virtual guest lecture by Professor Estrella de Diego of the Universidad Complutense (UCM) from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, via Zoom.  An art historian, curator, and member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and of the board of trustees of the Museo del Prado, Estrella de Diego will deliver a talk entitled "Negotiating Museum Narratives," discussing topics from her forthcoming book, The Prado Unnoticed. This event is free and open to the public...
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European Studies Group Lecture - Esther Peeren

Monday, April 11, 2022 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Virtual
The European Studies Group will present a virtual guest lecture by Professor Esther Peeren of the University of Amsterdam in a talk entitled "Hinterlands at Sea in Ben Smith's Doggerland" from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11.   This event is free and open to the public.  REGISTER TO ATTEND VIA ZOOM   While the rural-urban-riverine-maritime hinterlands of contemporary global capital are as contested as the hinterlands of the heydays of colonialism, instead of as spaces to be developed, they...
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European Studies Group Lecture - Esther Peeren

Monday, April 4, 2022 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Virtual
The European Studies Group will present a virtual guest lecture by Professor Esther Peeren of the University of Amsterdam in a talk entitled "Suspicious Minds: Symptomatic Reading in Latour, Derrida, and Wynter" from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4.   This event is free and open to the public. REGISTER TO ATTEND VIA ZOOM  Against the background of the recent postcritical backlash against close and especially symptomatic reading in literary studies, Peeren will argue for the need to remain...
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Authoritarian Tendencies Across the Globe

Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Virtual
As a follow-up to Professor Timothy Snyder’s Ida Beam lecture "History and Freedom: The Past, Present, and Future of Tyranny," International Programs, the Department of French and Italian, and the European Studies Group will host a roundtable of international experts for a discussion entitled "Authoritarian Tendencies Across the Globe," on Thursday, December 9, at 2:00 p.m., via Zoom.  With Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Russ Ganim serving as moderator, panelists will...
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Ida Beam Visiting Lecturer: Timothy Snyder

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Virtual
On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 5 p.m., International Programs, the European Studies Group, and the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures will host a lecture from Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Timothy Snyder, professor of history from Yale University, entitled "History and Freedom: The Past, Present, and Future of Tyranny." Free and open to the public. REGISTER TO ATTEND VIA ZOOM Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale...

2021

Two webinars with scholar and video artist Mieke Bal
Traumatic Poetics | 12:30 p.m. | Thursday, April 22, 2021 | via Zoom
Essay as Trying | 12:30 p.m. | Friday, April 23, 2021 | via Zoom

2020

Europe: A Community That is Not One
2:00 p.m. | Thursday, November 12, 2020 | via Zoom
Lecture by Simon Glendinning, London School of Economics
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2019

Goya: The War Years (1808-1814)
5:00 p.m. | Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 116 Art Building West
Lecture by Janis A. Tomlinson of the University of Delaware
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2018

Lecture by Dr. Rui Gomes Coelho: "An Old Woman Gave Us Shelter: Resistance and Hospitality in the Galician-Portuguese Border"
2:30-4 p.m. | Friday, November 2 | 27 Macbride Hall
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2017

“The Syrian Refugee Crisis: German, European, and Middle Eastern Perspectives”
Panel discussion between Yasemin Mohammad (UI German), Consul General Quelle, Ahmed Souaiaia (UI Religious Studies), and Nell Gabiam (ISU Anthropology)
Monday, November 6 | 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A

“After Brexit, after Trump: Germany at the Polls 2017”
Panel discussion between Herbert Quelle (Chicago Consul General for Germany), Luis Martin-Estudillo (UI Spanish-Portuguese) and Gerhard Loewenberg (emeritus, UI Political Science) one day after the German Parliamentary Elections. Open to general public (mandatory for students in Germany in the World).
Monday, September 25 | 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A

Guest Lecture: "Public Tears and Secrets of the Heart: Populism, Secessionism, and the Question of Democratic Excess"
Professor L. Elena Delgado, Grinnell College
Friday, April 7 | 2:30 p.m. | 315 Phillips Hall
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Guest Lecture: "Confronting Transnational Histories: Violence, Protests, and Migration in Aras Ören’s Unexpected Visitor"
Professor Yasemin Mohammad,
Friday, April 14 | 4:00 p.m. | 315 Phillips Hall
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Guest Lecture: "The Exhibition of Modern Art in Berlin (1913): Using 3D Simulation to Explore the Past"
Professor Jenny Anger, Grinnell College
Friday, February 24 | 2:30 p.m. | 315 Phillips Hall
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2016

