EU Studies Conference October 2015

“Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship”
A Working Conference for Regional College Faculty

October 30-31, 2015

 

Conference location and hotel:
Illini Union Hotel, 1401 West Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.
Conference sessions will be held at the Illini Union, 1401 West Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.

 

Online registration is closed.
Presentations on any topic relevant to EU studies are welcome.
Colleagues with only a nascent academic interest in the EU are invited to join us without being obliged to present any materials.

 

Graduate students are welcome. We can also consider participation by graduate students. Pending availability, travel support may be possible for graduate students whose abstracts are accepted for presentation.

 

Registration fee: Participants who are not presenting are required to pay a $50 registration fee. This fee will be waived for accepted speakers and University of Illinois faculty and graduate students. A $100 travel reimbursement grant and one night of free lodging will be available to all participants.

 

Note about lodging: The EU Center has reserved a block of rooms at the Illini Union Hotel and will provide one night of free lodging on October 30, 2015. We can also provide overnight accommodation for an extra day if you need it. Please see the link to the registration form above for details. Please note that you do NOT need to contact the hotel; simply indicate whether you will need overnight accommodations or not and for which dates when you register on-line.
The Illini Union Hotel has free parking available. Free wireless access is available in guest rooms and conference room.

 

About the Conference

This annual conference will bring together regional college faculty with the aim of increasing research on and teaching of the European Union at universities and four-year and two-year colleges in Illinois and the Midwest. It will facilitate the building of a dynamic network for regional educators with interests in EU studies. The conference will include panel discussions in which participants can present their research on the EU, as well as sessions on effective teaching of EU-related subjects.

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Why Attend?

  • Hear timely discussions on contemporary European and transatlantic affairs by prominent scholars and diplomats
  • Great networking opportunity
  • Strategize for teaching the EU
  • Discuss research/teaching interests with colleagues
  • Engage in discussions on EU studies as a field
  • One-night of free accommodations at the Illini Union Hotel on UI’s Champaign-Urbana campus
  • Travel reimbursement grant of up to $100 available for participating faculty

Schedule [pdf] and Abstracts [pdf]

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

Location: Illini Union, Room 407, 1401 West Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

3:00-4:30 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Testing the limits of the EU-Greece, the economy and refugee crises

Link to videorecording

Speakers:
Stefanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL), University of Illinois
Benjamin Lough, Social Work, University of Illinois
Michael McGowan, Former Member of the European Parliament and British Journalist
Kolja Raube, Visiting Scholar, European Union Center, University of Illinois; Centre for European Studies, Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU-Leuven
Marina Terkourafi, Linguistics, University of Illinois
Moderator: Anna Westerstahl Stenport, Director of the European Union Center, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illiniois

4:30 – 6:00 pm

4:30-6:00pm: Reception

Location: Illini Union Room 406,1401 West Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31
8:00 am – 4:00pm:

“Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship: A Working Conference for Regional College Faculty”

Location: General Lounge, Illini Union Room 210, 1401 West Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.

8:00 – 8:30 am

Coffee/tea and pastries

8:30 – 9:45 am

Panel 1: Impact and Effectiveness of EU Institutions and Policy Instruments (Part I – Economy)

“Will Juncker’s Investment Plan Work?”
David Cleeton, Economics, Illinois State University

Link to pdf

“Regional Financial Inequality in Turkey: 1988-2013 – Does EU the make a difference?”
Serpil Kahraman, Visiting Scholar, Economics, University of Illinois; Yasar University, Turkey

“The EU through the lenses of its poorest member state – evidence from Bulgaria”
Paskal Zhelev, Visiting Scholar, Economics, University of Illinois; International Economic Relations and Business, University of National and World Economy (UNWE), Bulgaria

Link to PowerPoint 

9:45 – 10:00
Break
10:00 am-11:15 am

Panel 2: Impact and Effectiveness of EU Policies (Part II – Labor, Environment, and Society)

“A Proposal of Social Clause on TTIP
Juan Ramon Rivera Sanchez Visiting Scholar, EUC, University of Illinois; Law, Alicante University, Spain

Link to Prezi

“A New Water Culture on the Iberian Peninsula? Evaluating Epistemic Community Impact on Policy Change”
Jeanie Bukowski, International Studies, Bradley University

Link to PowerPoint

“Female Bodies for Sale: Regulating the Advertising Industry and Its Portrayals of Women in Bulgaria”
Elza Ibroscheva, Mass Communications, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Link to PowerPoint

11:15-11:30 am

Break

11:30 am-1:15 pm

Keynote Address and Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Michael McGowan, Former Member of the European Parliament and British Journalist

11:15-11:30 AM
1:15-2:30 pm

Panel 3: EU Governance and EU As a Global Actor

“Party Group Switching in the European Parliament: Developing a Multi-level Theory”
Aaron Russell Martin, Political Science, Loyola University Chicago
Link to PowerPoint

“Interparliamentary Cooperation in EU External Action”
Kolja Raube, Visiting Scholar, Economics, University of Illinois; Centre for European Studies, KU-Leuven, Belgium
Link to PowerPoint

“Doing Global Research on Perception: The Misunderstood Partner”
Maxime H.A. Larivé, EU Center, University of Illinois

Link to PowerPoint

2:30-2:45 pm
Break
2:45-3:45 pm
Roundtable Discussion: “Strategies for Teaching the EU”

“A Course Project on the European Union and the Question of Turkey
Marjorie Nanian, Political Science
Link to Syllabi
Link to Outline
Link to Exam Requirements

“Die Politik und Kultur der Europäischen Union
Sommersemester 2015”

Professor Bruce Murray,
Link to Syllabi

“European Integration”
Jeanie Bukowski, Institute of International Studies, Bradley University
Link to Syllabi
Link to Assignment

“Financial Market Reform In the European Union”
David Cleeton,Maastricht University
Link to Syllabi

“Internal Market of the European Union”
Paskal Zhelev, Visiting Scholar, Economics, University of Illinois; International Economic Relations and Business, University of National and World Economy (UNWE), Bulgaria
Link to Syllabi

“Legal Protections for Natural Areas”
Adjunct Professor Warren Lavey
Link to Syllabi

“Peoples & Cultures of Europe”
Angela Glaros,Eastern Illinois University
Link to Syllabi

3:45-4:00 pm
Closing Remarks

 

Previous Conferences

March 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009

 

The roundtable and the conference are funded in part by a US Department of Education Title VI grant and a Getting to Know Europe Grant from the European Commission to the European Union Center, University of Illinois.

Generous support for Mr. Michael McGowan’s visit is provided by the European Parliament Former Members Association through its “EP to Campus” programme, which is in part sponsored by CANDRIAM.

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