"Fleur royale, fleur rebelle: The Friendship of Marie Antoinette and Lady Oscar in The Rose of Versailles"
Lecture by Russell Ganim
3:00 p.m. | Friday, November 11, 2016
315 Phillips Hall

"The Poetics of HIV/AIDS in Contemporary Spain"
Talk by José Pablo Barragán
Friday, October 21, 2016
1117 UCC (International Commons)

“Le Soleil Couchant by Théophile Gautier (1830): An Introduction to Reading French Poetry”
Talk by Professor Geoffrey Hope
Friday, April 8, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

"New Research on the Nun-scribes of Renaissance Italy"
Talk by cultural historian Melissa N. Moreton
Friday, April 15, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

“Euro-Pudding, Transnationalism, Pop-Art…? A look at Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Cinéma-monde”
Talk by Stacey Weber-Fève
Tuesday, April 19, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

"Writing the Early Modern Spanish Empire in the Pacific"
Talk by Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez
Tuesday, April 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

2015

“Indulgenced Spectatorship and the Monetization of Piety in Pre-Reformation Germany”
Presented by: Glenn Ehrstine, professor of German (University of Iowa)
Friday, March 27 12:30 pm
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

“Monumental Struggles for Decolonization: Colonial Statues, Iconoclasm, and Preservation during the Algerian War”"Narrating the Postwar with Robinson Crusoe"
Presented by: Sheryl Kroen, associate professor of history (University of Florida)
Wednesday, April 1, 20:30 pm
Location: 1117 (IP Commons), University Capitol Centre

“Monumental Struggles for Decolonization: Colonial Statues, Iconoclasm, and Preservation during the Algerian War”
Presented by: Jennifer Sessions, associate professor of history (University of Iowa)
Friday, April 24, 12:30 pm
Location: 2520B, University Capitol Centre

“Critical Regionalism and Historical Reason in Spanish Documentary"
Presented by: Cristina Moreiras-Menor, professor of women's studies and romance languages and literatures (University of Michigan)
Monday, April 27, 12:30 pm
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

"History Forclosed in the ‘Postmemorial’ Fiction of the Algerian War in France: the massacre of 17 October, 1961 in Paris"
Presented by: Michel Laronde, professor of French (University of Iowa)
Friday, May 1, 12:30 pm
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

"Europe as a Literary Concept: The case of Victor Hugo"
Presented by: Edward Ousselin, professor of French (Western Washington University)
Friday, October 16 3:30 p.m.
Location: 2520D UCC

2014

"Diversity in the Prehistoric Past: Archaeological Excavations at the Neolithic Burial Site of Bolores, Portugal"
Presented by: Katina Lillios, associate professor, anthropology
Friday, April 11, 2014
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

"Agency and Authorship in the Early Modern Social Network"
Presented by: Blaine Greteman, assistant professor, English
Friday, April 18, 2014
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

"Conversations with a Cabbage: Cyrano de Bergerac's Posthuman Moon"
Presented by: Roland Racevskis, professor, French
Friday, April 25, 2014
Location: 2780 UCC

"Fascism's African Empire: A Soldier-Warrior’s Story"
Presented by: Victoria de Grazia (Columbia University)
Monday, May 5, 2014
Location: 1117 UCC

Slovakia’s Post-Communist Journey in a Shifting Europe
Presented by: Pavol Demeš
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
12:30 p.m.
1117 UCC

We have the same memory: A few ideas on translation and the European novel
Presented by: Jordi Puntí
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
3 p.m.
315 Phillips Hall

Sixth European Studies Conference

"From Enthusiasm to Skepticism: a Changing European Union"
Friday, December 5, 2014
315 Phillips Hall

This conference is co-sponsored by International Programs and the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Schedule:

8:45-9:15 a.m.
Opening of the Conference
Michel Laronde, Conference organizer
Downing Thomas, Associate provost and dean of International Programs
Russell Ganim, Director, Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures

9:30-10:30 a.m.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Michael Johns (Laurentian University, Ontario)
"Social Cohesion in the European Union: The True Threat of Euro-Skepticism"

11:00-11:45 a.m.
Waltraud Maierhofer
(German)

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Catered lunch on location

1:30-2:30 p.m.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: John Gillingham
, (University of Missouri - Saint Louis)
"Is the Past of the European Union a Guide to its Future?"

2:45-3:15 p.m.
Martin Lopez-Vega
(Spanish & Portuguese)

3:30-4:15 p.m.
Alexander (Sascha) Somek
(College of Law)

Keynote Speakers

Michael Johns
Chair of Political Science, Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada
Title: Social Cohesion in the European Union: The True Threat of Euro-Skepticism

John Gillingham
Former University of Missouri Board of Curators Professor of History, University of Missouri - Saint Louis
Title: Is the Past of the European Union a Guide to its Future?

2013

European Studies Group Spring 2013 Lecture Series

February 8, noon, UCC 2520C, Denise Filios (Spanish & Portuguese, UI), "Islamic Literary Salons and Andalusian Historiography: Narrating the Conquest of Iberia"
March 1, noon, UCC 1117, Dimitrios Latsis, "À la recherche de Yankee Art: Franco-American 'Exhibition Diplomacy' on the Eve of WWII"
April 18, 5 p.m., UCC 2520D, Shannon Fogg (History, Missouri University of Science and Technology), "Restitution: Reconstructing Jewish Lives in Twentieth-Century France"
May 3, noon, UCC 2520B, Luis Martin-Estudillo (Spanish & Portuguese, UI), "Confabulations: Guarding and Regarding Fortress Europe's Southern Walls"

African Migrants to Spain and the (Silent) Voice of the Subaltern
Presented by:
Michael Ugarte, Middlebush Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Missouri
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Room 2390 University Capitol Centre

The European Union’s Democracy Deficit – Then and Now
Presented by:
Alexander Somek
Date: Friday, Oct. 25
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: 1117 University Capitol Centre

European Studies Conference: “Bridging European Divides”
December 6-7, 2013

315 Phillips Hall
University of Iowa

This year, The Fifth European Studies Conference on Europe and its links to the world is entitled “Bridging European Divides.” This open title suggests that we welcome diverse perspectives from many areas of scholarship in a range of disciplines on any topic, time period, situation or concept that may have bearing on modern Europe.

The Fifth European Studies Conference is co-sponsored by International Programs and the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The European Studies Conference is associated with the European Studies Group, a center located in International Programs that coordinates lectures, panel discussions, and other events focusing on European issues.

Conference Schedule

Friday, DECEMBER 6

10:30-11:00 a.m. Coffee and Tea
Opening of the Conference, Welcoming remarks
Michel Laronde, Conference organizer
Downing Thomas, Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs
Russell Ganim, Director, Division of World Languages, Literatures &Cultures

11:00- 12:00 GUEST SPEAKER: Roberto Dainotto (Duke University)
Europe: Of Borders and Bridges

12:00-1:00 Catered Lunch on location

1:00-3:00 Presentations by UI Faculty:

  • 1:00 Anny Domnique Curtius (French and Italian)
    Bestializing Cécile Kyenge and Christiane Taubira: the Entanglements of Race and Female Political Leadership in France and Italy

  • 1:30 Luis Martin-Estudillo (Spanish and Portuguese)
    Trucking Europe: Heritage and Flow in Jordi Puntí’s Lost Luggage

  • 2:30 Waltraud Maierhofer (German)
    Human Trafficking in Recent German Crime Scene TV

3:00-3:30: Coffee Break

3:30-4:30 GUEST SPEAKER: Jean-Louis Pautrot (Saint-Louis University)
Challenging the Divides at the Core of European Diversity: Agamben and Quignard on Naked Life

Saturday, DECEMBER 7

9:30-10:00 a.m. Coffee and Tea

10:00-11:00 Presentations by UI Faculty

  • 10:00 Yasemin Mohammad (German)
    Re-imagining European Collective Memory and Identity in Jamal Mahjoub’s The Carrier

  • 10:30 Elke Heckner (German)
    Recent Memorial Culture and the Question of European Futurity

11:00-12:00 GUEST SPEAKER: Roberta Tabanelli (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Transnational Cinema and the Italian Migrant Film

12:00-2:00 Catered Lunch on location
Il resto della note/The Rest of the Night (Francesco Munzi, 2008)
Introduction and Q&A

Keynote speakers

Roberto Dainotto, Professor of Romance Studies, Duke University
Title: Europe: of Borders and Bridges

Jean-Louis Pautrot, Professor of French & International Studies, Saint Louis University
Title: Challenging the Divides at the Core of European Modernity: Agamben and Quignard on Naked Life

Roberta Tabanelli, Associate Professor of Italian & Film Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia
Title: Transnational cinema and the Italian migrant film

2012

The European Studies Group Spring 2012 Lecture Series
This series is sponsored by the European Studies Group and the UI Center for Human Rights, both within International Programs; the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures; and the Department of History in CLAS.

“Sex before Fascism: Law, Sexology, and Social Belonging in German-speaking Central Europe, 1750-1940”
Presented by : Matthew Conn (History, UI)
Date: Friday, February 3
Time: Noon
Location: 51 SH

“'Caves filled with gold': French Feminist Perspectives on Race, Empire, & the 'Jewish Question,' 1860-1914”
Presented by: Carolyn Eichner (History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: UCC 1117

Screening of "The Forgetting Game"
Followed by Q& A with director Russell Shaeffer
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: UCC 1117

“The Good Buyer: Creating Mass Consumer Society in Postwar France”
Presented by: Rebecca Pulju (History, Kent State University)
Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: UCC 1117

“My Mother, the Stranger: Ruptures, Transmissions, and Stereotypes in Popular Representations of Arab-French Mothers by their Daughters”
Presented by: Rebecca Léal (French and Italian, UI)
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: Noon
Location: UCC 2520D

Fourth Annual European Studies Conference: “Napoleon and the World: Literature, Politics and the Arts”
Co-sponsors: European Studies Group; Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program; Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and International Programs

Friday, November 30
315 Phillips Hall
Free and open to the public

Schedule:

9:00-9:30 a.m. Catered Breakfast

9:30-9:45 a.m.

 

 

 

Opening of the Conference, Welcoming remarks

Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs

Russell Ganim, director, Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures

9:45-10:45 a.m.

 

 

 

 

Napoleon in the Black Atlantic

Chair: Anny Curtius

James Boucher (French and Italian)
Napoleon and Toussaint Louverture: Mirror Images of Power

Samuel Fitzpatrick (English)
Tiger Unleashed: The Vengeance of Jean-Jacques Dessalines

11:00-11:45 a.m.

 

Anny Curtius (French and Italian)

Beheaded by H/history: Empress Joséphine and the Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic

12:00-1:15 p.m. Catered Lunch

1:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Keynote Address: Daniel Desormeaux (University of Chicago)

Isaac and Alexandre: Sons and Memorialists of Napoleon’s Black Generals

Daniel Desormeaux is Associate Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. He has taught at the University of Kentucky and Dartmouth College.

2:30 p.m. Coffee Break

2:45 p.m.

 

Natalie Allen (French and Italian)

Stolen statuary and subversive morals in the Napoleonic publication of La Fontaine’s Fables

3:15 p.m.

 

Michael Ridlen (Art History)

A Modern Vision of Grace: Prud’hon’s Portrait of Joséphine and the Culture of 1804-5

3:45 p.m.

Russell Ganim (French and Italian)

Beauty and Controversy : The Cultural Legacy of Abel Gance’s Napoléon

The European Studies Group Fall 2012 Lecture Series
This series is sponsored by the European Studies Group and the UI Center for Human Rights, both within International Programs; the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures; and the Department of History in CLAS.

“A Ghost, a Jester, and a Bird: Three Metaphors of ‘Subversion’ among Conflicting Nationalisms in Contemporary Spain”
When: Friday, September 14, at noon
Location: 2520C, University Capitol Centre
Presented by: Stephanie Mueller, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (CLAS)
A light luncheon will be provided.

“Questionable Pasts: Managing a Nazi-Era Past in the West German Public, 1957-1979”
When: Friday, Oct. 19, at noon
Location: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Presented by: Gabriele von Roedern

Civilian Experiences of the Napoleonic Wars: The Example of the Battle of Leipzig in October 1813
When: Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: C131 Pomerantz Center
Presented by: Karen Hagemann, James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2011

“Notes Towards an Anthropology of Nothing: Humanitarianism and the Void”
When
: Wednesday, February 16, 4-6 p.m.
Where: IP Commons, University Capitol Centre
Who: Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Department of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder
Sponsors for this event include ESG, UI International Programs and the UI departments of Geography and Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“The Human Body and Mind: Endangered Ecosystems?”
When
: Wednesday, March 9, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Where: IP Commons, 1117, University Capitol Center
Who: Michael Bess, Department of History, Vanderbilt University
Sponsors: ESG, International Programs and the UI Department of Biology

"The Czech Republic, the European Union and the United States in a Tumultuous World"
When
: Friday, March 11, 11:30-2:00 p.m.
Where: IP Commons 1117, University Capitol Center
Who: Jiří Ellinger, Political Section, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, D.C.

European Studies Group Conference:
Keynote Speaker:“Green Politics II”
Date: Dec. 2-3, 2011
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

"European Energy and Environmental Policy in the Lead Up to Rio +20"
Miranda Schreurs, Freie Universität Berlin
Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1:30 p.m.
Co-sponsors: European Studies Group; International Programs; UI Departments of French and Italian, German, and Cinema and Comparative Literature; and the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures.

The European Studies Group Fall 2011 Lecture Series
These events are sponsored by the European Studies Group within UI International Programs and the UI Departments of Political Science, History, and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, all within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“Tensions In Political Inclusion: Women And Minorities In Electoral Politics”
Mona Krook – Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Washington University-St Louis
Sept. 23, 2011, at noon
Room N202, Lindquist Center

“Jesus Rides a Bike: Oberammergau On Stage and Off”
Glenn Ehrstine – DWLLC (German), Iowa
Oct. 14, 2011, at noon
Room 1124, University Capitol Centre

“Herbert Tobias and the Optics of Desire”
Jennifer Evans – History, Carleton University
Nov. 3, 2011, at 4:30 p.m.
Room 302, Schaeffer Hall

"'Down and Out' but in the 'Works': Homeless Soldiers and Homeless Youth in German Literature and Film"
Kirsten Kumpf – DWLLC (German), Iowa
Dec. 9, 2011, at noon
Room 1117, University Capitol Centre

2010

"Imagining Integration: Why Fictional, Inter-Ethnic Marriages Matter"
Date: Monday, February 8, 2010
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: UCC 2520D
Presenter: Brent Peterson, German Department, Lawrence University
Invited: European Studies Group; Co-sponsor: German

"Paris, from Caesar to Sarko: 2000 Years of Urbanism"
Date:
Friday, February 19, 2010
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: UCC 2390-Exec
Presenter: Lucie Laurian, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa

Organizational Meeting
Date
: Friday, February 19, 2010
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Location: UCC 2390-Exec

"If the axle breaks what is left of their bodies? Construction Traffic in Ancient Rome"
Date
: Monday, March 1, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: 1505 Seamans Center
Presenter: Diane Favro, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, UC LA; Ida Beam Visiting Professorship Program
Invited: Classics; co-sponsors: Anthropology, Art History, European Studies Group, Urban and Regional Planning

Student Discussion Session
Date:
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 302 Schaeffer Hall
Invited: Classics; co-sponsors: Anthropology, Art History, European Studies Group, Urban and Regional Planning

"A L'udskost' Supreme: Emancipatory Love and Education for Democracy in Post-Socialist Slovakia"
Date:
Friday, March 5, 2010
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: 40 Schaeffer Hall
Presenter: Jonathan Larson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology; Obermann Scholar in Residence, University of Iowa

"Empire by Land or Sea? Germany’s Imperial Imaginary, 1871-1945"
Date:
Monday, March 8, 2010
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: IP International Commons 1117
Presenter: Geoffrey Eley, Department of History, University of Michigan
Invited: European Studies Group; Co-sponsor: German

"On the Making of Exile and the Fatwa: a Documentary about the Resiliency, Power, and Dangers of Literature in the Post-Rushdie World"
Date
: Monday, April 19, 2010
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 315 Phillips Hall
Presenter: James Le Sueur, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Invited: European Studies Group; Co-sponsors: History, Political Science, French and Italian

"Paris, Exile, and Art: Imagining Resistance and Living the Politics of Contemporary Diasporic Literature"
Date
: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: IP International Commons 1117
Presenter: James Le Sueur, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Invited: European Studies Group; Co-sponsors: History, Political Science; French and Italian

"The invention of a people: Aimé Césaire between politics and poetry"
Date
: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: 315 Phillips Hall
Presenter: Françoise Naudillon, Department of French Studies; Concordia University, Montréal
Co-sponsored: Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program, the UI French and Italian Department, the European Studies Group and the African Studies Program

This year, the theme of our Lecture Series and our Second Annual European Studies Conference is broadly defined as the Environment and will explore such diverse issues as water, energy, conservation, food, cities and climate.

December 3-4, 2010
315 Phillips Hall

The conference of panels features scholars from the region and graduate students and faculty from The University of Iowa. Co-sponsors for the conference are European Studies Group, the UI Department of French and Italian, UI Department of German and International Programs.

Keynote address: "Red List Blues: The Politics of Extinction” - Ursula Heise (Stanford University)

Friday, December 3

12:00-1:00 Catered Lunch

1:00 Downing Thomas, Opening of the Conference

1:15-3:30 Session #1 Water and Mills
Chair: Roland Racevskis, French and Italian.

Heather Wacha, History. “Casting Aspersions: Environmental Awareness in the Middle Ages”
Constance Berman, History. “Medieval French Water-mills, food production, and changes in women’s work”
Laura Rigal, English and American Studies. “Fear of the Water: Hydro-power and Biopower in the Newtonian Public Sphere”

4:00-5:00 Session #2 Green Cities of Europe: Paris, Rome
Chair: Waltraud Maierhofer, German.

Brenda Longfellow, Art History, “Green Spaces in Ancient Rome”
Lucie Laurian, Urban and Regional Planning. "The Greening of Paris: Creating New Parkland in a Compact City"

Saturday, December 4

9:00-11:00 Session #3 Nature, the Arts and Literature
Chair: Constance Berman, History

Roland Racevskis, French and Italian. “Abundance and Waste in Scarron’s Le roman comique
Rachel Horner Brackett, Anthropology. “Eat it to Save it: Producing and Consuming the Cinta Senese Hog”
Julie Hochstrasser, Art and Art History. “Behind the Silver Platters of the Dutch Golden Age”

Keynote address presented by: Professor Ursula Heise, Department of English, Stanford University
When: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4
Topic: “Red List Blues: The Politics of Extinction”

Press in 2008. Nach der Natur: Das Artensterben und die moderne Kultur (After Nature: Species Extinction and Modern Culture) is in press with the German publisher Suhrkamp. She is also working on a book provisionally entitled The Avantgarde and the Forms of Nature.---

Our Friday Luncheon Lectures Series is what makes ESG a friendly place for the university community of students and faculty to test their research projects. This feature of our program is particularly important as it creates a platform for communication and fruitful collaboration between departments, and faculty and students. Luncheon Lectures Series presentations are on Friday from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Dates and room information will be posted when available.

“Postcolonial Audacity: The Political Iconography of the 2009 Strike in Guadeloupe”
When
: Monday, Oct. 11, time 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre
Who: Yarimar Bonilla of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia

The Holocaust in History: A Series of Events with Doris Bergen, an Ida Beam lecture presented by Doris Bergen
When
: October 13‐15 2010
Sponsors: UI Office of the Provost; European Studies Group; UI Center for Human Rights; International Programs; and the UI departments of German, History, Religious Studies, and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, in CLAS.

Wednesday, October 13
Graduate workshop: Thinking about Gender & the Holocaust

5:30 – 7:30 p.m., 113 MLH

Thursday, October 14
Neighbors: Polish Gentiles and Polish Jews in the Holocaust

9:30 – 10:45 a.m., Adler Journalism Building, E126

Faculty/grad seminar: Studying the Holocaust: Is History Commemoration?
12:00 – 1:30 p.m., SH 273 (lunch provided) Doris will provide a paper for pre‐circulation; those interested in reading it should contact elizabeth‐heineman@uiowa.edu

Public Lecture: Antisemitism and the Holocaust: Rethinking Old Questions
4:30 – 6 p.m., ICPL meeting room A (Reception at 4:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 15
Discussion with Holocaust Historian Doris Bergen
12 – 1:30 p.m., Hillel House (lunch provided)

Mothers & Daughters in the Holocaust
8:30 – 9:30 p.m., Agudas Achim Congregation

"Green urbanism: The new face of Paris in the 21st century"
When
: Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: 1117 UCC
Presenter: Lucie Laurian, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa

2009

Eating the Tropics: Lafcadio Hearn's Martinique
Date: Monday, October 5
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips
Presenter: Valérie Loichot, Department of French and Italian, Emory University
Invited: Caribbean Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program, co-sponsors: African Studies Program, Department of French and Italian, European Studies Group and International Programs

How Greek Religion shaped Greek Culture, Ida Beam Lecture, Classics Colloquium
Date: Monday, October 5
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: 1505 Seamans Center
Presenter: Jon Mikalson, Department of Classics, University of Virginia
Invited: Department of Classics, Department of Religious Studies, European Studies Group and Eta Sigma Phi

First Annual European Studies Conference:

"Memories and Visions: Europe 20 Years after the Fall"
Date: Thursday, December 3
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: 100 Phillips Hall (Auditorium)

Film screening: "Das Leben der Anderen (2006)"
(subtitles: The lives of Others, 2007)
Follow-up discussion: Astrid Oesmann, Department of German

Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

Conference Schedule

8:30-9:00 Breakfast, conversation

9:00-9:15 Brief introduction:
Kristine Fitch, Associate Dean, International Programs
Michel Laronde, Director, European Studies Group

9:15-10:15 Keynote address:
Konrad Jarausch, Lurcy Professor of European Civilization, University of North Carolina
"Germany 1989: A New Kind of Revolution?"

10:30-12:00 Morning Panel:
"Legacies: In the Aftermath of the Fall"

Elizabeth Heineman, Department of History, University of Iowa
"Who’s Sexually Repressed? East and West Germans after Reunification"

Kimberly Elman-Zarecor, Department of Architecture, Iowa State University
"Socialist Neighborhoods after Socialism: Addressing the Architectural Legacy of Communism in the Czech Republic"

Dénes Gazsi, Arabic/Department of French and Italian, University of Iowa
"Cracks in the Iron Curtain, Pan-European Picnic, Crumbling Communism – Hungary’s Role in the Fall of the Berlin Wall"

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Afternoon Panel:
"Enduring Identities: Two Case studies"

Lorin Ditzler, Program in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa
"Economics of Urban Identity in Post-Communist Europe: Bucharest"

Jonathan Larson, Department of Anthropology, University of Iowa
"Behind the Velvet Curtain: Crisis, Criticism, and Scripted Instability in Twentieth-Century Slovakia"

Jason Verber, Department of History, University of Iowa
“Divided and Conquered: The German Question, the Berlin Wall, and German Relations with Postcolonial Africa"

3:30-5:30 Film Screening:
Exclusive Preview!

"The Power of the Powerless"
Panel discussants:
Astrid Oesmann; Department of German, Jonathan Larson; Department of Anthropology

A public lecture based on his book: Europe through Arab Eyes (Title TBA)
Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: 2520D UCC
Presenter: Nabil Matar, Department of English, University of Minnesota
Invited: Middle East and Muslim World Studies, co-sponsor: Department of French and Italian, European Studies Group

Photographing the Algerian War, Reading Marc Garanger
Date:
Friday, January 30
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: UCC 2390
Presenter: Jennifer Howell, Graduate student, Department of French and Italian, University of Iowa

Rape Hysteria and the Sexual Economy of Race: French Accusations of Sexual Assault against African-American GIs, 1944-1945
Date:
Thursday, February 19
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: UCC 2520 B
Presenter: Mary Louise Roberts, Department of History, University of Madison-Wisconsin

Crossing Borders and European Studies Convocation
“Europe in the World. Identities, Networks, Challenges”

Our first ESG Conference co-organized and co-sponsored with the Crossing Borders Program

Date: Thursday and Friday February 26-27
Guest speaker: Jean-Baptiste Main de Boissière, French Consul General in Chicago

Building the New Jerusalem in England: a Female Messiah and her Followers 1919-1934
Date
: Monday, March 9
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Presenter: Jane Shaw, Chaplain and Dean of Divinity at New College Oxford
Invited: Department of History. Co=sponsor, ESG

"European Integration: A Contested Territorial Project"
Date
: Friday, April 10
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: University Capitol Center 2520D
Presenter: Wil Zonneveld, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

2008

Ways of Seeing History : Thoughts on filming catastrophe and redemption in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Date: Tuesday, December 2
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: University Capitol Center 2520D
Presenter: Marline Otte, Department of History, Tulane University

An event co-sponsored by the Department of German

The New Orleans Tea Party
Understanding America through the lens of post-Katrina New Orleans

A 75-minute documentary with a presentation by the author
Date: Monday, December 1
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: University Capitol Center 2520D
Presenter: Marline Otte, Department of History, Tulane University

The Present is a Foreign Country: Sites of Settler Memory in Southern France
Date: Friday, November 7
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: 40 Schaeffer Hall
Presenter: Andrea Smith, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Lafayette College

Women and Youth in the Croix de Feu/Parti Social Français: 1927-1939
Date: Friday, October 17
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Executive Board Room, UCC 2390
Presenter: Caroline Campbell, Department of History, University of Iowa

Queering Ethnicity: Race and Minority Activism in Contemporary Europe
Date: March 5
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: E105 AJB
Presenter: Fatima El-Tayeb
Co-sponsors: European Studies Group and German

Romancing the Silence of Immigration - 1960-1980
Date: March 7
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: UCC 1124
Presenter: Michel Laronde (French and Italian)
Sponsor: European Studies Group

Changing Party Policy: An analysis of mainstream party reactions to extreme party issues in Europe
Date: March 14
Time: 12:30 -2:00 pm
Location: UCC 1124
Presenter: Zachary Greene (Political Science, Graduate student)
Sponsor: European Studies Group

Film screening series of work of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet. Film schedule TBA.
Date: April 4-6; April 11-12
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Contact: Claudia Pummer (Film)
Sponsor: European Studies Group

Memory and Identity in Neolithic Iberia
Date: April 11
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: UCC 1124
Presenter: Katina Lillios (Anthropology, Iowa)
Sponsor: European Studies Group

The Forging of the Bubikopf Nation: Feminist Political Economy of Zenski list in Interwar Yugoslavia 1925-1944
Date: April 18
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: UCC 1124
Presenter: Marina Vujnovic (Journalism and Mass Communication, Gradate student)
Sponsor: European Studies Group

Consuming Amsterdam: Migrants' and Tourists' Contributions to International Tourism in the Netherlands
Date: April 25
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: UCC 1124
Presenter: Gudrun Willett (PhD Anthropology, Iowa)
Sponsor: European Studies Group

Nationalism and Social Science Theory: Irish Linguistics and American Anthropology in the Free State
Date: April 29
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: UCC 1124
Presenter: Brigittine French (Grinnell, Anthropology)
Sponsor: European Studies Group

Coalition Agreements and the Costs of Multiparty Politics
Date: May 1
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: 302 Schaeffer Hall
Presenter: Kaare Strøm (Political Science, University of California, San Diego)
Co-sponsors: European Studies Group and Political Science

2007

Lecture Series: Imagining Europe, Imagining Europeans: Cities and Regions

Challenges and Limits of the EU Common and Foreign Policy Security
Date
: November 30
Presenter: Dr. François Touazi, Diplomatic Advisor for Emerging Countries to the French Minister of Economy
Sponsored by: European Studies Group, co-sponsored by International Programs, the Department of French and Italian, and the Bose Lecture Series, Department of Political Science

Integration of the Muslim Minorities in France
Date:
November 30
Presenter: Dr. François Touazi, Diplomatic Advisor for Emerging Countries to the French Minister of Economy
Sponsored by: Department of French and Italian, co-sponsored by the European Studies Group, International Programs, and the Bose Lecture Series, Department of Political Science .

Dreaming Ruins: Materiality, Archaeology, and National Imagination in Greece
Date: December 4
Presenter: Yannis Hamilakis, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton
Co-sponsored by: Departments of Anthropology and Classics 12:30-2

Emancipation and Identity in 19th Century European Jewry
Date: October 12
Presenter: Ralph Keen, Department of Religious Studies, University of Iowa

Making European Space. Mobility, Power and Territorial Identity
Date: April 23
Presenter: Ole Jensen (Department of Architecture and Design, Aalborg University, Denmark).
Co-sponsored with Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning, and the Office of International Program - Special Projects Fund

Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America
Date
: March 23
Presenter: Andrei Markovits, Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies, University of Michigan

America's Soccer Uniqueness in the World: Yet Another American Exception
Date:
March 23
Presenter: Andrei Markovits, Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies, University of Michigan

Double Standards and Back Sliding: The Double Edged Sword of Super Majoritarian Decision Making in the EU
Date:
March 2
Presenter: Chris Jensen, Political Science

Still a Neophyte? The Multi-Faceted Strategies of European Green Parties in Plurality Systems
Date
: February 2
Presenter: Jae-Jae Spoon (Political Science)

Cosmopolitan Melancholy: Sorrow and the European Union
Date
: January 26
Presenter: Eric Gidal, English

2006

Depopulation, Masculinity, and Colonial Emigration in the Early Third Republic

Date: December 1
Presenter: Margaret Cook Andersen, Graduate Student, Department of History

Spatial Planning and Identity in Montpelier, France
Date:
November 10
Presenter: James Throgmorton, Urban and Regional Planning

Colonizing Portugal: Portuguese Archaeology and the End of Empire
Date:
October 13, 2006
Presenters: Ana Martins (Instituto Português do Património Arquitectónico, Lisbon) and Katina Lillios (Anthropology).
Co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the European Studies Group.

Europe in Translation: The Rearticulation of European Civilization in a Global Age
Date:
March 3-4

The transformation of what once began as merely one international organization among others into the world’s largest economic sphere has not left the meaning of “Europe” unaffected. As a consequence of its growth, the European Union is now seen to be taking the place of Europe itself—not merely for the people living inside the Union but also, and even more so, for those staying outside.

Europe in Translation designates this process of redefinition in which both official bodies and intellectuals attempt to enhance Europe’s self-understanding. It also stands for the cunning rejuvenation of old claims to rule, that is, Europe’s desire to lead and to define the normative standards of civilization.

The conference is made possible through a UI International Programs Major Projects Grant and the UI Art & Humanities Initiative, with additional funding from The Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the UI Departments of Political Science, French and Italian Studies, Communication Studies, Art and Art History, Religious Studies and the College of Law.

2005

"The Dreaded Perfective Prefixes in Russian (and Other Slavic Languages): A Western Perspective"
Date:
December 1
Presenter: Elena Gavruseva and Roumyana Slabakova.
Co-sponsor: European Studies Group and and the Center for Russian and East European Studies